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Panasonic Palmcorder Multicam PV-GS29

alaTest has collected and analyzed 70 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the battery and image quality. The portability and price also get good comments. Some have doubts about the resolution and features.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic Palmcorder Multicam PV-GS29 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 75/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic Palmcorder Multicam PV-GS29

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 49 user reviews of Panasonic Palmcorder Multicam PV-GS29 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

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price, resolution, features

94% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic PV-GS29 MiniDV Camcorder with 30x Optical ZoomPanasonic PV-GS29 MiniDV Camcorder with 30x Optical Zoom

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Very good for the money

 

Although it is missing a lot of features, in comparison to the GS39 or GS59, it is pretty neat. The 30X optical zoom is a definite plus.

This camera is small, light, and very capable of taking videos in a variety of settings. The electronic image stabilization works--somewhat. Apparently you can take a snapshot while videotaping. I have not tried this feature

The power cord connector is behind the battery. The led video light is not bright enough nor does it reach far enough. Using the LCD monitor drains the CGR-DU06 7.2V 640mAh battery. There is no USB connection for downloading to a PC

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A basic but good camcorder

 

The video quality of the camcorder is pretty good for the price I paid. It has all the user features that most people would use, but not a lot of extras that a seasoned user expects. All the user controls are at your fingertips, it is lightweight and...

Very easy to use, Image quality is good

Only has Firewire connector not USB, Poor image quality in low light

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Good, basic, & cheap MiniDV camera

 

For the price, you get a very good MiniDV camera that is suitable for most people. The weaknesses listed are actually not that bad given the inherent limitations of these video cameras. The LED lights used on these cameras are usually only good to...

Good video quality, excellent optical zoom, good battery life

Lack of external SD card slot for pictures, no light, not widescreen

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Don't let it fool you

 

This is a great product except for one thing....the 29 cannot be hooked up to a computer to transfer movies.

Easy to use

Cannot transfer onto computer, only the 39 and 59 can

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Awsome Consumer Product

 

I am a novice film maker planning to go to college for video editing. I know enough about cameras to get me by. I purchased this camera in October of 2006 and was shocked at my findings. This is probably the best consumer video camera for it's price....

Great picture quality in good natural light. Renders and transfers to DVD with excellent quality. Great connection to my PC for capturing and editing. Also has really good image stability.

Quality of video not so good in low light. If you don't have a lot of natural light then there is some pixalation in the dark areas. Using the MagicPix night scheme really ruins quality.

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Great Cam

 

I used this cam to project a band onto 3 big screen in a very large club, from a distance of about 60 feet away from the stage, and the quality was awesome as long as the stage lights were on of course.

Great image quality, stabilization is decent, built in light works GREAT, has firewire, what ever smart user wants. very small and portable.

No SD Card, but then I chose to buy the cheaper one, instead of the next model up, also, I really don't need the SD as I have a good 6 MP digital cam.

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Great Cam

 

I used this cam to project a band onto 3 big screen in a very large club, from a distance of about 60 feet away from the stage, and the quality was awesome as long as the stage lights were on of course. People posting a weakness as no USB, are PC...

Great image quality, stabilization is decent, built in light works GREAT, has firewire, what ever smart user wants. very small and portable.

No SD Card, but then I chose to buy the cheaper one, instead of the next model up, also, I really don't need the SD as I have a good 6 MP digital cam.

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good cam

 

I got this camera for capturing moments I relish. I found everything good about it, but the lack of flash memory in it. To transfer the videos, I have to connect it everytime to my computer using a cable. It would have been an excellent choice if it...

Very small and cheap

not yet

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good cam

 

I got this camera for capturing moments I relish.

Very small and cheap

not yet

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good choice for entry level DV

 

I bought this PV-GS29 for less than $200 yet its performance is better than expected for this price. It has 30x optical zoom which is one of the hightest in the market. Its color is pretty good. However, as all low-end camcorders with 1/6" CCD, its...

cheap, good color, 30x zoom, plenty of manual control

no real 16:9 mode, weak performance in low light conditions, no support for SD cards, no USB interface

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Product Specifications

The PV-GS29 is a Digital Palmcorder MultiCam Camcorder featuring 30x Optical Zoom and 1000x Digital Zoom.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.7in
Height:2.7in
Weight:14.5oz
Width:3.2in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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

Header

Manufacturer:Panasonic
Model:PV-GS29
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic Palmcorder Multicam

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.9
Max Focal Length:57mm
Min Focal Length:1.9mm
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:340Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:680Kpix
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

Video Input

Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / White fader
Digital Zoom:1000
Media Type:Mini DV
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic
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