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Panasonic NV-GS500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 299 reviews of Panasonic NV-GS500. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the design and price. The image quality and portability also get good feedback. Many are less positive about the connectivity, while the battery and size get mixed views.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic NV-GS500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Panasonic NV-GS500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 7 user reviews of Panasonic NV-GS500 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the battery and color. The price and durability also get good feedback, whereas there are some mixed opinions about the size.

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

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic NV-GS500 Mini DV Camcorder - Silver (3CCD, 4M.P. Stills, O.I.S)Panasonic NV-GS500 Mini DV Camcorder - Silver (3CCD, 4M.P. Stills, O.I.S)

Dec, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic NV-GS500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 144 user reviews of Panasonic NV-GS500 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Opinions about the design and price are generally positive. The image quality and portability also get good comments. There are some critical comments about the connectivity.

usability, portability, image quality, price, design

connectivity

92% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic PV-GS500 4MP 3CCD MiniDV Camcorder with 12x Optical Image Stabilized ZoomPanasonic PV-GS500 4MP 3CCD MiniDV Camcorder with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Richard Baguley (pcworld.com)

PV-GS500

 

The Panasonic PV-GS500 ($1000 as of 5/2/06) earned our Best Buy because it offers more controls, shot the best-looking video, and is the most flexible. And though it offers a lot of features, it's moderately priced for what it offers.

The Panasonic PV-GS500 is a great pick for serious shooters who want the benefit of automatic control and the flexibility of manual control. It takes great-looking video and stills

Jun, 2006

Expert review by : Richard Baguley (pcworld.com)

Panasonic PV-GS500 MiniDV Camcorder Review - PCWorld

 

Superior optical image stabilization

Some manual controls are a little awkward to access

Jun, 2006

Expert review by : Ben Wolf (cnet.com)

Image quality

 

Panasonic PV-GS500

Great video and decent stills; nice zoom lens with effective optical stabilizer.

A bit large; limited manual controls with poor accessibility; sluggish performance on auto; no headphone jack.

While its predecessor had prosumer aspirations, the Panasonic PV-GS500 is strictly for casual videographers who want top-notch video on autopilot.

Mar, 2006

Expert review by : Easy Camcorder (easycamcorders.com)

Expert Review

 

Quick Review Camcorders: Panasonic PV-GS500

Terrific video resolution and performance, - Priced lower than its predecessor, - Retains many great features like a focus ring and superb manual controls, - An overall standout among DV camcorders, but not by the wide margin of the PV-GS400

Loss of ring control over zoom, digital pass-through, headphone output and – sadly - much more., - We knew the PV-GS400...the PV-GS400 was a friend of ours. Panasonic PV-GS500, you are no PV-GS400

Nov, 2006

Expert review by : David Kender (camcorderinfo.com)

Panasonic PV-GS500 Camcorder Review - Panasonic MiniDV Camcorders

 

Easily one of the most anticipated camcorders in the last few years, Panasonic's PV-GS500 arrived this year to replace the hugely successful PV-GS400. The GS400 offered great video quality with a bundle of pro-level features that made it a hit with the...

Jun, 2006

Expert review by : Richard Baguley (macworld.com)

Panasonic PV-GS500 MiniDV camcorder

 

The Panasonic PV-GS500 MiniDV is a great pick for shooters who want the benefit of automatic control and the flexibility of manual control. And it takes great-looking video and stills.

Outstanding video quality; good selection of controls for both automatic and manual shooting; superior optical image stabilization

Heavier and bulkier than other camcorders; some manual controls are a little awkward to access

The highlight of this camcorder is its video quality: it got top marks in tests, in both normal and low-light conditions. The video has bright, accurate color and plenty of fine detail. The 16:9 wide-screen video looks equally impressive, and the...

Aug, 2006

Expert review by : David Kender (reviewed.com)

Panasonic PV-GS500

 

The PV-GS500 has retained the GS400's three 1/4.7" CCDs. Each chip has a 1070K gross pixel count and 700K effective pixel count. A 3-chip configuration is preferable to 1 chip for several reasons. The most basic is that incoming light is split by a...

Jun, 2006

Expert review by : Good Gear Guide.au (goodgearguide.com.au)

Expert Review

 

A MiniDV video camera that sits right at the top of the consumer camcorder ladder.

Excellent quality video, easy to use PC transfer

Slightly short optical zoom

Aug, 2007

Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (trustedreviews.com)

Panasonic NV-GS500

 

As MiniDV enters its twilight years, can Panasonic give the format a last gasp of quality?

Feb, 2011

Expert review by : Richard Baguley (techadvisor.co.uk)

Panasonic NV-GS500EB-S

 

The Panasonic NV-GS500EB-S is an extremely good camcorder that offers a host of controls, shoots extremely realistic video and is very flexible.

The Panasonic NV-GS500EB-S is a great pick for serious shooters who want the benefit of automatic control and the flexibility of manual control. It takes great-looking video and stills and is very well priced, considering the range of features.

Sep, 2006

Product Specifications

Panasonic PV-GS500 is a 3CCD Ultra-Compact Digital Palmcorder MultiCam Camcorder with 4.0 Megapixel Still Picture Recording.

Audio

Built-in Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Camera

Minimum illumination:2
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Design

Color of product:Black / Silver

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:6in
Height:2.9in
Width:3.6in

Display

Display:LCD
Display Diagonal:2.7
Display Resolution:123000

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
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-GS500
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic Palmcorder Multicam

Image Sensor

Optical sensor size:1 / 4.7
Sensor Type:CCD / CMOS
Total megapixels:4

Lens System

Digital Zoom:700
Filter size:1.69
Focal length range (f-f):0.13 - 1.56
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Optical Zoom:12
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens
Zoom capability:0.7

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:4Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:730Kpix
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

Audio Output:Y
Auto focus: Yes
Focus:AF/Manual(w/Ring)
I/O ports:S-Video out\nHeadphones out [Multi]\nUSB2 High Speed (mini B)\nDV in/out\nAccessory Shoe (Hot)\n
Lens system:Leica / Leica Dicomar
Manual focus: Yes
Night mode: Yes
Power consumption (typical):4.2
Power Requirements:DC 7.2/7.9 V / DC 7.9/ 7.2V / DC7.2/7.9V
Resolution:320 x 240
Sports: Yes
Video out:Y

Performance

Compatible products:HDC-TM350/SD300/HS300/SD200/HS200/SD20/HS20, HDC-DX1, HDC-SD1 & NV-GS500.

Ports & interfaces

DV port: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
S-Video in: No
S-Video out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/50 - 1/8000; 1/2 - 1/2000 / 1/50---1/8000(Tape Mord), 1/2---1/2000(Card Mode) / 1/50---1/8000, 1/2---1/2000

Storage

Camcorder tape type:Mini-DV

Video Input

Digital Zoom:700
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:6.02
Diameter:1.69
Height:2.87
Weight:20.1
Width:3.58

White Balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes