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I bought this camcorder 6 years ago and used it a lot to capture all the good memories. Instead of paying £950 in high street stores that time, I purchased this from Tottenham Court Road shop Kamala Electronics (www.askdirect.co.uk) for £550. After that I could not stop playing with this new gadget. I used my friend's JVC and Sony, but picture quality is far superior in this Panasonic one. Especially focus capability and color temperature is lot better on Panasonic. The vertical design is more comfortable for steady shake-free recording. and photo capabilities were added bonus. The sound quality is excellent and wind noise cut facility is quite helpful.
But there were some design flows as Mini-DV category is still under evolution. The control buttons are only accessible by opening the LCD previe panel, so the SD Card slot. The Mini-DV eject was bit noise and require you to unmount the camcorder from the tripod. The night vision is not very useful as it is not infra-red but just slow shutter speed jerky vision.
Still, the image and sound quality were far superior than other competitiors, so small flaws can be easily ignored. If I have given a choice again, I would go for the same one again.
The Panasonic NV-GS5 is the world's smallest Palm-style DV camcorder. It is ultra-compact and ultra-portable at 470 cubic centimeters, 81% smaller than its predecessor, the NV-DS88. Its rounded shape and light weight make it easy to hold and operate. In addition, the camcorder's 'Free-Style Grip Belt' has a two-way design, either as a grip belt, or a strap for easy carrying. The digital camcorder has a 2.5", 112, 000-pixel LCD monitor, 10x optical zoom lens (500x digital zoom), and 800, 000-pixel CCD. The NV-GS5 records on a Mini DV tape. It captures megapixel still images on an SD Memory Card, and also allows MPEG4 recording on an SD card with monaural audio for a maximum of around 65 minutes in normal mode. It also allows up to four hours of audio-only recording on an SD Card, with playback through the camcorder. The model's 'Free-Style Remote Control' makes it simple to take low-angle, high-angle and fixed-position shots using a tripod, with fingertip operation of start, stop and zoom for easy handling. Its ergonomic design makes it easy to operate, whether you are left or right handed.
Color Nightview ensures color images even in dim lighting. A slow shutter speed combines with unique digital processing to boost sensitivity by 25 times compared with normal mode. The Smart Wind Cut sensor system eliminates wind noise and maintains the integrity of the original sound USB terminal. By connecting the camcorder to a PC with the USB cable, still pictures recorded on the SD Memory Card can be uploaded directly to PC. The DV In/Out terminal allows inputting of DV footage from other DV equipment or computer. In addition, there is an AV In/Out terminal for inputting existing video scenes recorded in conventional analog video formats. This allows users to dub their analog films onto a DV cassette. ArcSoft PhotoImpression software allows the user to easily retouch or add special effects to images. It also includes a variety of brushes, frames and shapes for enhancing any photo.