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NV-GS300 Panasonic Digital CamCorders




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NV-GS300 information and overview

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Panasonic®GS300 Digital CamCorder : 3CCD Tech, 10x Optical, 3.1MP Still Pictures, SD, Crystal Engine, USB2.0, Motion DV, Software, O.I.S. Flash Copyright © 2017 ComXpert International CC - COPYING IS ONLY ALLOWED FOR THE PURPOSE OF SENDING US ENQUIRIES. E&OE.

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The NV-GS300, Panasonic's midrange consumer three-CCD camcorder, arrives at a lower price than last year's model, the NV-GS250. As with its higher-end sibling, the NV-GS500, Panasonic adds a few new features and -- unfortunately -- deletes others. The primary appeal of this camera is its trio of CCD chips, which allow it to capture richer colour and sharper images than single-CCD cameras. But while the sharp video and the addition of a wide-screen LCD will appeal to HDTV owners looking for good image quality at a price less than that of a true HD camcorder, the NV-GS300's limited feature list may disappoint experienced video buffs looking for the shooting flexibility offered by cameras loaded with manual and automatic feature settings.

Weighing 450 grams, the Panasonic NV-GS300's solidly built silver-plastic case has a squat design that's comfortable for one-handed use. The tape ejects upward, allowing you to swap tapes while using a tripod. However, you'll have to remove the camcorder from the tripod to swap the Secure Digital memory cards used for stills, as the card slot is on the bottom.

The NV-GS300's control layout is almost identical to that of the NV-GS500: minimalist. You perform most adjustments via the menus, navigating with a small, hard-to-manage joystick that sits in the centre of the mode wheel. The onscreen menus are easy to understand, but the process of changing settings is tedious. I'd have preferred at least a few dedicated buttons for oft-used functions such as backlight compensation. Then again, Panasonic designed the GS300 for the point-and-shoot crowd, providing the typical assortment of program autoexposure modes, highlighted by manual shutter and aperture, adjustable white balance, and a macro mode. You also use the joystick for focusing manually -- an imprecise tool that makes me long for the focus ring of the GS250.

The NV-GS300's biggest improvement over the NV-GS250 is its wide-screen, 2.7-inch LCD. Colourful, with good detail rendering, the LCD works great for framing shots, though it's a bit too small to give you the precision you need for manual focus. The optical image stabilisation on the NV-GS300 is quite effective; very little image shake is evident when shooting handheld at full 10X zoom. Autofocus and exposure react accurately when panning from close, well-lit objects to distant, shadowed scenes, though sometimes there's a perceptible delay. Battery life is solid, providing more than an hour of start/stop recording and as much as two hours of continuous shooting.

The chief advantages of three-CCD models are richer colour and better low-light performance, and the three 800,000-pixel CCDs clearly make a difference here. Footage shot outdoors in sunlight looked very sharp and detailed, with accurate, vibrant colour. Moving indoors into regular room light -- a situation where things can start to get grainy with single-CCD consumer camcorders -- resulted in equally sharp footage with little or no visible graininess. Only in dim light did noise become intrusive. But even then, video retained an above-average level of colour, albeit with a reddish cast. The MagicPix mode lets you use the LCD to illuminate dark subjects, though this does little to improve dark shots. Still quality for outdoor and indoor shots using the built-in flash is acceptable for small, uncropped prints. However, zooming in even slightly reveals significant noise and a general lack of detail.

The GS300 also records sound very well and incorporates an effective wind filter as well as an audio-zoom feature. It has a jack for an external microphone, though it lacks the headphone jack that's found on the NV-GS250.

If you have a good eye for video but a bad time with technology, then the Panasonic NV-GS300 will deliver exactly what you want: great video quality with minimum fuss. But if you like to tweak and experiment even occasionally, don't go here.

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Specifications and features
Product Code NV-GS300spacer

Outside the camera

Form factor



450 g


76 x 73 x 135 mm

Screen size

2.7 inch

Built-in flash


Flash unit mount


Remote control

Infra red


USB 2.0; DV input/output

Inside the camera

Optical Sensor


Primary storage type


Secondary storage type

Secure Digital

Digital video capture resolution (max)

800,000 pixels

Digital video format


Image capture

Optical zoom

10 x

Digital zoom

700 x

Focal Length

3 to 30 mm

Minimum illumination

1 lux

Lens aperture

F1.8 - 2.8

Shutter speed

1/50 - 1/8,000

Image stabilization


Still image capture


Still image format


Still image capture resolution

2048 x 1512, 2048 x 1152, 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480, 640 x 360 pixels





SweetMovieLife 1.0E / MotionDV Studio 5.3E LE

Other accessories

AC adaptor; battery pack; lens cap; shoulder strap


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