Panasonic PV-GS59 MiniDV Camcorder, Good, BUT, could be better indoor video and have more jacks.

Happy to have could watch my special video.

I’m not sure about amazon’s site. This is my third attempt at a review. It keeps disappearing as i type. The camera is decent for something i did not order. It was shipped as a substitute the day before it was supposed to arrive with the seller not asking first, if they may substitute. So it arrived late and was a surprise. Since i have a similar model which lasted a year (just past the guarantee) i find this model to be just as nice, but for durability you must ask me in a year.

The good: digital audio 16-bit sound is great; ‘zoom’ sound level increase works well; love the joystick controls; manual adjustments are good. 30x zoom rocks – when you use a tripodthe bad: no microphone jack. No earphone / headphone jack. Moderate to low light video is cr*p compared to my 8-year old sony hi8 camcorder. The ugly: there is no s-video jack, and the miniplug in front for external audio/video connections is very loose and you lose connection when moving the camera around, so you can’t watch live video on an external monitor consistantly. If it had a better external video/audio connector and better medium/low light video, i would love this camcorder; but like i said, i bought this to replace my 8-year old sony hi8 camcorder – but the old sony works better indoors for the ‘school play’ than does this unit.

Key specs for Panasonic PV-GS59 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
  • 2.7-inch 16:9 LCD display
  • Joystick control for easy operation and navigation
  • Includes a secure digital (SD) memory card slot

Comments from buyers

“decent camera/bad buying experience
, Five Stars
, Good, BUT, could be better indoor video and have more jacks.

I’m totally satisfied with this camcorder. It fill every expectatives i could have about it. I don’t agree with the complaints about the bad sound and bad video in low light. In fact, i’m amazed about the way it can film in very low light (more than i can hope). Obviously the quality isn’t perfect, it’s a little grainy but, if you want perfection, then go for an expensive professional cam. The only problem i can detect in it is the difficult for keep it controlled in full zoom (which is amazing) without shaking but, consider that my girlfriend can keep it reasonably steady in full zoom, i think it must be my own fault. Otherwise here is a noticeable point i want to show and it is about the seller. I bought it from electronicsexpo and i have only good comments about they. They’re totally professionals. My first cam came with a manufacture malfuction in the lcd.

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Panasonic PV-GS59 MiniDV Camcorder with 30x Optical Zoom (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
4.5 of 5 stars, based on 7 reviews