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Panasonic PV-GS500 4MP 3CCD MiniDV Camcorder with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

Panasonic PV-GS500 4MP 3CCD MiniDV Camcorder with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom
Panasonic PV-GS500 4MP 3CCD MiniDV Camcorder with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom


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Panasonic PV-GS500 4MP 3CCD MiniDV Camcorder with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom


Panasonic PV-GS500 4MP 3CCD MiniDV Camcorder with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

***Refurbished*** Condition: This product was discovered to be Initially defective and has been refurbished by the manufacturer. This REFURBISHED product you are browsing has been inspected by our certified technicians to ensure that it meets factory specifications; it is guaranteed to be in perfect working order.The Equipment is sold in AS IS condition and returns will not be accepted so please contact us with any questions BEFORE placing an order at 1-800-572-3224 Ext: 243. We accept PayPal and all major credit cards. We do our best to describe each item we are selling to the best of our ability. Bear in mind that the Item is sold as-is with no warranty. Use the contact us page to request additional info or images on this product. CCD (Total): 1/4.7 1.07M x 3 CCD (Effective): 4:3: 700K x 3 / 16:9: 730K x 3 Lens Type: Leica Optical Zoom: 12x Digital Zoom: 700x Filter Diameter: 43mm Still Picture Recording: 4.0 Megapixel (With Quad-Density Pixel Distribution Technology) Digital PhotoS

  • Features professional-quality 3CCD imaging system
  • 2.7-inch wide LCD display
  • 4.0-megapixel still image capture
  • 12x optical Leica lens with 700x digital zoom brings you close to the action
  • Records to miniDV or directly to PC through DV (FireWire) or high-speed USB 2.0 interfaces

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  1. 348 of 354 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Are you kidding me?!!, May 14, 2006
    By 
    case (Texas) –
    This review is from: Panasonic PV-GS500 4MP 3CCD MiniDV Camcorder with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Electronics)

    I don’t normally write online reviews, but when I saw the 2.5 average rating for the GS500, I felt compelled. First, let me qualify myself. I am a techno geek. I love electronics, and whenever I’m about to spend more than a couple hundred dollars for something, I THOROUGHLY research it. I have been doing video editing for several years, and I have produced several wedding videos. I’m not an expert, but I do know quite a bit about the topic of video cameras. Oh, and by the way, I can also very critical of products.

    Secondly, let me state that, aside from the Panasonic GS400, the GS500 is by far the best camcorder you can purchase unless you plan to spend over two grand. It has great color reproduction and AMAZING low light performance. Sure, compared to the GS400, it has less functionality, but I don’t think the average user is going to miss it. And, given its price is several hundred dollars cheaper than the GS400, I can almost assure you the average user will bid good riddance to the missing functionality.

    So, why so many negative reviews on this camcorder? Usually, when a product that is head-and-shoulders above the competition gets negative reviews, it is because the reviewer either works for the competition or they are ignorant of the facts.

    Reading the reviews on the gs500, it is my belief that ignorance was the culprit in these cases. First, to the “kid” that had a problem with his four year old video camera — we don’t care. This board isn’t for questions, it is for getting opinions and ratings on products of interest. And regarding products of interest, people on this particular board are interested in the gs500, not the nv gs5. Additionally, I have not had a single problem with the blue screen you describe, nor have I read about anyone else having this problem on either the gs500 or the well-established gs400. So, I’ll chalk this up to an isolated issue.

    To the fellow who thinks the gs500 is too heavy, it is 3 pounds. Your gs200 was only 1 pound. So, yes, the gs500 is substantially heavier than your previous camcorder. However, it wouldn’t have taken much research to realize this.

    Folks, the gs500 is not a crappy, little, fit in the palm of your hand, spy camcorder. It is a high quality camcorder with 3 large CCDs offering exceptional video reproduction. If quality video is what you’re looking for, then you’ve found your camcorder. If you want something you can carry around in your shirt pocket — keep looking.

    And, by the way, I have no affiliation with Panasonic.

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  2. 150 of 152 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Professional muscle in a small consumer camcorder, March 24, 2006
    By 
    wanderingtaoist “wanderingtaoist” (Kansas City, MO United States) –
    This review is from: Panasonic PV-GS500 4MP 3CCD MiniDV Camcorder with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Electronics)

    I wanted a 3 CCD camera that was small enough to haul around without any issues, with auto features and yet with manual features that allowed me my own personal adjustments for specific scenarios or customized shots. I also wanted firewire connectivity. The GS500 seemed to fit the bill. While there are lots of comparisons to the GS400 as the superior camcorder, for a lot less money you still get the heart and soul of the camera which is:

    its 3 1/4.7 inch CCDs, Leica Dicomar lens and real widescreen format which produces shockingly professional video (and very decent stills) that approaches the low end of real professional camcorders (that is in video quality, not features) costing around $500 to $800 more. My hat is off to Panasonic for its entire family of very affordable 3 CCD camcorders.

    There are a couple of things I don’t like. #1: It doesn’t have a headphone jack. It has audio options that approach way more expensive camcorders so the lack of a headphone jack is a puzzle. However, it is PROBABLY possible to juryrig your own headphones (I’ve yet to cut and splice stuff to try this) or if Panasonic is smart, they’ll come out with some related headphone peripheral. It is sorely needed.

    #2: A lot of the things (manual features) the GS400 did in hardware the GS500 has in software through its menus. While these features retain their quality, surfing through menus is sort of a pain and takes away from the spontaneity of having some of those features at your fingertips.

    Those are my only two complaints about what is a top notch camcorder that approaches professional quality. It also comes with a remote control (about 16 feet and 15 degrees on your vertical and horizontal planes) that allow you remote access to practically all of the camcorder features, and again the advanced audio features making the lack of a headphone jack puzzling.

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  3. 72 of 73 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Mac User – Great camera! Great Quality!, May 24, 2006
    By 
    C. Carr “Tall Mac Guy” (Columbus, Ohio) –
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    This review is from: Panasonic PV-GS500 4MP 3CCD MiniDV Camcorder with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Electronics)

    One of my greatest pet peeves about system compatibility claims don’t list what the cameras DO work with. This camcorder works great with iChat on Mac OS Tiger using the DV link. USB connection links directly to iPhoto. DV link also goes directly to iMovie’s Firewire import, where you control the camera through iMovie.

    I am loving this camera. The quality is excellent. The color shifts? Yes if you have it on auto temperature adjust, if you have multiple light sources, pick your temperature manually. I keep on having comments on how professional the quality looks, this is starting to tick me off as I want them to be telling me how cute my 3 week old son is… but with that aside, I admit the quality is nothing less than spectacular.

    Big & Heavy? Yes, it is bigger and heavier than some I have tried, but I really prefer to have a little weight. The balance this one has seems great, very comfortable to shoot with. Besides, I just haven’t seen anything smaller with anything near the quality.

    Side note: I almost purchased the Sony HD video camera. Yes my 800 mhz Mac laptop would edit the HD video via the specifications, but when you dig deep you will find that the import is at half of live speed, the disk space requirement is enormous and processing effects and final video would be absolutely painful. GIve it a few years and the blueray DVD drives will be common, the processors and drives will be large enough to handle the load. Right now, I believe I made the best choice for the price range.

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