Such Outstanding Widescreen Standard Definition Image Quality
J. Sullivan, Amazon
19 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.
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.
Summary: I'm not interested in technical jargon to tell me if something is supposed to perform for me. I'm only interested in what I see or hear. I purchased this camcorder 3 years ago to use for my media business and general purposes. All the reviews and stats basically said that for average consumer's and average consumer price, this camcorder delivered professional results.
Summary: I bought this camera because I have the earlier model. This one does not do everything that the PV-GS200 does, but it still a great camera. The reviews and evaluations on the camcorder web sites are right on. I will buy Panasonic again, in the future.
Summary: This is an amazing camcorder that produces very close to Broadcast quality video. I would know, I work in the industry. After doing much research, I decided on the Panasonic PV GS500 Mini DV ($699). I could not justify spending another grand or two for an extra channel of audio, although the lack of a headphone jack is the only negative I have about this camcorder but there is a way to work around this problem, just GOOGLE and you will find many solutions in being able...
Summary: it's very simple. If you can't decide what camcorder to buy, and you want the best mini-DV one (to get full quality from your video, since HD and DVD camcorders record in Mpeg2 format), then buy this one. Even other panasonic ones, more advanced in model numbers are not that great as this one. Basically because it has a mic connection, so you can attach your own external mic which is what everyone should do to get good sound and no amateur one.