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Panasonic VDR-D300

Panasonic VDR-D300
alaScore 83

86 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 86 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the color and battery. The portability and image quality also get good views. Reviews are divided on the value for money.

usability, image quality, portability, battery, color

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 83/100 = Very good quality.

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DVD Camcorder Takes High-Quality Video

 

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

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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...

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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.

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Panasonic VDR-D300

 

The first three-CCD DVD camcorder records sharp video but not enough of it to a disc.

Sharp video at high-quality setting Long battery life • Useful joystick, controls, menus, and options

DVD holds a limited amount of high-quality video Expensive

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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.

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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...

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Panasonic's Dandy DVD Recorder

 

If you want to record to a disc instead of a hard drive, the VDR-D300 is feature-packed and captures crisp movies and stills.

Anybody considering buying a camcorder these days needs to make a decision right off the top: To get one that records video and photos directly onto DVDs and memory cards, or a model that records right onto a hard drive.My preference is for the...

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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...

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"difficult to use beyond making DVDs"

 

With multiple steps, it will make "OK" DVDs that you can play in any DVD player. They are not great.

makes a dvd that you can use in any player (just about). OK for birthday parties or vacation scenery.

requires "finalization" before you can use said dvd in any player. Requires changing out the battery to use power.

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Panasonic VDR-D300

 

With multiple steps, it will make "OK" DVDs that you can play in any DVD player. They are not great.

makes a dvd that you can use in any player (just about). OK for birthday parties or vacation scenery

requires "finalization" before you can use said dvd in any player. Requires changing out the battery to use power

Product Specifications

e.cam 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
Type:Microphone

Battery

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

Depth:5.4in
Height:3.4in
Weight:20.6oz
Width:2.5in

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

Header

Manufacturer:Panasonic
Model:VDR-D300
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic DVD e.cam

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
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD
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