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Panasonic Palmcorder PV-DV400

alaTest has collected and analyzed 57 reviews of Panasonic Palmcorder PV-DV400. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the design and size. The price and portability are also appreciated. There are mixed comments on the color and battery, and there are some critical comments about the memory and zoom.

usability, portability, price, size, design

reliability, zoom, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic Palmcorder PV-DV400 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 73/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic Palmcorder PV-DV400

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 38 user reviews of Panasonic Palmcorder PV-DV400 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. People really like the design and price. The portability and usability are also mentioned favorably. Comments are divided on the image quality, while many are less positive about the battery and reliability.

usability, portability, price, design

reliability, battery

84% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Sep, 2019

Expert review by : Robin Liss (camcorderinfo.com)

Panasonic PV-DV400 Camcorder Review - Panasonic MiniDV Camcorders

 

The PV-DV400 is a middle range model in Panasonic's Digital line. It has an MSRP of $1,099, inexpensive for a MiniDV format camcorder. The camcorder has the standard IEEE1394 FireWire editing protocol that transfers your footage to a computer for...

Jun, 2004

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Great Camcorder, Bad Camera

 

I bought this camcorder after looking for one for over a year. It was just over $800 USD and was the current model.

Small Size ; Great Features, Quality

Still Picture quality is horrible ; night vision resets to default after each use

Aug, 2002

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Panasonic PV-DV400 PalmCorder - Is it worth the extra money ?

 

I've been an avid videographer since the birth of my daughter back in July of 2000. Since that time, I was making exceptional use of my Panasonic PV-DV200 Mini DV Digital Palm Corder and I couldn't be happier with it (see my earlier review). But...

Exceptional video quality. Decent Digital Stills. Loaded with features. Easy to use.

More bells and whistles than 'cheaper' models, but not really worth the extra money.

Sep, 2001

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Nice Overall Package + Good Value

 

I looked over a variety of DV camcorders but was sold on the Panasonic mid-line models due to the excellent zoom range, digital still capability and overall inclusive feature set for the price. I've used my DV400 for about 8 months now and am really...

Features vs Price, Lens, Ease of connections, Size, Still camera

Remote optional, proprietary memory card for still storage

Aug, 2001

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Hey whaddaya want for $500?!?

 

I bought this camera based on a few factors, but the most important factor was price. You see I got this camera for a little over $500 and then I got a $100 rebate! What a deal! You can still find this camera for about $550 (mid-August 2001).

Great LCD, cheap, good battery life (with optional 5hr. battery)

Picture quality is so-so for DV

Aug, 2001

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Not a bad camera if you get it on sale

 

I was in the market for a new camcorder that had computer connectivity features. For the money, this model had more than other brands, especially with the built-in digital camera mode, albeit it's not very good resolution.

Small Size, built-in digital camera, FireWire connectivity, Good battery life

Digital pics only at 640X480, Could have sharper picture

Jul, 2001

Consumer review (epinions.com)

i used to hate Panasonic

 

Being a loyal Sony guy my whole life, I was hesitant to even consider buying the Panasonic. I am a videographer by profession and none of us use any Panasonic equipment. But the price was just right and Panasonic was offering a mail-in rebate for me...

loaded w/features, small, lightweight, resonably priced

battery life, light is optional, remote is optional

Jul, 2001

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Excellent outdoor camcorder for the money

 

My wife and I purchased the PV-DV400 from an online store and paid $599 before Panasonic's $100 rebate. To use the rebate, you must purchase either a PV-DV100, 200, 400, or 800 by June 30, 2001. This is an excellent offer ($499) for a MiniDV...

Excellent picture quality and vibrant colors outdoor

So so quality indoors (about Hi8 equivalent)

May, 2001

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Just buy it

 

I bought this camera because I have a new daughter and I wanted to record our new family. I started using this camera about two months before the new baby arrived. The first video I shot was great and I am viewing it on a 50 inch big screen TV. The...

Ease of use ; Inexpensive ; Quality of video ; Shoots in total darkness

Need good light

Feb, 2001

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Recommend This Camera? ...Yes I Do!!

 

WHY I PURCHASED - I bought this camcorder as my first for recording my son growing up. I was talked in to buying this one over the Sony I had originally meant to purchase on the point that I would get the same features for less money. It turned out the...

IR Filter works excellent in Zero Light situations

300X Digital Zoom is Grainy and Pixelated - Too Much

Jan, 2001
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