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Panasonic DVD DIGA Palmcorder VDR-M53

alaTest has collected and analyzed 59 reviews of Panasonic DVD DIGA Palmcorder VDR-M53. The average rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the size and image quality. The portability and price are also mentioned favorably. There are some negative comments about the battery and reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic DVD DIGA Palmcorder VDR-M53 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 75/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic DVD DIGA Palmcorder VDR-M53

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 50 user reviews of Panasonic DVD DIGA Palmcorder VDR-M53 from Amazon.com. 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 Amazon.com. Opinions about the size and design are generally positive. The portability and price are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the image quality and reliability.

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reliability, image quality

62% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic VDR-M53 DVD Camcorder w/24x Optical ZoomPanasonic VDR-M53 DVD Camcorder w/24x Optical Zoom

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: Terry Sullivan (pcmag.com)

Panasonic VDR-M53 miniDVD camcorder

 

CCDType: Single CCD, Video Recording Format: DVD-RAM, Video Recording Format: DVD-R

Easy-to-use menus. Good zoom range. Quite inexpensive.

Mediocre video quality. Some manual controls were difficult to use. Colors should be more accurate.

The Panasonic VDR-M53 miniDVD camcorder is the most inexpensive DVD camcorder we've seenand performs like it. Still, the price is right if you can live with less-than-perfect video quality.

Nov, 2005

Expert review by: Easy Camcorder (easycamcorders.com)

Expert Review

 

Panasonic's entry level camcorder, the VDR-M53, attempts to provide convenience and affordability to its users.  Its "Naked Disc" format, also offered other Panasonic DVD cams, provides better access to footage by allowing it to be viewed on a computer...

Naked Disc Compatibility, -Video Performance

Low Light Performance, -Button Placement

Sep, 2005

Expert review by: Matt Culler (camcorderinfo.com)

Panasonic VDR-M53 Camcorder Review - Panasonic DVD Camcorders

 

Panasonic's VDR-M53 is the company's most stripped-down DVD camcorder to date, and as such ties Sony's DCR-DVD92 for this year's cheapest, most affordable DVD camcorder. It can be had for around five hundred bones, though it lacks some key features. It...

May, 2005

Consumer review by: careful2 (epinions.com)

A good basic camera... but Panasonic has moved on

 

small, light and it uses cheap DVD-R's No more cassettes! yeah!

it gets hot to the touch. battery life is not great ~45 mins

Jun, 2006

Consumer review by: careful2 (shopping.com)

A good basic camera... but Panasonic has moved on

 

I love this camera. for the price I paid (about $350 new) it works great. It's small, easy to handle, has reasonably good sound and works in most light conditions.

small, light and it uses cheap DVD-R's No more cassettes! yeah

it gets hot to the touch. battery life is not great ~45 mins

Jun, 2006

Consumer review by: jrkola (pricegrabber.com)

DVD RAM a big draw back

 

Over all its worth for money The DVD burned by this product can be viewed in various formats and platforms. We can burn it different option. Easy to load it into computer and it can be edited in different formats

Very clear picture, easy handling, very handy and less than a pound weight

not good in the dark and low lights....may be i need to look further with options for night pictures

Aug, 2005

Consumer review by: jrkola (pricegrabber.com)

DVD RAM a big draw back

 

Very clear picture, easy handling, very handy and less than a pound weight

not good in the dark and low lights....may be i need to look further with options for night pictures

Aug, 2005

Consumer review by: sivu_cit (pricegrabber.com)

This product is very compact and stylish. It give ...

 

This product is very compact and stylish. It gives more clarity and high resolution. It is easy to handle. The DVD burned by this product can be viewed in various formats and platforms. We can burn it different option. Easy to load it into computer and...

More clarity wigh high resolution, Easy to handle. Works on various DVD platforms. world wide acceptable voltage range from 140- 240 volts

Needs little more options while shooting pictures in night

Jun, 2005

Consumer review by: sivu_cit (pricegrabber.com)

Panasonic MultiCam VDR-M53 DVD Digital Camcorder

 

This product is very compact and stylish.

More clarity wigh high resolution, Easy to handle. Works on various DVD platforms. world wide acceptable voltage range from 140- 240 volts.

Needs little more options while shooting pictures in night

Jun, 2005

Product Specifications

Record directly onto DVD-RAM or DVD-R discs for multiple recording and playback options. With DVD-RAM discs you never have to worry about erasing a recording or finding blank space. You can just start recording. DVD-RAM discs can also be played back in compatible devices, like select computers and home DVD-players. DVD-R discs are strong and versatile, and can also be played back on most home DVD players. The VDR-M53 has a built-in digital still camera which lets you capture incredibly lifelike still images directly onto a DVD disc or SD Memory Card. Now you can store all your memories form a special event conveniently in one place. The optical zoom acts like a telescope to produce close-up shots with extraordinary clarity. And, with variable zoom speeds, you can adjust how fast the camcorder lens moves from wide-angle to full telescope. In addition, the digital zoom ratio can be increased up to an extraordinary 800x. Now that's close up! Digital EIS compensates for unintentional hand and camcorder movement to help stabilize your recordings, even while you're recording as a passenger from a moving vehicle or while walking. With Digital EIS, you will not have to worry about shaky soccer games or family outings. You can also record onto SD Memory Cards. These versatile, high-capacity storage cards 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 compatible PC, TV, PDA, or other device equipped with an SD slot. It is an easy way to share your images with friends and family. The LCD monitor provides excellent viewing clarity in full vivid color. The 2.5" diagonal color LCD screen rotates up to 270-degrees for multiple viewing angles, providing sharp, detailed images for monitoring or playback. Now you can enjoy your finished recordings right on the spot.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Panasonic CGA-DU07A

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:5.3in
Height:3.5in
Weight:0.9lbs/15.5oz
Width:2in

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

Header

Manufacturer:Panasonic
Model:VDR-M53
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic DVD DIGA Palmcorder

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.6
Max Focal Length:50.4mm
Min Focal Length:2.1mm
Optical Zoom:24
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:0.34Megapixel
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

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Black & white fader / Black fader / Wipe fader
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:500/800
Media Type:DVD-R (8cm) / DVD-RAM (8 cm)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD