Excerpt: Panasonic’s entry level camcorder, the VDR-M53, attempts to provide convenience and affordability to its users. Its "Naked Disc" format, also offered other Panasonic DVD cams, provides better access to footage by allowing it to be viewed on a computer or DVD player without the need of a special cartridge. In the past, DVD-RAM media came housed in a plastic shell, severely limiting their playback options.
Conclusion: The Panasonic VDR-M53 miniDVD camcorder is the most inexpensive DVD camcorder we've seen—and performs like it. Still, the price is right if you can live with less-than-perfect video quality.
Pros: Easy-to-use menus. Good zoom range. Quite inexpensive.
Cons: Mediocre video quality. Some manual controls were difficult to use. Colors should be more accurate.