Summary: Panasonic's NV-GS400 was an excellent prosumer 3 CCD MiniDV camcorder released in 2004. Consider this the peak year of the tape format. The GS500 replacement was a few steps backward. I have owned two of these, and still use them for B-roll. The multi-purpose ring would have been better as a few manual switches for the serious videographer. The size is great, and night imaging pretty good.
A great video camera that produces professional results. Great value .
20 February 2012
Summary: I purchased this camera because of the following:- 1/. already have 3 I use onlocation & in a studio environment 2/. reliable & easy to use & have never let me down 3/. A tough workhorse that will take some rough treatment 4/. Panasonic is a name I trust & have used for many years 5/. light weight & easy to sling or mount fir that difficult shot 6/. Manual over ride settings 7/.
Summary: This camera is a perfect image creating machine. With its 3CCD it can deliver very colorful and sharp footage. Very sharp lens, ease of use, manual controls, big LCD screen, optical image stabilazer are it's winning poinst. I like the camera, its handling and performance.
Pros: Superb images, big LCD screen, optical stabilazer, manual controls.
Summary: I have owned The Nvgs 400 for a couple of years now and I think it is excelent. I only use it in auto mode and although it is nice to have a camera with all the manual controls it is good to just switch on and know that it will take excellent movies every time. the zoom is excellent and the stabilisation first class. I always use the viewfinder but the huge screen is excellent for reviewing. This camcorder is worth every penny.
Pros: superb colour ,very sharp movies,nice size for holding. battery life good.
Summary: How dare the reviewer say its low light capabilities is mediocre.... tell me one camera under twice its price.
Pros: We video weddings and outside it beats a PD170 hands down... big display so responsive to focus and zoom..and compared to a Z1 its only 20 lux worst off
Cons: yes its not as good as a pd170 in low light it drops off at 50 lux ...oh the latest sony Z1 is grappling at 30 lux... then Again a PD170 is still genuinely working at 20 lux. Where does yous reviewer get off accusing it of low light problems.. hello checkout prices s/hand on EBAY!!