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Panasonic PVDV103 Mini DV Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 40 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the reliability and battery. The image quality and portability also get good feedback, but many are less positive about the features and resolution. The viewfinder and color get mixed comments.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic PVDV103 Mini DV Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 67/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic PVDV103 Mini DV Camcorder

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 29 user reviews of Panasonic PVDV103 Mini DV Camcorder from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

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62% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Panasonic PVDV103 MiniDV Compact Camcorder with 2.5" LCD

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Panasonic PV-DV103 Camcorder Review - Panasonic MiniDV Camcorders

 

The Panasonic PV-DV103 is the second to last camcorder in the low-end Panasonic MiniDV line. This is an entry level camcorder with good video and fair low-light performance. With a suggested retail price of $499 and an average PriceGrabber price of...

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STAY AWAY FROM THIS PIECE OF PANASONIC CRAP

 
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Panasonic PV-DV103 Mini DV Camcorder

 

Stay away from this and the PV DV 203, and some of Panasonic other corder are just as bad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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This is a defective camcorder. You will soon, most likely get a DEW DETECTION, signal and it will render the camcorder usless. There might be a class action suit to soon follow.

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Panasonic PV-DV103 Mini DV Camcorder

 

I borrowed this cam (I'm still shopping) because I had to shoot and edit video for a project I'm working on.

103 video does very well in low light. In a cafeteria with all florescent lights on daylight conditions it saw and shot exactly what I saw, clarity excellent, download to computer-IEEE 1394 perfect.

some colors seem to have been loss almost unseen unless extensively compared to a still pix high res. same area same time. newer models pv-gs series have improved for a few more $qwans.

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Panasonic PV-DV103 Mini DV Camcorder

 

It has got a built-in light and electronic image stabilizer.

Compact , great price-$200 (inc tax,). an fair picture, some pretty cool special effects, good battery life, battery charges pretty quickly in 1 hour.

Without PhotVu Link, can not take nice digital pictures

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Panasonic PV-DV103 Mini DV Camcorder

 

I bought this camera without testing it out.

Easy to operate, lots of manual controls, built in LED. Color viewfinder. LCD Screen looks very nice

Bad in low light. Magic Pix is a hoax. It also cannot convert analog to digital. The Playback controls are inside the LCD panel.

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Panasonic PV-DV103 Mini DV Camcorder

 

I have done lot of research before buying this camcoder as a wedding present for my brother.

Value - I bought it for $350 (inc tax, s&h from B&H).

Low light with MagixPix or Light w/ Gain UP has bad stoboscopic effect for motion recording

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Panasonic PV-DV103 Mini DV Camcorder

 

(Edited February 24th by ayorika2) Overall I think this is very nice product.

Very small, price is good. Gives good performance indoors.

I was slightly dissapointed with the fact that it didn't come with PhotVu Link, but anyway I am not planning to use camcorder for taking digital pictures. But take that into consideration.

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Panasonic PV-DV103 Mini DV Camcorder

 

The price is acceptable regarding its quality and functions.

Convenient to watch the screen and high quality picture.

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Product Specifications

Panasonic puts big things in tiny packages with its line of compact digital Palmcorder camcorders. This Panasonic model goes head-to-head with the smallest camcorders on the market today; yet boasts amenities such as color viewfinder, built-in light and easy PC connectivity in a new compact style designed for ease of use and portability. Truly living up to their Palmcorder badge, model PV-DV103 fits easily in the palm of the hand. This model measures a barely-there 3-3/8 inches high, 2-5/8 inches wide and 4-7/8 inches long, making this line of mini DV camcorders among the smallest in the industry. This compact model, PV-DV103, includes the following main features. EfficiBright LED Light provides ample light for low light situations when needed with low power consumption and low surface temperature. This light also contributes to the camcorders' compact design. High-definition 10x optical zoom and 700x digital zoom allows for clear close-ups from wide angle to full telephoto zoom. Zoom Mic, which raises the sound level as users zoom in, resulting in a more natural correlation between the video and the sound. Color viewfinder is a nice alternative for taping when harsh sunlight or other conditions make it difficult to use the LCD screen. IEEE 1394 interface is designed for quick and easy PC connectivity.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.9in
Height:3.4in
Weight:1.3lbs
Width:2.6in

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:Low light / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Spotlight / Surf & snow

Header

Localization:English
Manufacturer:Panasonic
Model:PV-DV103
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic Palmcorder

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Sensor Resolution:680Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.4 mm ( 1/4 ) / 6.4 mm ( 1/4" )
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
Digital Zoom:700
Media Type:Mini DV
Special Effects:Mirror / Monotone / Mosaic / Picture-in-Picture / Sepia / Slim / Stretch / Strobe / Trail
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD
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