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Panasonic NV-GS500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 325 reviews of Panasonic NV-GS500. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the size and price. The image quality and portability also get good feedback. There are some mixed reviews about the battery, and there are some critical opinions about the connectivity.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic NV-GS500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Panasonic NV-GS500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 7 user reviews of Panasonic NV-GS500 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the battery and color. The price and durability also get good feedback, but there are some mixed reviews about the size.

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100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic NV-GS500 Mini DV Camcorder - Silver (3CCD, 4M.P. Stills, O.I.S)Panasonic NV-GS500 Mini DV Camcorder - Silver (3CCD, 4M.P. Stills, O.I.S)

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic NV-GS500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 144 user reviews of Panasonic NV-GS500 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. People really like the design and price. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably, but there are some critical views about the connectivity.

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92% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic PV-GS500 4MP 3CCD MiniDV Camcorder with 12x Optical Image Stabilized ZoomPanasonic PV-GS500 4MP 3CCD MiniDV Camcorder with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Trusted Reviews (trustedreviews.com)

Panasonic NV-GS500

 

As MiniDV enters its twilight years, can Panasonic give the format a last gasp of quality?

Feb, 2011

Expert review by: Richard Baguley (pcadvisor.co.uk)

Panasonic NV-GS500EB-S

 

The Panasonic NV-GS500EB-S is an extremely good camcorder that offers a host of controls, shoots extremely realistic video and is very flexible.

The Panasonic NV-GS500EB-S is a great pick for serious shooters who want the benefit of automatic control and the flexibility of manual control. It takes great-looking video and stills and is very well priced, considering the range of features.

Sep, 2006

Expert review by: Which? (which.co.uk)

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Oct, 2007

Expert review by: (channel5.com)

Panasonic NV-GS500

 

The Panasonic NV-GS500 features a 6.8cm LCD screen, 91 x 73 x 153mm and weighs 570 grams, has a Leica Decomar lens that offers up to 12x optical zoom, a 16: 9 flip LCD screen which can be brightened for outdoor viewing and a Quickstart button. A...

In camcorder years, this two-year-old Panasonic is due to collect its pension. MiniDV footage looks great for what it is and the lovely Leica optics will never go out of style, but this price can get you HD these days. Panasonic NV-GS500 is tagged with...

Sep, 2008

Expert review by: Karl Foster (macworld.co.uk)

Panasonic NV-GS500EB-S [Mac]

 

To HD or not HD? Macworld answers the question.

Aug, 2007

Expert review by: Colin Barrett (simplydv.co.uk)

SimplyDV Review: Panasonic NV-GS500 3CCD DV Camcorder

 

Expert review by: Good Gear Guide.au (goodgearguide.com.au)

Expert Review

 

A MiniDV video camera that sits right at the top of the consumer camcorder ladder.

Excellent quality video, easy to use PC transfer

Slightly short optical zoom

Aug, 2007

Expert review by: Richard Baguley (pcworld.com)

PV-GS500

 

The Panasonic PV-GS500 ($1000 as of 5/2/06) earned our Best Buy because it offers more controls, shot the best-looking video, and is the most flexible. And though it offers a lot of features, it's moderately priced for what it offers.

The Panasonic PV-GS500 is a great pick for serious shooters who want the benefit of automatic control and the flexibility of manual control. It takes great-looking video and stills

Jun, 2006

Expert review by: Richard Baguley (pcworld.com)

Panasonic PV-GS500 MiniDV Camcorder Review - PCWorld

 

Superior optical image stabilization

Some manual controls are a little awkward to access

Jun, 2006

Expert review by: Ben Wolf (cnet.com)

Panasonic PV-GS500 review:

 

Great video and decent stills; nice zoom lens with effective optical stabilizer.

A bit large; limited manual controls with poor accessibility; sluggish performance on auto; no headphone jack.

While its predecessor had prosumer aspirations, the Panasonic PV-GS500 is strictly for casual videographers who want top-notch video on autopilot.

Mar, 2006

Product Specifications

Most professional broadcasting cameras use the 3CCD camera system. With the 3CCD camera system you can see the results in beautifully rendered images with vivid color, fine detail, and rich gradation. The e.cam boasts a Leica Dicomar lens. This advanced lens captures clear, crisp, finely nuanced images with outstanding detail and contrast. Also, the lens was manufactured using a multi-coating process that reduces flare and ghosts. The Crystal Engine is a special image processing circuit for 3CCD camera system. And the Pure Color Engine is the same one for high-zooming cameras. Each engine achieves truly superb color reproduction for high quality pictures. The Quick start mode helps shoot videos on the spur of the moment. This mode lets you shoot those not-to-be-missed scenes just 1.7sec from the time the power is turned on. Positioned at the front of the lens barrel, the manual focus ring has a non-slip, sure-grip surface for easy operation and quick response when a photo opportunity pops up. It ensures professional-style operation and enhances creativity. Now you can have it both ways. When you're shooting a moving picture and you see a great scene, you can snap off a 1.2-megapixel still shot while continuing to record the moving picture. You don't even have to change recording modes. The moving pictures are recorded onto tape, the still is recorded onto the SD Memory Card. This two-in-one capability means you can catch sudden photo opportunities without interrupting a great moving picture scene. Panasonic's O.I.S. minimizes handshake. The O.I.S. is extremely effective in situations where handshake is most often a problem, such as with zoom shots, in dim lighting. When you're shooting a still image, the MEGA O.I.S. system automatically activates. Enjoy remarkable 12x optical zoom magnification in a camera that fits comfortably and securely in one hand. As the zoom is optical, it captures both moving and still pictures with exquisite beauty. The joystick makes the camera much easier to use, letting you control all basic operations with one hand. As you shoot, just watch the image in the monitor and follow the instruction guide. You can handle a number of operations quickly and easily, without even taking your eye off the subject. The grip is slanted to follow the natural contour of the fingers, giving the camera a more comfortable fit in your hand. The NV-GS500 model has a low profile and is angled for easy carrying. These features minimize hand strain, making it possible to shoot for long periods without fatigue.

Audio

Built-In Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture

Camera

Minimum illumination:2
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Design

Colour of product:Black / Silver

Digital Camera

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

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:15.3cm
Height:7.3cm
Weight:0.57kg
Width:9.1cm

Display

Display:LCD
Display diagonal:6.86
Display Resolution:123000

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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

Header

Manufacturer:Panasonic
Model:GS500/GS500B/PV-GS500
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic e.cam NV/Panasonic Palmcorder Multicam

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 4.7
Sensor Type:CCD / CMOS
Total MegaPixels:4

Lens System

Digital Zoom:700
Filter Size:4.3
Focal length range (f-f):3.3 - 39.6
Image stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.6-2.8
Max Focal Length:39.6mm
Min Focal Length:3.3mm
Optical Zoom:12
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens
Zoom capability:0.7

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:4Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:730Kpix/990Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1.07Mpix/1Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4.7"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):5.4 mm ( 1/4.7" ) / 5.4 mm ( 1/4.7 )
Optical Sensor Type:3CCD/CCD
Sensor Qty:3CCD

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer:Built-in / Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical

Other features

Audio output:Y
Auto Focus: Yes
Focus:AF/Manual(w/Ring)
I/O ports:S-Video out\nHeadphones out [Multi]\nUSB2 High Speed (mini B)\nDV in/out\nAccessory Shoe (Hot)\n
Lens system:Leica / Leica Dicomar
Manual Focus: Yes
Night mode: Yes
Power consumption (typical):4.2
Power requirements:DC 7.2/7.9 V / DC 7.9/ 7.2V / DC7.2/7.9V
Resolution:320 x 240
Sports: Yes
Video Out:Y

Performance

Compatible products:HDC-TM350/SD300/HS300/SD200/HS200/SD20/HS20, HDC-DX1, HDC-SD1 & NV-GS500.

Ports & interfaces

DV port: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
S-Video In: No
S-Video Out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/50 - 1/8000; 1/2 - 1/2000 / 1/50---1/8000(Tape Mord), 1/2---1/2000(Card Mode) / 1/50---1/8000, 1/2---1/2000

Storage

Camcorder tape type:Mini-DV

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Zoom:700
Faders:Black fader / White fader/Black fader / Wipe fader
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode/Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode/Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode / PC camera mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:Electronic

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:15.3
Diameter:4.3
Height :7.3
Weight:570
Width:9.1

White balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes