Summary: I love this camera. for the price, i believe it is one of the best investments you can make in amateur videography. If you are looking for a camera to film action sports(skate,snow,bike)it is also directly compatible with the century optics or opteka baby death fisheye
Summary: With all the choices you have when searching for a reasonably inexpensive camcorder, trying to find just the right one can be a little daunting. I was looking for something that didn't carry a huge price tag, but was of high enough quality to use as an every-day-events or catch-the-family-on-vacation type of recorder. Nothing fantastic, just something that was convenient and made good clear recordings. Well, I believe the PV-GS85 is a real winner.
Summary: After much research and reading many reviews, mostly here (thanks everyone for the excellent reviews), I chose to get the Panasonic PV-GS85 over the Canon ZR850 for the following reasons: - Claims of motor noise on the Canon - Panasonic has Optical Image Stabilizer - Panasonic has a built-in light (seems like LED technology) Now that I have the camera and got a chance to play with it a bit, here's my review...
Summary: Pros: 1. Really easy and convenient to use 2. 16:9 widescreen recording 3. For Windows users, simply connect to the PC and use Windows Movie Maker to download your recordings Cons: 1. Relatively short battery life 2. USB 1.1 !! Inexcusable for a new product. It does have FireWire which is fast, but if you're a USB only person, then you're stuck with 1.1 3. The battery needs to be removed to connect USB or FireWire to the computer.
Summary: Got it for the new baby, and this camera doesn't disappoint. The DV interface was fantastic, makes getting all the videos on to the PC for editing/burning easy. The camera is fast and responsive, and is ready to record just seconds after being turned on, which is helpful with a baby, since they have no attention span, and what is cute one second isn't cute 10 seconds later.
Easy to use, great image stabilization, snapshots on the fly
J Berg, Amazon
9 June 2007
Summary: I was looking at buying this camcorder or the comparable Sony. I am so glad I went with the PV-GS85. The OPTICAL IMAGE STABILIZATION IS KEY! This little piece of tech keeps your videos nice a stable even when you are zoomed way in. The SD card slot is a hidden gem. It is so easy to hit the snapshot button while recording and get some great (although low resolution 640x480) shots WHILE you are recording.
Summary: Great picture quality, better than I expected indoors. Had to buy a tripod to record son's soccer game (my hand was too shaky when trying to zoom, and it's kind of fatiguing to hold a camera up the entire game!) With the tripod the zoom quality is very good, great stability. Obviously an entry-level camera but I think it will be perfect for the occasional user like me.
Summary: I just bought this camcorder. My older Sony miniDv finally died. And needed a cheap one quick. You can't really get the old Gen of Canon ZR500 etc. (wihch were the best cheap ones) So I went with this. Still not sure having the SD card and light make it worth $XX more than the 80. Some comments 1. I WAS SHOCKED - to get to the FireWire or USB you HAVE TO REMOVE BATTERY and use the electricity- stupidist thng I have seen 2.
Summary: This is my first camcorder and I am very pleased with it. I had thought about purchasing a DVD or HD based camcorder, but stuck with the time tested mini-dv version. This one is great. The video looks good, the zoom is cool and the stabilization works like a charm. The only complaint is the packaged battery. I purchased the one that lasts 6 hours long to compensate for the short battery life one it came with.