Excerpt: With an MSRP of $349, the Panasonic PV-GS39 provides an immense number of manual controls without breaking the bank. This 1 chip camcorder allows control over focus, exposure, white balance, gain, and aperture – the gamut of controls Panasonic always packs into their camcorders in a price range most manufacturers skimp on. And to boot, you also get a 2.7 inch widescreen LCD and a memory card slot, and true 16:9 widescreen shooting.
Pros: -Joystick navigation of the linear and well structured menu, -Native 16:9 chip for true widescreen, -Manual controls and the extensive number of settings available in each option, -Side loading tape compartment will allow users to switch tapes without removing camcorder from tripod, -Sharper overall image in comparison to last years PV-GS31
Cons: -Manual controls are hard to navigate due to the need to press the joystick each time a new step was engaged within a manual control setting, -Zoom slider snaps too quickly and doesn't provide smooth transitions or slower speeds, -No Microphone Port, -Poor design on hinge for LCD screen