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Panasonic PV-GS120 3CCD MiniDV Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom

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  • MiniDV camcorder and still camera with 3-megapixel CCD
  • 10x optical zoom lens (700x digital zoom) and image stabilizer
  • 2.5-inch rotating LCD and color viewfinder
  • Low-light recording settings and built-in auto pop-up flash
  • Rechargeable Li-ion battery pack lasts for up to 1 hour and 15 minutes
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Product Description

Product Description

Ultra-compact, yet loaded with features, this Panasonic Palmcorder ultra-compact digital camcorder with 2.5" Color LCD monitor is ideal to take with you when you are out and about. Features a PhotoShot built-in digital still camera; 3CCD camera system; 1.2 megapixel still picture recording with quad-density pixel distribution technology; Leica Dicomar lens; 10x optical and 700x digital zoom; 8MB SD memory card; MagicPix images with LCD light panel; tele/macro lens; color viewfinder; simultaneous motion video and still picture recording; mini DV format; pure color engine; 1.7-sec. quick start; easy-to-use mode dial; 680,000 pixel CCD; digital electronic image stabilization; 3-way PC link2; S-video In/Out; and more.

From the Manufacturer

World renowned lens-maker LEICA has developed an exquisite, 7-element, multi-coated lens that helps add a high-level of detail and subtlety to your creations, resulting in truly moving images that last. With refinements like a 2-stage neutral density filter for aperture independent adjustment, you'll appreciate the remarkably crisp, true-to-life color that is a hallmark of Leica Dicomar optics.

3CCD Camera System
Reproduces color in great fidelity, with a separate CCD for reds, greens and blues. It's the same technology used in Panasonic professional broadcast equipment, resulting in 540 lines of breathtaking resolution.

3.0 Megapixel Still Picture Technology
This feature combines three CCDs, each with 800,000 pixels with our Quad-Density Pixel Distribution Technology to deliver true, 3-megapixel still.

Mega Optical Image Stabilizer
Virtually eliminates jitter from unintentional hand movement while taking vibration-sensitive still images. This technology has been dramatically improved since last year's model to further help prevent even the slightest shake.

Built-in SD Memory Card Drive
SD Memory Cards are versatile, high-capacity storage cards that are extremely small - about the size of a postage stamp. They work as "digital film," letting you capture images and then transfer them to a PC, TV, PDA, or other device equipped with an SD slot.

700x Digital Zoom
The zoom ratio on our digital camcorders can be increased to 700:1, producing an incredibly close shot.

2.5" Diagonal Color LCD Monitor
Lets you view your subject in full color during shooting and playback through a large, 2.5" LCD screen.

MagicPix Images (Low Light Shooting)
Now you can shoot full color video and stills when you're in extremely low light situations. On select models, the LCD panel provides even more light.

Lets you take a previously recorded still image, miniaturize it, and then include it in your videos for a unique special effect.

Cinema Mode
Records video in the same 16:9 aspect ratio as a movie screen, giving your videos a dramatic, cinematic effect during playback.

Quick Start Button
Turns the camera on in 1.7 seconds, enabling you to capture shots almost instantly, even when your camera is off.

Product Details

Product Manual [13.33mb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 3 x 3 inches ; 15.5 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B0001DBEJ2
  • Item model number: PV-GS120
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,456 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at January 27, 2005

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148 of 153 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 25, 2004
I payed for half of my camcorder which came to be about $450 with the extra batteries and wires you needed to get for the camera. I'm only 13 so $450 is a lot to spend for me but it was well worth it. I'll tell you what I wanted to know about a camera in a review before I bought one...
-the zoom is good, not as good as some of the other models in the store but it is also not as shaky.
-it has a zoom mic which allows you to shoot someone talking from far awa distances without them having to talk much louder then usual for the camera to pick up the sound.
-the pictures is what you pay for in a 3CCD camera. there is one chip for red, one for green, and one for blue. This makes the imagery OUTSTANDING.
-The camera is comfortable in my small hands and my dad's big hands... all you need to do is adjust the strap on it for it to fit our hand perfectly.
-i must be honest... the bad things about it is the battery life on the battery it comes with is only fourty five minutes but if you buy an extened battery it is 1 hour and 15 minutes and if you use both that adds up to about 2 hours of filming time.
-I also don't like that it doesn't come with a light but magic pix is sometimes helpful if you are shooting at a still object in the dark but it slows down the pixels so much that if you move it it could be very blurry, still, with a tripod it could be useful.
-i like the easy mini DV format. Some people are now saying that it's beyond in technology but realy... if you want to edit your tape then you have to get mini DV's... they're not hard to use and they are less expensive. You'll have to plan on shooting a perfect film with a DVD camcorder.
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71 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Laszlo Csuha on February 11, 2005
I was like anybody else, which camera to buy? The first thing I did , bought a Pinnacle AV/DV Firewire card and Studio v.9 software package. I have a Nikon D70, so I was looking for a camcorder not a digital camera.

I made my decision the "dirty way": I bought 3 different cameras from 3 different stores (made sure they will not charge re-stocking fee if I return it within 2 weeks) I will not mention the stores, but the cameras were my final 3 after extensive online research. Sony DCR HC40, Panasonic PV-GS120 and Canon Optura 65.

I took all three home, made a 20 minutes movie with each camera: low light, medium light indoors and outdoors, macro, etc... I've uploaded the movies from the camera I took it with, unto Pinnacle Studio v9, and then I burned a DVD of this 1 hour movie.

To make the long story short, I did return the Sony and the Canon, and here is why:

- 3CCD really works, you can't match the color separation, even if the "one" CCD is larger and has more pixels.

- Panasonic's picture quality was almost broadcast quality, vivid colors and sharp edges, Canon and Sony looked like a very good Hi8.

-Canon was horrible in low light, and my palm never got used to it.

-Sony's touch screen is Stupid, why would you wanna use your oily fingers on the screen which you are using to see what are you capturing.

-Sony's night vision shot might work with 1% of the population, I don't really want to look at grainy green pictures.

-Carl Zeiss makes very good lenses, but this Leica is superior to Sony's (notice that Panasonic is using Leica only on their "top" models)If this camera would have a Leica badge on it instead of Panasonic, this camera would be 3 times more $.
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80 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Jake Ludington on April 27, 2004
Panasonic out did themselves by releasing two 3CCD camcorders below the $1000 price point (the other being the PV-GS200). No other consumer DV cam boasts 3CCDs, and the difference in image quality really shows. Getting a similar image quality from any other brand of DV cam requires spending at least $1500. The only reason I gave this camcorder 4 stars instead of 5 is because the battery life is far too short. Even with an extra battery, this camcorder beats out everything in the same price range from Canon, Sony, JVC, etc.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By V. MITTAL on January 8, 2005
There is no doubt that this is an excellent camcorder. Compared to PVGS200 Panasonic and going for that one because of few extra features. Worth the extra cost (for me at least). Main reason I am writing this review is because there are few features that are listed on Amazon site for this camcorder but they are not available in this model (they are in PVGS200 model). Here are those:

MPEG4 Movie Recording

MagicWire Remote Control

Built-in Auto Pop-up Flash

Again these features are *not* present in PVGS120 model.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By RC on December 14, 2004
Have had the unit 6 months, and been through 10 tapes of kids, events, and such. The unit has been flawless, with two exceptions. First, is battery life on the default battery. I quickly determined that a spare battery was needed and picked up the CGA-DU21 which gives me a solid 4-5 hours of shooting time when I combine the two batteries.

The second issue is the button layout on the "folding screen" area. The layout is ambiguous and some more thought should have gone into making those functions usable WHILE shooting (e.g. Fade, date/time stamp, etc.)

The screen is very nice, but has a narrow viewing angle. Low light performance is great and when you have plenty of light, the color is wonderful. I'm very pleased about my purchase. If you plan to use the camera for still digital, you may want to get the unit with the higher res camera.

I also added a 512 MB SD card to it so that I can use this as a digi cam for those times when enlargements aren't likely. The shots make great 4x6 prints even with the lower end unit (1.2 megapixels.) I recently came back from holiday with 2 full DV tapes and over 90 beautiful photographs all from the same camera. The photos aren't anything like my Canon Digital Rebel, but are as good as any point-and-shoot digital camera with 2 megapixels can be.

Another quick point. It's hard to find a point-and-shoot digital camera with a fast lens (usually they are f3.5 or slower) ... but with a digicam, you automatically get like an f1.4 and can take digital stills in very low light (kids on stage, etc)... they are a tad grainy, but when you're out of flash range or flash isn't allowed, it's great.
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