I bought the NV-GS60 about 4 years ago, and while I don't use it very frequently anymore I've been happy with it and had no major problems. I'd describe the NV-GS60 as an easy to use camcorder for beginners or for people who are mainly interested in making home movies and aren't looking for a professional or high spec camera.
This camcorder is compact, well designed and user friendly. It takes mini-DV tapes which in my opinion are a better way to record video than the hard drives or memory cards that are becoming popular now. The video information won't be compressed as much and if you're away for say two weeks the only limit on how much footage you can film without uploading to a computer is how many tapes you're prepared to buy! Its easy to insert and eject the tapes and the camcorder doesn't need to be turned on to do this, just to have a battery attached.
The screen is a 2.5 inch LCD which flips out from the main body of the camcorder and can be rotated 360 degrees, so you can find the perfect angle to view it. You can choose what information you want to be displayed on the screen such as remaining battery, time, date etc.
The camcorder menus and options are controlled by a joystick near the viewfinder which I find very user friendly, I don't really like the trend of touch screen controls on the LCD and find this way much more natural and intuitive. The record button, the on/off switch and a 'menu' button are situated next to the joystick and is handy to have everything conveniently close together.
One of the camcorder's best features is the 30x optical zoom, which is quite for a camcorder of this age and price bracket. The picture quality stays nice and clear even at the highest zoom.
The camcorder is quite attractive but not stunningly so. It is grey and silver but the silver areas scratch and fade quite easily. There is an adjustable handle with a lens cap attached.
There are sockets for a USB cable, firewire cable and an A/V jack, there is also a socket to attach the camcorder to a tripod. There is no slot for an SD card, if you want to take a still image, the camera simply records a few seconds of that still image onto the tape. This isn't ideal but I rarely use video cameras for taking stills as I usually have a stills camera with me so it isn't an issue for me.
The camera comes supplied with a battery, a charger, a USB cable, an AV cable and a disc with Panasonic's video software. I have never used the software myself as I use Final Cut so I'm afraid I can't comment on it.
I've been pretty happy with this camcorder. To get professional results you have to spend an awful lot of money but the footage you get from this is perfectly fine for most situations.
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30x Optical Zoom;
Electric Image Stabilizer;
Pure Color Engine;
VGA Still Picture Recording;
USB 2.0 (FS Mode);
2.5 Inch LCD;
Web Camera Function;