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Panasonic NV MX500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 46 reviews of Panasonic NV MX500. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the color and usability. The price and size also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the design and reliability.

portability, size, price, usability, color

image quality, reliability, design

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic NV MX500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 75/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 10 user reviews of Panasonic NV MX500 from The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the usability. The durability also gets good comments. Many are negative about the reliability and price. Views are divided on the portability.

size, durability, usability

image quality, price, reliability

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

Sep, 2019

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Panasonic NV-MX500B


Panasonic's NV-MX500 three-CCD MiniDV camcorder is in direct competition with Sony's acclaimed TRV950. We check out how it performs

Apr, 2003

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An Idiot Beginner's POV of a 3CCD Digicam: the Panasonic NV-MX500


Please note I am reviewing the Panasonic NV-MX500EN, naming conventions seem to be different for the same product in Asia (from the States – it’s all very confusing to me why they do this.. Canon does as well), so I think I am putting this in...

3ccds, great LCD, optical image stabilizer etc

smaller (1/6 inch) CCD size, sensitive tape opener, not great night view

Dec, 2003

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Cheap as (3) chips


Panasonic are cleaning the floor with their value 3ccd camcorders, this camera has -on paper- all th ...

Competitive price, well specified, compact.

Fussy interface, not professional looking. Colour evf.

Jul, 2003

Product Specifications

The NV-MX500 is the first camcorder to feature 3.0 megapixel still picture recording. This model also incorporates a high-resolution Leica Dicomar lens. The NV-MX500's Leica lens is equipped with the "MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer", which provides superb stabilizing power during shooting of still pictures. The camcorder also features a USB terminal, a DV terminal, and a digital still picture terminal for PC connectivity. To make shooting as easy and comfortable as possible, the body size is extremely compact for a 3CCD camera, and the NV-MX500 is supplied with a "free-style" remote control to improve operation under a variety of shooting conditions, and a free-style grip belt that also serves as a carrying strap.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction:Built-in
Type:Pop-up flash

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):8.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:16MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic NV

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.6
Max Focal Length:28.5mm
Min Focal Length:2.85mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:640Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:800Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6" ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6 )
Optical Sensor Type:3CCD
Sensor Qty:3CCD

Optical System

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

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:MPEG-4
Digital Zoom:500
Faders:Black fader
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Gain-up / Mirror / Mix / Monotone / Mosaic / Multi-Picture / Negative / Picture-in-Picture / Sepia / Solarisation / Strobe / Tracer / Wipe
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor