Summary: Well it don't get any better than this. This is everything I hoped it would be. The video is perfect, low light is great, sound is awesome. I took it to a wedding and was very happy with the results. There was also a professional videographer with a $5000.00 video camera and she had a big spot light on the top of it, so I thought, if she needs a light like that to get good video , I'm in trouble. But when I got home, I was very pleased with the low light results.
Summary: Picture quality is excellent. Usability is my only concern. It's not as intuitive as I would have like. In my first outing with it, I thought I was recording some footage that apparently did not get captured. That's unfortunate as it was some pretty good stuff. Another issue was audio quality in very windy situations, but that might not be specific to this camera. Generally a good camera.
Summary: This is a tourist-camera body with a professional output! I use this camera for commercial video and public access cable TV. I've taken this camera on vacation all over the world. On a flat panel TV, people always remark how incredibly good the resolution is on this camera, in all sorts of lighting environs. One of the standouts is the excellent lens and the sharp autofocus. It also rocks with a steadicam.
Summary: I won't go into all the technical specs of this camera because the other reviewers have already done an excellent job of doing that. I bought my pv-gs200 2 years ago and it's really an amazing and value packed product. They're a little tough to find new now but I would imagine a refurb would be of equal quality. The #1 reason why I purchased the gs200 is because it has a manual focus ring. I can use it for stills and full motion video.
Summary: The Digital Zoom is just useless for most camera! It is just a marketing sick joke. Turn off that stupid Digital Zoomm then your EIS will work a lot better ( try not to zoom all the way to 10X). If you need to get closer to the object then try to use a telephoto lense converter ( may be around $99 for a decent one). Over all I think this camera is doing very well! I would definately recommend it! Video quality is superb!
Summary: The Panasonic PV-GS200 is a great camera as all the other reviewers have mentioned. Don't buy this camera for the computer program, DV Studio3. I have Win XP Home and installed the software that was included with the camera. I have yet to find out how it works as the program freezes as soon as you start it. I get the splash screen and that's it. I usually have to use the task manager to shut down the program.
Summary: First off......why are all concerned about low light capabilities....most cameras are lowsy without some sort of external bulb. I had a GL2 which i recently sold because i no longer need to documentaries, and that camera needed an external light. Also the image stabilization is a joke. Like recent reviews. If you want perfection on screen then use a tripod and remote. Usually using the zoom won't keep you steady anyway.
Summary: After months of looking around, We had to opt out of 3 Camcorders, the SONY DHRC40, Canon Optura 40 and the Panasonic GS200. And we went for the later one. November 12th 2004: As the Camcorder is only 2 days old, I will post the Initial Review and Add to it later. Factors in Making us buy this camcorder: 1) 3 CCD, its not a hype. 2) Compact Size, and in fact the camcorder is really small and nice.
Summary: After a great deal of research, I decided to buy this camcorder. This is really an awesome piece producing vivid and life-like colors. I personally compared videos shot from popular models like Sony DCRHC40, JVC GRD90, Canon ZR90 and Panasonic PV-GS200. The built-in 3 CCDs in GS200 rocks and the difference is easily visible and of almost broadcast quality. I have no complaints about the image stabilizer.