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Panasonic NV-DS38

alaTest has collected and analyzed 39 reviews of Panasonic NV-DS38. The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the durability and price. The portability and design are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the battery, and comments are divided on the usability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic NV-DS38 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 75/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 user reviews of Panasonic NV-DS38 from 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 Opinions about the portability and design are on the whole positive. The image quality and usability also get good feedback.

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

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic NV DS38 Mini DV CamcorderPanasonic NV DS38 Mini DV Camcorder

Oct, 2016

Consumer review by: Sally-Hull (

Panasonic NV-DS38: Does Its Job Well


My old video camera before it was stolen by pikeys. This machine excelled at everything. Picture quality is loads better than my new Sony. Also the IR night vision works better too. Had this for about 4 years with no problems at all. Battery life with...

Build quality and picture quality

battery life

Jul, 2008

Consumer review by: UK Guest (

What a performance


When I bought this Panasonic NV DS38 Mini DV camcorder, I didn't realise how good a piece of kit it actually is, but then it ...

Feb, 2006

Consumer review by: crustacean (



better than Sony for the price - Advantages: light, compact but not too fiddly-small, x15 optical zoom, manual features, SD card. IN?OUT as standard, stills-shot card, battery and tape replace without taking off tripod - Disadvantages: P/sonic may have...

Jan, 2003

Consumer review by: UK Guest (

A brilliant piece of kit


...The Panasonic NV DS38 Mini DV features list lacks nothing and yet the camera is simple to operate, mentally and physically. Man...

Oct, 2002

Consumer review by: frank442441 (

oanasonic NV-DS38 CAMCORDER


Picture quality fantastic, very user friendly.

the price

Feb, 2006

Product Specifications

Panasonic's wide range of models with SD memory card gives you ways to enjoy all facets of video making, from taking the shots to editing the pictures to sharing the fun. DS38 is designed for high-performance digital video and easy networking. Packed with Panasonic's advanced digital video technology, the compact DS38 gives you top picture quality, easy operation and exciting performance. Progressive Photoshot gives you beautiful still images with 1.5 times the normal resolution whilst Super Image Stabilizer compensates for hand shake to ensure smooth, jitter-free shots. 0-lux Nightview and motion sensor mean that you can record even when it is too dark to see, and the motion sensor automatically captures moving objects. In the DS38 the stereo zoom microphone is linked with the operation of the zoom lens so that even distant sounds are recorded faithfully and the Smart Wind-Cut function reduces wind noise to produce high-quality, true-to-life audio recording. Just slide an SD memory card into the DS38's slot and you're ready to store images, which can then be uploaded to your PC and then attached to an e-mail, posted to a website or used in countless other ways. The DS38 also offers DV input and output terminals to expand your creative options.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None


3 Chip Technic: No
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser


Digital Input: Yes
Type of Memory Stick Interface : No
Type of SD Card Interface :SD Card
USB Interface: No
WiFi Connectivity: No
Wireless Interface: No

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Night mode / Portrait mode / Sand & snow / Sports mode / Spotlight

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:8MB

General Features

3D: No
Handheld Position:Horizontal
Resolution:Standard Definition


Country Kits:Europe
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic NV

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8
Max Focal Length:46.5mm
Min Focal Length:3.1mm
Optical Zoom:15
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:400Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:800Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.4 mm ( 1/4" ) / 6.4 mm ( 1/4 )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic


HD Video Format:Not Applicable
Recording Format:4:3

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Zoom:600
Faders:Black fader
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode / Normal movie mode
Special Effects:Gain-up / Mirror / Mix / Monotone / Mosaic / Negative / Positive / Sepia / Solarisation / Strobe / Tracer / Wipe


Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor