You won’t go wrong with a panasonic dv. I have several of this model for my business. They’re rock solid reliable, nice and small for portability, and the quality of the recording is very good.
This is panasonic’s entry-level camcorder, but it’s packed with useful features, like good image quality, 12 lux sensitivity, and a whopping 30x optical zoom. I think it’s perfect for casual travel videography as well as for shooting entries to the ‘america’s funniest video’ show. It’s fairly easy to use and the build quality is solid. A good optional accessory to get is a spare battery. You never know if the battery might run out at the most inopportune time, so be sure to pick up a backup one. Given the recent dell recall of 4. 1 million laptops due to battery fire, you should get a genuine panasonic liion battery designd specifically for this model. Don’t put your life or your loved one’s at risk. The reviewer named ‘hung’ got it totally wrong (or was just plain lying). The gs29 does come with ieee1394 firewire (aka i.
But i don’t want to pass a good product. The camcorder works just fine giving the time i bought it.
I like the camara and the zoom was good. I returned it because i was very disappointed with the resolution. In todays world, i expected better.
Smooth zoom, quick auto-focus. If you have the time and computer that excepts firewire this is a great buy. Just know what you are getting into with mini dv. It’s a dying breed but for what it is, this is a superb product for the $$.
This is very nicely built, simple features, takes still pics as well. As long as your not a professional filmer that needs hd, go for it. Video & sound quality is great.
- Obviously not the latest greatest but
- Great Camcorder For A Great Price
- It’s been awhile since I bought it, I guess no one buy this anymore.
Not a bad camera, especially for the price. I bought this mini-dv camcorder for about $300 brand new about 5 years ago. I bought it to save on playback hours on my dvx100a (fyi: they have the same heads). I use it primarily as a firewire digitizing deck. You can actually get a descent image if you know how to use the manual features and know it’s limitations. For people shooting home videos it’s easy to use with a basic interface. It does come with a firewire ‘port’ despite another reviewers comment, but it may not come with a firewire ‘cord’. Mine did, but i won’t assume.
I have been using panasonic camcorders since the last 6 years. I have found the panasonic pvgs29 to be very impressive. I wanted an economical camcorder that had a high optical zoom (very important – not digital zoom) and this was the right piece. I often use it for family videos and i am impressed with the video quality that this camcorder produces. It comes with a av cable that i use to connect to tv and watch. Awesome clarity in my 1080i tv. If you are looking for a not so expensive that give great recording quality there is no looking further.
I bought this camcorder recently and am very happy with it. It is very easy to use and has good recording quality. The low light indoors isn’t great but no camcorders in this price range are. I’ve used it several times and it works fine. I recommend this and the price is unreal.
Very small and easy to carry. Neat on the zoom, a bit hazy on the image stabilization but overall a good buy for the buck.
I do like the vhs-c versions, but the quality is not as good as a hi8 from sony which i have. I did not want to spend alot of money. I know a new camcorder would be too expensive. I figured, if i can find a used, but in very good condition with a good price, i would buy it. After looking around on amazon, i found this great little camcorder. I was so surprised how small and compact it was, with features of a vhs-c and a hi8. It uses mini digital tapes with a 90 minute recording time. It has a built in light, large lcd screen, a joystick type of control, which is very easy to use. You can playback on your tv with the rca cables, or use a pc which i see it can do, but i’m not really interested in doing that, cause i use my digital camera.
Features of Panasonic PV-GS29 MiniDV Camcorder with 30x Optical Zoom (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Features 30x optical zoom and 1000x digital zoom
- Low-height, compact design with a convenient side-load mechanism for tapes
- 2.5-inch LCD color viewfinder
- Joystick control for easy operation and navigation
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Just got this so i’m not an expert yet. First impressions:-easy to use, did not have to read the manual (only the first pages as not to mess up the battery). -very good quality in low light environments. -because it’s very compact in size, fits in the palm of your hand, and it’s lightweight. -good zoom (30x) which lets you film from afar. Quality of the film: very good, although since it’s my first camcorder i do not have comparison parameters. Battery: my only gripe so far is that the battery does not last long, but it charges very quickly so what i’ll do is just buy a second one to have in my pocket just in case. Interface: it does not have a usb connection but a firewire port so i’m downloading directly to my computer. Another option i explored was connecting it to my samsung dvr-120 dvd recorder, where i downloaded my film and burned it directly to a dvd-r. It has other options which i’m not familiar yet.