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Panasonic PVDV852 DV Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 reviews of Panasonic PVDV852 DV Camcorder. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the design and portability are on the whole positive. The size and image quality are also appreciated. There are some negative comments about the zoom and battery.

image quality, size, portability, design

price, usability, battery, zoom

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic PVDV852 DV Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 73/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of Panasonic PVDV852 DV Camcorder from The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers really like the image quality. Many are critical about the usability and price.

image quality

price, usability

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

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic PVDV852 MiniDV Multicam Digital Camcorder w/ 2.5" Color LCD, Color Viewfinder & 8MB SD Memory CardPanasonic PVDV852 MiniDV Multicam Digital Camcorder w/ 2.5" Color LCD, Color Viewfinder & 8MB SD Memory Card

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Robin Liss (

Panasonic PV-DV852 Camcorder Review - Panasonic MiniDV Camcorders


The Panasonic PV-DV852 is one of Panasonic's high end MiniDV camcorders. The PV-DV852 has an MSRP of $1599 and a street price around $1100 and offers excellent picture quality.

Jun, 2002

Consumer review by: JookyG (

The upper crust of consumer digital video


Excellent video, lots of features, worth the extra $$

Bottom-load tape, too many features, terrible manual

Jan, 2003

Consumer review by: (

Good quality, but lack of attention to software and support


Optical image stabilization excellent, good resolution

Poor battery life, sound+MPEG4 video worthless

Jan, 2003

Consumer review by: Lance (

Better than JVC 3000


Awesome picture quality, stills are great, super adjustable

Having to switch to card mode

Nov, 2002

Consumer review by: jookyg (

The upper crust of consumer camcorders


If you're not quite ready to jump into the very expensive world of professional-grade digital video, the DV852 is a good compromise. It stands at the top of the consumer-level units in terms of quality, features and optics, for under $1000. I could...

excellent video quality, optical image stabilization, tons of features

expensive, bottom-loading tape, poor documentation, too many features

Jul, 2003

Consumer review by: johncobb (

Do not buy if you have Windows 98 Second Edition


My driver will not install. The original driver that came with my camera locks up my computer. The updated driver on the Pansonic Web Site is not reconized when I try to install it. I cannot connect my camera to my computer. I've tried calling...

The design is comfortable with a sharp look. Lightweight with many features. Very Compact

It will not connect to my computer. I have Windows 98 Second Edition.

Mar, 2003

Consumer review by: grn0202 (



The purpose of this feedback to help others in the same way that I was helped by earlier hands on reviews by purchasers.

Excellent picture, good low light, excellent ergonomics.

Can't think of any.

Sep, 2002

Consumer review by: bgrammar (

Great single-chip camera


I shopped the Canon 100mc, and the Sony TVR30 before deciding on this one.

Outstanding picture sharpness/quality ; excellent optical image stabilization ; Good low light performance

Audio (mic&line input) only average. Zoom takes a-while to master ; Auto-exposure icons difficult to decipher

Aug, 2002

Consumer review by: messybug (

After looking at everything, I picked this one!


I spent a really long time (4 months) looking for the perfect digital camcorder. I wanted something that took great video, acceptable pictures, and had as many technical gadgets as I could afford. The Panasonic was competing against entries from...

Large 1/3.8" Megapixel CCD, Optical Image Stabilization, Pop Up Flash

Included battery life

Jun, 2002

Consumer review by: dkozin (

Panasonic PV-DV852 Digital Camcorder With Megapixel CCD And Optical Stabilizer


Excellent picture quality, megapixel CCD and optical stabilizer, features, size


May, 2002