Summary: This is one of the great value in Prosumer cameras. It has outstanding color with its three ccds. It has all the manual controls that are required in a prosumer camera, including headphone outlet, external mic output, zebra patterns, color bars and the very important audio level control.
Summary: When this camera first came out it was $1500. That put in the bracket to be the best prosumer camcorder of the time. I have used this camera for about 7 months and there is not one thing I did not enjoy about. It has ample screen size, 3CCD's and great color reproduction, a manual focus ring, Progressive Film Mode (which is nice), and so much more.
Summary: After searching for a very long time I came across a review for the panasonic pv-dv953. I read it throughly and at the end decided this was the camera for me. The price was low and the value was high and it made all the other cameras look pathetic in comparision. So I bought it and got it home and instantly knew I had made the right decision. Every single feature you could possibly want with ease of use.
Summary: I've never owned a camcorder before, so I have nothing to compare this to. But, it's been an overall good experience for me. The "quick start" in the manual had me shooting movies and stills in no time. **** You'll need to spend another $150 if you want to download movies to your computer - read more below **** The digital stills are amazing high quality. I had been warned that camcorders don't take very good stills, but these are pretty darn good.
Summary: I have had this video cam for over a year. The picture clarity is the best and it is extremely easy to use. I have had the still pictures developed at Costco/Walmart and they rival any good digital camera. I have created many a family movie with Microsoft's free movie maker software.
3CCDs, great optical stabilizer, and the price is right!
13 September 2003
Summary: panasonic has a winner in the PVDV953 camcorder. it has 3CCDs and takes incredible video. at a list price of less than fifteen hundred bucks, this is an incredible value. comparable 3CCD camcorders from sony are at least five hundred bucks more. pros: - excellent value - 3CCDs for less than fifteen hundred bucks! - as expected from having 3CCDs, this camcorder displays excellent video quality in good lighting.
Summary: Rishibh is incorrect: Like most if not all DV camcorders, this one has an IEEE-1394 interface to download movies to your PC. In addition, you can store MPEG-4 video on the data card, and use the unit as a webcam.
Buy this cam instead; the TRV950 is a total waste.
24 May 2003
Summary: I've been using the MX5000 (the Japanese version of the DV953)over a year, and I can assure you that this cam is a huge bargain. You can get one for $1100 or less (even cheaper than the 1CCD TRV80), and you know what? This cam incorporates the 3CCD technology that are widely used in professional video cameras today. Another great thing about this cam is the Leica lens that has special multiple coatings, and the Zeiss lenses in Sony cams are a joke in comparison.