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Panasonic Palmcorder PV-DV51 Mini DV Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 26 reviews of Panasonic Palmcorder PV-DV51 Mini DV Camcorder. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviews about the size and zoom are overall positive. The image quality and price also get good feedback, whereas the memory and battery get less positive comments.

usability, price, image quality, zoom, size

portability, durability, reliability, battery, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic Palmcorder PV-DV51 Mini DV Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 70/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 user reviews of Panasonic Palmcorder PV-DV51 Mini DV Camcorder from The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers are impressed by the zoom. The portability is also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed reviews about the durability, while many are less positive about the price.

usability, portability, zoom


83% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Robin Liss (

Panasonic PV-DV51 Camcorder Review - Panasonic MiniDV Camcorders


The PV-DV51 is another one of Panasonic's mid-range MiniDV camcorders that seems to be designed for beginners with no desire to learn how to shoot good video by themselves. The camera shoots basically good video, but has limited extras. It does,...

Feb, 2002

Consumer review by: denisa (

A Good Product Gone Bad


Easy to use

Stopped working after 3 years; keeps flashing clock battery

Apr, 2007

Consumer review by: Erik (

disappointed by customer service


worked fine while it worked

warranty only 90 days and repair costs outrageous

Dec, 2002

Consumer review by: J C A (

Panasonic PV-DV51 Review.


Good quality. Easy to use. Auto adj. to all light cond.

None yet.

Nov, 2002

Consumer review by: Brian (

Very disappointed


Easy to use and packed with features for the money

Dot in screen

Sep, 2002

Consumer review by: Lindsay H (



good quality, good color on screen

confusing instuctions,

Apr, 2002

Consumer review by: Ne'shee (

its a good instructional camera but the output needs work


it has a clear picture and easy to read buttons

it has a glich in that the screen produces a white dot on the tape / can't return open item

Apr, 2002

Consumer review by: nle-guy (

Why this camera is so cheap?!


I'm very happy having bought this camcorder by the advice of a friend. It has fascinating image ...

Great image qualityNice image stabilizer

No microphone input!Engine sound is audible in silence

Jul, 2003

Consumer review by: verolom (

It broke :(


This camera seemed like a good deal to me only to discover that after about my first 15 minutes of recording it stopped and started chewing up the tape. I changed the tape only to chew up the new one. I sent it to Panasonic Services who wanted to...

Inexpensive, easy to use

No night vision, no analog video input, no built-in light, battery is weak

Apr, 2003

Consumer review by: genet1 (

A good way to start w/ mini-DV


I bought this camera about a year ago, and so far I am very happy with it. The quality of the picture (played through a Sharp 32" basic TV) is outstanding -- much better than our old Sony 8mm. The colors are outstanding, the EIS ("anti-shake")...

Many features for the price. Seems to be high quality/good value

Menus and controls take time to get used to

Dec, 2002