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Panasonic Palmcorder PV-L859

alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 reviews of Panasonic Palmcorder PV-L859. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the image quality and design. The usability and portability also get good feedback, but some have doubts about the battery.

portability, usability, design, image quality


On average, users rate this product 80/100.

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Expert review by : Dennis Berkla (

Panasonic PV-L859 VHS-C Camcorder


It was our choice as best VHS-C camcorder of 1999 with good reason. The Panasonic PV-L859 is an entry level camcorder with many of the features found only on high end models. And they're not necessarily the features you might expect

Apr, 2000

Consumer review (

So Easy Even I Can Use It!


I have to admit it - I would never have bought a camcorder of any kind, but I happened to win this one in a sweepstakes so I figured I might as well use it.

Very intuitive functionality


Jul, 2000

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The best I have ever Seen


I just love my palmcorder. I can take videos and still photos. I can take these videos and photos and put them in my computer, and e-mail them to all my friends and family. This camera is small, compact, light weight and VERY easy to use. It has a...

Very convenient and compact

none that I have come up with yet

Jun, 2000

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Can't use most of the time


This is my second Panasonic camcorder. Both have had the same problem. AT least 50% of the time, the camera will turn off after displaying the message "Dew Detected". It is not humid where I live so I cannot understand this. It has done the...

Good quality picture

doesn't work 50% of the time

Feb, 2000

Consumer review (

Versatile, easy to use, crisp and clear recordings


I was given a Panasonic PV-857D camcorder as a gift. While I have not tried the 859, the 857 is a prior model and should be comparable. I love this camcorder! I could never understand the home video craze until I started making them myself. This...

Extremely portable, easy to use, beautiful recordings, many useful features

Sound quality deteriorates when battery is low

Dec, 1999

Product Specifications

Panasonic offers a complete line-up of Palmcorder products to suit many different needs and applications. From VHS-C format camcorders to the latest in DVC digital technology Panasonic Palmcorders incorporate features designed to be both sophisticated yet simple and easy to use. For example, there is Digital EIS, an image stabilizer that minimizes the unwanted jitter and shake from the recorded picture. Panasonic Palmsight Palmcorders incorporate an extra large LCD monitor for easier recording that doubles as a TV screen plus, with the built-in speaker, you can check recordings "in the field" to ensure perfect results. For 2000, it gets even better. Your memories can now be transferred to a computer and e-mailed around the world! And along with every product that carries name "Panasonic", you'll also benefit from its more than 70 years of experience in building products that provide high reliability and value. Whether you want to capture your baby's first steps or create full-motion multimedia presentations, Panasonic has designed a Palmcorder with both your needs and budget in mind. This model features MotionSensor for simple home security applications as it starts camcorder recording when motion is detected, AudioSensor for simple home security applications as it starts camcorder recording when sound is detected and Color Digital Fade: select from 7 fade variations with your choice of 8 colors for flexibility in transition from one scene to the next.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Run Time (Up To):2hour(s)

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:4in
Diagonal Size (metric):10.2cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating (270
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Flash Memory

Form Factor:CompactFlash Card
Storage Capacity:2MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic Palmcorder

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F1.6
Max Focal Length:98.8mm
Min Focal Length:3.8mm
Optical Zoom:26
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Black / Metallic gray

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Sensor Resolution:480Kpix
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

Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / White fader
Digital Zoom:300
Media Type:VHS-C
Special Effects:Still / Strobe / Wipe
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD