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Panasonic PV-GS180

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The Panasonic PV-GS180 is up against a lot considering the fact that it is trying to replace the very popular PV-GS150 model. For the new PV-GS180, Panasonic has taken a unique approach. They have decided to take away many of the features of the previous model so that they can in turn lower prices. This can work out both positively and negatively, and consumers seem to agree with this thought early on.

The PV-GS180 is the cheapest three chip camcorder offered by Panasonic. It is good that even though…

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The Panasonic PV-GS180 is up against a lot considering the fact that it is trying to replace the very popular PV-GS150 model. For the new PV-GS180, Panasonic has taken a unique approach. They have decided to take away many of the features of the previous model so that they can in turn lower prices. This can work out both positively and negatively, and consumers seem to agree with this thought early on.

The PV-GS180 is the cheapest three chip camcorder offered by Panasonic. It is good that even thought Panasonic was attempting to cut prices that they did not do so by compromising this three chip set up. With three 1/6” chips the PV-GS180 performs great in terms of sharpness and color balance; especially in bright light conditions.

When light became a bit less sparse, the PV-GS180 began to struggle a bit. In low light the size of the chip matters much more than how many are being used. This resulted in average performance. Luckily, noise was kept to a minimum and is hardly noticeable.

The majority of users would not have any problem buying this model, and begin shooting in no time at all. An easy to use interface that is properly laid out makes it easy for anybody to get used to how the PV-GS180 works. While in auto mode you can let the camcorder do the work for you so that all you have to do is worry about shooting.

Overall, the Panasonic PV-GS180 is a great camcorder. Although this model has a lot to offer, it is not as good as last year’s PV-GS150. You may have to pay a bit more for the PV-GS150, but if you can afford it this may be the way to go. But either way, Panasonic has given consumers something to think about.

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