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Panasonic NV-GS17

alaTest has collected and analyzed 193 reviews of Panasonic NV-GS17. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the zoom and image quality. The portability and usability also get good feedback, but many are less positive about the reliability and memory.

price, usability, portability, image quality, zoom

battery, memory, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic NV-GS17 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 15 user reviews of Panasonic NV-GS17 from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on People are impressed by the color and price. The image quality and usability are also appreciated, whereas the reliability and memory get critical comments.

portability, usability, image quality, price, color

battery, memory, reliability

93% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic NV-GS17B MiniDV Digital Camcorder [24x Optical, 2.5" LCD, DV out]Panasonic NV-GS17B MiniDV Digital Camcorder [24x Optical, 2.5" LCD, DV out]

Oct, 2016

Consumer review by: angela1985 (

Sony Handycam DCR-PC109: Nightmare!


My parents bought my husband and I this camcorder for Christmas 2007 as we were expecting a baby and we thought it would be lovely to be able to record him. It cost just over £200 and came well wrapped in bubble wrap and a box. The camera is designed...


Wrong instructions, nightmare to transfer data over

Feb, 2009

Consumer review by: gnipping (

Canon XL2: Go PRO for less


The Canon XL2 is the pro-sumer miniDV camcorder that is most often spotted on the sets of low budget and independent films. Not because it is a cheap option, but because for a fraction of the cost of a professional rig, you can deliver the same...

Interchageable lens system, 2xXLR inputs built in, adjustable viewfinder position

Not good for low light performance, bulky when compared to consumer units, not HD

May, 2007

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Panasonic NV-GS17


For a Sony product .. well this has to be the pits..


Wrong instructions, nightmare to transfer data over

Feb, 2007

Consumer review by: UK Guest (

Panasonic NV-GS17B MiniDV Digital Camcorder


This Panasonic NV-GS17B MiniDV is a great little camcorder. Although almost the bottom of the panasonic mini-dv range it appears t...

Feb, 2006

Consumer review by: UK Guest (

Panasonic MiniDV Camcorder


This Panasonic NV GS17B MiniDV camcorder really is very easy to use. I've never had a camcorder bofore and with a USB cable a...

Feb, 2006

Consumer review by: CrisisWolf (

JVC GR-D240: Quality comes without a price


I was never really sure if a budget camera would suit me. I'd decided I needed to change my current camera, which I bought 3yrs ago for £1200. I didn't really want to spend that much again. And at a price of a shade under £200 this was a bargain. As...

Cheap, Good Quality, Easy to use

Short Battery Life

Jan, 2006

Consumer review by: UK Guest (

Panasonic NV-GS17 EB


Firstly, elaborating on the advantages of the Panasonic NV GS17B MiniDV camcorder, the first thing that caught my eye was the size...

Oct, 2005

Consumer review by: UK Guest (

Best Picture and Sound Quality you can get for that price.


The Panasonic NV GS17B MiniDV camcorder (B // EB) offers a very good picture- and sound quality and resolution. The pictures is cl...

Sep, 2005

Product Specifications

The 24x optical zoom means that friends and family can wave to the camera from far away and be recorded as sharp as a pin. With such intense details being captured, pictures will hold more depth and their beauty can be treasured forever The range offers an exciting choice of modes, for example, soft skin mode renders complexions with exquisite beauty whilst color night view makes it possible to capture colors even in the darkest of scenes-a feature of all the new Panasonic models. With this new range encapsulating such a fantastic bundle of features, shooting modes can be tailored to fit your exact requirements. When filming beautiful moments, whether of family, friends or scenery, these Panasonic's camcorders will ensure footage looks as fresh as the moment it was taken-meaning nothing is lost. PRODUCT FEATURES: 24 x Optical Zoom; One-Touch Navigation and Joystick Control; 2.5" LCD Monitor; 1.3 sec. Quickstart; Soft Skin Detail; Super Color Night View.


Built-In Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery Type:Lithium-Ion
Manufacturer Battery Name:Panasonic CGR-DU06

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes


Minimum illumination:2

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight



Display diagonal:6.35
Display Resolution:105000

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:Low light / Night mode / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Spotlight / Surf & snow/Low light / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Spotlight / Surf & snow


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

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 6
Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:0.8

Lens System

Digital Zoom:800
Filter Size:3.05
Focal length range (f-f):2.1 - 50.4
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.6
Max Focal Length:50.4mm
Min Focal Length:2.1mm
Optical Zoom:24
Optical Zoom:25
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:400Kpix
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

Other features

Auto Focus: Yes
I/O ports:S-Video Out, USB(mini B), DV Out\n
Lens system:Panasonic


Camera shutter speed:1/50 - 1/8000, 1/5 - 1/5000

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Zoom:500/800
Faders:Black fader / White fader
Media Type:Mini DV


Viewfinder Colour Support:Black & white
Viewfinder Type:Electronic

Weight & Dimensions

Height :8.1