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Panasonic VDR-D300

Panasonic VDR-D300
alaScore 82

100 reviews

Nov, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 100 reviews of Panasonic VDR-D300. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the reliability and price are generally positive. The portability and image quality are also mentioned favorably.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic VDR-D300 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 42 user reviews of Panasonic VDR-D300 from The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers really like the zoom and design. The image quality and portability also get good comments, whereas many are critical about the reliability.

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74% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic VDR-D300 3.1MP 3CCD DVD Camcorder with 10x Optical Image Stabilized ZoomPanasonic VDR-D300 3.1MP 3CCD DVD Camcorder with 10x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: Richard Baguley (

DVD Camcorder Takes High-Quality Video


Panasonic's VDR-D300, though expensive, does its job quite well.

May, 2006

Expert review by: Thomas Ricker (

Panasonic's VDR-D300 DVD camcorder reviewed


If you're one of those taken-in by the convenience of direct-to-DVD camcorderin' then listen up! DigitalTrends has a review of the Panasonic VDR-D300 video camera which they call the "best DVD camcorder" they've ever tested. Those "superb" videos and...

May, 2006


Expert review by: David Elrich (

Panasonic VDR-D300


The Panasonic VDR-D300 was one of the most anticipated camcorders of 2006. It's the first DVD camcorder to use three CCDs for recording video instead of a single imaging device. Panasonic has made a name for itself by incorporating three CCDs into...

3 CCDs; DVD convenience; optical image stabilization

Expensive; no hot shoe; poor GUI; battery life could be better

This is the best DVD camcorder I have tested to date.

May, 2006

Expert review by: Denny Atkin (

Panasonic VDR-D300 review: Panasonic VDR-D300


Decent low-light performance; vibrant color; solid battery life; acceptable still quality.

Optical zoom is only 10X; no analog input; no video light.

Rivaling its MiniDV competitors in a variety of shooting conditions, the Panasonic VDR-D300 doesn't force you to compromise video quality for the convenience of shooting directly on DVD.

Mar, 2006

Expert review by: Easy Camcorder (

Expert Review


The VDR-D300 is Panasonic's top-of-the-line DVD camcorder, a 3-chip model with excellent specs and features. At $999 (MSRP), the D300 is a strong competitor for best DVD camcorder of year, going head to head with the Sony's offering, the DCR-DVD505....

Accessory shoe, -Manual controls provide an immense amount of customization, -Simple administrative menu structure

Joystick control doesn't slide through manual options, instead requiring, the user to re-activate the joystick for each, step of a manual control, -Compression levels for DVD camcorders, -Poor flash placement to the side of the camcorder lens

Apr, 2006

Expert review by: James Murray (

Panasonic VDR-D300 Camcorder Review


The 3 CCD barrier on DVD camcorders has finally been broken. Meet the Panasonic VDR-D300 (along with its sibling, the D250). In theory, this top-end DVD cam with an MSRP of $999 should marry the best of Panasonic's MiniDV 3 chip performance with the...

The DVD505 has an immense 3.5-inch LCD screen, along with a proprietary accessory shoe which allows for add-ons like a Bluetooth wireless microphone and receiver. (While any hot shoe is more versatile than none, this proprietary hot shoe will demand...

Feb, 2006

Expert review by: James Murray (

Panasonic VDR-D300


The Panasonic VDR-D300 comes equipped with 3 1/6" CCDs, each with 800K gross pixels; there are 640K effective pixels in 4:3 aspect ratio, and 540K effective pixels in 16:9 mode. The differences between the D300 and Panasonic's top DVD camcorder from...

Feb, 2006

Expert review by: Good Gear (

Expert Review


A high performance video camera that could use a little tweaking

Good video quality, above average still images

A little awkward to hold, controls not that nice to use

Sep, 2006

Expert review by: James Morris (

Panasonic VDR-D300


It's a surprise to see the very consumer-oriented DVD camcorder format – whose big selling point is supposed to be that you can take the disc and stick it in your DVD player to watch it – married to semi-pro three-CCD (charge-coupled devices) optics in...

With the VDR-D300, Panasonic has successfully combined the manual features and image quality of a three-CCD camcorder with the convenience of DVD. You're paying a slight premium for the recording format, but in return you get the best combination of...

May, 2006


Expert review by: James Morris (

Panasonic VDR-D300


Panasonic has created the best DVD based camcorder on the market.

Panasonic has clearly attempted to apply the same strategy to the DVD camcorder which has been such a success for it in the DV world – namely, bringing three-CCD technology down to a much lower price point. Just as this has brought new levels of image...

Apr, 2006

Product Specifications are a range of digital video cameras from Panasonic, which do more than just take great pictures. With a host of digital capabilities, these cameras give you entirely new ways to enjoy the images that you capture and expand your possibilities for more creative visual communications. PRODUCT FEATURES: Superior color, detail and gradation: 3CCD Camera System; Suppresses hand-shake in both motion and still pictures: O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer); Superior Leica-certified image quality: Leica DICOMAR Lens Special high-performance imaging engine Crystal Engine; Capture even complex motion with precision: high quality MPEG 2 Engine; Take breathtaking still pictures: 3.1-Megapixel Still Pictures Recording; Pull distant subjects right up close with 10x optical zoom; Shoot wide, view wide: High-Picture-Quality Wide Mode (16:9) and 2.7" LCD; Choose the media you want with multi-format ease: DVD-RAM, DVD-RW; DVD-R; Select the recording mode to match your needs: XP, SP, LP Mode; Easy operation with One-Touch Navigation & Joystick Control; Find out what each icon means: Help Mode; Index screen for simple searching: Quick Search & Access with Disc Navigator; Easy ON/OFF.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic DVD

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.8
Max Focal Length:30mm
Min Focal Length:3mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Sensor Resolution:800Kpix
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:3CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / White fader
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:700
Media Type:DVD-R (8cm) / DVD-RAM (8 cm) / DVD-RW (8 cm)
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD