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Panasonic VDR-M50 Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 383 reviews of Panasonic VDR-M50 Camcorder. The average rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Opinions about the size and image quality are generally positive. The portability and price also get good feedback. Views about the durability and battery are different, and some have doubts about the connectivity and memory.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic VDR-M50 Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 191 user reviews of Panasonic VDR-M50 Camcorder from The average user rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Comments about the design and portability are on the whole positive. The image quality and price also get good feedback, whereas there are some negative opinions about the reliability.

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65% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic PV-GS9 MiniDV Camcorder w/20x Optical ZoomPanasonic PV-GS9 MiniDV Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom

Mar, 2019

Expert review by : Bill O'Brien (

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Panasonic VDR-M70

Compact design for a mini-DVD model; simple menu system; 16:9 recording capability.

No headphone jack; no built-in flash or video light; viewfinder doesn't tilt; low-light mode mostly ineffective.

The VDR-M70 doesn't shake our belief that mini-DVD camcorders still are not ready for prime time.

Oct, 2004

Expert review by : Glenn Menin (

Panasonic VDR-M50


While it may appeal to people who want the simplicity of being able to record directly to DVD-R or DVD-RAM discs, the Panasonic VDR-M50 will also frustrate enthusiasts by virtue of the DVD format's limitations.

Very small and portable. Easy to use. Welcome 18X optical zoom.

Mediocre image stabilization and still-image quality. Can't shoot higher-quality DV, only MPEG-4. Mediocre audio.

If you lack the motivation or equipment to off-load video to a PC for editing, and instead plan on just shooting to DVD, you may find this an acceptable (if expensive) device. Enthusiasts, however, will be disappointed with both the video quality and...

Sep, 2004

Expert review by : Easy Camcorder (

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Panasonic's VDR-M70 raises the bar and becomes this year's top-end offering in Panasonic's DVD camcorder racket. While this bad boy offers many upgrades and new features over its less advanced contemporary, the VDR-M50, the VDR-M70 has the same imager,...

Decent Low light performance, - Hot accessory shoe

Price, - Format convenience

Nov, 2004

Expert review by : Matt Culler (

Panasonic VDR-M50 Camcorder Review - Panasonic DVD Camcorders


At an MSRP of $799.95, the Panasonic VDR-M50 offers consumers a DVD camcorder of good quality for the cost with arguably better recording compatibility than the majority of DVD camcorders.

Jun, 2004

Expert review by : Matt Culler (

Panasonic VDR-M70 Camcorder Review - Panasonic DVD Camcorders


At an MSRP of $899.99, the Panasonic VDR-M70 overcomes many of the shortcomings found in other DVD camcorders. It raises the bar on DVD camcorder quality by offering many options for recordable media and storage space for photo stills and video,...

Jun, 2004

Expert review by : Mark Bassett (

Panasonic PV-GS9 Camcorder Review - Panasonic MiniDV Camcorders


At an MSRP of $349.99, the Panasonic PV-GS9 is the entry-level camcorder in their group of consumer Mini DV camcorders. The Panasonic PV-GS9 has some manual options but, as a rule, it's better suited for use in automatic. The Panasonic PV-GS9 has a...

May, 2004

Expert review by : Brian Peterson (

Camcorder Review: Panasonic VDR-M50PP DVD


Panasonic's compact VDR-M50PP camcorder gives the video hobbyist the convenience of recording video and still shots directly to DVD then playing them back on a newer home DVD player. As much as 60 minutes of video will fit on either 8cm DVD-RAM or...

Convenience of recording directly to DVD-RAM and DVD-R ; High capacity recording of low resolution stills

Speaker is muted by your hand if held during playback ; Low resolution stills ; A/V jack in an awkward location

The VDR-M50PP is a great solution for the video enthusiast who needs the convenience of recording directly to DVD and not the need for the highest quality video

Apr, 2005

Expert review by : Charles Fulton (

Camcorder Review: Panasonic PV-L552H VHS-C


Do you remember the "bad old" days when all you could find in stores were VHS, VHS-C and 8mm camcorders? Back in the early 1990s Panasonic ran a TV spot with a shopper looking for a new camcorder. She asked several salespeople whether the tapes will...

Huge viewscreen ; Potentially useful time-lapse features

Very few manual controls

Worth considering if you need a VHS camcorder.

Feb, 2004

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Panasonic VDR M50


Panasonic VDRM50 DVD video camcorder with 2.5-inch LCD w/18x Optical Zoom.

The stylishly small Panasonic VDR M50 marks the next step in DVD video camcorders. As full-featured as it is easy to use, this compact camcorder records high-quality digital video and still images onto removable 3-inch (8cm) DVD-RAM and DVD-R discs,...

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Panasonic VDR M70


Panasonic VDRM70 DVD Camcorder with 2.5-inch LCD w/10x Optical Zoom.

The stylishly small Panasonic VDR M70 marks the next step in DVD video camcorders. As full-featured as it is easy to use, this compact camcorder records high-quality digital video and still images onto removable 3-inch (8cm) DVD-RAM and DVD-R discs,...

Product Specifications

Palmcorder PV-DV203 is a 3 in 1 camcorder that features the benefits of a digital camcorder, digital still camera and web cam camera. The PV-DV203 is fully PC compatible, with i.LINK IEEE 13941 and USB computer interfaces. This enables video and still images to be easily downloaded to a desktop or laptop computer, where they can be saved, edited, digitally manipulated or added to a Web site or e-mailed. It also incorporates a removable SD Memory card for quick and secure storage and transference of digital still images. Using the MPEG-4 Movie Messenger system, video captured by the PV-DV203 can also be downloaded and emailed to friends and family. The PV-DV203 can also serve as a Web camera for video conferencing with friends and relatives, or even for simple Internet-based surveillance when you're away from home. As a digital still camera the PV-DV203 can also record still pictures with exceptional clarity. Panasonic's Progressive PhotoShot captures image data and temporarily stores it in two separate field memories. The images in the two memories are then combined with no time lag, resulting in pictures with 1.5 times the resolution of standard-recorded stills. In addition to this wealth of features, the PV-DV203 also features a color viewfinder, Dual Digital Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) that compensates for camcorder jitter, both during recording and playback of previously recorded video, and a digital LED light for low power consumption and safety.


Built-in Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono/Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Run Time (Up To):1hour(s)

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes


Minimum illumination:12

Camera Flash

Type: None


Color of product:Silver

Dimensions & Weight



Display Diagonal:2.5
Display Resolution:123000

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in/4in
Diagonal Size (metric):10.2cm/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


Country Kits:United States
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic DVD DIGA Palmcorder/Panasonic Palmcorder/Panasonic Palmcorder Multicam

Image Sensor

Optical sensor size:1 / 4
Sensor Type:CCD
Total megapixels:1.2

Lens System

Digital Zoom:240
Filter size:1.46
Focal length range (f-f):0.15 - 1.5
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.8/F/1.8-2.4/F/1.8-3.1/F/1.8-3.6
Max Focal Length:37.8mm/38mm/42mm
Min Focal Length:2.1mm/3.8mm
Optical Zoom:10/18/20/26
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1Mpix/270Kpix/680Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4"/1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6 ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6" )/6.4 mm ( 1/4 ) / 6.4 mm ( 1/4" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Other Features

Audio Output:Multi-Terminal
Audio recording formats:MPEG Audio Layer 2
I/O ports:USB 2.0\nVideo Out\nAudio Out
Lens system:F1.8(Wide) - 2.4(Tele)
Media types supported:8cm DVD-RAM Ver. 2.1, 8cm DVD-R Ver. 2
Photo mode: Yes
Video out:Multi-Terminal

Ports & interfaces

DV port: No
S-Video in: No
S-Video out: Yes

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Still Image

Still image resolution(s):1280 x 960


Compatible memory cards:MMC, SD

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Black & white fader / Black fader / Wipe fader/Black fader/Black fader / Mosaic fader / Random / Sharp / Soft / Stripe / Stripe fader / White fader
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:240/500/700/780/800
Media Type:DVD-R (8cm) / DVD-RAM (8 cm)/Mini DV/VHS-C
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Mirror / Mix / Mosaic / Multi-image screen / Negative / Picture-in-Picture / Sepia / Slim / Solarization / Stretch / Strobe / Trail / Wipe/Color / Sepia / Wide/Mirror / Monotone / Mosaic / Picture-in-Picture / Sepia / Slim / Stretch / Strobe / Trail
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Black & white/Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic/LCD

Weight & Dimensions