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Panasonic NV GS 55

alaTest has collected and analyzed 24 reviews of Panasonic NV GS 55. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the zoom and image quality are overall positive. The size and usability also get good opinions, but views are divided on the price.

portability, usability, size, image quality, zoom

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic NV GS 55 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 user reviews of Panasonic NV GS 55 from The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People are impressed by the image quality and size. The usability and portability are also mentioned favorably, whereas views are divided on the price.

portability, usability, size, image quality

67% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Apr, 2019

Expert review by : Easy Camcorder (

Expert Review


The Panasonic PV-GS55, when compared with last year's PV-DV53 model, shows a reduction in CCD size from 1/4 to 1/6 of an inch. The CCDs in both models contain 680k gross pixels; however, the PV-GS55 falls short in the video performance category. And...

700x digital zoom, - Manual Control, - Ports

Video/low light performance, - Still performance

Oct, 2004

Expert review by : Mark Bassett (

Panasonic PV-GS55 Camcorder Review - Panasonic MiniDV Camcorders


The Panasonic PV-GS55 is an ultra-compact camcorder with decent video and fairly poor low-light performance. However, there are quite a few gadgets, add-ons, and included extras to help justify the MSPR of $599. The PV-GS55 doesn't perform as well as...

May, 2004

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Panasonic PV GS55


The Panasonic PV GS55 is a Ultra-Compact MiniDV Camcorder with a 10x Optical Zoom.

Panasonic PV GS55: OpticsThe PV-GS55 is equipped with a 1/6-inch, 680,000-pixel CCD and 10x optical zoom It also features a 800x digital zoom that allows you to zoom in on incredible close-ups.

Product Specifications

Blending innovative technologies with new, simple-to-operate controls, Panasonic's Ultra-Compact PV-GS55 camcorder combines industry leading optical zoom ratios, in a small form factor that allows for video recording just about anywhere. The PV-GS55 Palmcorder Multicam was designed to simplify camcorder operation for the video novice and professional videographer alike, and includes high-definition optical zoom and digital zoom capabilities and ease of operation through newly designed layout and controls. For use in the digital still camera mode, Direct Mode Dial easy-access dial control lets users quickly select the desired digital camera mode, such as Record, Playback, Card Record or Card Playback. An LCD screen that can be opened a full 120 degrees away from the camcorder's body makes it easier to view motion images as they're being captured. The new model is a video camera first and foremost, and is well appointed with features to produce sharp digital recordings. For example, the image-enhancing MagicPix feature allows for rich videos under low-light conditions. Digital Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) helps take the jitter out of hand-held video recording and compensate for unintentional hand and camcorder movement. The PV-GS55 also features Soft Skin Detail function.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

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

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:8MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic NV/Panasonic Ultra-Compact Digital Palmcorder

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.3
Max Focal Length:23mm
Min Focal Length:2.3mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:400Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:680Kpix/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:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:PAL
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader
Digital Video Format:MPEG-4
Digital Zoom:500/700
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Gain-up / Mirror / Mix / Mosaic / Multi-image screen / Negative / Picture-in-Picture / Solarization / Strobe / Trail / Wipe/Mirror / Monotone / Mosaic / Negative / Sepia / Solarization / Strobe / Trail
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic