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Panasonic PV L 659

alaTest has collected and analyzed 7 reviews of Panasonic PV L 659. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the durability and image quality are on the whole positive. The usability and portability also get good feedback, whereas comments are divided on the price. Many are critical about the battery.

portability, usability, image quality, durability


On average, users rate this product 86/100.

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Let's Make An Amateur Video!!


This camcorder is just what every new parent needs. Small, sturdy, and reasonably priced, it has all of the basic features necessary for making wonderful home videos of baby's first years...without having to learn all sorts of new things about how to...

Image stabilization feature

No digital recording option

Jan, 2002

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I have had two previous camcorders, and this one is by far the best one. For those of you who don't know how to do all the technical things, like me, this one is one of the easiest to use. It gives such a wonderful picture quality, you can keep it...

Great picture quality, easy to use, light weight, durable


Dec, 2000

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A Perfectly Reasonable Home Video Solution


Recently, I had the opportunity to use a brand new 600 series palmcorder from Panasonic.

Flip-out LCD screen, Image stabilizer

No remote microphone, LCD screen drains battery quickly.

Feb, 2000

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Great camcorder & digital in ONE!


WE brought this camcorder right before Christmas because it was our son's first Christmas, and we didn't want to miss a thing. We did ALOT of shopping around, and I mean ALOT, we shopped till we dropped. We wanted a good camcorder plus the advantage of...

Takes great pictures

resolution is not as good as a digital camera

Jan, 2000

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Love this baby


We bought our first video camera some 12 years ago. The old antique type that was huge and hard to carry. Well when our house burned I told my husband I wanted to get one of those smaller ones, that has the flip out screen and lighter weight. So we...

light weight, great picture, built in VCR

Problems with fogging on occassion with temperatue change

Jan, 2000

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Inexpensive and Easy to Use


After sampling more than a dozen different video recorders, I decided that the Panasonic PV-L659 was the best camera for me. Some of the more expensive models didn't have the clarity and easy to use operations that this model has. What's great about...

Clear Picture. 4" viewer monitor.

Battery only lasts about 2 hrs.

Jan, 2000

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Picture Perfect


Whether you're a jet-setting world traveler or a proud new parent, the Panasonic Palmcorder PVL659 is the perfect camcorder for capturing all of life's special moments on film.

Lightweight - easy for travel and very user friendly.

short battery life

Dec, 1999

Product Specifications

Panasonic offers a complete line-up of Palmcorder products to suit many different needs and applications. From VHS-C format camcorders to the latest in DVC digital technology Panasonic Palmcorders incorporate features designed to be both sophisticated yet simple and easy to use. For example, there is Digital EIS, an image stabilizer that minimizes the unwanted jitter and shake from the recorded picture. Panasonic Palmsight Palmcorders incorporate an extra large LCD monitor for easier recording that doubles as a TV screen plus, with the built-in speaker, you can check recordings "in the field" to ensure perfect results. For 2000, it gets even better. Your memories can now be transferred to a computer and e-mailed around the world! And along with every product that carries name "Panasonic", you'll also benefit from its more than 70 years of experience in building products that provide high reliability and value. Whether you want to capture your baby's first steps or create full-motion multimedia presentations, Panasonic has designed a Palmcorder with both your needs and budget in mind. This model features MotionSensor for simple home security applications as it starts camcorder recording when motion is detected and Color Digital Fade: 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:4in
Diagonal Size (metric):10.2cm
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

Camcorder Sensor Resolution:480Kpix
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