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Panasonic VDR-D300

Panasonic VDR-D300
alaScore 82

94 reviews

Dec, 2016

alaTest has collected and analyzed 94 reviews of Panasonic VDR-D300. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the reliability and price are generally positive. The portability and image quality are also appreciated.

usability, image quality, portability, price, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic VDR-D300 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic VDR-D300

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 42 user reviews of Panasonic VDR-D300 from Amazon.com. 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 Amazon.com. People really like the zoom and design. The image quality and portability also get good feedback, but many are critical about the reliability.

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74% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic VDR-D300 3.1MP 3CCD DVD Camcorder with 10x Optical Image Stabilized ZoomPanasonic VDR-D300 3.1MP 3CCD DVD Camcorder with 10x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: James Morris (pcadvisor.co.uk)

Panasonic VDR-D300

 

It's a surprise to see the very consumer-oriented DVD camcorder format – whose big selling point is supposed to be that you can take the disc and stick it in your DVD player to watch it – married to semi-pro three-CCD (charge-coupled devices) optics in...

With the VDR-D300, Panasonic has successfully combined the manual features and image quality of a three-CCD camcorder with the convenience of DVD. You're paying a slight premium for the recording format, but in return you get the best combination of...

May, 2006

Recommended!

Expert review by: James Morris (trustedreviews.com)

Panasonic VDR-D300

 

Panasonic has created the best DVD based camcorder on the market.

Panasonic has clearly attempted to apply the same strategy to the DVD camcorder which has been such a success for it in the DV world – namely, bringing three-CCD technology down to a much lower price point. Just as this has brought new levels of image...

Apr, 2006

EISA Award - Best Product

Expert review by: EISA (eisa.eu)

Panasonic VDR-D300

 

The popularity of the DVD video cameras is growing day by day and the Panasonic VDR-D300 is the world's first DVD video camera to be equipped with both 3CCD and Optical Image Stabilizing technology. The owner of this remarkable camcorder will enjoy...

Jun, 2006

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

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Sep, 2006

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

Expert Review

 

A high performance video camera that could use a little tweaking

Good video quality, above average still images

A little awkward to hold, controls not that nice to use

Sep, 2006

Expert review by: Richard Baguley (pcworld.com)

DVD Camcorder Takes High-Quality Video

 

Panasonic's VDR-D300, though expensive, does its job quite well.

May, 2006

Expert review by: Thomas Ricker (engadget.com)

Panasonic's VDR-D300 DVD camcorder reviewed

 

If you're one of those taken-in by the convenience of direct-to-DVD camcorderin' then listen up! DigitalTrends has a review of the Panasonic VDR-D300 video camera which they call the "best DVD camcorder" they've ever tested. Those "superb" videos and...

May, 2006

Expert review by: Denny Atkin (cnet.com)

Panasonic VDR-D300 review:

 

Decent low-light performance; vibrant color; solid battery life; acceptable still quality.

Optical zoom is only 10X; no analog input; no video light.

Rivaling its MiniDV competitors in a variety of shooting conditions, the Panasonic VDR-D300 doesn't force you to compromise video quality for the convenience of shooting directly on DVD.

Mar, 2006

Expert review by: Denny Atkin (cnet.com.au)

Panasonic VDR-D300

 

The Panasonic VDR-D300 doesn't force you to compromise video quality for convenience.

Decent low-light performance ; Vibrant colour ; Solid battery life ; Acceptable still quality

Optical zoom is only 10x ; No analogue input ; No video light

Still images had good colour but lacked sharpness in heavily textured areas. In particular, indoor shots with flash had a noticeably fuzzy quality to them. Overall, still quality is decent -- acceptable for candid shooting, but you wouldn't want to use...

Apr, 2006

Expert review by: Easy Camcorder (easycamcorders.com)

Expert Review

 

The VDR-D300 is Panasonic's top-of-the-line DVD camcorder, a 3-chip model with excellent specs and features. At $999 (MSRP), the D300 is a strong competitor for best DVD camcorder of year, going head to head with the Sony's offering, the DCR-DVD505....

Accessory shoe, -Manual controls provide an immense amount of customization, -Simple administrative menu structure

Joystick control doesn't slide through manual options, instead requiring, the user to re-activate the joystick for each, step of a manual control, -Compression levels for DVD camcorders, -Poor flash placement to the side of the camcorder lens

Apr, 2006

Product Specifications

Panasonic is proud to introduce the brand new DVD video camera with Multi-Format Recording DVD-RAM/-RW/-R, 10x Optical Zoom and 3CCD for highest image quality. At the heart of this camcorder is the 3CCD camera system - the type used in professional video cameras. Playing a critical role in picture quality, this system provides exceptionally pure, faithful color. Panasonic's advanced 3CCD system gives users the highest image quality in three different ways: color depth, fine detail, and gradation (ensuring all tones in a color pallet are enjoyed). Panasonic's original Crystal Engine advanced image processing circuitry helps deliver maximum performance from the CCD camera system. The Crystal Engine - the brain of the camera - processes the signal from each of the 3 CCDs independently, giving both moving and still pictures outstanding quality. Picture quality is also enhanced by the legendary optical technology from world renowned Leica Dicomar lens. These lenses feature a low dispersion glass and special multi-coating to minimize flare and ghosting in images. The Optical Image Stabilizer (O.I.S) system, which compensates for the effect of handshake as you shoot movie and still images - resulting in clear, sharp images. Gyrosensors detect the amount and direction of handshake and linear motors optically adjust the lenses as needed to compensate.

Audio

Audio system:STEREO
Built-In Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

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

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery life (max):1.35

Camcorder Features

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

Camera

Minimum illumination:1

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Design

Colour of product:Silver

Digital Camera

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

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:13.8cm
Height:8.7cm
Weight:585g
Width:6.3cm

Display

Display:LCD
Display diagonal:6.86

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

Flash

Built-in Flash: Yes

Header

Manufacturer:Panasonic
Model:D300EB-S/VDR-D300
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic DVD e.cam/Panasonic VDR

Image sensor

Total MegaPixels:2.4

Lens System

Digital Zoom:700
Filter Size:3.7
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.8
Max Focal Length:30mm
Min Focal Length:3mm
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

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:3CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic

Other features

Auto Focus: Yes
Interface:USB
Manual Focus: Yes

Ports & interfaces

S-Video Out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Storage

Compatible memory cards:SD

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:700
Faders:Black & white fader/Black fader / White fader
Media Type:DVD-R (8cm) / DVD-RAM (8 cm) / DVD-RW (8 cm)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode/Frame movie mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:8.7
Height :13.8
Weight:585
Width:6.3