Excerpt: The Panasonic PV-GS300 is a rather compact camcorder, even with blank cassette recording media. It fits nicely in your hand and has a primarily silver body made mostly of metal with exception to the plastic door covering the tape mechanism. The camcorder weighs 18.4 ounces with tape, battery and SD memory card in place. A very easily adjusted Velcro wrist strap places your hand in good position to reach the main controls such as the wide/tele zoom switch.
Conclusion: This is a really good camera for people that want to just point and shoot. If you don’t want to mess around with lots of features and options then you will be happy. In general this camera really takes great pictures without a lot of fuss. I am highly disappointed with the lack of a real light for the camera, the poor performance of the wind elimination and optical image stabilization, and the really bad warranty.
Excerpt: The PV-GS300 is Panasonic’s penultimate MiniDV camcorder for this year, just under the PV-GS500. It replaces the GS250, and with a price drop of three hundred dollars, the $699 MSRP makes it an excellent value. It carries over the fine tradition of solid video performance, three 1/6” CCDs, superior manual controls, and great handling. The price drops comes at the loss of a focus ring, a headphone jack, and analog-to-digital pass through.
Pros: -Lower price than predecessor, -Better video performance, -Widescreen LCD, -Smaller camcorder body than last year
Cons: -Loss of Headphone Jack, -No analog-to-digital pass-through, -Loss of Focal Ring