Summary: I have this camera and have shot two down-and-dirty amateur documentaries with it. I have found the image to be excellent when compared to lesser "consumer" grade camcorders. My only real complaint with the camera is with the manual focus.
Summary: I won't comment on the camcorder itself. It is great, and it fulfills all the needs I had. The only problem came when I upgraded my computer (I was forced to, not a voluntary move) to Vista. Not a single item in the bundled software is compatible with Vista, starting with the USB driver.
Summary: Just to clarify a few other differences between the GS500 and GS300 besides those mentioned in the review below. The GS500 does indeed offer an additional MP for still shots (4.0 MP) and a 12X zoom, but that's not all...
Summary: I have researched both the PV-GS500 and PV-GS300. They have the same exact picture quality. These are the best quality camcorders you can buy if you are an average consumer. If you are an amateur or aspiring filmmaker you need to go with higher end cameras.
Summary: The star rating I assigned reflects that I have owned the GS 500 for a very short time, otherwise it would likely be higher. This is the second camcorder I have purchased in two years or less. It is a vast improvement over the competitors camcorder.
Summary: This is my first Video camera ever! and i really enjoy using it, It is easy to navigate through the menu and takes great stills as well. My only issue with it is the software is not so user friendly, i realize that there is a learning curve with these things and with more time i'm sure i'll be able...
Great economical 3CCD video camera. Works with OS X.
S. Wands "swands", Amazon
30 August 2006
Summary: I have no complaints about this camera. Very happy with my purchase. It does the job and captures great video. And I have had no problem transferring video via Firwire running OS X on my MacBook using Apple's Final Cut Express HD software.
Summary: Had it since 19 June, 2006, and picture quality is excellent with the 3ccd, good features overall, allows manual focus and other settings. Its digital picture function, however, is not as good as a single function digital camera, just as a digital camera is not as good as a camcorder to record...
Summary: I wanted a 3 CCD camera that was small enough to haul around without any issues, with auto features and yet with manual features that allowed me my own personal adjustments for specific scenarios or customized shots. I also wanted firewire connectivity. The GS500 seemed to fit the bill.