Summary: I am so impressed with this camera. I bought it about 5 years ago at Best Buy's black friday sale for $130. I've wanted to be a filmmaker since I was 13 and this was the first camera that was decent quality and all mine. I did a lot of videos for youtube over the years and recently I've moved onto using DSLRs for most of my stuff yet I still take this camera on every vacation and to most concerts I go to because the audio is EXECELLENT.
Review of Panasonic Palmcorder Multicam PV-GS39 Camcord
2 April 2011
Summary: I use this camera as a tape deck to capture Mini DV tapes, and for this purpose so far it was worked out well. The only drawback is that the battery in the camera seems to last for about an hour. Aside from that, it is a nice little handy cam.
Summary: I replaced a PV-GS12 with the PV-GS39 to get the widescreen. This one is easier to use because of the joystick control. Both have similar video quality but the pv-gs12 only had 680k pixels for 4:3 aspect ratio. This one has 800K pixels and gives you full widescreen at 16:9 aspect ratio (Ie, I got what I want). While this is not HD it works quite well in good light. Zoom is more than enough. On board light (and gain up function) help in low light.
Summary: I bought this camera two years ago refurbished at a best buy sale event for a little more than 200 dollars...then in less than a month I run over it with my car. Yes, that's right, I left my camera in a soft case behind the car as I was loading the trunk and somehow left it there behind the wheel. As I backed up I heard a loud crack and my heart just about stopped. Well, by some miracle of some sort I guess the camera still works!
Summary: I purchased same camera two years ago and it stopped working one day short of 2 years. It did not last very long. The manufacturer called me monthly to buy the extended warranty at $199.00, which I thought was too much now I now why. I decided to buy it again used on ebay because it was a great price and I already know how to use and I need one now even if it is just for a short while until I can research a another brand.