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Panasonic Palmcorder PV-GS50

alaTest has collected and analyzed 25 reviews of Panasonic Palmcorder PV-GS50. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the size and portability. The battery and image quality also get good feedback. Opinions are divided on the design.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic Palmcorder PV-GS50 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 75/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 7 user reviews of Panasonic Palmcorder PV-GS50 from 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 Views about the reliability and portability are overall positive. The size and battery also get good feedback, but there are some mixed reviews about the image quality.

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

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic PVGS50S MiniDV Ultra Compact Digital Palmcorder (Silver)Panasonic PVGS50S MiniDV Ultra Compact Digital Palmcorder (Silver)

Dec, 2018

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GS 500 at one month


I am cameroonian residing in South Africa with hobbies in photo and video. The built quality of this camera is very good, inspires confidence. it is on the larger side but has a pleasant feel on holding and surprisingly light. i nevertheless feel the ...

image quality ; built quality

battery ; lack of headphones

Apr, 2007

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A real gem for the videographer.


It was that time again. Time to start the search for a replacement for my camcorder - a Sony which has seen very heavy use and was beginning to show the signs of wear and tear. The Sony has been good. Hard to replace in many ways. When it was bought, ...

Impressive video quality, great handling and controls, optical stabilization, good optical zoom. Good battery life

Still images are average quality, flash is weak and ill positioned

Jan, 2007

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Using the wide angle lens, and my experience with the cam after 22 months


UPDATE August 08Still using the camcorder several times a week. I have shot a lot of video for The white balance problem happens most often with flourescent lighting. The dirty head message becomes worse with higher humidity. We are in ...

Great video, Manual controls, My Modifications.

Floppy grip belt, Short battery life, Not enough gain for me, wind noise

Aug, 2006

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A 1.26 lb miracle


Before getting this camcorder, I talked to my friend who owns a 3-CCD "prosumer" Panasonic PV-GS400 and to a couple of salesmen who seemed professional and honest to me. I also read hundreds of reviews in the Internet and compared video quality of ...

Exceptional video quality ; Easy setup ; Very good manual

Poor still image quality ; Body design could be better

Jul, 2006

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Music Video Success with the PV-GS50


This is a lovely little camcorder that I like to call a movie camera. I shot my first indie music video for a group using the Panasonic GS50. The image quality is 'there'. If you're planning to do any type of project (documentary, video diary, music ...

Video Quality. VHS to Digital Pass Through. Hot Shoe. Price.

None really. Battery Life...maybe?

Sep, 2005

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One of the better quality camcorders. Consumer Reports rated amongst highest.


This is an excellent quality camcorder. Often there's more to consider when reading reviews on camcorders, such as the lighting in the room. Perhaps it'd be given a bad overall review if most using this product fired it up without considering lighting....

Excellent picture quality when used in conjunction with good lighting

A couple of minor ones, but not even worth mentioning

Nov, 2004

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One of the better quality camcorders. Consumer Reports rated amongst highest.


Excellent picture quality when used in conjunction with good lighting.

A couple of minor ones, but not even worth mentioning.

Nov, 2004

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Tough little camera - weak peripheral bundle


Compact, tough, quick and easy to use in auto

Noisy low light image, no firewire cable, lame software bundle, questionable manual controls

Oct, 2004

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Tough little camera - weak peripheral bundle


I've been using this camera for about a year with pretty good results. I bought it to shoot video of our baby, so I was not looking for professional quality imagery from the outset. I like that the camera is small, easy to carry and quick to fire-up. ...

Compact, tough, quick and easy to use in auto

Noisy low light image, no firewire cable, lame software bundle, questionable manual controls

Oct, 2004

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Great Camcorder!


Size, digital, steady shot, video quality.

Battery life, still picture quality.

Oct, 2004

Product Specifications

The PV-GS50 series features a 2.5" LCD display, 10X optical and 700 X digital zoom1, color viewfinder and an SD Memory Card slot (plus included 8 MB SD Memory Card) for recording digital still pictures and MPEG 4 moving images. This PC-friendly camcorder is also ready to handle a variety of multimedia applications. With an IEEE 1394 digital interface and a USB port, downloading video and still images to a PC is simple. There, they can be edited, digitally enhanced and placed in e-mails. As web cams, the PV-GS50 series is also ideal for video conferencing with friends or family, or used as a simple surveillance device when users are away from home. The PV-GS50 series is also a highly capable digital still camera. With Progressive PhotoShot, users can take still pictures with high resolution, fine detail and smooth image contours. By storing image data in two fields instead of one, then combining them with no time lag, the camcorder can produce pictures with 1.5 times the resolution of standard recorded stills. Fun features include multi-image playback, which lets users view nine consecutive frames of action on the LCD screen - to analyze a golf swing, for example. The Picture-in-Picture mode allows a still image to be recorded as an inset over a moving picture. Of course, the PV-GS50S 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) compensates for hand and camcorder jitter. Furthermore, the high-definition 10x optical/700x digital zoom can help users get exceptionally tight shots of far-away subjects. The PV-GS50S gives equal attention to audio recording by featuring a zoom microphone, which works in conjunction with the optical zoom, creating a natural correlation between the viewed images and the audio being heard.

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 Palmcorder/Panasonic Ultra-Compact Digital Palmcorder/Panasonic Ultra-Compact Digital Palmcorder MultiCam

Lens System

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



Optical Sensor

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

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

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


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic