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Panasonic NV-GS27

alaTest has collected and analyzed 92 reviews of Panasonic NV-GS27. 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. Reviews about the color and image quality are overall positive. The price and zoom also get good feedback. Comments are divided on the size, and some have doubts about the battery.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic NV-GS27 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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Expert review by: Colin Barrett (

SimplyDV Review: Panasonic NV-GS27E DV Camcorder


A good starter DV cam for the newbie wanting no frills and ease of use. Good 30x Optical Zoom, very comfortable handling, good recording quality and aimed specifically at the newbie.

It's a bit basic, even at the price. It's a pity that a 1000x digital zoom is a feature - it has no use whatever!

You can pick it real cheap, and is therefore perhaps ideal for the newbie - but may be considered lacking after a short time.

Consumer review by: StrawberryDee (

Panasonic NV-GS27: great first camcorder


This was my first ever camcorder that I used for my media project, it has simple to use dials and has an incredibly good zoom with a clear picture even at 30x zoom. I found getting my files onto the computer hard as I did not have the correct software...

easy to use with a great zoom

not best quality picture

Jun, 2009

Consumer review by: UK Guest (

Excellent value, good zoom.


The Panasonic NVGS27B is my first digital camcorder. Easy to use, excellent 30x optical zoom, with useful antishake software. Ver...

Aug, 2006

Consumer review by: 16 Cigarettes (

Panasonic NV-GS27 Camcorder


There's a lot of competition out there for camcorders and other devices, and prices are all very reasonable for half impressive devices, but this sturdy little handheld is certainly worth a look.

I can’t recommend this camcorder highly enough. It endures as one of my most rewarding purchases and while it doesn’t match up to higher end camcorders, I’m sure I’ll keep it around for years to come.

Mar, 2010

Consumer review by: sammuel (



2 year old unit, highly priced not worth the cost. I think i'll invest in a hard drive. Recording crucial and this unit has major hiccups. Photo's ok at 3 mp's. Should have waited for the more descent makes/models

nice size disc recording unit

1) window display fold out not displaying screen picture 2) slightist bump causes the unit to re-write information in turn you lose what you have just recorded 3) constantly have to press that big button on the right to refocus

Aug, 2009

Product Specifications

Panasonic is proud to introduce the NVGS27B - Mini DV Camcorder with the world's most powerful optical 30x zoom, 2.5 " LCD and 36mm Wide Angle. For even higher picture quality, the NVGS27B has 30x Optical Zoom and Pure Color Engine. 30x zoom magnification fits comfortably and securely in one hand. This lens is not only the most powerful zoom offered in a home-use digital video camera, it also features low distortion. And as the zoom is optical, it captures both moving and still pictures with exquisite beauty. The Pure Color Engine LSI converts the CCD output signal from a complementary color signal into RGB signal (containing the three primary colors in light) at an early stage and extracts the low-frequency luminance component from the RGB signal. The luminance signal is then generated in the same way as in TV broadcasting. Advanced 3D Frame Noise Reduction also gives you better results when shooting with low illumination because it improves color noise-reduction performance by 30% compared with conventional systems. This innovative LSI achieves truly superb color reproduction. Panasonic video cameras are now equipped with Joystick control, which lets you operate all basic functions easily with one hand. Additionally, icons representing the functions that are used most during playback or shooting are displayed as icons on the LCD monitor. You can handle a number of operations quickly and easily, without even taking your eye off the subject. Easy ON/OFF is a simple but useful function that automatically switches the power on when the very first pre-shooting operations, such as opening the LCD or pulling EVF, are performed. Conversely, this function automatically switches the power off when operations for finishing shooting are performed, such as closing the LCD or storing EVF.

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
Chip Type:CCD
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser


Digital Input: No
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: Yes
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

General Features

3D: No
Handheld Position:Horizontal
Product Type:Camcorder
Resolution:Standard Definition


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic NV/Panasonic NV

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.9
Max Focal Length:57mm
Min Focal Length:1.9mm
Optical Zoom:30
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


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

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Zoom:1000
Faders:Black fader / White fader
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode / PC camera mode
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Colour Support:Black & white
Viewfinder Type:Electronic