Panasonic PV-GS39 Mini DV Camcorder
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About this product
- Family LinePanasonic Palmcorder MultiCam
- Recording SystemNTSC
- Optical Zoom30X
- Digital Zoom1000X
- Storage TypeRemovable (Card/Disc/Tape)
- Resolution0.8 MP
- Screen Size2.7"
- Weight13.86 Oz.
- Sensor Size1/6"
- Optical Sensor Qty1
- Lens TypeZoom lens
- Focal Length Range1.9mm - 57mm
- Lens Filter Size30.5 mm
- Max Shutter Speed1/8000 sec
- Min Illumination2 lux
- Min Shutter Speed1/60 sec
- Exposure ModesManual,Program
- Viewfinder Diagonal Size0.33"
- Depth4.72 in.
- Height2.72 in.
- Width3.23 in.
- Display TypeWith LCD Screen
- Display RotationRotating
- Screen DetailsLCD display - 2.7" - color
- Display Size2.7"
- Microphone TypeMicrophone - stereo
- Battery Form FactorManufacturer specific
- Max Operating Temperature40 °C
- Min Operating Temperature0 °C
- Effective Video Resolution0.4 MP
- Additional FeaturesAudio Recording,Backlight Compensation,Color Viewfinder,Still Shot Capability
- Webcam CapabilityYes
Most relevant reviews
- marlenejanetmar...Jul 10, 2010by
True widescreen and simple to use
I replaced a PV-GS12 with the PV-GS39 to get the widescreen. This one is easier to use because of the joystick control. Both have similar video quality but the pv-gs12 only had 680k pixels for 4:3 aspect ratio. This one has 800K pixels and gives you full widescreen at 16:9 aspect ratio (Ie, I got what I want). While this is not HD it works quite well in good light. Zoom is more than enough. On board light (and gain up function) help in low light. However, all small camcorders in this category (less than $500 new price) have this problem. It doesn't have an accessory shoe for additional lighting, but be creative in low light indoor/outdoor conditions. Panasonics also seem to hold up better and last awhile. If you want top results, you do have to spend the money and go HD for better results. However, for day time outdoor, this camera is really good and acceptable indoors.Read full review
- gowestsomedayAug 12, 2007by
Very pleased with video and still capabilities..4 stars
Replaced defective Canon with the Panasonic Palmcorder Multicam PV-GS39 and couldn't be happier. Took it to Grand Canyon and got amazing still shots and great video. The "LIGHT" feature allowed the lense to absorb more natural light and produced pretty good quality in dark situations (where my old video would just give shadows). It is light weight and easy to use. Battery life is exceptional. Get one = you'll love it.
- deal-hunting-da...Jan 01, 2007by
Panasonic PV-GS39. Very good and very good value.
First, let me begin by saying that I have only used this for about 3 weeks. I am not going to give you one of those super-detailed and highly technical reviews. What I CAN tell you is that for the money (I paid $210 on eBay after being unwilling to wait in line for 10 hours the day after Thanksgiving like the guy I bought it from) this is an excellent camera. It is widescreen, so those who have recently purchased a widescreen TV will enjoy a true 16:9 aspect. It is very easy to use with a little joystick (it does not, as you might imagine, stick out very far. It's more like a joy-nub, really). Initial set up could almost be without even reviewing the manual - it's that intuitive. I was taping in no time.
The audio is exceptionally clear and seems to "zoom in" as you zoom in the camera. I was really impressed at how well it focused on the subject of the video. There is also a VERY useful front light. It made a big difference in how well the video turned out in poorly lit conditions.
The tape entry is a tight fit (as has been noted in other reviews I'd read) but it's a minor inconvenience, and I much prefer the small size of the camera. No big deal.
The little areas where connections must be made (DV, AC, etc) are not in teh easiest to access spots, but they're not often used so again it's no big deal. I also appreciate that the covers are attached in such a way that they won't easily be lost. They come out, but not OFF. Nice design.
Here are a few notes on the slightly negative side. It did not come with a DV cable to transfer the video into my Mac. You will need to purchase one seperately if you want to do this. On the camera said you will need a 4 pin DV, and check to see what your computer has as far as connections go. You CANNOT use a USB connection - it's too slow. Unless you're planning on just archiving Mini-DV tapes (an expensive proposition, as I see it) you will want to transfer your video over. Also, the GS39 can be used as a still camera...IF you have inserted a Memory Card. Again, this must be purchased seperately. It's not a big deal as prices have gotten lower and lower but after buying the DV cable and Memory Card I was out another $80. The camera does not come with a carrying case although it does come with a stylish (eyes rolling) shoulder strap. It's so small, however, that you'll want to think carefully about how you choose to carry it. Cases that are small enough are readily available, but I decided I didn't need all the extra little pockets and such that just add bulk. I'm still looking for the right - very small - case.
All in all, this camera is exactly what I wanted - for the money. I expect once the widescreen hi-def models get a little more reasonably priced I may go that route, but for around $200 this camera is a BARGAIN.Read full review
- woonywoonNov 30, 2009by
I purchased same camera two years ago and it stopped working one day short of 2 years. It did not last very long. The manufacturer called me monthly to buy the extended warranty at $199.00, which I thought was too much now I now why. I decided to buy it again used on ebay because it was a great price and I already know how to use and I need one now even if it is just for a short while until I can research a another brand.
- calindo2000Feb 07, 2008by
camcorders good a Panasonic!
A good camcorders good picture and video is Panasonic and for under $200 is a deal.I buy pananasonic because you get a lot for your money plus last for good years.
The picture is ok the video excellent easy to use. I recommend a Panasonic product good quality.