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Panasonic NV-GS200

alaTest has collected and analyzed 34 reviews of Panasonic NV-GS200. 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. People really like the color and reliability. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably. Many are critical about the price. There are some mixed comments about the zoom.

usability, portability, image quality, reliability, color


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic NV-GS200 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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Aug, 2004

Expert review by: Colin Barrett (

SimplyDV Review: Panasonic NV-GS200EB DV Camcorder


Great 3CCD image quality, good physical handling, excellent range of functions. 20x digital zoom better than expected, top-loading of tapes.

500x digital zoom is useless, letterbox widescreen not outstanding.

At its price, the GS200 is an excellent 3CCD camcorder (as is the GS120) Picture quality is fantastic, and top-loading is the icing on the cake. This deserves a full rating!

Expert review by: Geeta Dayal (

Panasonic NV-GS200


One of the two most compact three-chip MiniDV cameras on the market.

Extremely compact for a three-CCD model ; Top-notch colour reproduction ; Solid manual controls ; Broad feature set

Poor low-light performance ; Mediocre stills ; Suboptimal image stabilisation

Editor's note: The Panasonic NV-GS200 is known as the Panasonic PV-GS200 in the US. .

Jan, 2004

Expert review by: Easy Camcorder (

Expert Review


This year the Panasonic PV-GS200 won a CamInfo select award for best camcorder under $1,000. It is certainly the most advanced 3 CCD camcorder in this price range, the only other real competitor being its sibling the PV-GS120. Expect a lot of...

Low light performance, - Manual Control options, - Video performance, - Handling, - Focus ring, - Still performance

Ease of use

Dec, 2004

Consumer review by: Johan (



After only 5 videos had component failure - unfortunately out of warranty as I have not used it much - found some cameras on the market that take top quality photos and excellent videos. Will go for one of these. Won't buy this brand again.

Compact and ease of use

Photos and MPEG not of good quality

May, 2008

Product Specifications

Panasonic offers a complete line-up of Palmcorder Camcorders to suit many different needs and applications. From VHS-C format camcorders to the latest in Mini DV digital technology Panasonic's Palmcorder Camcorders incorporate features designed to be both sophisticated and simple to use. Whether you want to capture your baby's first steps or create full-motion multimedia presentations, Panasonic has designed a Palmcorder Camcorder with your needs and budget in mind. PRODUCT FEATURES: 3CCD Camera System; 3x 800K CCD; Leica Dicomar Lens; 2.3 Megapixel Still Picture Recording; 10x Hi-Definition Zoom (Optical); 700x Digital Zoom; Tele / Macro Lens; MagicWire Remote Control with Narration Mic; Color Viewfinder; Built-in Auto Pop-up Flash for DSC; Hot Shoe; Airfit Grip; One-Touch, Easy Grip Strap Belt; MPEG4 Movie Recording; ArcSoft Editing Software; Soft Skin Mode; Zoom Mic; Built-in SD Memory Card Slot; 3-Way PC Link; Mini DV Format; 2.5" Diagonal Color LCD Monitor; Easy-to-View LCD Design; MagicPix Images with LCD Light Panel; Easy-to-Use Mode Dial; Remote Control; USB Port; PhotoShot built-in digital still camera; Quick Start; Digital Effects (Record & Playback); Cinema Mode; Picture-in-Picture; Multi-Screen; High-Speed Shutter; Self Recording; 5-Mode Program AE (Auto Exposure); SP/LP Record Mode; Easy Cassette Eject; Battery and Tape Indicators; Headphone Jack; PCM Stereo; Audio Dubbing (SP mode only); Manual Focus Ring; Wind Noise Reduction Functions.

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:Built-in flash/None


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


Digital Input: Yes
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

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

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/1.8-2.8
Max Focal Length:24.5mm
Min Focal Length:2.45mm
Optical Zoom:10
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:3CCD
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

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:MPEG-4
Digital Zoom:500
Faders:Black fader
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Mirror / Mix / Mosaic / Negative / Sepia / Slim / Solarisation / Stretch / Strobe / Trail / Wipe
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:Electronic