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Panasonic NV-GS500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 325 reviews of Panasonic NV-GS500. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size and price. The image quality and portability also get good feedback. Opinions are divided on the battery. Many are less positive about the connectivity.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic NV-GS500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Panasonic NV-GS500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 7 user reviews of Panasonic NV-GS500 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the battery and color. The price and durability also get good feedback, but there are some mixed reviews about the size.

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100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic NV-GS500 Mini DV Camcorder - Silver (3CCD, 4M.P. Stills, O.I.S)Panasonic NV-GS500 Mini DV Camcorder - Silver (3CCD, 4M.P. Stills, O.I.S)

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic NV-GS500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 144 user reviews of Panasonic NV-GS500 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. People really like the design and price. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably, but there are some critical views about the connectivity.

usability, portability, image quality, price, design

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92% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic PV-GS500 4MP 3CCD MiniDV Camcorder with 12x Optical Image Stabilized ZoomPanasonic PV-GS500 4MP 3CCD MiniDV Camcorder with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Good Gear Guide.au (goodgearguide.com.au)

Expert Review

 

A MiniDV video camera that sits right at the top of the consumer camcorder ladder.

Excellent quality video, easy to use PC transfer

Slightly short optical zoom

Aug, 2007

Expert review by: Ben Wolf (cnet.com.au)

Panasonic NV-GS500

 

While its predecessor had prosumer aspirations, the Panasonic NV-GS500 is strictly for casual videographers who want top-notch video on autopilot.

Great video and decent stills ; Nice zoom lens with effective optical stabiliser

A bit large ; Limited manual controls with poor accessibility ; Sluggish performance on auto ; No headphone jack

In low light, the video compares favourably with that of other consumer models but is noisy and somewhat muted by professional standards. The still-photo quality is also middling: Acceptable for a camcorder, but competitive with only the lowest level...

Mar, 2006

Consumer review by: Rob Morrison (cnet.com.au)

Panasonic NV-GS500

 

Its precursor, NVMX500A is brilliant. this may be good in other ways, but the lack of audio jack is appalling. There must be a way to design one to fit the AV Port

Feb, 2007

Consumer review by: eddy (cnet.com.au)

Panasonic NV-GS500

 

Its a very good camera on its cl****

clear picture..bright sound...small size... it gots almost everything

No headphone connection....so sad

Feb, 2007

Consumer review by: squawoz (cnet.com.au)

Panasonic NV-GS500

 

Loved it till it blew up had smoke coming out of it think the flash unit shorted out

Feb, 2007

Consumer review by: Kamal (cnet.com.au)

Panasonic NV-GS500

 

It's very good mini dv camera and powerful for editors

Jan, 2007

Consumer review by: 3Sky (cnet.com.au)

Panasonic NV-GS500

 

NICE woooow yeh nice yep nice yeh nice

i can record my burnouts

none now can record burnouts

Nov, 2006

Consumer review by: Anonymous (cnet.com.au)

"Fantastic product many great features and very good quality images and video"

 

Light and easy to use, great stills and fantastic video

small controls for big clumsy thumbs, smallish image viewing

Oct, 2006

Consumer review by: (cnet.com.au)

Panasonic NV-GS500

 

Fantastic product many great features and very good quality images and video

Light and easy to use, great stills and fantastic video

small controls for big clumsy thumbs, smallish image viewing

Oct, 2006

Consumer review by: skydemon (cnet.com.au)

Panasonic NV-GS500

 

trash, too bad for me

Light and easy to use, great stills and fantastic video

small controls for big clumsy thumbs, smallish image viewing

Sep, 2006
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Product Specifications

Audio

Built-In Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture

Camera

Minimum illumination:2
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Design

Colour of product:Black / Silver

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card/SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:15.3cm
Height:7.3cm
Weight:0.57kg
Width:9.1cm

Display

Display:LCD
Display diagonal:6.86
Display Resolution:123000

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Low light / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Spotlight / Surf & snow

Header

Manufacturer:Panasonic
Model:GS500/GS500B/PV-GS500
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic e.cam NV/Panasonic Palmcorder Multicam

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 4.7
Sensor Type:CCD / CMOS
Total MegaPixels:4

Lens System

Digital Zoom:700
Filter Size:4.3
Focal length range (f-f):3.3 - 39.6
Image stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.6-2.8
Max Focal Length:39.6mm
Min Focal Length:3.3mm
Optical Zoom:12
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens
Zoom capability:0.7

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:4Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:730Kpix/990Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1.07Mpix/1Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4.7"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):5.4 mm ( 1/4.7" ) / 5.4 mm ( 1/4.7 )
Optical Sensor Type:3CCD/CCD
Sensor Qty:3CCD

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer:Built-in / Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical

Other features

Audio output:Y
Auto Focus: Yes
Focus:AF/Manual(w/Ring)
I/O ports:S-Video out\nHeadphones out [Multi]\nUSB2 High Speed (mini B)\nDV in/out\nAccessory Shoe (Hot)\n
Lens system:Leica / Leica Dicomar
Manual Focus: Yes
Night mode: Yes
Power consumption (typical):4.2
Power requirements:DC 7.2/7.9 V / DC 7.9/ 7.2V / DC7.2/7.9V
Resolution:320 x 240
Sports: Yes
Video Out:Y

Performance

Compatible products:HDC-TM350/SD300/HS300/SD200/HS200/SD20/HS20, HDC-DX1, HDC-SD1 & NV-GS500.

Ports & interfaces

DV port: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
S-Video In: No
S-Video Out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/50 - 1/8000; 1/2 - 1/2000 / 1/50---1/8000(Tape Mord), 1/2---1/2000(Card Mode) / 1/50---1/8000, 1/2---1/2000

Storage

Camcorder tape type:Mini-DV

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Zoom:700
Faders:Black fader / White fader/Black fader / Wipe fader
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode/Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode/Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode / PC camera mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:Electronic

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:15.3
Diameter:4.3
Height :7.3
Weight:570
Width:9.1

White balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes