"Dated but brilliantly powerful and versatile camera"
29 September 2011
Pros: Great versatility with the hand strap for both forward and rearward recording. Quick recording and pausing. Also has the ability to add an extra Night mode light (IR) or light for darker surrounds
Cons: Zoom only operates slowly when recording but lightning fast when using as viewer or in pause mode. The biggest downside is the lack of accessories avail now. 12 monts ago there was HEAPS! but now.. there is only batteries.
Excellent pro cam's for low light commerical shoots!
2 April 2011
Summary: The Panasonic DVC30 is one of the best pro cam's made for low light shoots! This is our third DVC30. We contract to concerts, expo's and other events and found this lightweight cam can get the job done. I prefer this over our Sony cams. No complaints with the image quality!
Summary: I have found no fault with the camcorder. It has performed as expected . I( am using it to record from a home movie screen some cherished scenes from 89MM movie film from ww2 and beyond including the hydrogen bomb test from the air at einawetak M.I. I then narate the scenes and transfer them to DVD for my grand kids.I was able to down load the users manual frim Panasonic and make a Manual in large print which gave me a perfect program on the first try.
Summary: wanted to start freelancing as a videographer, but didn't want to have the major expenses to get started. So I turned to ebay to buy good used equipt first. The AG-DVC30 worked great & I love it. Only problem (& wasn't told @ aucton)The menu on camera was in Japanees not english. So it was VERY hard to learn the functions, since I couldn't read what I was doing. But finaly figured it out. Great camera.
Summary: I've been wanting a 3-chip DV camcorder for awhile. After producing many thousands of hours of analog video, I grew to really enjoy using the Panasonic professional grade video equipment, and the great customer service Panasonic offers. I researched many different models of DV camcorders, including Canon, Sony, and JVC. The AG-DVC30 offers more bang for the buck, and with the optional XLR adaptor, it really puts it in the professional class.