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Panasonic PV L 559

alaTest has collected and analyzed 41 reviews of Panasonic PV L 559. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the zoom and image quality are generally positive. The price and portability are also mentioned favorably, but there are some negative opinions about the battery.

usability, portability, price, image quality, zoom


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic PV L 559 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 user reviews of Panasonic PV L 559 from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviews about the viewfinder and design are overall positive. The price and portability are also appreciated.

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94% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Panasonic PV-L559 Palmcorder Camcorder

Nov, 2015

Consumer review by: JDinPA (

A Palmcorder That Is Family Friendly ~ Smile :o)


Get a Panasonic Palmcorder and start recording all the "so-soon-gone" memories of your life! :o)

Easy to learn features ; lightweight ; good battery life ; color monitor ; digital zoom

Unable to hook into computer

Jan, 2003

Consumer review by: freeatlast (

Children Friendly


I purchased this camera because I love Panasonic products anyway. My big bulky camcorder was beginning to give me more headaches than I wanted and was heavy. I looked at different brands of palm corders before purchasing this one. It has all the...

Easy to use, Excellent Video and sound


Jun, 2001

Consumer review by: STEPHANIE_K (



I purchased this camcorder in 1994 and paid close to $500.00 I'd say. I liked the fact that you could view the camcorder tapes in your vcr with the playpack that came with the camera. At this time these were the more popular camcorders and at that...



Dec, 2000

Consumer review by: Bigbroad55 (

I Love This Video Camera


Last Thanksgiving my husband and I decided we wanted to invest in a video camera to tape memories of our daughter Tiffany growing up !

Can be hooked up to the tv to watch or watched through the vcr in a special tape player


Nov, 2000

Consumer review by: missy32 (

Panasonic outdone its self again


For many years I have wanted to buy a camcorder so that I could have pictures of my children and family as we grew older. I searched all the electronic stores in my area to find one that was afordable yet well known. I bought the Panasonic Palmcorder...

Easy to carry with you. Many great features


Aug, 2000

Consumer review by: strider321 (

What a great camera!


many functions, great zoom, light weight, videos fit into normal VCR, great color, LCD color screen to view your productions!

can't make your own titles, can't set how fast the time lapse goes

Aug, 2000

Consumer review by: Donko (

Panasonic PV-L550


My husband and I had been bumming our brothers Panasonic camcorder from him for all of our trips and special occasions. Well, we gave into the sales and got ourselves the Panasonic PV-L550. This is a great camera, easy to use and still offers a lot...

Zoom, Flip out Screen, Lightweight

Short Battery Life

Jul, 2000

Consumer review by: thaight (

PV-L650 Good All Around Camera


I purchased this camera for the features and the price. I was looking for a camcorder to shoot a video of my daughters recital, so I was wanting something that will allow me to play back in our VHS VCR, so the 8mm camcorders were out. I found only 1...

light, lots of features


Jun, 2000

Consumer review by: Christine79 (

An Exceptional Camcorder


I received a Panasonic Palmcorder Palmsight camcorder PV-L559 as a gift approximately seven months ago. Since then I have used this product at least once a week and am very pleased with its quality, simplicity and exceptional performance.

Excellent picture quality, easy to use, lightweight design

A bit pricey, but worth the expense

May, 2000

Consumer review by: mommyginny (

Great to capture special moments!


My husband purchased this great camcorder not long after our son was born. He's two and a half now. We have captured priceless moments that just a camera can't get.

great picture and soundqualitly

none, I love this product

Apr, 2000

Product Specifications

Looking for a state-of-the-art palmcorder? Stop right here. Full VHS compatibility. Not only does it comes with a VHS PlayPak (so you can play the tape in your VHS VCR), but it offers a crisp, clear first-generation picture for your enjoyment. Its telescopic lens gives you the ability to produce extraordinarily clear close-ups of your subject matter, along with superior clarity to those provided by digital zoom. Plus, with four different zoom speeds, you are able to go from a wide angle shot to a full telephoto in 2-16 seconds. The PV-L559 uses DEIS to compensate for unintentional hand and camcorder movement to help stabilize recordings, even if you're recording in a moving vehicle or a crowded room. It features MotionSensor, which is perfect for simple home security applications as it starts camcorder recording when motion is detected. Color Digital Fade lets you select from 7 fade variations with your choice of 8 colors for flexibility in transition from one scene to the next.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Run Time (Up To):2hour(s)

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating (270
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic Palmcorder

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F1.6
Max Focal Length:98.8mm
Min Focal Length:3.8mm
Optical Zoom:26
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Black / Metallic gray

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / White fader
Digital Zoom:150
Media Type:VHS-C


Viewfinder Color Support:Black & white
Viewfinder Type:CRT