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Panasonic PV GS85

alaTest has collected and analyzed 96 reviews of Panasonic PV GS85. 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. Reviewers really like the zoom and image quality. The price and portability are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some critical reviews about the battery.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic PV GS85 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic PV GS85

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 76 user reviews of Panasonic PV GS85 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the zoom and image quality. The price and portability also get good feedback, whereas there are some mixed views about the reliability. There are some negative comments about the battery.

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86% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic PV-GS85 MiniDV Camcorder with 32x Optical Image Stabilized ZoomPanasonic PV-GS85 MiniDV Camcorder with 32x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: Will Greenwald (cnet.com)

Panasonic PV-GS85 review:

 

Budget camcorders might not seem flashy, but they play an important part in every camcorder line. They're designed to be an affordable, no-frills product that anyone can pick up for just a few hundred dollars. Since price is their main selling point,...

Decent video quality; 32X optical zoom lens; optical image stabilization; native 16:9 wide-screen video.

Useless night mode; submegapixel sensor won't wow you with resolution.

The Panasonic PV-GS85 is a serviceable budget camcorder, but better choices are out there.

Sep, 2007

Expert review by: David Kender (camcorderinfo.com)

Panasonic PV-GS85 Camcorder Review - Panasonic MiniDV Camcorders

 

The Panasonic PV-GS85 was our winner for 2007's Best Camcorder Under $300, making it a true bargain for the budget shopper. At this price, you wouldn't expect many frills, but prepare to be surprised. Panasonic packs in the manual controls, optical...

Dec, 2007

Expert review by: Joe Eitel (devhardware.com)

Panasonic PV-GS85 Digital Camcorder

 

Panasonic has recently released two new budget camcorders: the PV-GS80 and PV-GS85. Both camcorders are sub-$300 shooters, so as you might imagine, they are now jam-packed with features. This article will focus on the PV-GS85, so keep reading for a...

Overall, the Panasonic PV-GS85 is a solid budget camcorder with decent image quality, solid low-light capabilities, nice wide-angle shooting, good manual controls, and a nice OIS system. At under $300, the PV-GS85 is a great value, as long as you don't...

Apr, 2008

Expert review by: Consumer Guide (howstuffworks.com)

Panasonic PV-GS85 Review and Prices

 

The Panasonic PV-GS85 MiniDV camcorder is a step up from the entry level PV-GS80, and while it delivers quality video, it offers few extra features over the cheaper unit. The two camcorders offer identical optical setups: The PV-GS85 features a single...

Good video performance in well-lit situations, built-in video light, 32x optical zoom and excellent optical image stabilization system

Very limited stills function, poor low light performance

Dec, 2007

Expert review by: David Kender (reviewed.com)

Panasonic PV-GS85

 

The Panasonic PV-GS85 was our winner for 2007's Best Camcorder Under $300, making it a true bargain for the budget shopper. At this price, you wouldn\'t expect many frills, but prepare to be surprised. Panasonic packs in the manual controls, optical...

Dec, 2007

Consumer review by: wuli_masters (pricegrabber.com)

Good camcorder (great for the price)

 

All in all I am very pleased with this camcorder. For this price you can't match the zoom with optical image stability. The video quality is very nice (not professional - but what do you expect from this price). This is probably the last year (or...

Amazing Zoom, great optical image stabilizer Good video quality Nice small led for low light

Bad stills resolution A bit plasticy. Wrist band location doesn't hold hand correctly.

Dec, 2007

Consumer review by: zhisc (pricegrabber.com)

Panasonic PV-GS85 Mini DV Camcorder

 

The GS-85 is a decent camcorder at entry level. The tele-zoom is very quiet and image stabilizer works very well. I am satisfied with the video quality for outdoors. However, pictures look terribly dark for indoors. When I connected the camcorder to my...

Compact size, Still Picture feature, Stabelizer, zoom

can't charge the battery while using the camcorder, all output ports are located BEHIND the battery, so-so performance in the dark

Dec, 2007

Consumer review by: yanweizhuang... (pricegrabber.com)

Good camcorder

 

This is the second camcorder I bought-the first is a SONY HC28. I got it on Thanksgiving holiday as a gift to my parents. At the price around $200.00 it is a pretty good choice. The image is clear and sharp. The built-in light can improve the...

Easy to use.USB conncetion to PC. With built-in light

Have to take off the battery when downloading images to PC

Dec, 2007

Consumer review by: miamiflp (pricegrabber.com)

Very good standard definition camcorder

 

I needed a camcorder soon, but I wasn't willing to fork over $700+ for an HD camcorder that I really want (Canon HV20). I chose this model because it was recommended model for 2007 by a trusted review site (camcorderinfo.com) and it would suffice for...

OPTICAL image stabilization, 34x zoom, MiniDV format, native widescreen mode, thumb dial menu system.

digital stills have very low resolution (640x480), low-light performance,

Nov, 2007

Consumer review by: miamiflp (pricegrabber.com)

Very good standard definition camcorder

 

I needed a camcorder soon, but I wasn't willing to fork over $700+ for an HD camcorder that I really want (Canon HV20). I chose this model because it was recommended model for 2007 by a trusted review site (camcorderinfo.com) and it would suffice for...

OPTICAL image stabilization, 34x zoom, MiniDV format, native widescreen mode, thumb dial menu system

digital stills have very low resolution (640x480), low-light performance

Nov, 2007
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