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Panasonic VDR-M30 DVD-Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 37 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the reliability and portability. The design and image quality also get good feedback, but many are less positive about the color and price.

usability, image quality, design, portability, reliability

price, color

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic VDR-M30 DVD-Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 71/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 user reviews of Panasonic VDR-M30 DVD-Camcorder from The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on

usability, image quality, portability, design, reliability


69% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Panasonic VDRM30 DVD Digital Camcorder

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Panasonic - Some bugs still to work out


Lightweight, easy to use, audio is fantanstic

Poor true color, low light, and auto focus

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Why would you want tapes


On-site editing of videos on DVD. No tapes.

Expensive format to adopt. Average lens quality.


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Panasonic DVD video: not ready for prime time


a great idea, but not ready for prime time

instructions are horrible and it is difficult to learn

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Panasonic Made it Work!! DVD Camcorders will rule!!


Best Solution for DVD Lovers and Camcorder Starters

Burn Time from PC (if used) is over 20 minutes

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I hate it. Buy mine on EBay tomorrow. Please!


I bought mine 10/9/2003. I'm selling it on EBay tomorrow (12/19/2005). 1) Panasonic tech support is appallingly bad: they hide the phone number, then require you to input tons of stuff just to talk to a person, then the person may not even know how to ...

They probably don't make it anymore. That's the "Pro

Bundled software sucks. Tech support sucks. DVD-RAM media sucks

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Good value for money buy...


If you trust what the previous reviewer has said then Panasonic should take note. However, my experience of the same camera during my last 2 months use has been very different. I bought the VDR-M30 as the first Video Recorder I have owned. I have used ...

Video quality, ease of use, onboard video editing, burn to DVD capability

Video editing software, still quality

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Great camcorder that burns its own CD's


This is a Beautiful looking camcorder that matches its beauty with brains. The image quality on Fine ...

Great Picture qualityDVD-R plays on MOST dvd playersLight weightGREAT MEDIUM

Software is buggy. Wizard doesnt help, you should install ALL programs on the cd

Product Specifications

The VDR-M30 uses either DVD-RAM or DVD-R discs, giving you multiple recording and playback options. DVD-R discs are tough and versatile, and can be played back on most home DVD players. However, DVD-RAM discs allow you to record and erase, just like videotapes. DVD-RAM discs can also be played back in compatible devices, like select computers and home DVD-players. The VDR-M30 not only lets you record onto DVD, but you can also record onto SD Memory Cards. SD cards are versatile, high-capacity storage cards that are extremely small - about the size of a postage stamp. They work as "digital film", letting you capture images and then transfer them to a PC, TV, PDA, or other device equipped with an SD slot. A single DVD-RAM disc can hold approximately 120 minutes of high-quality MPEG2 moving pictures in standard recording mode. You can also record in XTRA mode for the best picture quality possible for the remaining disc space. A new, compact drive and higher-density mounting help the VDR-M30 achieve a super-slim body, approximately 2

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

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

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.5
Max Focal Length:31.5mm
Min Focal Length:3.15mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

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

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Scene Transition:Black & white fader / Black fader / Wipe fader
Digital Zoom:240
Media Type:DVD-R (8cm) / DVD-RAM (8 cm)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD