Summary: The Panasonic pv-dv900 is a very basic DV camcorder. It uses the mini-dv cassette which is supported by many and is probably better in the long run than Sony's Digital 8 which uses standard 8mm for Digital 8 recorders. The picture quality on the Panasonic pv-dv900 is very good. When I first purchased this camera, I tried it out using a JVC mini dv tape and the picture quality really looked bad, then somehow like overnight, it cleared itself up.
Summary: There are many different dv camcorders out there for all kinds of budgets. My budget was no too large for my dv purchase, so I shopped around and found the panasonic. I had read both positive and some luke warm reviews of the pv-dv900, but decided to go for it. I am so glad that i did. I am not a videophile, but the picture and sound i get out of this camera are amazing. It is still better than my old vhs-c camcorder after I dub onto VHS. It is awesome.
Summary: I bought this camcorder in 2000. The price was great at $500. It was a sale to get rid of the 900s before the newer series came out. The camera is basic. The eyepiece doesn't swivel. Which doesn't matter. I usually use the lcd, which drains the battery faster. The screen is 2.5" small but in color. All in all it is a good camcorder. Like the other reviewer, be careful. This camcorder is discontinued so the price has been jacked up.
This product is disappeared from the market, be careful
23 March 2009
Summary: Good cheap cam with nice features... Has firewire IEEE1934 interface to interact with the PC. Still shot capability holds up to 700 mid-quality images. The problem is that the product is not even listed in the Panasonics site oficially, it's been missing between DV800 and DV950 models ( and 910 misses too ). But actually the info exists in the site when you edit the http address and replace the "950" with the "900".
Summary: I bought it used because I wanted to film the birth of my niece. It has worked great every since and takes stills that are great for slideshows, as well as high quality video. I can transfer the videos to VHS or DVDs simply. The bells and whistles on this model are great, couldn't ask for better. Pros: lightweight, easy to use, VCR playback, tilting color screen, still photos, long battery life Cons: None yet!