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PanasonicPV-GS90 Mini DV Camcorder
 
4.4

(based on 19 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Simple controls (13)
  • Comfortable to operate (11)
  • Great picture quality (11)
  • Durable (8)
  • Great features (7)

Cons

  • Poor battery life (3)

Best Uses

  • Home movies (11)
  • Travel (11)
  • Documentaries (6)
  • Editing (5)
  • Movies/short films (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (8), Casual user (6), Pro videographer (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I would buy this product again and again

This model of Panasonic is the last encarnation of video cameras that use mini dv casette. Recently launch to the market offers amaizing quality recording. Even by far surpass many other similar cameras costing...Read complete review

This model of Panasonic is the last encarnation of video cameras that use mini dv casette. Recently launch to the market offers amaizing quality recording. Even by far surpass many other similar cameras costing more money. With a very small body this unique jewel is equipped with a powerfull 42X optical zoom lens with an advanced optical stabilizer of extraordinary quality that makes possible to make very steady recordings with excellent definition. No doubt about, this camera is best option to record UFO's, family, flowers, travels etc. without having to spend a lot of money.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

As expected, with some useful features

This PV-GS90 is as expected, as far as Mini-DV camcorders go. This is my third one, after two previous JVC's gave out on me, and it seems to do the job. The...Read complete review

This PV-GS90 is as expected, as far as Mini-DV camcorders go. This is my third one, after two previous JVC's gave out on me, and it seems to do the job. The optical stabilizer (vs. digital) does seem to help when refocusing on zooming. One nice feature is the ability to fade the video upon starting and ending a recording session. This gives a professional-like feeling. The built-in lens cover is nice, as well (no more dangling cover!).

As with all Mini-DV formats, the low light videos leave a little to be desired. The video quality is just a bit softer than I prefer, but I can live with it. In the end, I would recommend this model if you can get it for less then $200.

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5.0

NOT JUST FOR RECORDING

By James Jones Tell-Tale Productions

from Burlington, VT area

About Me Semi-pro Videographer

Pros

  • Easy to Use

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Panasonic PV-GS90 Mini DV Camcorder:

      The GS90is a great captue deck. Save wear and tear on your pricey camcorders. These have been great for transfer, via firewire to my editing software. I bought three of them, apparently just before they became discontinued.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      An Excellent Choice

      By Uberdragon

      from Milwaukee, WI

      About Me Video Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable to Operate
      • Durable
      • Great Features
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Great Sound
      • Simple Controls
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Poor Battery Life

      Best Uses

      • Documentaries
      • Editing
      • Home Movies
      • Movies/Short Films
      • Travel

      Comments about Panasonic PV-GS90 Mini DV Camcorder:

      I have two daughters, ages 10 and 14, that are budding cinematographers. I bought two of these camcorders, one for each. This is not the first camcorder for either of these girls. Both have been writing, directing and editing their own productions for a few years now. The key here is the editing piece. Because they have a somewhat sophisticated software suite to knit the film clips together with their special effects and music, the MiniDV format provides the necessary flexibility to upload footage in standard format. Not all camcorder formats will allow this.

      In summary, this product's features and capabilities are the perfect fit for this application. The camcorder may have more bells and whistles than would be used by the occasional video shooter of family events, but a movie maker will get use from them. One of the specifications that my daughters required was the noteworthy optical zoom capability of the product.

      Note that the standard battery will last about an hour, starting from a full charge. This is roughly the length of one MiniDV tape. This may be good enough for most, but I'd recommend that those with more lengthy events purchase additional or larger battery packs. With that said, the camcorder can be operated directly off of the AC charger pack. If you'll always have access to 120V AC and extension cords, this may not be an issue. I've not identified any other particular shortcomings of the product. I will state the obvious though. This is a consumer camcorder, priced accordingly. This is not a professional grade product. It has great capabilities for the amateur to learn and produce "good" video content. If your plans are to burn DVDs for your friends or upload productions to web sites, this is the one. However, don't kid yourself. If you do this for a living, you need higher grade equipment to get the appropriate video and audio quality.

      Also, this is a relatively low priced electronic product targeted for the occasional user. It seems well constructed, but it's not going to take excessive abuse. I do know this from experience. As stated above, this is not the first camcorder for either daughter. The others (not this brand) died from attrition. Despite this caution, this product meets my expectations. If they survive for three years or so, I've gotten more than my money out of them.

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      4.0

      So far so good

      By MK

      from NYC

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Panasonic PV-GS90 Mini DV Camcorder:

            Camera is easy to use, light-weight. Only complaint is that the hand strap doesn't hold the camera at the proper angle (for me) to easily work the controls with my thumb. Also, as many have said, poor low-light quality

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            4.0

            PV-GS90 Mini DV Camcorder

            By TN JOE

            from TN

            About Me Pro Videographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Uncomfortable

              Best Uses

              • Documentaries

              Comments about Panasonic PV-GS90 Mini DV Camcorder:

              The image stabilizer is better than the other manufacturers.
              However, once again, the manual focus is a pain. They resolved the use issue from previous models but made the toggle smaller.

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              5.0

              Good value for the price

              By Travelin' Teresa

              from Charlottesville, VA

              About Me Video Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Great Features
              • Great Picture Quality
              • Simple Controls

              Cons

              • Uncomfortable

              Best Uses

              • Home Movies
              • Travel

              Comments about Panasonic PV-GS90 Mini DV Camcorder:

              As I use an older edition of Premier Pro for editing, I wanted a recorder that used mini-DV tapes -- certainly going out of favor these days! Several years ago I had a predecessor model for the Panasonic PV-GS90, and had been quite pleased on the whole. The GS90 seems to have better low light capability than my prior model, and the image stabilization at very high zooms lives up to the hype. The biggest disadvantages I've found so far are in comfort: The shape and lower placement of the hand strap make it much harder to film comfortably one handed. The camera "tips" away from your hand unless effort is used to tightly grip or the other hand is used to stabilize. I think the strap was lowered to keep it more out of the way of the tape door, but the older design worked fine and made for more comfortable filming. Also, the zoom lever is flatter and more streamlined, which makes it more difficult to use "gently" for easy, slight zoom adjustments. I do like having true widescreen capability.

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              5.0

              I would like to buy again from you!

              By mouse

              from University Park, PA

              About Me Video Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Documentaries
                  • HD Shooting
                  • Movies/Short Films

                  Comments about Panasonic PV-GS90 Mini DV Camcorder:

                  It's clear and high quality!

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                  3.0

                  decent for occasional use

                  By stevec

                  from Jacksonville, FL

                  About Me Video Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable to Operate
                  • Simple Controls

                  Cons

                  • Difficlult manual focus
                  • Flimsy Construction

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Movies
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Panasonic PV-GS90 Mini DV Camcorder:

                  I am a TV Production teacher, so these cameras see a lot of use. They aren't very rugged, but to be fair, I suppose th average consumer is not as rough as three classes of teenagers.
                  The mic connectors, after repeated use, have become inoperable.

                  However, for home use I would highly recommend them.

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                  5.0

                  Simple, Reliable and Good

                  By Aurobindo Saha

                  from Lexington, KY

                  About Me Casual User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable to Operate
                  • Great Features
                  • Great Picture Quality
                  • Great Sound
                  • Simple Controls
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Low-Quality Recordings

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Movies
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Panasonic PV-GS90 Mini DV Camcorder:

                  These are the characters I looked for before buying this camcorder. The model was suggested by B&H salesman and it turned to be an excellent product. Huge zoom, excellent stabilization, nice grip and reliable. It has capability for taking stills too. I also got a firewire cable to transfer the recorded stuff to my PC. This way I can reuse same mini DV, though it does not cost much. If you are looking for something below $200 I would highly recommend this product.

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                  5.0

                  Great Little Work Horse

                  By Vandrook

                  from Norwalk, CT

                  About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable to Operate
                  • Durable
                  • Great Picture Quality
                  • Simple Controls
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Poor Battery Life

                  Best Uses

                  • Documentaries
                  • Editing
                  • Home Movies
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Panasonic PV-GS90 Mini DV Camcorder:

                  Bought this camera as a work deck for my macbook pro final cut setup. I had to get a 800to400 firewire cable but no big deal, i think it cost me $12. The camera was recognized right away and the control has no issues. The only bummer is that it doesn't have the option to record with its vcr function (I needed a way to grab an old show open off of a dvd and couldn't use it to grab the clip). All-in-all a great little camera. Its durable, simple, inexpensive and compact - perfect for the mobile edit setup. BUT - get a second extended life battery if you plan to be away from an outlet.

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                  5.0

                  Great Product!

                  By Allison

                  from Mifflinburg, PA

                  About Me Video Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable to Operate
                  • Durable
                  • Great Features
                  • Great Picture Quality
                  • Great Sound
                  • Simple Controls
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Documentaries
                    • Editing
                    • Home Movies
                    • Movies/Short Films
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Panasonic PV-GS90 Mini DV Camcorder:

                    This camera works great for just what I wanted! It has awesome features, Sound, and the picture is very good. So I guess I summed it up pretty much in that! It's a great camera!

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                    5.0

                    very nice product

                    By nick

                    from augusta, ga

                    About Me Video Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Great Picture Quality
                    • Simple Controls

                    Cons

                    • Complicated To Operate

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Movies

                    Comments about Panasonic PV-GS90 Mini DV Camcorder:

                    awesome picture quality, easy to handle

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                    4.0

                    A RELIABLE TAPE DRIVE

                    By RAFSQNLDR

                    from Dallas, TX

                    About Me Pro Videographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Editing

                      Comments about Panasonic PV-GS90 Mini DV Camcorder:

                      I use this to simply download MiniDV tapes to my computer instead of using my high value video camera.

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                      4.0

                      Very good

                      By SP

                      from mesa,az

                      About Me Casual User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable to Operate
                      • Durable
                      • Great Features
                      • Great Picture Quality
                      • Great Sound
                      • Simple Controls
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Travel

                        Comments about Panasonic PV-GS90 Mini DV Camcorder:

                        good,easy to carry&operate,cheap etc

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                        5.0

                        Great little camcorder

                        By McMaire

                        from Brooklyn, NY

                        About Me Video Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Comfortable to Operate
                        • Durable
                        • Great Features
                        • Great Picture Quality
                        • Simple Controls

                        Cons

                        • Sound just adequate

                        Best Uses

                        • Documentaries
                        • Editing
                        • Home Movies
                        • Movies/Short Films
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Panasonic PV-GS90 Mini DV Camcorder:

                        This is a nice little camcorder. Easy to use, easy to carry, I'd recommend it highly. The video quality is perfect for home use, as well as amateur projects & youtube. And I can't say enough about its size -- just strap it to your hand and go!

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                        3.0

                        As expected, with some useful features

                        By mlc9

                        from Tennessee

                        About Me Casual User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Built-in lens cover
                        • Great fade feature
                        • Optical Image Stabilizer
                        • Simple Controls

                        Cons

                        • Average in low light
                        • Few features

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Movies
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Panasonic PV-GS90 Mini DV Camcorder:

                        This PV-GS90 is as expected, as far as Mini-DV camcorders go. This is my third one, after two previous JVC's gave out on me, and it seems to do the job. The optical stabilizer (vs. digital) does seem to help when refocusing on zooming. One nice feature is the ability to fade the video upon starting and ending a recording session. This gives a professional-like feeling. The built-in lens cover is nice, as well (no more dangling cover!).

                        As with all Mini-DV formats, the low light videos leave a little to be desired. The video quality is just a bit softer than I prefer, but I can live with it. In the end, I would recommend this model if you can get it for less then $200.

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                        1.0

                        Poor quality, terrible video.

                        By Stacie "cRaSh"

                        from Princeton, WV

                        About Me Video Enthusiast

                        Pros

                        • Comfortable to Operate
                        • Great Sound

                        Cons

                        • Low-Quality Recordings

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Panasonic PV-GS90 Mini DV Camcorder:

                          [...]I was so excited to find such a great deal on a camcorder from company that usually produces great products. This one is the exception. I spent all day yesterday recording video in indoor lighting for a "band jam". I uploaded my video today, and was shocked at the terrible quality. I didn't expect much being indoors in medium light, but it was much worse then I imagined. Everything seemed like it was stretched out, an issue that would have nothing to do with lighting. The picture was also very poor, blurry and grainy. Something I did expect, but not quite so bad. It was more the "stretching" that put me off then anything. I've owned similar MiniDV camcorders and know what lower lighting video should look like, and know that it can be better.It has it's pros, sound, easy to use, but it all comes down to picture, and what good is a camcorder that has a such a poor picture that you wouldn't watch your films?

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                          5.0

                          SO EASY TO USE!

                          By Mary The Mom

                          from Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York

                          About Me Casual User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Comfortable to Operate
                          • Durable
                          • Great Features
                          • Great Picture Quality
                          • Great Sound
                          • Simple Controls

                          Cons

                          • Poor Battery Life

                          Best Uses

                          • Home Movies
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Panasonic PV-GS90 Mini DV Camcorder:

                          We bought this camera to record our son during college football and basketball games. It's lightweight, easy to use and has a terrific powerful zoom. The sound quality is wonderful.

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                          5.0

                          I would buy this product again and again

                          By Arturo Robles Gil.

                          from México, D.F.

                          About Me Pro Videographer

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Comfortable to Operate
                          • Durable
                          • Great Picture Quality
                          • Simple Controls
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Movies
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Panasonic PV-GS90 Mini DV Camcorder:

                            This model of Panasonic is the last encarnation of video cameras that use mini dv casette. Recently launch to the market offers amaizing quality recording. Even by far surpass many other similar cameras costing more money. With a very small body this unique jewel is equipped with a powerfull 42X optical zoom lens with an advanced optical stabilizer of extraordinary quality that makes possible to make very steady recordings with excellent definition. No doubt about, this camera is best option to record UFO's, family, flowers, travels etc. without having to spend a lot of money.

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                            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Great camera

                            By jsight

                            from charlotte, nc

                            About Me Casual User

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Comfortable to Operate
                            • Great Picture Quality
                            • Great Sound
                            • Simple Controls

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family
                              • Special Events
                              • Weddings

                              Comments about Panasonic PV-GS90 Mini DV Camcorder:

                              The optical stabilization is great, and the video quality is exceptional. The camera is highly recommended.

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