|Storage Type||Removable (Card/Disc/Tape)|
|Media Format||Mini DV, VHS-C|
|Optical Sensor Qty||1|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Focal Length Range||3.9mm - 70.2mm|
|Focus Adjustment||Automatic, Manual|
|Lens Filter Size||49 mm|
|Auto Focus type||TTL contrast detection|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/10000 sec|
|Min Illumination||0.8 lux|
|Min Shutter Speed||1/60 sec|
|Exposure Modes||Automatic, Manual, Program|
|Memory / Storage|
|Recording Speed||SLP, SP|
|Supported Flash Memory||SD Memory Card|
|Viewfinder Diagonal Size||0.4"|
|Screen Details||LCD display - TFT active matrix - 4" - color|
|Microphone Type||Microphone - built-in - electret condenser - mono|
|Microphone Operation Mode||Mono, Stereo|
|Microphone Technology||Electret condenser|
|Connector Types||1 x DC power input, 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire/i.LINK), 1 x USB, 1 x composite video/audio output|
|Expansion Slot||1 x SD Memory Card|
|Run Time Up To||Up To 70 min|
|Battery Form Factor||Manufacturer specific|
|Battery Manufacturer||Panasonic CGR-DU06|
|Max Operating Temperature||40 °C|
|Min Operating Temperature||0 °C|
|Still Image Format||JPEG|
|Additional Features||Auto Daylight Savings Time, Auto Power Save, Backlight Compensation, Built-In Speaker, DPOF Support, Demonstration Mode, USB 2.0 Compatibility, motion sensor|
|Video Capture||320 x 240 - web camera mode|
|Shooting Modes||Digital Photo Mode|
Average review score based on 13 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
I absolutely LOVE the Panasonic MiniDV PV-GS31! For a camera that came out in 2004 (I believe) it still holds its own in the marketplace for its size and recording capabilities... You won't find many bells and whistles on this camera and no "fun" stuff (digital effects, animations, chroma key functions, etc) BUT where this camera excels is its size, ability to use as a fancy webcam, built in light and FINALLY a camcorder that opens from the TOP (so no need to remove from a tripod when changing tapes!) Its compact design won't exactly fit in a shirt pocket but it's still small enough to take just about anywhere and not pose a weight or size problem. I own a Canon XL1-s camcorder and bought this used Panasonic PV-GS31 camcorder as a way to transfer video to the computer without putting extra wear and tear on the Canon XL1s ' heads... In the end I wound up realizing that I would use this camcorder for that plus so so so much more- such as showing up at a friend's house party and not wanting to lug along the huge camcorder for fun silly stuff- But the best part is the video quality might not be exactly wedding-quality, BUT you will enjoy the ability to MANUALLY focus the image when you want some creativity, as well as manual control over lens shutter speed and aperature. If it broke i would easily buy another one on EBay if it were listed as in good condition- ENJOY, and I hope this helps!
Recomended-it's only real lack is not having provision for a "remote".(The very similar PVGS34+35 DO)but don't let it go by without a struggle.With a few stand-alone applications aboard it's memory card and some computer access,I think I could go around the world with this as my only doodad....The GS31 even includes it's own led flashlight!
I've used it almost everyday for 6 months-really!City/country,car/boat-and everything still goes like new.I charge my single battery before heading outand no worry..but I avoid using the screen too.
Keep your camera for the "grand vista" or portrait but you could get by very well with this unit.The little 1mp 640x480jpegs it takes through that 26x optical zoom are more useful than I thought A"better"camera without the "x"power gives a crop that's the same orless.You can do a bit better yet by sifting video frames-720x520.
You can't have too much zoom.The digital zoom can be added or not and it's pretty seamless and smooth to run this with one hand.The light weight+stabilisation allows fair to good handheld video anywhere except my cockpit in a chop.The manual features and modes will get anything that the full Auto might miss.
I prefer the viewfinder 75% of the time (there'sa diopter too)but the Screen is ok and even flips to face forward so you can put yourself inthe frame.When handheld to the eye,Zoom and record are easy "one hand"but menus and are more awkward....but I'm glad I avoided touchscreen controls....Foreground Subjects in shade or backlit may want a mode change to "portrait" or manual focus and at full zoom,these may show purple fringing.but no complaint.
You can plug it into TV,or a DVDR for just download via firewire in "real time"as easy-to-edit"DV"(I use "VirtualDub"and"WinDV" freeware).I can't see any quality gain over the DVtape if I capture live to the computer except a teeny bit of motor noise-unlike my old camcorder.
Sound quality is good-I've kept some of the audio separately after cleaning it up a little-there's a "windcut"feature that is almost as good as the bit of hairy material I "glue gun" tack over ALL my mics...Also,a "zoom mic"option ups the gain with the zoom.
Snaps go usb from an SD card aboard using the same cable my olympus c725,HP 320 and motorola V186 do-I'm on a roll!-Only 1 cable for 5 doodads! It's "helloed" by XP as a "MASS Storage DRIVE" card reader/writer(usefulness expands!)but 98 will need some drivers and the panasonic DV codec to do the same.(Panasonic.ca)I'm on dialup,so I can just say the webcam feature looks ok.It needs a driver to go.
I've only played with the nightvision but it's not the military grade some might need...however, at dusk,it's fine.And there's a flashlight aboard to stretch this.
Panasonic allows you to turn their clever features OFF so you can see WHEN they're useful and It remembers what you told it to do too,so you can shut down to save battery.
NIGGLING nuisances:No remote;manual focussing with a joystick-a focussing ring or slide'd be better but results are good;Last, It's hard to get the firewire+usb plugs in the dark little holes with the handstrap in the way-it's just velcro to undo but I don't.
Update:Aug.2007-I am still pleased with this and hold with all the above-runs like new even if it doesn't look it and still with the original battery.I am learning to hold the viewfinder to my right eye so the joystick is easier to use.
I am thoroughly pleased with the item I purchased. It is just what I needed for my Alaska Cruise. I had been searching for a reasonably priced camcorder, and a friend suggested that I try eBay. As this was my first camcorder, I was pleasantly surprised. The Panasonic PV GS31 performed very well. It was just the right size and very easy to use. The only drawback I experienced was recording in low light. I would highly recommend this product for a first-time user.
The main reason I bought this palmcorder is to be able to video my grandchildren playing sports. I have a Sharp that you can not hold over your head in a crowd and see what you're recording. With this viewfinder that tilts down you have better control of it. I just missed getting 2 touchdowns that my grandson scored in a championship game. Got a lot of peoples heads instead.I will get a lot of use of it coming baseball season. both boys play baseball and the girl plays softball. Also got an Energizer 10 hour battery for it. It's a little bulky but not bad. The battery price is right on E-Bay also. It copies great to my DVD recorder through the TV.
I bought this Palmcorder Multicam few weeks back. Indeed I am happy with its one touch navigational button. The add on button for the lights quick start and menu is a plus I would say. Having a SD card slot is also a good feature for this to take additional still photos. The photo shot button is strategically in place too. The battery pack is well priced as well not oversize. I have no complain with this gadget at all. It is indeed a friendly user multicam palmcorder and any body can easily operate it sensibly.