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Panasonic NV-GS180

alaTest has collected and analyzed 152 reviews of Panasonic NV-GS180. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Opinions about the size and portability are overall positive. The image quality and price are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed opinions about the battery, while many are critical about the viewfinder and control panel.

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durability, control panel, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic NV-GS180 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 50 user reviews of Panasonic NV-GS180 from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the size and image quality. The price and portability also get good feedback. There are some mixed comments about the design, while the viewfinder and control panel get less positive comments.

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88% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic PV-GS180 2.3MP 3CCD MiniDV Camcorder with 10x Optical ZoomPanasonic PV-GS180 2.3MP 3CCD MiniDV Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: (

Panasonic NV-GS180 review


At £281, this model isn't much more expensive than the budget MiniDV models. Its grey plastic finish certainly looks more workmanlike than the stylish Canon and Sony models, though, and it has a fiddly manual lens cap.

Panasonic's NV-GS150 performed excellently in our Labs test in Shopper April 2006. Its successor, the NV-GS180, has a few differences but is £150 cheaper.

Feb, 2007


Expert review by: James Morris (

Panasonic NV-GS180


The NV-GS180 is the successor to the mid-range NV-GS150, and its specifications are remarkably similar. It's based around a trio of 1/6in 0.8Mp CCDs, offering true 2.3Mp still images at 1,760x1,320.

The Panasonic NV-GS180 doesn't seem like a huge step forward from its NV-GS150 predecessor; it's a touch shorter and lighter, and misses the flash and integrated lens cap, but otherwise offers very similar features. Nonetheless, assuming street prices...

Mar, 2006

Expert review by: Which? (

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Jul, 2007

Expert review by: Good Gear (

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It's not a huge step forward, but at this price, it's exceptional value for money for such good image quality.

Mic and headphone jacks, top loading tape mechanism, Image quality

No built in lens cap, no built in flash

Sep, 2006

Expert review by: Easy Camcorder (

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Quick Review Camcorders: Panasonic PV-GS180

A strong performer in its price range with 3 CCDs, - Panasonic's excellent suite of manual controls allow great control over image quality, - In many respects the PV-GS300's equal - and likely a better value, - Mic and headphone jacks

Lacks, optical image stabilization and widescreen LCD, - Flash and remote only on the PV-GS300, - Modest still resolution

Nov, 2006

Expert review by: David Kender (

Panasonic PV-GS180 Camcorder Review


Panasonic's three-CCD camcorders have a storied past for video performance, which leaves a good deal of expectations for the PV-GS180, which replaces the PV-GS150. So how does this bottom-end three-chipper actually rate? Well, the performance was...

Panasonic has not made it easy this year. Their entire 3-CCD line was revamped and scaled down, making them more affordable, but at the loss of a lot of features. The PV-GS180 replaces the PV-GS150, which sold for $699, one hundred dollars more than...

Jul, 2006

Expert review by: David Kender (

Panasonic PV-GS180


The Panasonic PV-GS180 comes equipped with three 1/6" CCDs, each with 800K gross pixels and 440K effective pixels in 4:3 aspect ratio and 380K effective pixels in 16:9 aspect ratio. A three-chip configuration means that each of the primary colors of...

Jul, 2006

Consumer review by: jack (

Panasonic NV-GS180B


very good picture quality

extremely complicated to use and I am unable to download to my computer because of the obtuse language in the users manual

May, 2006

Consumer review by: audio guy (

Audio Guy


I recomend this camera to anyone who is looking for a cheep 3ccd camera that has amazing quality

This Camera is very small. A 3 CCD chip on such a small camera is very nice, and the price is excilent

The focus option is not waht i would like. I like having the focus on the lense

Nov, 2006

Consumer review by: msandoval (

Good Investment


I work as a coordinator in television and film production and I always wanted to get a decent camera without breaking the bank.

You can't beat the price for a 3 chip camera, headphone output, microphone input, jacks for dv and s video, and size

troggle wears out your thumb after a while

Nov, 2006

Product Specifications

Panasonic introduces the MiniDV Ecam with 3CCD technology for highest image quality, 10x optical zoom, 2.3 Megapixel still images, SD slot, 2.5" LCD, external charger; editing S/W, USB 2.0 (HS). Plus new on-screen Help Mode and Super Image Stabilizer. At the heart of this camcorder is the 3CCD camera system - the type used in professional video cameras. Playing a critical role in picture quality, this system provides exceptionally pure, faithful color. Panasonic's advanced 3CCD system gives users the highest image quality in three different ways: color depth, fine detail, and gradation (ensuring all tones in a color pallet are enjoyed). Panasonic's original Crystal Engine advanced image processing circuitry helps deliver maximum performance from the CCD camera system. The Crystal Engine - the brain of the camera - processes the signal from each of the 3 CCDs independently, giving both moving and still pictures outstanding quality. The Anti Ground Shaking (AGS) Function prevents you from shooting subjects that you did not intend to shoot by leaving the power on by mistake, or by filming the ground as you hold the camera by your side. This function ingeniously detects abnormal recording positions, and will automatically stop recording when such positions are detected, thus preventing wasteful use of battery power and media recording space.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Panasonic CGR-DU06

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None


3 Chip Technic: Yes
Chip Type:CCD
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser


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

Digital Camera

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

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

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

Exposure Parameters

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

General Features

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


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic NV

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8/F/1.8-2.8
Max Focal Length:24.5mm
Min Focal Length:2.45mm
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:3CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic


HD Video Format:Not Applicable
Recording Format:16:9 / 4:3

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Zoom:500
Faders:Black fader / White fader
Media Type:Mini DV
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor