Panasonic PV-GS9 MiniDV Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom : Simple, effective, excellent price

It is lightweight and easy to use. It has good clear pictures and sound. It even picks up birds sounds from the background. It is also easy to hook up to your tv so you can view what pictures you have taken and even make copies on a vhs/dvd player so you can share your trip or event with others as gifts. We take it on every vacation and relive each trip and it helps us remember just what really happend on our trips and we don’t have to rely just on our memories. Even children can use the mini camcorder.

Just wanted to let others know out there that after reading the reviews left on amazon i was a bit leary about getting the accesories for this camcorder given to me as a gift. However, i called the phone number in the manual and immediately had the cable and software shipped to me. I had no problems getting through on the phone or recieving the accesories. For others who might read the previous reviews regarding accesories and make their decision from them, they weren’t that expensive (under $20 for both) and worth it if you are trying to get good use out of a nice camcorder for a minimal price.

Panasonic PV-GS9 MiniDV Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • Compact digital Palmcorder MultiCam camcorder and still camera with 680,000-pixel CCD
  • 20x optical zoom lens (digital zoom to 800x)
  • 2.5-inch LCD swings open 120 degrees and black-and-white viewfinder
  • Low-light recording settings, records stills to tape, and Web cam capability
  • Rechargeable Li-ion battery pack lasts for up to 1 hour and 15 minutes

Yo uso esta camara para montarla en motocicletas deportivas expuesta a mucha vibracion, somplemente nunca ha fallado, segue trabajando como nueva a pesar de ya tener mas de 20 horas grabadas bajo estas duras condiciones.

I have just finished recording my first videotape with the panasonic pv-gs9 and would like to make the following comments. First, the camcorder is easy to use and is a basically a point and shoot camcorder. For the more discriminating users i would like to point out some of the shortcomings of the camera. 1) i have found that the automatic focus is quite slow sometimes and sometimes would not work at all. I was photographing some hummingbirds up close and the camera would not focus on the feeder maybe because the color was white. 2) dark subjects came out overexposed rather than rendering the intense colors one would like to have gotten. 3) panasonic does not provide the software or cable to download to one’s computer and it has been a real bitch trying to get the folks to respond to e-mail. I currently have three e-mails out to the service folks trying to find out how i might get the software. I received an answer to one e-mail directing me to a site where i could download the software but when i got there the link was a dead link. I have written three times about this and no one has answered my e-mails.

I have a couple high-end 3-ccd panasonic camcorders. I was afraid of racking up hours and hours fast forwarding, rewinding, and playing back tape on these expensive models. At this incredibly low price, this is a great deal for pro’s looking for an inexpensive dv ‘deck’ to offload dv footage into their computer. (considering that stand-alone dv vtrs cost more than $700) i use it to feed my 3-ccd dv footage shot with my other cameras into final cut pro over firewire and it works like a dream.It’s also great if you want to feed footage into a firewire ready dvd recorder.

Panasonic PV-GS9 MiniDV Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom (Discontinued by Manufacturer) : I’ve had this camera for 2 years now and for the price it has done alright. Recently though, just as someone had mentioned in an earlier review, it stopped connecting to my pc via the firewire. I plugged in a friends jvc and it worked fine, so i know it’s not the computer or the cable. Its past warranty obviously. I don’t think i’ll pay to have it fixed. I just wish this would have lasted longer. Time for a better one – this time made in america .

I was looking for a simple, low cost digital camcorder. There are a bunch of interesting effects built in, none of which i’ll ever use because i plan to edit video in imovie on my macintosh and output to dvd using idvd. For $350, it did the job straight out of the box.

Well, i just read other reviews and i was surprised. First of all, i had a usb cable that fit the camera and plugged into my computer, so i didn’t have that issue. I’m sure i would’ve been frustrated as well if i had to go purchase one. Personally, i was able to edit and create movies on my computer with no problem, using the free software that came with my computer (sony vaio, 3 years old). So i guess maybe i was lucky, but i have had a very good experience with this camera. The only reason i gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is because the picture quality on my movies isn’t the greatest. This camera is a little outdated though, so i can’t complain. Plus, for the price, it has been outstanding.

For the price this camera rocks . I’ve had it for close to 2 years and for the price it’s awesome. I’ve used it to video tape basketball and football games. The battery last at least over an hour. Check out some of my video at www. Go to either basketball or football links.

I’ve been looking for a camcorder for several months, and have been comparing prices and features both on the web and in the stores. Based on my needs i was looking for the biggest bang for my buck. I saw this panasonic pv-gs9 palmcorder for $349 that included an extra free, longer life battery. I wanted something palm-size, and this fits the bill. It doesn’t take still digital photos, but i already have 2 digital cameras. It will, however, allow you to snap single photos on the tape, which you can transfer to pc, as opposed to a secure digital card that the more expensive models have. It has a usb connection, a firewire connection, and an analog audio/video connection. The cable is provided for the latter, but not the first two. You can use the usb connection to allow the camcorder to be used as a web cam, but you will need software for that. I hooked up the analog connection to a usb pinnacle studio usb box i have, and it worked great. 8 transferred the clips on the tape. You can save to cd or to your pc.

The only -ve things i found are:-no flash light (i knew that before buying). -magic-pix helps to take picture in dark only if the subject is very still. -for usb connection the software in not downloadable for free. You have to buy software from panasonic for $11 besides usb cable which is another $8. In spite of theses shortcomings i still like this camcorder and would highly recommend it.

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Panasonic PV-GS9 MiniDV Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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4.1 of 5 stars, based on 21 reviews