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Panasonic PV-GS80 MiniDV Camcorder with 32x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

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  • Features 32x optical zoom
  • Pure Color Engine
  • Large 2.7-inch widescreen LCD
  • One-Touch Navigation for easy, intuitive setting and shooting
  • Web Camera function
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 6 inches ; 2.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000M4F9GO
  • Item model number: GS80
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,262 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 3, 2006

Product Description

Product Description

The Panasonic® PV-GS80 is an ultra-compact Digital Video camcorder that offers precise image quality and color accuracy. The superior quality of digital video yields highwhich preserves more color information than analog. The 32x optical zoom lets you zoom in on items that are barely discernable to the naked eye without losing any image quality like you would with digital zoom. The integrated Optical Image Stabilizer, or O.I.S., detects even the slightest amount of shaking, and adjusts the lenses accordingly, to keep the image crisp and clear. Unlike a digital image stabilizing system, O.I.S. counteracts the shaking before the image enters the CCD; this allows the CCD to be used to process a virtually unmarred image. Imagine taking video shots on a moving boat and then viewing them on a large-screen TV. They're likely to appear blurry from the boat's movement and from your unsteady hands however, Panasonic solved this problem with O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), which minimizes hand-shake in situations where it is most often a problem, such as with zoom shots - or on a moving boat. Whether you zoom in or pull back, images always retain their natural beauty. Features: Optical Image Stabilizer - Panasonic's O.I.S. minimizes the hand-shake that can be such a problem with handheld shots. Because Panasonic's system is optical, there is no image quality degradation. With O.I.S. , the camcorder is equipped for clear, beautiful shooting of motion pictures. 32x optical zoom - This 32x zoom can fill the screen with even a distant subject. This lens is not only the powerful zoom offered in a home-use digital video camera, it also features low distortion. And because it's optical, there is no quality loss - you get the images in all their natural beauty.

From the Manufacturer

Manufacturer Description

Imagine taking video shots on a moving boat and then viewing them on a large-screen TV. They're likely to appear blurry from the boat's movement and from your unsteady hands. Panasonic solves this problem with O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), which minimizes hand-shake in situations where it is most often a problem, such as with zoom shots — or on a moving boat. The system is optical, so there is no quality loss, and images look clear and beautiful on a big-screen TV.

PV-GS80 Highlights

Optical Image Stabilizer Panasonic's O.I.S. minimizes the hand-shake that can be such a problem with handheld shots. Because Panasonic's system is optical, there is no image quality degradation. With O.I.S. , the camcorder is equipped for clear, beautiful shooting of motion pictures.

Panasonic GS80 camcorder highlights
32x optical zoom in action
32x optical zoom This 32x zoom can fill the screen with even a distant subject. This lens is not only the powerful zoom offered in a home-use digital video camera, it also features low distortion. And because it's optical, there is no quality loss - you get the images in all their natural beauty.

Pure Color Engine The Pure Color Engine converts the CCD output signal from a complementary color signal into an RGB signal at an early stage and extracts the low-frequency luminance component from the RGB signal. This innovative engine also achieves truly superb color reproduction for high-zoomed pictures.

Panasonic GS80 camcorder highlights
Widescreen 2.7-inch LCD This model features a 2.7-inch LCD with High-Picture-Quality Wide Mode, which produces images that make for beautiful, dramatic viewing on a wide-screen TV. The image is processed on 16:9 area of the CCD. Because the image decoded has the same proportions as your wide-screen TV, there is virtually no picture quality degradation. You get beautiful images and all the excitement and dynamism on either a wide 16:9 screen TV or a conventional 4:3 TV.

One-touch navigation and joystick control The joystick makes the camera much easier to use, letting you control all basic operations with one hand. As you shoot, just watch the image in the monitor and follow the instruction guide. You can handle a number of operations quickly and easily, without even taking your eye off the subject.

Help mode Not sure what a certain icon means? Just switch on the Help mode and select the icon. It's explained for you on the LCD monitor. This makes it easier to learn the icons, and you spend less time reading the operating manual.

Instant on/off Instant On / Off reduces the time required for operating the camera. When you open the LCD, the power turns on. Shut it and the power turns off. Pull out the viewfinder and the power turns on. Put it back and the power turns off.

1.7-second quick start This Quick Start mode* helps shoot videos on the spur of the moment. This mode lets you shoot those not-to-be-missed scenes by turning on the power just 1.7 sec. from the time the LCD is opened.

MagicPix Images MagicPix Images gives you smoothly flowing pictures even in dark places, where it's normally difficult to capture good shots.

Customer Reviews

This is a camera that is very very easy to use.
SD
One of the things that stood out for me for this camcorder was how easy it was to adjust the Iris, shutter speed and white balance while shooting.
G. Villanueva
They were once two of the best companies to buy from but now trying to save money the products they sell are not as good!
Mike & April Rose :)

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

206 of 208 people found the following review helpful By Tom Hockman on June 2, 2007
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This camera is a wonderful option to someone new to videography and filmaking. It offers basic features, while packing a mighty punch in performance.

Heres the GOOD:
1.)GREAT video quality for a camera in this price range
2.)Firewire compatible
3.)very useful Optical Image Stabalizer(O.I.S.)
4.)VERY easy and SIMPLE to use
5.)comfortable "one touch" joystick navagation
6.)feels sturdy and fits in palm nicely
7.)Mini DV tape loads from the TOP of the unit(helps with use of tripod)
8.)Crystal clear 2.7 inch LCD screen
9.)you don't hear motor noise.(which tends to be a problem with cameras in this price range.)
10.)Small design which makes it easy to travel with

Heres the BAD:
1.) Battery isnt very good..only about 1-2 hours max recordong time with the LCD flipped open(however, compensating for use of the eyepiece will significantly save battery.)
2.)At Max zoom O.I.S. isnt 100% effective
3.)Removable Lens cap..(they say if you don't remove the cap before powering the camera on, then that will mess up the white balance sensor..although i havent tested that claim)
4.)You have to remove the battery to have access to the fireiwre port, thus needing to plug another adapter into the camera to recive power from the wall.
5.) Eyepiece does not flip up at an angle, insted it only pulls out about 1/2 inch( also, to use the eyepiece, the LCD has to be closed and it isnt diffucult to lean in too close to the eyepice and accidentally push it back in, which will power off the camera, which tends to get annoying.)
6.)Low light performance isnt very impressive( but it still does a decent job.
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125 of 128 people found the following review helpful By B. Mckenna on March 1, 2007
I compared this camera against the GS85 and the GS320, I found the OIS to be exactly the same on all three models, as is the body, the GS320 at 500 bucks DOES give you a leica lens, it's true. But comparing the picture from these three proved to me that the GS80 gives better blacks and a more colorful image, at 279, its a great deal.

Its important to note that all three of these cameras come with firewire as standard, something thats lacking on Camcorders of almost any price range by other manufacturers. Firewire is essential for video editing, make sure that whichever Camcorder has Firewire and not USB!
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82 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Fred Telegdy on October 28, 2007
I recently decided to purchase a video camera and went through hours upon hours of research both on the internet and in stores. In the end, I purchased this camera with the knowledge that while I wouldn't get HD quality, I would get a camera that provided results far superior to what the price tag would suggest.

I've used this camera in a number of situations and will describe a few of them below. However, I have to say first and foremost that the optical zoom on the Panasonic GS80 is ridiculously good. I tried it when I was in the store and zoomed in on the price tag of a product that was easily 20 feet away. I could not only read the price, but also the small product numbers on the store's price display tag. It really is as good as you would think it is when you read, "32x Optical Zoom."

=== Indoors (Low Light) ===
The night I purchased the camera, I unpackaged it, charged the battery, and promptly used it to film my friends' band during a nighttime practice. The practice was held in their basement with low lighting and the camera performed admirably. The results definitely had some graininess to them as compared to later videos I took in sunlight or even brighter indoor light, but the grain was also definitely less than my digital point-and-shoot (which I paid twice as much for a couple of years ago) would produce in the same situation. I was surprised by how much color the camera still captured and the sound was great.

=== Indoors (Regular Light) ===
We went to a children's museum with our niece and brought the video camera along. All day long, I captured great videos of our niece playing. The "normal" light of the museum was more than adequate and the colors and sharpness of the video were exactly what I would have expected.
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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful By SD on March 31, 2007
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This is a camera that is very very easy to use. I was amazed by the colour quality even at a very low light. I took a movie at my nephew's theater play and the contrasts and crispness of the picture are just wonderful. The zoom is also very clear and crisp. Putting it onto my iMovie was also a piece of cake.
The only down point is that the still image mode is worthless, but if you need that you should buy the next level up which has a memory card slot.
I highly recommend this camera
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Nashat Mostafa on August 9, 2007
I have other camcorders, but this one is my favorite.
Panasonic PV-GS80 is very easy to use, light weight and produces an amazing crisp movies and still pictures.
In my opinion, this is the best camcorder with these superb features, for this price.
Even using Panasonic PV-GS80 in the dark, produced very satisfactory results.

It has a powerful optical zoom. The audio is amazing especially the audio zoom.

The other features that impressed me are:
- Superior Optical Image Stabilizer(O.I.S.)
- Very quite camera, you hardly hear any noise.
- Small smooth design and light weight, perfect to take it any where.
- Amazing 2.7 inch LCD screen.

However, as with most camcorders, the battery life is usually not enough in some situations. It is essential to get an extra battery to be safe.

I strongly recommend Panasonic PV-GS80 MiniDV Camcorder.
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