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Panasonic NV-GS250

With the NV-GS250, the Optical Image Stabilizer (O.I.S.) minimizes the effect of hand-shake without sacrificing picture quality in the process. In the...

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Review of "Panasonic NV-GS250"

published 21/10/2005 | bluejules
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Pro Great results
Cons Camera shake when zoomed in
very helpful
Ease of use
Range & quality of features
Recording quality
Picture quality

"Recording moving memories!"

My dad bought this camera earlier this year from Jessops at the Metro centre for £999.(I think it has come down in price since then) My mam is not the greatest photographer so we wanted a video camera with a LCD monitor so that my mam could take video footage that is good enough to watch! She has actually managed really well with it and is getting very proficient at it now.

The LCD screen is 2.5inches and it is very good. There is a brightness adjustment for sunny conditions which works quite well. It can be turned round 320, which allows you to photograph yourself as well as over walls, and round corners.

There is a colour viewfinder but is quite small and you get the feeling it's sitting on your eyeball, after a while you get quite used to it. It has got a manual adjustment for focusing which is really good if you wear glasses (like my dad and me!)

There is a night setting and night view. This gets fantastic results but I highly recommend you use a tripod.

The camera comes with two remote controls. One is for operating the camera and playback mode. The second one is a microphone, which has a built in remote control.

We bought a larger battery so that it lasts longer (a couple of hours - this is reduced by about 45% when using the LCD screen) but this catches your face when recording.

It turns on and off easily, the button just slides along. When the camera is turned on you can press the quick start button which allows a quick start up after switching on.

There is a 3ccd image sensor, which means there is three sensors, one for each colour spectrum. This gives fantastic, sharp, clear results.

The video card has 3million pixels. You get very good results in natural daylight but built in flash is not so good.

There is a manual position for focusing which is very good.

The zoom is only small (0-10times) but as a keen photographer I find this is still adequate because with larger zooms you tend to get camera shake and have to use a tripod.

A good point of camera is that you can also put a memory card into the camera, playback your video, pause it and a grab a picture onto your memory card. I use the memory card quite a lot to save taking two cameras out with us. The camera does not come with a memory card, we bought a 512MB one.

I would definately recommend this camcorder. Thanks for reading. bluejules xx

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  • phil8561 published 08/05/2006
    Hi great review as i have the GS-120 also by Panasonic it has made me now want to go and upgrade to this camcorder. Thanks.
  • Majiggy published 17/11/2005
    Great op. Sounds like a great nifty camcorder. Bit pricey though. :O) xxx
  • L0BSTER_QUADRILLE published 13/11/2005
    I want a camcorder!
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Product Information : Panasonic NV-GS250

Manufacturer's product description

With the NV-GS250, the Optical Image Stabilizer (O.I.S.) minimizes the effect of hand-shake without sacrificing picture quality in the process. In the NV-GS250, the Leica DICOMAR lens guarantees brilliant picture quality without light reflections or stray losses. Thanks to Panasonic's unique pixel-shifting technology, the NV-GS250 takes still pictures with an outstanding 3.1 megapixels.

Product Details

Product Description: Panasonic NV-GS250 - camcorder - Mini DV

Product Type: Camcorder

Media Type: Mini DV

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Sensor Resolution: 800 Kpix

Lens System: Leica 10 x zoom lens - 2.85 - 28.5 mm - f/1.6-2.8

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Digital Zoom: 500 x

Image Stabiliser: Optical

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Viewfinder: Electronic - 0.3" - colour

Display: LCD display - 2.5"

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

AV Interfaces: Composite video, S-Video

Dimensions (WxDxH): 8.1 cm x 14.4 cm x 7.3 cm

Weight: 0.5 kg



Product Type: Camcorder

Camcorder Sensor Resolution: 800 Kpix

Camcorder Media Type: Mini DV

Optical Sensor Type: 3CCD

Optical Sensor Size: 1/6"

Optical Zoom: 10 x

Digital Zoom: 500 x

Video Recording Modes: SP, LP

Faders: Black & White fader

Image Stabiliser: Optical

Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection

Image Recording Format: JPEG

AV Interfaces: Composite video, S-Video

Exposure & White Balance

Min Illumination: 1 lux

Exposure Modes: Programme, automatic

Shooting Programs: Spotlight, portrait mode, surf & snow, low light, sports mode

White Balance: Custom, automatic, presets

White Balance Presets: Indoor, outdoor

Max Shutter Speed: 1/8000 sec

Lens System

Type: Leica 10 x zoom lens - 2.85 - 28.5 mm - f/1.6-2.8

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 43.8 - 438mm

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Zoom Adjustment: Motorised drive

Filter Size: 43 mm

Camera Flash

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Guide Number (m / ISO 100): 5.5

Flash Modes: Auto mode

Additional Features

Flash Terminal: Hot shoe

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

DV input: Yes

Additional Features: Backlight compensation, date/time stamp, DPOF support, PictBridge support


Viewfinder Type: Electronic

Viewfinder Colour Support: Colour

Viewfinder Diagonal Size: 0.3"

Viewfinder Resolution: 123,000 pixels


Type: 2.5" LCD display

Resolution: 123,000 pixels

Display Features: Rotating


Microphone Operation Mode: Stereo

Microphone Features: Zoom, wind noise reduction


Connector Type: 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire/i.LINK) ¦ 1 x USB ¦ 1 x composite video/audio (input/output) ¦ 1 x S-Video input / output ¦ 1 x microphone ¦ 1 x headphones

Memory Card Slot: SD card


Software: Drivers & Utilities


Included Accessories: Camcorder shoulder strap, lens cap, power adapter, USB cable, wired remote control with microphone, S-Video cable, audio / video cable, IR remote control


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

Memory / Storage

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Image Storage: JPEG 2048 x 1512 ¦ JPEG 1600 x 1200 ¦ JPEG 1280 x 960 ¦ JPEG 640 x 480

Video Capture: 320 x 240 - 6 fps - web camera mode

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 8.1 cm

Depth: 14.4 cm

Height: 7.3 cm

Weight: 0.5 kg


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