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Panasonic PV-GS300 3.1MP 3CCD MiniDV Camcorder with 10x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom
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- Features professional-quality 3CCD imaging system
- 2.7-inch wide LCD display
- 3.1-megapixel still image capture
- 10x optical Leica lens with 700x digital zoom brings you close to the action
- Records to miniDV or directly to PC through DV (FireWire) or high-speed USB 2.0 interfaces
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|Item Weight||2 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Weight||4 ounces|
|Media Format Digital Video||SD|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||3.1 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Package Height||8.5 x 8.6 x 8.9 inches|
|Shipping Weight||2.95 pounds|
The Panasonic PV-GS300 Digital Camcorder with 3 CCD Technology offers superior images and features, in a more affordable package. This small digital camcorder uses the same type of 3CCD imaging system used in professional broadcast equipment, giving you 540 lines of breathtaking resolution. 3.1 Megapixel still image recording lets you record vivid, true-to-life pictures with remarkable colors. A 10x optical Leica lens with 700x digital zoom helps you capture every detail. Record to a miniDV tape or directly to a PC through DV (FireWire) or high-speed USB 2.0 interfaces, for high quality full-motion video transfer. The color viewfinder & 2.7 inch LCD display make it simple to preview photos, and the joystick control gives you easy, one-finger navigation of every advanced feature. Accepts MiniDV Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface Cold shoe 2-hour battery life Includes remote control Comes with Motion DV Studio and Quick Movie Magic software Dimensions(WxHxD) - 2.874 x 2.993 x 5.316 Weight -. 99 lbs.
From the Manufacturer
From the Manufacturer The Panasonic PV-GS300 3CCD Digital Palmcorder MultiCam Camcorder with 3.1 MP Still Picture Recording offers superior images and features. This small digital camcorder uses the same type of 3CCD imaging system used in professional broadcast equipment, giving you 540 lines of breathtaking resolution in a more affordable package. The 3.1-megapixel still image recording lets you record vivid, true-to-life pictures with remarkable colors. And featuring a 10x optical Leica lens with 700x digital zoom, the PV-GS300 helps you capture every detail. Record to a miniDV tape or directly to a PC through DV (FireWire) or high-speed USB 2.0 interfaces, for high quality full-motion video transfer. The color viewfinder and 2.7-inch LCD display make it easy to preview photos, and feature navigation is a breeze with the easy, one-finger joystick control.
Advantages of a Panasonic 3CCD MiniDV Camcorder
Most professional broadcasting cameras use the 3CCD system. In a 1CCD system, all of the incoming light information is processed by the same CCD. The more advanced 3CCD system uses three distinct CCDs for processing, so there is absolutely no light loss. You can see the results in beautifully rendered images with vivid colour, fine detail, and rich gradation.
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. When you're shooting a still picture, the MEGA O.I.S. system automatically activates, doubling the corrective power. With O.I.S. and MEGA O.I.S., the e.cam is equipped for clear, beautiful shooting of both motion and still pictures.
3.1-Megapixel Still Picture Recording
Both motion and still pictures are superb. Photos are so vivid and real, you can enjoy them as high-quality prints or as breathtaking images on a large-screen TV.
10x Optical Zoom
Distant subjects can be enlarged so they appear to be right up close. This allows dynamic shots of both motion and still pictures.
With the camera connected via USB cable to a PC, start up Windows Messenger and the camera instantly turns into a web camera. Ideal for teleconferencing over the Internet, or for surveillance camera use.
What's in the Box
PV-GS300 camcorder, remote control, and software.
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Before buying this camera, however, take a look at what else is out there. This camera sits in a very strange place between consumer cameras and pro level (or at least prosumer) cameras.
While it has some excellent features like 3 CCDs (so it captures richer color), optical image stabilization, and fully manual controls; it also lacks certain desirable qualities such as a real focus ring (it has manual focus, but it's joystick driven and imprecise), a headphone jack (although it does have line-level audio out), and the ability to pass analog video through to digital video.
To get all those features, you'd need to spend about $200 - $300 more on something like the PV-GS500. For $200 - $300 less, you can get a very comparable camera that simply omits the 3CCDs and has digital image stabilization.
What those extra features give you, however, is a richer picture with less noise and more detail, and a much more stable handheld image. You will especially notice the richer image detail if you edit your video in the built in software or iMovie or Final Cut or whatever you use. You can make much broader color and image adjustments on the picture from this camera than you could with a 1-CCD camcorder.
Personally, I am very pleased with this camera. I very much like the controls (although I definitely recommend trying out the Panasonic-style joystick control before buying -- some people can't stand it, although I think it's definitely the way to go). The ability to go full manual permits me to take excellent shots in low light, backlit, or otherwise strange situations. The auto mode, however, takes care of 99% of what I need, and does a surprisingly good job managing white balance and shutter speed.
The only things that makes me give this camera less than five stars are the manual focus, which requires that you be in full manual mode and also requires two button presses (one on the side of the camera, and then you adjust using the joystick), rather than being entirely joystick-driven as all the other manual controls are; and the AC adapter/battery charger which can EITHER charge the battery or power the camera, but cannot do both at the same time. Expect to buy a separate charger for long shoots.
I have had the PV-GS300 for over a month now and I can say without qualification that I am extremely happy with my purchase. I have shot videos both indoors and outdoors. The colors are accurate in normal indoor lighting and the camcorder easy focuses in on objects when I move it around. I am also satisfied with the battery that came with it; with a single charge, it seems to last for a couple of hours, just as the manual claims. Some thoughts and learnings:
1. As another reviewer mentioned, the camcorder comes with the digital zoom preset at 25x; I would recommend resetting it to 1x prior to using it.
2. The auto mode is adequate for most situations; however, you will get better indoor quality if you use the low light mode and set the white balance to indoor mode.
3. When playing back on TV, use the S video cable; this will result in much better picture quality on your TV.
4. The camcorder is somewhat heavier than the other ones I tried, so may feel a little uncomfortable to hold and use at first; however after a few uses, I was able to handle it without the weight bothering me.
Do not expect too much from the included software (I think this comment really applies to software that comes included with *any* camcorder). It is adequate for transfering video to a computer, very basic editing, etc., but not much more. I think if you are serious about adding effects, nicer titles, or burning to DVD, you will need buy a dedicated application that does this.
Overall, though, the camcorder does what I bought it for very well, and I would have no reservations in recommending it to anyone that does not mind spending the extra $100 or so more for a substantial increase in performance.