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Panasonic NV-GS500

We have collected and analysed 27 expert reviews and 272 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 75/100 and users rate it 87/100. The average review date is 29-06-2007. We have compared these reviews to 369483 reviews from other Camcorders. The alaScore™ for this product is 85/100 = Very good. Last update: 18-12-2018.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Panasonic NV-GS500


alaTest has collected and analyzed 7 user reviews of Panasonic NV-GS500 from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviews about the battery and color are overall positive. The price and durability are also appreciated, but views are divided on the size.

usability, durability, price, color, battery

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic NV-GS500 Mini DV Camcorder - Silver (3CCD, 4M.P. Stills, O.I.S)Panasonic NV-GS500 Mini DV Camcorder - Silver (3CCD, 4M.P. Stills, O.I.S)

Dec, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Panasonic NV-GS500


alaTest has collected and analyzed 144 user reviews of Panasonic NV-GS500 from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviews about the design and price are on the whole positive. The image quality and portability are also appreciated, whereas many are less positive about the connectivity.

usability, portability, image quality, price, design


92% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic PV-GS500 4MP 3CCD MiniDV Camcorder with 12x Optical Image Stabilized ZoomPanasonic PV-GS500 4MP 3CCD MiniDV Camcorder with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (

Panasonic NV-GS500


As MiniDV enters its twilight years, can Panasonic give the format a last gasp of quality?

Feb, 2011

Expert review by : Richard Baguley (

Panasonic NV-GS500EB-S


The Panasonic NV-GS500EB-S is an extremely good camcorder that offers a host of controls, shoots extremely realistic video and is very flexible.

The Panasonic NV-GS500EB-S is a great pick for serious shooters who want the benefit of automatic control and the flexibility of manual control. It takes great-looking video and stills and is very well priced, considering the range of features.

Sep, 2006

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Oct, 2007

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Panasonic NV-GS500


The Panasonic NV-GS500 features a 6.8cm LCD screen, 91 x 73 x 153mm and weighs 570 grams, has a Leica Decomar lens that offers up to 12x optical zoom, a 16: 9 flip LCD screen which can be brightened for outdoor viewing and a Quickstart button. A...

In camcorder years, this two-year-old Panasonic is due to collect its pension. MiniDV footage looks great for what it is and the lovely Leica optics will never go out of style, but this price can get you HD these days. Panasonic NV-GS500 is tagged with...

Sep, 2008

Expert review by : Karl Foster (

Panasonic NV-GS500EB-S [Mac]


To HD or not HD? Macworld answers the question.

Aug, 2007

Expert review by : Colin Barrett (

SimplyDV Review: Panasonic NV-GS500 3CCD DV Camcorder


Expert review by : Good Gear (

Expert Review


A MiniDV video camera that sits right at the top of the consumer camcorder ladder.

Excellent quality video, easy to use PC transfer

Slightly short optical zoom

Aug, 2007

Expert review by : Richard Baguley (



The Panasonic PV-GS500 ($1000 as of 5/2/06) earned our Best Buy because it offers more controls, shot the best-looking video, and is the most flexible. And though it offers a lot of features, it's moderately priced for what it offers.

The Panasonic PV-GS500 is a great pick for serious shooters who want the benefit of automatic control and the flexibility of manual control. It takes great-looking video and stills

Jun, 2006

Expert review by : Richard Baguley (

Panasonic PV-GS500 MiniDV Camcorder Review - PCWorld


Superior optical image stabilization

Some manual controls are a little awkward to access

Jun, 2006

Expert review by : Ben Wolf (

Image quality


Panasonic PV-GS500

Great video and decent stills; nice zoom lens with effective optical stabilizer.

A bit large; limited manual controls with poor accessibility; sluggish performance on auto; no headphone jack.

While its predecessor had prosumer aspirations, the Panasonic PV-GS500 is strictly for casual videographers who want top-notch video on autopilot.

Mar, 2006

Product Specifications

Most professional broadcasting cameras use the 3CCD camera system. With the 3CCD camera system you can see the results in beautifully rendered images with vivid color, fine detail, and rich gradation. The boasts a Leica Dicomar lens. This advanced lens captures clear, crisp, finely nuanced images with outstanding detail and contrast. Also, the lens was manufactured using a multi-coating process that reduces flare and ghosts. The Crystal Engine is a special image processing circuit for 3CCD camera system. And the Pure Color Engine is the same one for high-zooming cameras. Each engine achieves truly superb color reproduction for high quality pictures. The Quick start mode helps shoot videos on the spur of the moment. This mode lets you shoot those not-to-be-missed scenes just 1.7sec from the time the power is turned on. Positioned at the front of the lens barrel, the manual focus ring has a non-slip, sure-grip surface for easy operation and quick response when a photo opportunity pops up. It ensures professional-style operation and enhances creativity. Now you can have it both ways. When you're shooting a moving picture and you see a great scene, you can snap off a 1.2-megapixel still shot while continuing to record the moving picture. You don't even have to change recording modes. The moving pictures are recorded onto tape, the still is recorded onto the SD Memory Card. This two-in-one capability means you can catch sudden photo opportunities without interrupting a great moving picture scene. Panasonic's O.I.S. minimizes handshake. The O.I.S. is extremely effective in situations where handshake is most often a problem, such as with zoom shots, in dim lighting. When you're shooting a still image, the MEGA O.I.S. system automatically activates. Enjoy remarkable 12x optical zoom magnification in a camera that fits comfortably and securely in one hand. As the zoom is optical, it captures both moving and still pictures with exquisite beauty. 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. The grip is slanted to follow the natural contour of the fingers, giving the camera a more comfortable fit in your hand. The NV-GS500 model has a low profile and is angled for easy carrying. These features minimize hand strain, making it possible to shoot for long periods without fatigue.


Built-In Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture


Minimum illumination:2
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash


Colour of product:Black / Silver

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card/SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight



Display diagonal:6.86
Display Resolution:123000

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Low light / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Spotlight / Surf & snow


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic NV/Panasonic Palmcorder Multicam

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 4.7
Sensor Type:CCD / CMOS
Total MegaPixels:4

Lens System

Digital Zoom:700
Filter Size:4.3
Focal length range (f-f):3.3 - 39.6
Image stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.6-2.8
Max Focal Length:39.6mm
Min Focal Length:3.3mm
Optical Zoom:12
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens
Zoom capability:0.7

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:4Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:730Kpix/990Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1.07Mpix/1Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4.7"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):5.4 mm ( 1/4.7" ) / 5.4 mm ( 1/4.7 )
Optical Sensor Type:3CCD/CCD
Sensor Qty:3CCD

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer:Built-in / Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical

Other features

Audio output:Y
Auto Focus: Yes
I/O ports:S-Video out\nHeadphones out [Multi]\nUSB2 High Speed (mini B)\nDV in/out\nAccessory Shoe (Hot)\n
Lens system:Leica / Leica Dicomar
Manual Focus: Yes
Night mode: Yes
Power consumption (typical):4.2
Power requirements:DC 7.2/7.9 V / DC 7.9/ 7.2V / DC7.2/7.9V
Resolution:320 x 240
Sports: Yes
Video Out:Y


Compatible products:HDC-TM350/SD300/HS300/SD200/HS200/SD20/HS20, HDC-DX1, HDC-SD1 & NV-GS500.

Ports & interfaces

DV port: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
S-Video In: No
S-Video Out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/50 - 1/8000; 1/2 - 1/2000 / 1/50---1/8000(Tape Mord), 1/2---1/2000(Card Mode) / 1/50---1/8000, 1/2---1/2000


Camcorder tape type:Mini-DV

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Zoom:700
Faders:Black fader / White fader/Black fader / Wipe fader
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode/Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode/Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode / PC camera mode
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:Electronic

Weight & Dimensions

Height :7.3

White balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes