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Panasonic VDR-M50 Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 397 reviews of Panasonic VDR-M50 Camcorder. The average rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the size and image quality. The portability and price are also appreciated, whereas many are negative about the memory and control panel. There are some mixed opinions about the durability and battery.

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reliability, control panel, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic VDR-M50 Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic VDR-M50 Camcorder

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 191 user reviews of Panasonic VDR-M50 Camcorder from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Views about the design and portability are on the whole positive. The image quality and price also get good opinions, whereas there are some negative comments about the reliability.

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65% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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Sep, 2016

Expert review by: Glenn Menin (pcmag.com)

Panasonic VDR-M50

 

CCDType: Single CCD, Video Recording Format: DVD-RAM, Video Recording Format: DVD-R

Very small and portable. Easy to use. Welcome 18X optical zoom.

Mediocre image stabilization and still-image quality. Can't shoot higher-quality DV, only MPEG-4. Mediocre audio.

While it may appeal to people who want the simplicity of being able to record directly to DVD-R or DVD-RAM discs, the Panasonic VDR-M50 will also frustrate enthusiasts by virtue of the DVD format's limitations. Ad-ditionally, we aren't impressed by the vi

Sep, 2004

Expert review by: Easy Camcorder (easycamcorders.com)

Expert Review

 

Panasonic's VDR-M70 raises the bar and becomes this year's top-end offering in Panasonic's DVD camcorder racket. While this bad boy offers many upgrades and new features over its less advanced contemporary, the VDR-M50, the VDR-M70 has the same imager,...

Decent Low light performance, - Hot accessory shoe

Price, - Format convenience

Nov, 2004

Expert review by: Matt Culler (camcorderinfo.com)

Panasonic VDR-M50 Camcorder Review - Panasonic DVD Camcorders

 

At an MSRP of $799.95, the Panasonic VDR-M50 offers consumers a DVD camcorder of good quality for the cost with arguably better recording compatibility than the majority of DVD camcorders.

Jun, 2004

Expert review by: Matt Culler (camcorderinfo.com)

Panasonic VDR-M70 Camcorder Review - Panasonic DVD Camcorders

 

At an MSRP of $899.99, the Panasonic VDR-M70 overcomes many of the shortcomings found in other DVD camcorders. It raises the bar on DVD camcorder quality by offering many options for recordable media and storage space for photo stills and video,...

Jun, 2004

Expert review by: Mark Bassett (camcorderinfo.com)

Panasonic PV-GS9 Camcorder Review - Panasonic MiniDV Camcorders

 

At an MSRP of $349.99, the Panasonic PV-GS9 is the entry-level camcorder in their group of consumer Mini DV camcorders. The Panasonic PV-GS9 has some manual options but, as a rule, it's better suited for use in automatic. The Panasonic PV-GS9 has a...

May, 2004

Expert review by: Brian Peterson (videomaker.com)

Camcorder Review: Panasonic VDR-M50PP DVD

 

Panasonic's compact VDR-M50PP camcorder gives the video hobbyist the convenience of recording video and still shots directly to DVD then playing them back on a newer home DVD player. As much as 60 minutes of video will fit on either 8cm DVD-RAM or...

Convenience of recording directly to DVD-RAM and DVD-R ; High capacity recording of low resolution stills

Speaker is muted by your hand if held during playback ; Low resolution stills ; A/V jack in an awkward location

The VDR-M50PP is a great solution for the video enthusiast who needs the convenience of recording directly to DVD and not the need for the highest quality video

Apr, 2005

Expert review by: Charles Fulton (videomaker.com)

Camcorder Review: Panasonic PV-L552H VHS-C

 

Do you remember the "bad old" days when all you could find in stores were VHS, VHS-C and 8mm camcorders? Back in the early 1990s Panasonic ran a TV spot with a shopper looking for a new camcorder. She asked several salespeople whether the tapes will...

Huge viewscreen ; Potentially useful time-lapse features

Very few manual controls

Worth considering if you need a VHS camcorder.

Feb, 2004

Expert review by: (best-digital-camcorder-reviews.com)

Panasonic PV GS9

 

Panasonic PVGS9 MiniDV Compact Digital Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom.

Panasonic PV GS9: OpticsThe PV-GS9 is equipped with a 1/6-inch, 680,000-pixel CCD and 20x optical zoom It also features a 800x digital zoom that allows you to zoom in on incredible close-ups.

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Panasonic VDR M50

 

Panasonic VDRM50 DVD video camcorder with 2.5-inch LCD w/18x Optical Zoom.

The stylishly small Panasonic VDR M50 marks the next step in DVD video camcorders. As full-featured as it is easy to use, this compact camcorder records high-quality digital video and still images onto removable 3-inch (8cm) DVD-RAM and DVD-R discs,...

Expert review by: (best-digital-camcorder-reviews.com)

Panasonic VDR M70

 

Panasonic VDRM70 DVD Camcorder with 2.5-inch LCD w/10x Optical Zoom.

The stylishly small Panasonic VDR M70 marks the next step in DVD video camcorders. As full-featured as it is easy to use, this compact camcorder records high-quality digital video and still images onto removable 3-inch (8cm) DVD-RAM and DVD-R discs,...

Product Specifications

e.cam are a range of digital video cameras from Panasonic, which do more than just take great pictures. With a host of digital capabilities, these cameras give you entirely new ways to enjoy the images that you capture and expand your possibilities for more creative visual communications. All e.cams are equipped with an SD Memory Card which means they can offer a whole host of extra benefits through their interaction with other Panasonic digital products. SD can link your e.cam with PCs, laptops and different types of software so that you can edit still and moving pictures, send email and even bring your website to life! PRODUCT FEATURES: MPEG2 Recording on 8cm DVD RAM/R discs; Connection-Free Playback on DVD-RAM Compatible Recorder/Players; Easy Editing within the Camcorder; 800, 000 Pixel CCD; 2.5inch LCD Monitor; 18x Optical Zoom / 240x Digital Zoom; USB Interface (USB 2.0 Compatible); SD Memory Card Slot.

Audio

Built-In Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

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

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera

Minimum illumination:12

Camera Flash

Type: None

Design

Colour of product:Silver

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:14.6cm
Height:8.9cm
Weight:0.5kg
Width:6.4cm

Display

Display:LCD
Display diagonal:6.35
Display Resolution:123000

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
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:VDRM50B
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic DVD e.cam

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 4
Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:1.2

Lens System

Digital Zoom:240
Filter Size:3.7
Focal length range (f-f):3.8 - 38
Image stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.8
Max Focal Length:37.8mm
Min Focal Length:2.1mm
Optical Zoom:18
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:1CCD

Other features

Audio output:Multi-Terminal
Audio recording formats:MPEG Audio Layer 2
I/O ports:USB 2.0\nVideo Out\nAudio Out
Lens system:F1.8(Wide) - 2.4(Tele)
Media types supported:8cm DVD-RAM Ver. 2.1, 8cm DVD-R Ver. 2
Photo mode: Yes
Video Out:Multi-Terminal

Ports & interfaces

DV port: No
S-Video In: No
S-Video Out: Yes

Still image

Still image resolution(s):1280 x 960

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MMC, SD

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:500
Faders:Black & white fader / Black fader / Wipe fader
Media Type:DVD-R (8cm) / DVD-RAM (8 cm)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:14.6
Height :8.9
Weight:500
Width:6.4