Summary: We purchased this camera in 2005 before going to Peru on vacation. It performed amazingly! We shot about 500 stills, and about 5 mini-dv tapes full of memories. I have used it on many trips since and now use it almost weekly at church events and family gatherings. It has worn out 2 batteries, and keeps on making great video. Now that we are in the HD world, we were thinking of upgrading to an HD camera.
Summary: this was my first ever camcorder, this model dropped in price and can be picked up for around $200-300. As mentioned in many online reviews the color is very accurate, but issues with low light. I never had to shoot in low light, but I did purchase a Bescor MX-601 light kit for $90 that fits on the hotshoe (get the 40w version with 2 20w bulbs is good enough to film an outside patio scene with approx 15-20ft max clarity NOT on zero lux setting which is very choppy but...
Summary: This camcorder has many features to desire and can be used for everyday use in many conditions. This is the second camcorder I've had in this range and am really pleased with it. The only negative thing about it is the low resolution still camera functionality it has at 3.1 MP. Otherwise a great buy with good clarity, saturation, optical zoom and features.
Summary: I did a lot of research before buying the PV-GS250. Now that I have the camera in my hands I know I made a great choice. Great image quality. Great build quality. The low light problems you read about are not really a big deal. In a noramlly lit room everything is fine.
Summary: Bought this camcorder(my 1st) after reading most of the reviews on the net. Quality is great with video other than at low light rating but most of the the consumer camcorder had the same problem anyway), didn't expect to take still with camcorder so didn't care about the 3.1mp. Very easy to use and feels good in my hand. I gave a 4 because I know soon there will be better camcorder in the market at this price range.
Summary: Make sure you use the sun filter when shooting outside. I killed my wonderful camera one sunny day when I forgot the sun filter and accidently took a picture of the sky. Now my awesome wonderful camera is dead. And we are so sad.
Nice little camcorder - performs up to advertisement
T. O'Malley, Amazon
30 August 2005
Summary: This has turned out to be a pretty good unit. I have filmed a wedding with it and taken many stills at night and in daylight. The stills come out well if you have plenty of light. They don't work as well in low light. The flash works well for the stills. The SD card seems to need a reader to download the photos all at once, unless I missed something (very possible) in the manual. The camcorder has excellent quality, as long as you have minimal lighting.
Summary: An overall great camera for those that are serious about movie making. The colors are amazing and the easy-to-use specs with this camera are great, especially the joystick controls. The only setback with this camera are its capabilities in low-light or no-light settings, even when it is put in its low-light menu selection. Other than the that, this camera is a fun, easy to use with amazing picture quality.
Summary: Perhaps the biggest failure of this product is the lack of documentation on how well this camcorder operates with Macintosh. Using a 4pin to 6pin Firewire cable (not included), this camera easily connects to Macs making an easy tranfer into iMovie for editing. In fact, I couldn't find any mention of how to use Firewire with this camcorder. This camcorder is extremely small and I was concerned about how well I would like the small controls.
Summary: Excellent camcorder with a lot of feartures. Bravo to Panasonic hardware engineers. However, I spent entire weekend in trying to connect camcorder to Motion DV. Instructions in English are made from direct computer translation from Japanese, so it is very hard. French version a little better. No a clear expalnation between USB and IEEE connection options.