Summary: Offering superb video quality under a wide variety of lighting conditions, the Panasonic PV-GS300 is an excellent choice if you typically shoot in automatic mode. Prosumers may find the limited choice and the awkward accessibility of the manual settings frustrating, however.
Pros: Excellent video quality; impressive low-light performance; effective image stabilization.
Cons: Relatively few manual settings; awkward joystick control.
Conclusion: At a $549 street price this is a very good—not great—Mini DV camcorder. If you’re thinking standard definition and tape, this is a fine choice. Still, it is tape-based and you’ll have to deal with that including rewinding cassettes and the possibility of recording over important memories.
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