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Panasonic NV-DS55

The NV DS55B is the worlds smallest Palm-style digital video camera. It has all the features of the NV DS35B as well as the new MultiMediaCard for the...

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Review of "Panasonic NV-DS55"

published 13/03/2004 | hartplatt
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Pro Both a Digital Video and Digital Still Camera with great quality
Cons It takes you a few sessions to fully understand all features
Ease of use
Range & quality of features
Recording quality
Picture quality

"The Best Camcorder We Have Used"

We previously owned two analogue camcorders, both Sony. They were good but bulky. So we decided to find a smaller camcorder. We were also looking for a digital still camera. When we found the Panasonic NV DS55B we were in luck! It is compact and comfortable to use. We are not impulse buyers and spent many weeks looking, trying, picking the brains of sales staff, borrowing various camcorders from people to try them out, reading Which magazine reports etc. We love this camcorder and have been using it for three years now.

It came with absolutely everything we needed. All cables for transfer to video, recharger, battery, strap, MMC 4mb storage card, software to upload photos for printing and editing etc. The instruction booklet that comes with it is very clear with pictures to aid you. It has a remote control facility so you can stay seated and edit film on your TV.

We have travelled abroad a lot and it always goes with us. We also have grandchildren so we have taken hours of footage and hundreds of photos. Whilst standing at the top of the Empire State building NYC, we changed the zoom to it's maximum and had really clear pictures and film of the gargoyles on the Chrysler building and at a shuttle launch in Florida, we zoomed in and could see close up features of Discovery.We did find that we needed a larger capacity battery for the length of time we wanted to use the screen (I'm not very good with viewfinders) a generous 2.5" and we bought a 16mb MMC card as we have extended holidays and take lots of pictures that we like to print ourselves.

With the invention of firewire, we went out last year and bought a new PC and DVD software editing package. We chose the PC to go with the camera!

You can delete photos from the photo card straight away if they are not very good so you optimise the space on the MMC card. We have found that the picture quality deteriorates from dusk onwards outdoors but it is fine with indoor lighting.

As you can tell, we love this camera and have recommended it to others who are also impressed.

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  • kappaslappa published 13/03/2004
    Welcome to Ciao and a good first opinion there :o)
  • yessuf published 13/03/2004
    Hi,this is a good first review.I thought perhaps you had read other reviews first but your stats say,once you start doing that your Ops will only get better.Good luck and welcome :)
  • mattydalton published 13/03/2004
    Welcome to Ciao!
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Product Information : Panasonic NV-DS55

Manufacturer's product description

The NV DS55B is the worlds smallest Palm-style digital video camera. It has all the features of the NV DS35B as well as the new MultiMediaCard for the storage of digital still images. With the NV DS55B you are ready to step into a new age of multimedia. Panasonic's digital video cameras, known for being the smallest in the world, have broken their own record and become even smaller and slimmer. The Super-Flat LCD monitor allows for the ideal slim design. The result is an ergonomical, compact body and a comfortable hold that enables filming stability in any situation. The new technology of the MultiMediaCard allows you to capture the image with the digital video camera and save it directly to the MultiMediaCard. Multi-Screen mode displays 9-images on screen at the same time. Picture-in-Picture displays a small picture within the normal moving picture.

Product Details

Product Description: Panasonic NV-DS55 - camcorder - Mini DV

Product Type: Camcorder

Localisation: English

Media Type: Mini DV

Memory Card Slot: MMC card

Sensor Resolution: 570 Kpix

Lens System: 15 x zoom lens - f/1.8

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Digital Zoom: 150 x

Image Stabiliser: Electronic

Viewfinder: LCD monitor - 0.5" - colour

Display: LCD display - 2.5"

Supported Battery: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )

AV Interfaces: Component video, S-Video

Colour: Silver

Dimensions (WxDxH): 4.7 cm x 12.9 cm x 9.4 cm

Weight: 0.5 kg



Product Type: Camcorder

Enclosure Colour: Silver

Localisation: English

Camcorder Sensor Resolution: 570 Kpix

Camcorder Media Type: Mini DV

Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Optical Sensor Size: 1/4"

Optical Zoom: 15 x

Digital Zoom: 150 x

Video Recording Modes: SP, LP

Image Stabiliser: Electronic

AV Interfaces: Component video, S-Video

Exposure & White Balance

Min Illumination: 0.5 lux

Shooting Programs: Spotlight, portrait mode, Beach & Ski, night mode, sports mode

Special Effects: Wipe, solarisation, Negative, Black & White, Sepia, Mosaic, Mirror, Positive, Gain-up, Strobe

White Balance: Automatic, presets

Lens System

Type: 15 x zoom lens - f/1.8

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Zoom Adjustment: Automatic

Lens System Mounting: Integrated

Additional Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Additional Features: Picture-in-picture capability, backlight compensation


Viewfinder Type: LCD monitor

Viewfinder Colour Support: Colour

Viewfinder Diagonal Size: 0.5"

Viewfinder Resolution: 166,000 pixels


Type: 2.5" LCD display

Resolution: 200,000 pixels

Display Features: Rotating


Microphone Operation Mode: Stereo


Connector Type: 1 x S-Video output ( 4 PIN mini-DIN ) ¦ 1 x composite video/audio output ( RCA phono x 3 ) ¦ 1 x headphones ( mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ) ¦ 1 x serial ( 9 PIN D-Sub ) ¦ 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire/i.LINK) ( 4 PIN FireWire )

Memory Card Slot: MMC card


Included Accessories: Carrying strap, docking station, cleaning cloth, cleaning tape, power adapter, SCART adapter, audio / video cable, IR remote control


Details: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )

Memory / Storage

Memory Card Slot: MMC card

Included Memory Card: 4 MB MMC

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 4.7 cm

Depth: 12.9 cm

Height: 9.4 cm

Weight: 0.5 kg


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