VHS camcorder playsback tapes in VCR w/VHS adaptor, 150X digital zoom, 26X optical zoom, color viewfinder, digital electronic image stabilization, built-in auto light, motion sensor allows you to tape while away w/motion sensor recording, auto titler/phrase titler, 7 mode digital color fader, preset date and time stamp
Constructed with a 10x optical zoom, the PV-DV851 also has a number of other built-in features that make it an all-around champ. Digital image stabilization helps smooth out the shakes common to high zoom levels and handheld camcorders. Your shots can be framed using either the 2.5-inch LCD monitor, or the color EVF. A manual focus ring allows you to create interesting depth-of-field effects and to use other video techniques.
An external mic input is included, which means you have the ability to utilize more professional sound gear, if you so desire. Otherwise, you can just stick to the built-in microphone. A headphone jack is also included, making it easy to monitor the sound you are getting.
Professional videographers can adjust a number of camera functions based on what setting they are shooting in. Panasonic has conveniently included a five-mode program AE for just this purpose. Simply select the environment, and the camera will make the adjustments necessary to optimize footage. You can choose from among sports, portrait, low light, spot light, and surf and snow. You also get the added benefit of a number of digital effects and faders that can help add a bit of professional flair to your video creations.
Still images are captured at a resolution of 1,200 x 900 pixels onto the included 8 MB SD card. A USB card-reader accompanies the camcorder for easy download of your images.