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Panasonic NV-DS65

alaTest has collected and analyzed 38 reviews of Panasonic NV-DS65. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size and durability. The price and image quality also get good reviews, but views are divided on the usability. There are some critical reviews about the color and battery.

portability, image quality, price, durability, size

reliability, viewfinder, battery, color

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic NV-DS65 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of Panasonic NV-DS65 from The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on People are impressed by the size and durability. The price and image quality are also mentioned favorably. The color and viewfinder get negative views, and the reliability and usability get mixed views.

portability, image quality, price, durability, size

viewfinder, color

80% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic NV-DS65B Digital Camcorder [Mini-DV 10xOptical DV-in/out]Panasonic NV-DS65B Digital Camcorder [Mini-DV 10xOptical DV-in/out]

Oct, 2016

Consumer review by: danmace (

Camera Troubles


Encountered a problem with it when i brought it home the other day from filming to upload onto the computer. When i turn it on in video or camera mode it i cannot use any fuctions at all. It appears as though a key-lock has been accidentally turned ...

Its been okay i guess.

Similar problems encountered with previous camera (panasonic).Large repair bill i just destroyed it.

Mar, 2007

Consumer review by: natasbraun (

Piece of sh...


Good image, good sound, PC connectivity through firewire.

Battery, technical assistance, reliability

Feb, 2006

Consumer review by: ixacro (

why not?


Card stills are really annoying...8sec to take a picture at 640x480 ..... hello world... -low ligh ...

Size, price, quickstart, LED video light

StillPhoto speed & quality, low light

Jul, 2003

Product Specifications

NV-DS65 is the perfect camcorder for video newcomers. Small and compact, it is nevertheless very good value for money and also offers outstanding picture quality. It is equipped with an 800,000 pixel CCD, 10-power optical zoom, 2.5" LCD monitor and a super image stabilizer for absolutely still images. The built-in zoom microphone, the video light and the NightView in color ensure additional video fun. A DV input, the SD memory card as well as a webcam function and USB port leave no desires open.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None


3 Chip Technic: No
Chip Type:CCD
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser


Digital Input: Yes
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
Type of Memory Stick Interface : No
Type of SD Card Interface :SD Card
USB: Yes
USB Interface: Yes
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

General Features

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


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic NV

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.3
Max Focal Length:23mm
Min Focal Length:2.3mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Sensor Resolution:800Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6" ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6 )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic


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

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Zoom:500
Faders:Black fader
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Card Mix / Gain-up / Mirror / Monotone / Mosaic / Picture-in-Picture / Sepia / Slim / Stretch / Strobe / Trail / Wipe
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Colour Support:Black & white
Viewfinder Type:Electronic