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5.9 out of 10

Panasonic PV-GS500

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Overall 10
10

Such Outstanding Widescreen Standard Definition Image Quality

J. Sullivan, Amazon
18 May 2013
  • Summary: I had initially forgotten to review this camera, but I have to mention that if you are looking for an excellently vivid standard definition, but widescreen camera, this has always been one of the most outstanding performers out there. Operation is absolutely as easy as it can be, while the camera fits comfortably in the hand.
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Overall 10
10

Great MimiDV Camcorder

Carl T, Amazon
8 October 2011
  • Summary: We've had 5 of these now for five years with no issues, so we recently purchased a couple of more "used" ones for filming sports. Our guys find easier to handle than our shoulder mount cams, and no issues with the tape loading system.
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Overall 10
10

Best Mini DV Standard Definition Camera

Marco Ricciardi Jr. "MRicciardi", Amazon
18 December 2008
  • Summary: PROS * Large 3 CCD produces amazing colored images. * Image Stabilization System does magic * Mini Dv tape has the best transfer rate which needs low video compression.
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Overall 8
8.0

Love my Panasonic PV-GS500!

Funtech, B&H Photo
2 October 2008
  • Summary: Mini DVs (and tape camcorders for that matter) are going out of style in favor of disk drive and memory card models but I would not call that improvement. The Panasonic PV-GS500 may be the last of the best. For one thing reliability of tape systems, which have been around for ages, is proven but did you know the number one reason that disk drives fail in laptops is that users move the laptop around when the drive is working?
  • Pros: Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Versatile
  • Cons: Uncomfortable
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Overall 10
10

"Reliable, affordable, workhorse"

Lyman TV, B&H Photo
2 October 2008
  • Summary: I have now purchased six of these cameras and use them in a classroom setting. The quality of the image for the price of the camera makes this a valuable, reliable, workhorse in my program. Teenagers love using this camera and love the ease with which they can take manual control of the camera functions. Great product, great price.
  • Pros: Comfortable to Operate, Durable, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Simple Controls
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Overall 10
10

great product

Robert, B&H Photo
28 July 2008
  • Summary: Great product for low budget filmmaker
  • Pros: Comfortable to Operate, Great Picture Quality, Simple Controls, Versatile
  • Cons: No output for headphones
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Overall 10
10

A soild performer

David S, B&H Photo
10 July 2008
  • Summary: For standard definition this camcorder takes the cake in it's price range. Picture clarity is fantastic and the manual functions are easy to use. The only downfall, but it need not be depending upon how you shoot, it does not have a microphone input. The built in microphone does a very fine job but if you are looking to use an external microphone, there is no input for this. Otherwise you can't beat this picture and camcorder for the price - clear colors.
  • Pros: Comfortable to Operate, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Simple Controls
  • Cons: No microphone input
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Overall 10
10

REALLY USEFULL CAMERA

mariosinger, B&H Photo
10 June 2008
  • Summary: I USE IT FOR JOB, FAMILY AND TRAVELING. THIS CAMERA I THINK IS A LITTLE SEMI PRO LOW COST. YOU CAN ADJUST IT AS A SEMIPRO CAMERA.
  • Pros: Comfortable to Operate, Durable, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, NICE IMAGE AND COLOR, Simple Controls, Versatile
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Overall 10
10

Great Camera

Craig, B&H Photo
7 June 2008
  • Summary: This is my first camcorder. I have had this camera now for about 3 weeks and so far so good. I took some video outside in the daylight and the quality is impressive. The colors are very bright and crisp. I actually commented to my wife that is records better color quality then my eyes. I found the zoom to be adequate for my needs. I shot more video inside and found the quality to be fair.
  • Pros: Comfortable to Operate, Durable, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound
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Overall 8
8.0

Very nice and versatile

crooks17, B&H Photo
22 May 2008
  • Summary: I am an artist and image quality is important to my work. I am also moving to Japan and needed a small camera that could go with me for travel, so this seemed like a great choice. Low-light performance is great, and I find it pretty easy to change the manual settings while shooting with the thumb control. This button allows you to set the aperture, white balance and others quickly.
  • Pros: Great Picture Quality, Versatile
  • Cons: Uncomfortable
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