Panasonic NV-GS230 reviews: MiniDV storage SD camcorder

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+ This camcorder has no outstanding positive points. - It scores poorly on battery life.

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8.3 out of 10 based on 18 reviews.
Panasonic NV-GS230: Horizontally held, 10x optical zoom camcorder using SD card. See full product description

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Marion, Kent

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
It's small, light and very easy to use once you've mastered the instructions. The pictures are clear, the sound superb. An ideal travelling companion as it doesn't take up much baggage allowance!
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 20 Jul 2007

Confirmed purchaser

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
very lightweight, with lots of good features.
Bad points:
The standard battery that comes with the camera has a very short life span. The wind reducation function is also very poor.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 2.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 6.0
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16 of 16 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 10 Aug 2007

Iain, Forres

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
This is my first camcorder.

I really like the camera, and getting a 3CCD camera for this price is fantastic! Image quality is great. A friend, who used to teach at film school was also very impressed with the image.

Menus are largely intuitive and easy to use.
Bad points:
I would love to have manual focus on a focus ring rather then thru the menus - I would have more precise control.
10x optical zoom is low from this price range - most competitors have 15x to 45x, and as I do birdwatching a higher zoom would have been useful.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 5.0
Weight 7.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 08 Apr 2008

Paul, Warks. Experienced sports analyst

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Great spec. Fast manual shutter. 3CCD. Good connectivity - firewire. Ideal for filming and editing sporting action.
Bad points:
No AV-in.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 6.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 03 Apr 2008

Chris, Cheltenham

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Great camera , nice and compact. The image quality is amazing with colours represented accurately and pin sharp..The software for downloading the videos from the camera is easy to use and works well.
Bad points:
The camera does prefer good light as images can be a bit grainy in low light. The battery that the camera is supplied with only last for about an hour.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 8.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 01 Apr 2008

Product Features

Resolution quality SD
Resolution (Pixels) 1760x1320
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 10
Media format MiniDV
Connections USB
Connections Firewire
Type of memory card SD
Shape of camcorder Horizontally held
Digital zoom ratio 500
Type of image stabiliser Electronic
Widescreen recording Yes
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/8000
Weight (g) 410
Screen size (Inches) 2.5
Maximum aperture telephoto 2.8
Maximum aperture wide 1.8
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 47
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 471
Type of chip CCD
Release date 2007-10-10

Also known as: Panasonic e.cam NV-GS230, Panasonic NVGS230EBS, NV-GS230, Panasonic NV GS230

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