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Panasonic PV VM202

alaTest has collected and analyzed 14 reviews of Panasonic PV VM202. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design and size. The zoom and portability are also appreciated, but opinions about the color and reliability are mixed. Many are less positive about the battery and durability.

price, portability, zoom, size, design

usability, viewfinder, durability, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic PV VM202 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 72/100 = Good quality.

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Expert review by : Ben Long (

Panasonic PV-VM202


Good video quality ; Unique modular design

Suffers from artifacts common to most single-CCD camcorders ; Poor still-photo quality

Jan, 2003

Expert review by : Joe McCleskey (

Panasonic PV-VM202


An excellent choice for those who want portability in a combination digital still and DV camera.

Excellent digital still features, including flash, Headphone jack, Innovative, useful design

Tape ejects from bottom of camera, Hand-strap was uncomfortable, No microphone jack

Sep, 2002

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Stands up to any in its class


Great Ebay deal. This camera was a display model from Ritz Camera, so it has seen limited use. Has a ...

Great quality video. Compact. 18x zoom range.

BW viewfinder. Short battery life. Entirely menu driven.

Aug, 2003

Consumer review (

Great little digital camcorder


I?ve written a few reviews here at by now, and this is the first one in which, truly, I don?t have a single bad thing to say. The PV-DV900 is a lovely little product. When I bought mine, about eighteen months ago, I paid $700.00 for it....

Solid, small & light, takes great footage, and supports Firewire

Uh... let me get back to you on that...

Jan, 2002

Consumer review (

Good Basic MiniDV Camcorder


The Panasonic PV-DV900 is a first impression a little disappointing due to the more plastic feel and fixed angle eye piece, as well as the cassette door opening from the bottom. This is based on previous experience with Sony Digital 8 cameras having...

Price, Image Quality, light weight, Good control placement, Firewire

Feels a little flimsy, tape loading from bottom, no-frills camcorder

Dec, 2001

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The "P" in Panasonic stands for "perfect."


First, let me give you a little background information. I am a full-time bargain hunter, and when I decided to invest in a camcorder, I was looking only for the best and cheapest, and I found it in this wonderful little camcorder.

Great price, great LCD picture and screen, professional-looking video, dual camera mode, Firewire port

Media price, a little bit of trouble with Firewire

Nov, 2001

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Good Cam for Cheap


Last week I received my Panasonic PVDV900 digital camcorder that I bought at auction on I'm a big believer in not paying full price for technology and gadgets, and also a big believer in not buying in at the top of the curve. You get far...

Easy to use manual focus ; Sharp B/W viewfinder ; Mic and headphone jacks

Non-pivoting or moving viewfinder ; Weird bottom loading for tape

Aug, 2001

Consumer review (

Good camcorder for under $500


After reading and rereading Epinions on DV camcorders, and checking prices, I settled on a refurbished pv-dv900 for 386.65 plus shipping ($20 for express or something) from I was particularly interested in Panasonic because I have been very...

Pros ; price, quality, size, IEEE 1394

somewhat noisy, cumbersome menu navigation, my b&w viewfinder doesn't work

Jul, 2001

Consumer review (

Great recording but editing is very slow


I love making home videos in VHS, but found the quality of the videos to be substandard. Poor colour and poor copies have limited their usefulness. I tried a miniDV camera and loved it. The Panasonic PV-DV 900 has so many features, that it takes...

Great picture quality

Difficult to edit more than 20 minutes of video

Jun, 2000

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Zoom in with Panasonic


Yet, another great product from Panasonic. I have used this video camera for a wedding and the results were just great. It had a built in screen which can be tilted in different angles as well as color finder. It is really great that it has a 300...

300 zoom in, great photos

gets dirty quickly

Jan, 2000

Product Specifications

The Panasonic PV-VM202 Digital MultiCam Camcorder with 2.5" diagonal Color LCD Monitor offers a full range of advanced features to satisfy even most demanding users. The MagicPix Images feature lets you shoot full color video and stills when you're in extremely low light situations. Leica Dicomar Lens captures crisp detail and true-to-life color. Progressive PhotoShot Mode1 helps to eliminate fuzziness by digitally capturing the image data of a singular moment, and temporarily storing it in two field memories. The two images are then combined to produce a better quality picture. PV-VM202 records still images onto the DV tape or the included SD Memory Card. With the i.LINK, you can easily connect your camcorder to your PC through the IEEE 1394 interface1. It also lets you link to another camcorder to duplicate your footage without any loss in picture quality. The card link lets you use an SD memory card to save and transfer motion and still images to your PC with an included cable. Dual Digital Electronic Image Stabilization (D-EIS) is another helpful feature, which compensates for unintentional hand and camcorder movement when recording.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Run Time (Up To):65min

Camera Flash

Type:Detachable flash/None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Night mode / Portrait mode / Sand & snow / Sports mode / Spotlight

Flash Memory

Form Factor:MultiMediaCard/SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:16MB/8MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic Palmcorder/Panasonic PV

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8
Max Focal Length:35.5mm/72mm
Min Focal Length:3.55mm/4mm
Optical Zoom:10/18
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Black / Metallic silver/Silver

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.08Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3.8"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.7 mm ( 1/3.8 ) / 6.7 mm ( 1/3.8" )
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

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader
Digital Video Format:MPEG-4
Digital Zoom:200/300
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Normal movie mode
Special Effects:Gain-up / Mirror / Mix / Monotone / Mosaic / Multi-Picture / Negative / Picture-in-Picture / Positive / Sepia / Solarization / Strobe / Tracer / Wipe/Gain-up / Mirror / Monotone / Mosaic / Sepia / Slim / Stretch / Strobe / Trail
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Black & white/Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD