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Panasonic NV-GS400

alaTest has collected and analyzed 112 reviews of Panasonic NV-GS400. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the color and size. The image quality and usability are also appreciated, but some have doubts about the battery and portability.

price, usability, image quality, size, color

portability, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic NV-GS400 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 user reviews of Panasonic NV-GS400 from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the durability and image quality. The usability and price are also appreciated. The color and portability get negative views.

price, usability, image quality, durability

portability, color

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic NV-GS400B MiniDV Digital Camcorder [4Mp, 3 CCD's, 10x, 3.5" LCD]Panasonic NV-GS400B MiniDV Digital Camcorder [4Mp, 3 CCD's, 10x, 3.5" LCD]

Dec, 2018

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Panasonic NV-GS400 review


This Panny 'corder can shoot stills at a resolution of 4-megapixels, which makes it a match for a still camera

Sep, 2006

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Stuff magazine


This Panny 'corder can shoot stills at a resolution of 4-megapixels, which makes it a match for a still camera

Sep, 2006

Expert review by : Ben Wolf (

Panasonic NV-GS400


The Panasonic NV-GS400 offers outstanding value in a camcorder for the discriminating consumer.

Smart design and excellent manual controls ; Great three-chip imagery and 16:9 performance ; Solid optical zoom and stabiliser ; Big LCD

Not the smallest camera ; Mediocre low-light and still-image performance ; Not great as a point-and-shoot

Jan, 2006

EISA Award - Best Product

Expert review by : EISA (

Panasonic NV-GS400


Weighing less than 700g, the Panasonic NV-GS400 is the first consumer camcorder with 3 CCDs - 1 MegaPixel each - that achieves an amazing 16:9 picture quality, especially by utilizing the whole video frame, combined with the Pro Cinema mode, with progress

Jun, 2004

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Panasonic NV-GS400


This Panny 'corder can shoot stills at a resolution of 4-megapixels, which makes it a match for a still camera

Aug, 2008

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Panasonic NV-GS400B test and review


Panasonic's NV-GS400B looks to be an appealing package, but is it good enough to steal the Sony DCR-TRV950's mantle as the best low-cost, semi-pro three-chip camcorder?

Although the NV-GS400B isn't as aggressively priced as its stable mates, and costs more than Sony's HC1000, it delivers a lot for the money. The range of manual features is impressive even compared to Canon's XM2, and you'd have to push towards £2,000...

Feb, 2005

Expert review by : Colin Barrett (

SimplyDV Review: Panasonic NV-GS400 DV Camcorder


Superb pictures, great handling, good optical zoom, lots of manual functionality and a nice big LCD screen that you can see!

Upward-facing mic, 600x digital zoom superfluous

It's a great camcorder for the more serious user looking for excellent 3CCD pictures, manual functionality and - let's be honest - a bigger camcorder that has big buttons and stability

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Panasonic NV-GS400


it is the best camera in the market

super excellent video quality . manual controls

no led indecator when you recorrding . only if you open lcd screen

May, 2008

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Panasonic NV-GS400


pretty good video camera, i had been using it for last three years. it gives good sharp pictures

gives great still pictures

it would have been better if a double ring is given to manually control irish and focus

Apr, 2008

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Panasonic NV-GS400


Exceptional Video Quality

Price, Quality


Nov, 2007

Product Specifications

Objects of beauty have a power that goes beyond words and touches the heart. In photography, the challenge is to capture images that convey the same emotional depth. Panasonic meets this challenge with the 3CCD camera system and a host of other advanced imaging technologies that let you capture still pictures with breathtaking 4.0-megapixel resolution. With a Panasonic 3CCD camera, it's easy to capture still or moving pictures that touch the heart. And to any photographer, that's a beautiful thing. 3CCD Camera System The same system that is used in professional broadcast cameras can produce high quality pictures for you. Because the CCD (Charged Couple Device) is a key device for image quality, all professional video cameras use a 3CCD system. In this system, a prism splits the incident light into its three primary colors (red, green and blue) and each resultant color signal is collected by a separate CCD. The 3CCD system reproduces colors with exceptional fidelity and captures even subtle gradations. 4 Megapixel Still Picture Recording Density Pixel Distribution, a technology used in broadcasting, makes it possible to capture still pictures with superb megapixel quality. The tiny 2.5-micron intervals between pixels are shifted by one-half pitch both vertically and horizontally, which distributes them on the CCD with four times the density of previous systems. This lets you capture still pictures with 4-megapixel quality. Leica Dicomar Lens Delivering Leica's superior image rendering. The advanced optical technology that makes Leica Camera AG a legend in the camera world is fully reflected in the 12-element, multi-coated Leica Dicomar lens. This superb lens system eliminates unwanted reflections and reduces the flaring and ghosts that can distort images. It gives sharp definition even to the darker parts of an image, so the entire picture is clear. NEW Crystal Engine: Image Processing LSI The NEW Crystal Engine is a special new image processing circuit for 3CCD camera systems. Processing the signal from each of the three CCD's independently, it gives both moving and still pictures exceptional quality.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes


Minimum illumination:2

Camera Flash

Type:Pop-up flash

Dimensions & Weight



Display Diagonal:3.5
Display Resolution:200000

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):8.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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


Built-in flash:Y


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic NV

Image Sensor

Optical sensor size:1 / 4.7
Sensor Type:CCD

Lens System

Digital Zoom:600
Filter size:1.69
Focal length range (f-f):0.13 - 1.56
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.8
Max Focal Length:39.6mm
Min Focal Length:3.3mm
Optical Zoom:12
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4.7"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):5.4 mm ( 1/4.7 ) / 5.4 mm ( 1/4.7" )
Optical Sensor Type:3CCD
Sensor Qty:3CCD

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Other Features

I/O ports:S-Video Input/Output\nHeadphones out\nUSB 2.0\nDV Input/Output
Lens system:Leica Dicomar
Light exposure control:Sports/ Portrait/ Low Light/ Spot Light/ Surf and Snow
Media types supported:SD/MMC
Recording speed:SP/LP


Camera shutter speed:Tape: 1/50 - 1/8000 Card: 1/2 - 1/2000

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:PAL
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader
Digital Video Format:MPEG-4
Digital Zoom:600
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Gain-up / Mirror / Mix / Mosaic / Negative / Picture-in-Picture / Sepia / Slim / Solarization / Stretch / Strobe / Trail / Wipe
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic

Weight & Dimensions