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Panasonic Palmcorder PV-DV51 Mini DV Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 20 reviews of Panasonic Palmcorder PV-DV51 Mini DV Camcorder. 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. Reviewers are impressed by the size and zoom. The image quality and price also get good opinions. There are some negative comments about the battery and memory.

usability, price, image quality, zoom, size

durability, portability, reliability, memory, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic Palmcorder PV-DV51 Mini DV Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 71/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 user reviews of Panasonic Palmcorder PV-DV51 Mini DV Camcorder from The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the zoom. The portability also gets good views. Opinions are divided on the durability, while many are less positive about the price.

usability, portability, zoom


83% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2020

Expert review by : Robin Liss (

Panasonic PV-DV51 Camcorder Review - Panasonic MiniDV Camcorders


The PV-DV51 is another one of Panasonic's mid-range MiniDV camcorders that seems to be designed for beginners with no desire to learn how to shoot good video by themselves. The camera shoots basically good video, but has limited extras. It does,...

Feb, 2002

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Why this camera is so cheap?!


I'm very happy having bought this camcorder by the advice of a friend. It has fascinating image ...

Great image qualityNice image stabilizer

No microphone input!Engine sound is audible in silence

Jul, 2003

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It broke :(


This camera seemed like a good deal to me only to discover that after about my first 15 minutes of recording it stopped and started chewing up the tape. I changed the tape only to chew up the new one. I sent it to Panasonic Services who wanted to...

Inexpensive, easy to use

No night vision, no analog video input, no built-in light, battery is weak

Apr, 2003

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A good way to start w/ mini-DV


I bought this camera about a year ago, and so far I am very happy with it. The quality of the picture (played through a Sharp 32" basic TV) is outstanding -- much better than our old Sony 8mm. The colors are outstanding, the EIS ("anti-shake")...

Many features for the price. Seems to be high quality/good value

Menus and controls take time to get used to

Dec, 2002

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This is a lot of camera for the dollar!


I've had my Panasonic PV-DV51 Digital Camcorder for about a year now. It's done everything I asked of it. I use it for web shots and some other photo work. I paid about $350 with a rebate last year. That was an amazing price for the camera....

Great little camera

Palm strap, awkward menu system

Dec, 2002

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Let's make a movie, Mommy!


Price, weight, size, user friendly, good entry level Mini DV camcorder

No built in light, remote control sold separately with this Palmcorder

May, 2002

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great camera for the price


I wasn't really in the market for a new camera although i desperately needed one. My old JVC vhs-c wasn't really cutting it. I saw this camera in the Fry's Electronics add for only $377. That's a must have price so I got it. I'm not interested in all...

inexpensive, simple to use, great picture, does what it's supposed to

no built-in light, no memory card capability for digital pictures

Mar, 2002

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$400 for a 680k Mini DV Camcorder? You bet!!


I have been in the market for a new camcorder for almost a year now. I'm a guy who likes a lot of bells and whistles on my toys. However, I couldn't see forking out $1300+ for a top of the line camcorder.

A good entry level mini-dv camcorder

Doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles

Oct, 2001