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Panasonic PVGS31 Digital Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 114 reviews of Panasonic PVGS31 Digital Camcorder. The average rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the zoom and price. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably. Views about the reliability and design are mixed.

usability, portability, image quality, price, zoom

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic PVGS31 Digital Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 72/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 63 user reviews of Panasonic PVGS31 Digital Camcorder from The average user rating for this product is 3.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Comments about the durability and zoom are generally positive. The price and usability are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the reliability and design. There are some mixed views about the image quality.

portability, usability, price, zoom, durability

design, reliability

70% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic PV-GS31 MiniDV Camcorder w/26x Optical ZoomPanasonic PV-GS31 MiniDV Camcorder w/26x Optical Zoom

Oct, 2018

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Panasonic PV GS31


Panasonic PV-GS31 MiniDV Camcorder w/26x Optical Zoom.

Among the other innovative features included on these models is the easy to use one-touch navigation. A convenient thumb wheel lets the user quickly access major functions such as JPEG playback, memory card recording and tape recording while a new...

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Great camcorder for the buck


better picture quality than friends sony hard drive camcorde

quality isnt too good with low/no lighting

Nov, 2006

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it sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!


its small

it sucks!!! u cant transfer videos into your pc

Aug, 2006

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Easy to use. Great picture. Great sound


Apr, 2005

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Feb, 2007

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Overall a good buy


Good battery life, good sound

Low-light is terrible

Jun, 2006

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PV-GS31 MiniDV Digital Camcorder


This is very nice tiny camcorder.

Very nice, tiny, clear quality, easy to use, works with SD card

No remote, No touch screen, Looks of dial switch needs to be replaced with nice looking option

Mar, 2006

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Very Good!


I bought it during thansgiving black firday sell. Got it about $220 after rabate form bestbuy. I have to say that the size and ease of use are my favorite things about this camcorder. I carried it around both San Francisco and then Disneyland for four...

Digital still mode • 2.5" LCD screen • Image stabilization • Built-in light ;


Feb, 2006

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Very Good!


I bought it during thansgiving black firday sell.

Digital still mode • 2.5" LCD screen • Image stabilization • Built-in light


Feb, 2006

Product Specifications

The optical zoom feature acts like a telescope to produce close-up shots with extraordinary clarity so you won't miss a single detail. It also offers variable zoom speeds, so you can adjust your zoom speed from wide angle to full telephoto. In addition, the digital zoom ratio can be increased up to an extraordinary 1000x. Now that's close up!. Now you can snap off a still shot (VGA) while recording video without having to change recording modes. The video is recorded onto the Mini DV tape and the still image is recorded onto the SD Memory Card. This 2-in-1 capability means you can catch sudden photo opportunities without interrupting a great moving picture scene. Soft Skin Mode detects skin tones and softens the focus in that area of the picture. It helps make blemishes and lines appear less noticeable, while preserving resolution in areas of the picture outside the skin. The joystick makes the camera much easier to use, letting you control all basic operations with one hand. As you shoot, just watch the image in the monitor and follow the instruction guide. You can handle a number of operations quickly and easily, without even taking your eye off the subject. When illumination is insufficient, turn on the built-in LED video light to take crisp, colorful movies. The LED has low power consumption, long service life, and the safety of a low operating temperature. Color Night View gives you smoothly flowing pictures even in dark places, where it's normally difficult to capture good shots. And since the Super Image Stabilizer corrects for hand-shake, you get beautiful pictures with minimal afterimages.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Panasonic CGR-DU06
Run Time (Up To):105min

Camera Flash

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


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic Palmcorder Multicam

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.3
Max Focal Length:49.4mm
Min Focal Length:1.9mm
Optical Zoom:26
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6 ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Black & white fader
Digital Zoom:1000
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Cinema
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD