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21. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ4 4MP Digital
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22. Panasonic SVAV100 D-Snap MPEG4
$1,049.88 list($1,199.99)
23. Panasonic Pro AG-DVC7 MiniDV Proline
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24. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX7S 5MP Digital
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25. Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ1 4MP Digital
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26. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ15K 4MP
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27. Panasonic PVGS120 3CCD MiniDV
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28. Panasonic VD-RM75 1MP DVD Camcorder
$529.99 list($699.99)
29. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20S 5MP
$229.99 $214.88
30. Panasonic PV-L354 VHS-C Analog
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31. Panasonic RR830 Standard Cassette
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32. Panasonic SVAV50 MPEG-4 SD Video
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33. Panasonic KX-FL511 Laser Fax Machine
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34. Panasonic KX-FA84 Fax Drum
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35. Panasonic VDRM50 DVD Camcorder
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36. Panasonic PVGS15 MiniDV Compact
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37. Panasonic SVAV50S MPEG-4 SD Video
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38. Panasonic PVGS55 Ultra-Compact
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39. Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC70 4MP Digital
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40. Panasonic SV-AS10S D-Snap 2MP

21. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ4 4MP Digital Camera with 12x Image Stabilized Optical Zoom
list price: $449.95
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Asin: B0007OV46I
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 1046
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

12x Optical Zoom and a Brightness of F2.8 to 3.3The LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens is a small, lightweight lens that packs the same zoom power as a big, clunky 400mm-class film camera lens. This 12x optical zoom lens is super-bright too, at F2.8 to 3.3 with a focal length of 6 to 72mm (equivalent to 35mm to 420mm in a 35mm film camera). You've got all the power and flexibility you need to take exquisitely beautiful shots all the way from telephoto to wide angle and macro. The DMC-FZ4 also has a 4x digital zoom. Use it together with the 12x optical zoom and you've got ultra-powerful 48x zooming - roughly equivalent to a huge 1680mm lens on a 35mm camera. MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer Helps Eliminate Blurry PicturesJitter from shaky hands is one of the main reasons why cameras produce blurry images. We don't expect everyone to have hands of stone when taking pictures--that's why Lumix(R) cameras help solve the problem of unsteady hands with advanced MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer technology. The DMC-FZ4 has a built-in gyrosensor that detects any hand movement and relays a signal to a tiny microcomputer inside the camera, which instantly calculates the compensation needed. A linear motor then shifts the Optical Image Stabilizer lens as necessary to guide incoming light from the image straight to the CCD. You won't even notice it working-all you'll see are the outstanding results! Snap Off Consecutive Shots at 4 Frames per Second!You can take up to 7 images in Standard Mode and 4 images in Fine Mode with full resolution. In addition, the Unlimited Consecutive Shooting function lets you continue shooting until the memory card or built-in memory is full. All this is made possible by the Venus Engine ... Read more

Features

  • Powered by a Lithium-Ion battery pack (7.2V, 680 mAh); battery charger included
  • 4.0-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 11 x 15-inch prints
  • Amazing 12x optical zoom gets you close to the action without sacrificing image quality
  • Super-fast shutter times: .006 seconds to release (not including AF time) and .3 seconds between shots
  • Stores images on Secure Digital (SD) cards; 8MB card included

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Camera
This camera is great. Huge 12x optical zoom, yet the camera is very small and portable. Plus it has optical image stabilization that works wonders. Best of all it is relatively cheap. Best camera on the market, forgot to mention the photo quality is superb even with automatic setings. Plus you can go full on manual aperture, manual shutter, and manual iso if you want. Plus throw in the really high speed burst mode and every other camera just got OWNED! ... Read more


22. Panasonic SVAV100 D-Snap MPEG4 Digital Video Recorder w/10x Optical Zoom
by Panasonic
list price: $999.99
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Asin: B0000DCXJJ
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 511
Average Customer Review: 3.45 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Pocket-sized MPEG-2/MPEG-4 SD video camera and 2-megapixel still camera--weighs just .34 pounds
  • 10:1 optical zoom lens with 25x digital zoom and super image stabilizer
  • 2.5-inch LCD rotates a full, 270 degrees
  • Includes 512MB SD memory card and remote control
  • Rechargable battery provides up to an hour of video recording time

Reviews (11)

4-0 out of 5 stars Thumbs Up for the SV-AV100
i shoot quite a bit of video, and i really like not having to use tape... you can get a cheap hard drive-based digital wallet with an sd slot to copy the av100 sd card contents into while you are shooting with a second sd card... no need to ever have more than two sd cards, and you can shoot all day without having to unload the digital wallet.

do not use the software that came with the av100, instead, at the end of the shoot, just plug the digital wallet into your pc via the usb cable, where it appears as just another hard drive... copy the .mod files onto your local hard drive, and rename them as .mpg's... there is nothing to convert, and you can burn the .mpg's directly to dvd.

the av100 is a bit difficult to handle because of the small size, and no tripod mount hole, but surprisingly, it has options for manual controls, and it even has digital image stabilization... along with the mpeg2 recording, you can't get all those features in any other camera on the market today.

improvements i'd like to see would include a bigger ccd pickup, this isn't a camera you get for shooting stills or for shooting video in low light... it's built to serve as a video camera, get a cheap digital still camera if still shots is what you want... the current crop of these types of cameras proves that trying to combine both video and still functions into one camera will result in too many compromises of either one or both functions.

2-0 out of 5 stars I wish I hadn't bought it...
The camera works as advertised, but I couldn't find any software that could convert the .mod files to something useful. Even the software that comes with it fails to convert the files to a standard format. I have a new XP Pro desktop, and Windows Media Player, Roxio Video Wave Movie Creator, and Windows Movie Maker do not play the files, convert the files or burn the files. Neither does the software that comes with it. I contacted Panasonic, and they said, "We appreciate your frustration. However, Panasonic does not offer software that will allow you to convert the mod.
files. At this time we will relieve ourselves from any further e-mail correspondence regarding this matter." The software that comes with the Product is advertised to convert the files and it does have Panasonic's name on it. That aside, I did find Ulead VideoStudio 7, which can burn the files to DVD. The quality isn't horrible. It will only burn the highest quality video which looks 'ok' on my tv. This means that I can only get 10 minutes of video per 512 MB SD Card. The fact that the SD Cards used by the camera are not standard should be emphasized. You cannot just use any SD Card. Please, do yourself a favor and keep looking for a better choice. This camera is definitely not ready for market.

1-0 out of 5 stars What were they thinking?
Here's a nice piece of hardware that was sabotaged by Panasonic's software division. It's hard to believe that,in this era of video file type proliferation, Panasonic could have produced MPEG2 files that are incompatable with practically all video editing software on the market. Panasonic provides a conversion and editing program called "MediaStage". It's practically worthless. It's simultaneously elementary and obscure. If you are comfortable with MS Windows and then open MediaStage to run the program, you'll be stunned at how disconnected software developers can be with users. The only conversion available for MPEG2 files (in .MOD and .MOI format, no less) is to MPEG4 or to WMV. What a pity.
Maybe one of these days some software developer will produce some decent software that can edit these strange d-snap files.
I asked Panasonic, but they couldn't recommend any software to me. The joke's on me.

4-0 out of 5 stars AV-100 is AWSOME
I just bought this camera. Let me tell you that it is better than I was expecting. The picture qualaty of the mpeg2 fine video setting is noticably better than my sony Hi-8 camcorder, although it is not as good as most mini dv camcorders. It's got tons of features. The audio is also great. I thought it wouldn't be, scince the mic is on the backside of the camera, but it turns out it picks up evrything just fine. (In the first day i shot some great vids of my dog). There are a few problems, but they are not too serious. One of coarse, is the SD card capacity. Now for me, this is not that big of a deal because I bought this camera so i could have it everywhere and get short videos. Another problem is the battery life. It lasts about 40 minutes(I am going to buy an extra to have with me at all times). Also, a problem is that it doesn't have a flash, although that is also not a big deal because if you want a high quality picture, get a DIGITAL CAMERA, not an mpeg2 video recorder. Even without the flash though, the pictures are not bad. Finally, it's the darn .mod files and the software. The software that pannasonic provides does absolutly nothing. The .mod files are very annoying because you have to rename them to .jpeg, which can cause some problems (in the quality). Overall, this camera is SPECTACULAR for what it is supposed to do. I love it. Also, i got it for 675.
Now i'm just waiting for the 5 gig sd card to come out. Thats 100 min of superfine vid!

3-0 out of 5 stars COOL Right Out Of The Box!!!!!!
I am redoing my review. I love this. I got my 20 minutes in Mpeg 2 mode and I know for sure because I timed it. That girl above has the right idea, already making movies to computer.
GO GIRL!!!! I paid a whopping $1000.00 for mine and I think the price on Amazon is very good for this unique cam with awesome picture quality. I was using the zoom too when I got my 20 minutes. Now 3 stars because mine has very bad volume and I can not believe no one else mentioned it so I may have a defect. My replacement time may be up and I sure hope not because I would want a replacement because it is so convienient. I do love the size so you can take it anywhere. Again the picture quality is almost overwhelmingly fantastic!I sure hope I can get a replacement because the volume turned all the way up and I have to literally put my ear to the speaker to hear regular talking volume. I am going to go to the above web site the guy put in so nice of him to see what tips ,tricks,. ect. It is as fun as it is small. Please contact me if you have an answer to my volume issue.I really love this so much and need to do what that reviewer is with her movies already. I just purchased a Lexar card reader and I think they have one on Amazon that will answer her download problem. One for SD card. Anyway I think this is the most unique thing I have ever purchased and I was sceptical until that big smile came on my face when I opened the box and I love the little charger /holder cradle too.Sincerely, Josie Ryder
Lovin every minute of it. Just got to figure out the volume problem and then for it's quality images and convienince I would add a couple of stars.Please contact me if any of you have this problem please. Thanks.Very COOL Though! JosieRyder@aol.com ... Read more


23. Panasonic Pro AG-DVC7 MiniDV Proline Camcorder w/15x Optical Zoom
by PANASONIC
list price: $1,199.99
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Asin: B00008SBIT
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: PANASONIC
Sales Rank: 1107
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 680,000 Pixel CCD with 340,000 Effective Pixel Image
  • 15x Zoom Lens and up to 750x Digital Zoom
  • Auto and Manual Focus
  • Select from five program AE modes -sports, portrait, spotlight, surf & snow, and low light
  • Digital Electronic Image Stabilizer

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
If you are looking for an extreame camcorder this is the one. i use it for all my extrame adventures to italy and venice etc. i highly recomend this to advanced users. his is the 5th camcorder i own. it produces great playback and the sound is amazing. ... Read more


24. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX7S 5MP Digital Camera with 3x Image Stabilized Optical Zoom (Silver)
by Panasonic
list price: $549.99
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Asin: B0002R283S
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 1590
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Amazon.com Product Description

Optics and Resolution
Featuring a 5-megapixel CCD sensor, the DMC-FX7 delivers a wide range of detail and color with images up to 2560 x 1920 pixels--enough information to make photo-quality prints up to 13 by 17 inches. Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 3x zoom lens, with 3 aspheric elements, combines comfortably small size with superb image rendering. By combining with a 4x digital zoom, users will have an equivalence of a 12x zoom lens in a very compact body, though users should note that digital zoom degrades picture quality.

Movie Mode
The DMC-FX7 lets you shoot QuickTime Motion JPEG video at resolutions up to 320 x 240 pixels with sound. The amount of video you can capture is limited by space on the memory card; you'll fit more at low quality (10 frames-per-second) than at high quality (30 frames-per-second). The movies aren't camcorder quality, but they're fun and convenient, and they're perfect as e-mail attachments. You can also record audio comments, up to five seconds in length, for your still pictures.

More Features

  • Flip Animation: Allows you to create your own frame-by-frame animations.
  • Unlimited Consecutive Shooting: Allows consecutive shooting up to the capacity of the SD memory card.
  • 1.5-inch diagonal polycrystalline TFT LCD display (114k pixels)
  • Mega Burst Shooting Mode: Shoot up to seven images at three or two frames-per-second in standard resolution, or up to four images in fine resolution. This option is designed to provide you with the best selection of photos during action, such as a sporting event.

Storage and Transfer
Images and video are stored on Secure Digital (SD) memory cards. A 16 MB SD card is included. Files can be downloaded to either a Mac or PC via USB connectivity, which means it can be connected to any USB-based Windows 98/Me/2000/XP and Mac OS 8.6 or later computer without installing any software.

Printing
This camera supports the PictBridge standard. PictBridge is a technology that lets you transfer pictures from a digital camera to a compatible printer, without a PC or image-editing software. Because PictBridge is an industry standard, users can connect PictBridge-compatible devices made by many different manufacturers. Learn more about PictBridge.

Power and Size
The camera is powered by lithium-ion battery pack (included with charger). It measures 1.97 by 3.70 by 0.95 inches and weighs 0.30 pounds.

What's in the Box
DMC-FX7 digital camera, battery charger, battery pack, battery carrying case, 16 MB SD memory card, lens cap, lens hood with adaptor, A/V and USB cables, strap, and CD-ROM ... Read more

Features

  • 5-megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality 13-by-17-inch enlargements
  • Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 3x zoom lens combines with a 4x digital zoom for 12x total zoom
  • MEGA optical image stabilization; Mega Burst shooting mode; PictBridge compatible
  • Store images on Secure Digital (SD) memory cards (16 MB SD card included)
  • Powered by lithium-ion battery pack (included with charger)

25. Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ1 4MP Digital Camera with 6x Image Stabilized Optical Zoom

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Asin: B0007OV45O
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 686
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Panasonic Digital Still Camera - Point and Shoot Model. 4.0 MP 6x Optical Zoom Optical Image Stabilizer 2.0 LCD ... Read more

Features

  • Stores images on SD memory cards; powered by 2 AA-size batteries
  • 4 MP CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 11 x 15-inch prints
  • 6x image-stabilized optical zoom; 2.0-inch LCD display
  • Records 320 x 240-pixel motion video ( QuickTime motion jpegs) without sounds; movie length limited only by memory capacity
  • 14MB built-in memory

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!
I've known what I wanted in a digital camera for several years:
1. Fast shutter release (my Canon S-200 takes 3+ sec., 5+ flash).
2. Small and light (for backpacking, travel).
3. Point and shoot zoom(5X plus with image stabilization).
4. 4+ megapixel, under $250.
5. No proprietary batteries, 2 AA preferred.

Up until now, nothing has come close. Then I read in Business Weekthat the LZ1 and LZ2 had become the best selling cameras in Japan within several months of their introduction. No independant reviews were available (even CNET) so I bought the LZ1 on the strength of it's technical spec's and my previous experiences with Panasonic products.

I took the LZ1 to the rodeo several days ago to test it under demanding conditions. I used the "sports" setting and burst mode(four exposures in about 1 1/2 seconds under those circumstances), all freehand. The results were stunning! No noticeable shutter lag, no blurry or out of focus pictures, all action frozen. Simply put: point, shoot, you got it!

Notes: Actual weight with 2 batteries is 8.2 ozs. The user interface is the best I've seen: full functioned and simple. Flash shots have shutter lag of approx. 1/2 second. I use Panasonic 2300 mah nmh rechargeable batteries purchased at Costco. Panasonic specs claim 370 pictures with those batteries, 30 seconds between shots, LCD on, flash every shot, full zoom in and out each shot. This camera has no optical view finder. I use Panasonic high speed 256mb SD memory cards- expensive, but after having a Viking card quit and swallow 200 pics on another camera, I don't pinch pennies on memory. I may try a Sandisc Ultra II SD card if Amazon gets some in stock. ... Read more


26. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ15K 4MP Digital Camera with 12x Image Stabilized Optical Zoom
by Panasonic
list price: $549.99
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Asin: B0002R2824
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 472
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Amazon.com Product Description

Optics and Resolution
Featuring a 4-megapixel CCD sensor, the DMC-FZ15K delivers a wide range of detail and color with images up to 2304 x 1728 pixels--enough information to make photo-quality prints up to 11 by 15 inches. Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 12x zoom lens, with 3 aspheric elements, combines comfortably small size with superb image rendering. By combining with a 4x digital zoom, users will have an equivalence of a 48x zoom lens in a very compact body, though users should note that digital zoom degrades picture quality.

Movie Mode
The DMC-FZ15K lets you shoot QuickTime Motion JPEG video at resolutions up to 320 x 240 pixels. The amount of video you can capture is limited by space on the memory card; you'll fit more at low quality (10 frames-per-second) than at high quality (30 frames-per-second). The movies aren't camcorder quality, but they're fun and convenient, and they're perfect as e-mail attachments.

More Features

  • Flip Animation: Allows you to create your own frame-by-frame animations.
  • Unlimited Consecutive Shooting: Allows consecutive shooting up to the capacity of the SD memory card.
  • Two-inch diagonal polycrystalline TFT LCD display (130k pixels)
  • Mega Burst Shooting Mode: Shoot up to seven images at four or two frames-per-second in standard resolution, or up to four images in fine resolution. This option is designed to provide you with the best selection of photos during action, such as a sporting event.

Storage and Transfer
Images and video are stored on Secure Digital (SD) memory cards. An 8 MB SD card is included. Files can be downloaded to either a Mac or PC via USB connectivity, which means it can be connected to any USB-based Windows 98/Me/2000/XP and Mac OS 8.6 or later computer without installing any software.

Printing
This camera supports thePictBridgestandard. PictBridge is a technology that lets you transfer pictures from a digital camera to a compatible printer, without a PC or image-editing software. Because PictBridge is an industry standard, users can connect PictBridge-compatible devices made by many different manufacturers. Learn more about PictBridge.

Power and Size
The camera is powered by lithium-ion battery pack (included with charger). It measures 3.43 by 5.02 by 4.18 inches and weighs 1.14 pounds.

What's in the Box
DMC-FZ15K digital camera, battery charger, battery pack, 8MB SD memory card, lens cap, lens hood with adaptor, A/V and USB cables, strap, and CD-ROM ... Read more

Features

  • 4-megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality 11-by-15-inch enlargements
  • Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 12x zoom lens combines with 4x digital zoom for 48x total zoom
  • MEGA optical image stabilizer; 2-inch TFT LCD screen; PictBridge Compatible
  • Store images on Secure Digital (SD) memory card (8 MB SD card included)
  • Powered by lithium-ion battery pack (included with charger)

27. Panasonic PVGS120 3CCD MiniDV Camcorder with 2.5-inch LCD w/10x Optical Zoom
by Panasonic
list price: $699.99
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Asin: B0001DBEJ2
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 198
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Features

  • MiniDV camcorder and still camera with 3-megapixel CCD
  • 10x optical zoom lens (700x digital zoom) and image stabilizer
  • 2.5-inch rotating LCD and color viewfinder
  • Low-light recording settings and built-in auto pop-up flash
  • Rechargeable Li-ion battery pack lasts for up to 1 hour and 15 minutes

28. Panasonic VD-RM75 1MP DVD Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom
list price: $799.95
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Asin: B0007QN88I
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 2602
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Product Description

DVD Recording is Easy, Convenient and FunRecord directly onto DVD-RAM or DVD-R discs for multiple recording and playback options. With DVD-RAM discs you never have to worry about erasing a recording or finding blank space. You can just start recording. DVD-RAM discs can also be played back in compatible devices, like select computers and home DVD-players. DVD-R discs are strong and versatile, and can also be played back on most home DVD players.Take Digital Still Images using the Built-In 1.3 Megapixel Digital Still Camera The VDR-M75 has a built-in 1.3 Megapixel digital still camera which lets you capture incredibly lifelike still images directly onto a DVD disc or SD Memory Card. Now you can store all your memories form a special event conveniently in one place.1Get an Incredibly Close Shot with 10x Optical Zoom and 700x Digital Zoom2The optical zoom acts like a telescope to produce close-up shots with extraordinary clarity. And, with variable zoom speeds, you can adjust how fast the camcorder lens moves from wide-angle to full telescope. In addition, the digital zoom ratio can be increased up to an extraordinary 700x. Now that's close up!Digital Electronics Image Stabilizer (D-EIS) Helps Eliminate Blurred ImagesDigital EIS compensates for unintentional hand and camcorder movement to help stabilize your recordings, even while you're recording as a passenger from a moving vehicle or while walking. With Digital EIS, you will not have to worry about shaky soccer games or family outings.SD Memory Card Slot for Digital Still ImagesYou can also record onto SD Memory Cards. These versatile, high-capacity storage cards are extremely small--about the size of a postage stamp. They work as "digital film," letting you capture images and then transfer them to a compatible PC, TV, PDA, or other device equipped with an SD slot. It is an easy way to share your images wit ... Read more

Features

  • 10x optical /700x digital zoom
  • 2.5 inch diagonal color LCD
  • Digital Electronics Image Stabilizer (D-EIS)
  • Record directly onto DVD-RAM or DVD-R discs
  • Built-In 1.3 megapixel digital still camera

29. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20S 5MP Digital Camera with 12x Image Stabilized Optical Zoom (Silver)
by Panasonic
list price: $699.99
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Asin: B0002R282O
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 561
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Amazon.com Product Description

Optics and Resolution
Featuring a 5-megapixel CCD sensor, the DMC-FZ20S delivers a wide range of detail and color with images up to 2560 x 1920 pixels--enough information to make photo-quality prints up to 13 by 17 inches. Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 12x zoom lens, with 3 aspheric elements, combines comfortably small size with superb image rendering. By combining with a 4x digital zoom, users will have an equivalence of a 48x zoom lens in a very compact body, though users should note that digital zoom degrades picture quality.

Movie Mode and Audio
The DMC-FZ20S lets you shoot QuickTime Motion JPEG video at resolutions up to 320 x 240 pixels with sound. The amount of video you can capture is limited by space on the memory card; you'll fit more at low quality (10 frames-per-second) than at high quality (30 frames-per-second). The movies aren't camcorder quality, but they're fun and convenient, and they're perfect as e-mail attachments. You can also record audio comments, up to five seconds in length, for your still pictures.

More Features

  • Flip Animation: Allows you to create your own frame-by-frame animations.
  • Unlimited Consecutive Shooting: Allows consecutive shooting up to the capacity of the SD memory card.
  • Two-inch diagonal polycrystalline TFT LCD display (130k pixels)
  • Hot shoe for external flash attachment
  • Mega Burst Shooting Mode: Shoot up to seven images at three or two frames-per-second in standard resolution, or up to four images in fine resolution. This option is designed to provide you with the best selection of photos during action, such as a sporting event.

Storage and Transfer
Images and video are stored on Secure Digital (SD) memory cards. A 16 MB SD card is included. Files can be downloaded to either a Mac or PC via USB connectivity, which means it can be connected to any USB-based Windows 98/Me/2000/XP and Mac OS 8.6 or later computer without installing any software.

Printing
This camera supports thePictBridgestandard. PictBridge is a technology that lets you transfer pictures from a digital camera to a compatible printer, without a PC or image-editing software. Because PictBridge is an industry standard, users can connect PictBridge-compatible devices made by many different manufacturers. Learn more about PictBridge.

Power and Size
The camera is powered by lithium-ion battery pack (included with charger). It measures 3.43 by 5.02 by 4.18 inches and weighs 1.14 pounds.

What's in the Box
DMC-FZ20S digital camera, battery charger, battery pack, 16MB SD memory card, lens cap, lens hood with adaptor, A/V and USB cables, strap, and CD-ROM ... Read more

Features

  • 5-megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality 13-by-17-inch enlargements
  • Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 12x zoom lens combines with 4x digital zoom for 48x total zoom
  • MEGA optical image stabilizer; 2-inch TFT LCD screen; PictBridge Compatible
  • Store images on Secure Digital (SD) memory card (16 MB SD card included)
  • Powered by lithium-ion battery pack (included with charger)

30. Panasonic PV-L354 VHS-C Analog Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom
by Panasonic
list price: $229.99
our price: $229.99
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Asin: B0001DBEHE
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 2613
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Features

  • Compact Palmcorder VHS-C camcorder with 270,000-pixel CCD
  • 20x optical zoom lens (digital zoom to 700x) and image stabilizer
  • 2.5-inch LCD and black-and-white viewfinder
  • Full-size video head cylinder and built-in light
  • Rechargeable Ni-MH battery pack lasts for up to 1 hour

31. Panasonic RR830 Standard Cassette Transcriber / Recorder
by Panasonic
list price: $249.95
our price: $199.95
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Asin: B00004YK2X
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 1803
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Speed Talk Variable Speech Control
  • VSC Pitch and Speed Controls
  • Remote Review (with Foot Pedal
  • Full Auto Stop

Reviews (2)

3-0 out of 5 stars Limited by single speed
It is a fine transcriber if you only use single speed tapes, but for those who want to tape at half speed to utilize tape space better (i.e. recording 180 minutes on a 90 minute tape), it's not the machine for you. You'll be stuck with a lot of tapes you can't transcribe.

5-0 out of 5 stars Straightforward and workmanlike machine
If you need to transcribe tapes for any reason at all you will save yourself hours of time and frustration by using a tape recorder/player intended for transcription - rather than your tape player alone. Panasonic has been making this good machine for more than a few years. To my knowledge it's the best value around.

The foot pedal is essential and easy to use, and allows you to stop, start, and back up your tape without taking your hands off your keyboard. The speaker is good, there is a tone adjustment, and in addition a headset (and this one is comfortable to wear) enables quiet transcribing - and improved intelligibility, because the sound of your keys going a mile a minute won't interfere with your hearing your taped material. Importantly, there is a control lever for tape speed - for "variable speech control," so that you can play your tape a bit slower, or faster (which you sometimes need, too).

There is a mic and a remote jack, and fast forward and fast reverse. A tape counter - your odometer - is helpful. Different little lights glow when you're taping, recording, when the machine is on. This is a straightforward, simple, and gimmickless machine that is very nicely put together. It measures a neat and tidy 8 by 10 inches, and packs up simply and with no fanfare. Indispensible - if you need to transcribe tapes. ... Read more


32. Panasonic SVAV50 MPEG-4 SD Video Camera
by Panasonic
list price: $399.99
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Asin: B0001FAU22
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 1558
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The amazingly small, ultra-slim, and lightweight Panasonic SVAV50 is ready to capture your favorite moments in digital video and still photos wherever you roam. You can also use the SVAV50 as a digital audio player, voice recorder, and image viewer through your TV (using the included cradle). The SVAV50 is so small because it uses no tape--all video, images, and audio are stored on a tiny Secure Digital (SD) memory card. It also features 2-megapixel digital still resolution, 2-inch flip-and-twist LCD for reviewing your video and photos, and 2.5x digital zoom. This model (SVAV50A) comes in blue, but the SVAV50 is also available in silver (SVAV50S).

Video and Still Optics
Using the MPEG4 format, the SVAV25 saves video to Secure Digital (SD) and MultiMedia (MMC) memory cards (an 8 MB SD card is included). With the small size of MPEG4 files--featuring resolution modes of either 320 x 240 or 176 x 144--you can easily post video to your Web site or send files to friends and family via e-mail.

The D-snap cradle is equipped with an A/V terminal that makes it easy to connect to a TV or VCR and record TV programs onto an SD card. Using the SVAV50 for playback, you can watch the news, a movie, or other programs just about anywhere.

The following shows the approximate amount of continuous video that can be recorded on several sizes of SD memory card (including larger optional cards):

  • Super Fine (320 x 240, 1 Mbps): 0.9 minutes (included 8 MB card), 7 minutes (64 MB card), 15 minutes (128 MB card)
  • Fine (320 x 240, 420 Kbps): 2 minutes (included 8 MB card), 17 minutes (64 MB card), 35 minutes (128 MB card)
  • Normal (176 x 144, 300 Kbps): 2.5 minutes (included 8 MB card), 25 minutes (64 MB card), 50 minutes (128 MB card)
  • Economy (176 x 144, 100 Kbps): 8 minutes (included 8 MB card), 70 minutes (64 MB card), 150 minutes (128 MB card)

The SVAV50 has a 1/3.2-inch CCD for a 2-megapixel resolution--capturing enough image data for print enlargements up to 8 x 10 inches. It features1600 x 1200 (2 MP), 1280 x 960 (1 MP), and 640 x 480 (VGA--great for sending in e-mail) resolution modes. You can zoom in on subjects using the 2.5x digital zoom.

Audio
In addition to its motion and still image capability, the SVAV50 can also be used as a digital audio player--just slip in an SD card loaded with tunes and listen via the included earphones. It's compatible with MP3 and AAC audio files. And with the built-in microphone (monaural), you can easily record voice memos, lectures, interviews, and reminders to the SD card.

More Features

  • 2-inch flip-and-twist LCD with 117,000-pixel resolution
  • Connects to your PC via USB 1.1 connectivity
  • Lens: F4 (4.5mm focal length)
  • Measures 4 x 1.94 x .81 inches (H x W x D)
  • Weighs 3.7 ounces

What's in the Box
This package includes the Panasonic SVAV50A digital camcorder, 8 MB SD memory card, USB cradle, battery pack, AC adaptor, stereo earphones with remote controller, USB and A/V cables, carrying case, cleaning clot, neck strap, and CD-ROM with USB drivers for Windows and the following Panasonic software (not Mac compatible):

  • SD MovieStage Ver. 2.5 displays MPEG4 motion images and JPEG still images in thumbnail form and plays them back on a PC. You can also cut and edit motion images and send e-mail with motion images attached.
  • SD Jukebox Ver. 4.0 Software transfers music from your SD memory card to your PC and allows you to rip CDs to your PC and convert music data to different PC music file formats. When ripping CDs, music information from the CD database (CDDB) is obtained automatically, including album title, artist and song title. You can also organize your songs by artist, title or personalized playlists. There is also a "Mood Analyzer" (Music Sommelier) that automatically selects songs to match your mood.
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Features

  • Pocket-sized MPEG-4 SD video camera, 2-megapixel still camera, and digital music player--weighs just .23 pounds
  • 2.5x digital zoom lens with night view capabilities
  • 2-inch LCD flips and twists up for viewing video
  • Built-in flash, mic, and speaker and includes 8MB SD memory card and stereo earphones with remote
  • Rechargable battery provides up to 1 hour of video recording time or 2 hours of music playback

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!!
I really enjoy this product. I ordered it off the internet and i had read some reviews saying it was just ok... so i felt a little wary. However, this is the coolest product ever! All of the photos and video are good quality and the MP3 is really cool! I am so pumped to show all of my friends! It is a real attention getter and I love it! It is so tiny that you can take it ANYWHERE. SMALLER THAN MY CELL! Its a great product and i encourage anyone to buy! Im gonna go use it some more now! LOVE IT! 5

4-0 out of 5 stars OK but overly complex -- TOO compact...
GOOD / PROS --
- Compact and small
- Good quality screen
- A neat gadget
- Plays and records sound clearly

BAD / CONS --
- Complicated
- Buttons are TOO small
- Hard to focus -- takes bad still pictures

4-0 out of 5 stars One Nifty Little Gadget
The trouble with most combination devices is that they try to do too much, and thus end up doing lots of things poorly. With the D-Snap 50, Panasonic has avoided this all too common design flaw... mostly.

The D-Snap 50 is an excellent gadget for professionals on the go, combining a two megapixel video camera, a digital voice recorder, and an MP3 player all into a package smaller and lighter than a pack of cigarettes. The bundled software is complete (if unexceptional) and the controls are fairly intuitive - most people familiar with digital cameras should be able to master the basics in a few minutes of use.

Nonetheless, there are a few questions I'd like to ask the D-Snap engineering team. First, did you intend for me to amputate my right index finger in order to take a decent picture? Second, just how many songs, memos, pictures, and videos do you expect me to fit on a measly 8 megabyte memory card? Third, why so many different quality settings for images when only Superfine (or Fine and big) is even good enough for email? Finally, would Macintosh support have killed you?

Despite these grievances, this is a great buy for a select target audience, such as people considering the Palm Zire 71 that prefer to organize their thoughts using spoken words instead of text. With a little practice - and a 256 MB or 512 MB Secure Digital Card - the D-Snap's annoyances will quickly fade. Three-and-a-half stars now, four when the price comes down a little. ... Read more


33. Panasonic KX-FL511 Laser Fax Machine
by Panasonic
list price: $199.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B00009960O
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 5182
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Features

  • 600 dpi resolution; up to 12 ppm
  • Makes up to 99 copies
  • Caller ID information on LCD
  • 220-sheet paper tray
  • 3-key, 20-station broadcasting

34. Panasonic KX-FA84 Fax Drum
by Panasonic
list price: $99.99
our price: $99.99
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Asin: B00009960N
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 5664
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35. Panasonic VDRM50 DVD Camcorder with 2.5-inch LCD w/18x Optical Zoom
by Panasonic
list price: $899.99
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Asin: B0001E4240
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 2027
Average Customer Review: 1 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The stylishly small Panasonic VDR-M50 marks the next step in DVD video camcorders. As full-featured as it is easy to use, this compact camcorder records high-quality digital video and still images onto removable 3-inch (8cm) DVD-RAM and DVD-R discs, allowing for non-linear editing and within the camcorder. The VDR-50 features an 18x optical zoom, 240x digital zoom, a 2.5-inch LCD, and SD memory card compatibility.

Optics and Resolution
The VDR-M50 DVD camcorder has a 1/6" 680,000 pixel CCD, providing sharp and vibrant video. In addition to the 18x optical zoom, the 240x digital zoom allows you to capture that perfect moment, no matter how far away you are.

DVD Format
The VDR-M50 combines all the technological benefits of the rewritable DVD-RAM format with the compatibility of write-once DVD-R media. DVD-RAM offers the highest quality in digital imaging, huge storage capability--capturing up to 120 minutes of digital video and 1,998 still images to DVD media--and rewritability up to 100,000 times, with virtually no degradation of picture quality no matter how many times the disc is played back. The DVD-R format offers the ability to record onto affordable DVD-R discs for sharing with friends and family, and archiving memories for everyone to enjoy.

With the DVD-RAM format, you can access recorded scenes quickly and easily. Indexed thumbnails are displayed on the 2.5-inch color LCD. In addition, the camcorder will automatically find blank space on the DVD-RAM disc whenever a recording begins, eliminating the possibility of recording over what you've already shot. Camcorder editing features include delete, rearrange, fade in/out, wipe, divide, and splice.

Recorded video and still images captured by the VDR-M50 can be played back on DVD-RAM and the majority of DVD-R compatible MPEG2-conforming devices. Just slide the disc out of the new disc cartridge and place it into the DVD recorder or player, or into a PC or laptop computer equipped with DVD playback.

More Features
In addition to video, the VDR-M50 can capture still images up to 640 x 480 pixel resolution, good enough sending to friends and family via e-mail or posting to the Web. (A DVD-RAM disc can store JPEG photo data and video together on the same disc.) You can save images either to the DVD or to Secure Digital (SD) or MultiMedia (MMC) memory cards.

The VDR-M50 uses a USB 2.0 connection for high-speed transfer of content to a PC--a step forward from the slower USB 1.1.

Other features include:

  • Digital Electronic Image Stabilization helps compensate for unintended hand and/or camcorder movement
  • Thumbnail scenes display lets you select scenes recorded on a disc and arrange them to play back in any order the users want
  • LUX ratingof 12 LUX
  • Low-light mode available for shooting in near-dark situations
  • Cold shoe connector for accessories
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Features

  • DIGA Palmcorder DVD Camcorder records on removable 3-inch (8cm) DVD-RAM and DVD-R discs
  • 18x optical zoom lens (digital zoom to 500x) and image stabilizer
  • 2.5-inch LCD and color electronic viewfinder
  • Low-light mode, built-in digital still camera, and cold shoe for accessories
  • Rechargeable Li-ion battery pack lasts for up to 2 hours and 15 minutes

Reviews (1)

1-0 out of 5 stars Better off with tape
Great idea but in practice this camera doesn't live up to expectations. The DVA-RAM re-recordable media is fairly esoteric, expensive and not compatible with most DVD readers. The other recoding media; DVD-R, has a hitch - after you record your 30 minutes of video, the disc needs to be "finalized" before it can be replayed in a DVD player. This takes at least 7minutes. You can't use the camera during this time and it must be plugged into its AC adapter. If "finalization" fails, you've lost all of your video on that DVD and it can't be recovered. Just happened to me so I thought I'd share the experience with others. At present, miniDV tape seems like a safer and more reliable option. This particular camera would only be useful to people who already own a device that can read 8cm DVD-RAM discs and copy them to other media. ... Read more


36. Panasonic PVGS15 MiniDV Compact Digital Camcorder w/24x Optical Zoom
by Panasonic
list price: $499.99
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Asin: B0001DB6KO
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 418
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Blending innovative technologies with new, simple-to-operate controls, Panasonic's PV-GS15 camcorder is an affordable and powerful entry into digital video. Panasonic continues to innovate, adding more optical zoom capability while reducing the overall size. This MiniDV camcorder features a 24x optical zoom, ultra-fast 1.3-second start-up time, 8 MB SD memory card for digital stills, webcam capability, and color viewfinder. It also comes with a 3-hour battery, remote control, and editing software.

Optics
The PV-GS15 is equipped with a 1/6-inch, 680,000-pixel CCD and 22x optical zoom It also features a 800x digital zoom that allows you to zoom in on incredible close-ups.

Digital Stills
In addition to shooting video, the PV-GS15 can also capture digital still images up to 640 x 480 pixels--good for sending photos to friends and family over e-mail or posting to your Web site. They are stored to the Secure Digital (SD)/MultiMedia (MMC) memory card slot. The Direct Mode Dial can be used in digital still mode lets you quickly select the desired digital camera mode, such as Record, Playback, Card Record, or Card Playback.

More Features
The 2.5-inch LCD screencan be opened a full 120 degrees away from the camcorder's body, making it easier to view motion images as theyÕre being captured.

The Quick Start feature enables the PV-GS15 to begin taping 1.3 seconds after turning the power on so those unexpectedÊmoments wonÕt be missed.ÊAfter pressing the Quick Start button, the camcorder will bring up the previous settings that you were shooting with--even if they were manually entered.

The Soft Skin Detail function detects the different skin tones being recorded and softens the focus to create a realistic blend.

Other features include:

  • The image-enhancing MagicPix feature allows for rich videos under low-light conditions.
  • Digital Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) helps take the jitter out of hand-held video recording and compensate for unintentional hand and camcorder movement.
  • Web cam capability, which is ideal for video conferencing with friends or family, or use as a simple monitoring device when consumers are away from home.
  • The unsnapping hand strap doubles as wrist loops, enabling you to carry the camcorder like a small bag or purse.
  • Color viewfinder

Inputs and Outputs
The PV-GS15 comes with the standard DV IEEE 1394 port (also known as FireWire; Panasonic refers to this connection as iLink) for a super-fast, lossless connection to a PC or other DV machines.

MiniDV Format
MiniDV is the preferred format for personal and broadcast-quality video, and it is highly regarded for its high audio and image quality. With up to 540 lines of horizontal resolution and minimum color noise, MiniDV delivers a 2 percent clearer picture than analog camcorder formats. This is all delivered on a cassette that's 1/12th the size of a standard VHS tape. A MiniDV tape offers digital recording time of 2 full hours--20 times the capacity of a CD. ... Read more

Features

  • MiniDV camcorder and still camera with 680,000-pixel CCD
  • 24x optical zoom lens (digital zoom to 800x) and image stabilizer
  • 2.5-inch LCD swings open 120 degrees and color viewfinder
  • Low-light recording settings and EfficiBright LED Light
  • Rechargeable Li-ion battery pack lasts for up to 3 hours

Reviews (2)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Camcorder with some drawbacks
This is the second Panasonic camcorder that I have bought in the last 4 years and my first MiniDV camcorder. I was trying to choose between the Sony DCR-HC20 and this model. Both retail for the same price and there were some reasons I chose this one over the Sony:
1. This camcorder has 24x zoom while the Sony has only a 10x zoom.
2. There were many reviews about the problems with the Sony's touch screen especially when viewing it outside in broad daylight.
3. I have read some reviews that the included software with the Sony is very difficult to use and install.
4. The Sony camcorder has no photoshot button or memory card, the Panasonic has both. The Panasonic photoshot allows you to capture low-res (640x480) digital still pictures with the touch of a button.
5. The viewfinder on the Sony is Black and White; the Panasonic has a color viewfinder.
6. The Sony has an included 1-hour battery. This model has a 3-hour battery included instead.

It was for these 6 reasons I went with the Panasonic instead of the Sony. After using the camcorder now for 2 weeks I have found out some drawbacks that I previously did not know about:
1. The included software for the Panasonic can only be used to edit STILL images NOT movie images. If you want to edit the movie images you have to buy additional software and a firewire cable. Also be careful if you have Windows 2000 because the optional Panasonic movie editing software is not compatible with Win2K.
2. The Panasonic has no in-camera movie editing capabilities. You can dub the movie to VHS tape but that is about it. You cannot copy a VHS or VHS-C to MiniDV by using this camera as you can with the Sony model. Also, the Sony camera is able to control most VCRs in order to make editing easier if you don't have a PC.
3. The supplied USB cable that comes with the Sony allows you to stream the movie onto a PC whereas the USB cable that comes with the Panasonic cannot do this. The Panasonic USB cable only allows you to copy the STILL images from the SD card or a STILL movie image, NOT the movie itself. With the Panasonic if I wanted to copy the movie to my PC and then burn a Video CD, for example, I would have to buy a firewire cable, and additional software. On the other hand, right out of the box the Sony can do this with the INCLUDED software and the included USB cable.
4. The supposed Panasonic 1.3 second "Quick Start" actually keeps the camera in "Standby" mode and uses quite a lot of battery power. I actually had this mode on for 4 hours and when I finally used the camera I was only able to shoot for 18 minutes before changing batteries. Be careful using this. In any case the camcorder comes on rather quickly without it.

Other than the 4 reasons mentioned above the Panasonic does have a lot of nice features such as the 24x zoom, the zoom mic, the MagicPix function, wind noise reduction and a Soft Skin Mode. I would say that overall I am pleased with the picture quality and sound of the movies I have made with this camera. For the price of this camcorder I would say it is well worth the money, provided you can live without the 4 things I have mentioned previously. If you are willing to spend an extra $100 you could buy decent Movie Editing software and a firewire cable, thus closing the gap on the two camcorders. Although, if you were going to spend another $100 anyway you could buy a Sony DCR-HC30 which has most of the features the HC20 lacks, such as digital still images and a color viewfinder; it still has a 10x zoom, but no camcorder is perfect, right?

5-0 out of 5 stars Great first digital camcorder
This is the first camcorder I have bought in 10 yrs - my Sony 8mm finally died. I have had the camera about 1 month and have shot in various conditions and settings. Overall, I am extremely happy with my purchase, and have only a few nitpicky wishes. I don't intend for this to be a long expert review, just my impressions to help you shop. Some comments:

VALUE: This is a great buy for price/performance. I think I got more than I paid for. I love features but I'm not rich enough to pay for perfection. I had planned on the $400-$600 range based on reviews, hands-on at Sears, etc. Sony has the night-shot (which I really would have liked) but I didn't like the touch screen LCD. Canon 65/75/85 units did not seem as user-friendly to me.

Zoom: The 24x optical is SPECTACULAR. Turn the digital zoom off unless you are on a tripod and have very good full-spectrum lighting, then only 50x. Hard to hold still at 20x and above, even with stabilization. The variable speed zoom control is easy to use and easy to control the speed.

Sound: Built-in zoom mic picked up chirping of little birds over the sound of waves at the beach. Little to no motor noise. If you are shooting and talking, your voice is somewhat muddled. I'm sure an ext. mic would improve sound.

Picture: Colors seem very true to my non-expert eyes with default settings. Better (not just brighter) light makes better video. In imperfect outdoor light, colors not very saturated using auto WB. I will try some adjustments for clouds/fog or filtered sun. Auto WB mode is pretty good indoors, incandescent or flourescent. LED light is useful only within 4-5 ft depending on ambient light. There are 2 LED light modes, one with slower shutter and one with normal. LED can also be used with MagicPix, but I don't think it would help much. MagicPix is for very slow scenes in low light, although zooming or motion may produce interesting psychadelic effects.

Controls: The new model no longer has the menu wheel; a menu button is placed inside the viewfinder door. You use a 5-key directional pad (which doubles as the VCR control) to navigate menus. Simple enough, but defintely a 2-handed task now - you cannot hold still enough to change menu options while filming. There is no one-button toggle to show/hide the date in your recorded video. Other than that, controls are intuitive and relatively simple. Zoom control is great. During VCR playback, zoom button controls volume from the tiny (but adequate) speaker. When playback is paused, zoom button acts as a single-frame jog wheel (nice feature, but slow). VCR searching is too fast for my taste, but still usable. In recording mode, there is a handy "check" button to review the last 2-3 seconds of video.

Photos: 640x480 good only for e-mail or monitor, otherwise worthless to me except in an emergency. The included 8mb SD card holds roughly 45 pix in fine mode. You can snap a photo live or from already-recorded scenes.

Ease of use: My wife is technophobic, so if she can operate it, it passes the test. She shot a few minutes of video using all automatic options and seems comfortable with it. I can fiddle with options when I choose, or shoot in auto if I want. Most people will be fine operating 1-handed. I was most comfortable using 2 hands, right hand close to right shoulder to minimize bending wrist backward. Boot-up time is very fast, 3-4 seconds without using quick-start feature, <2 sec with.

Battery: Included charger charged the battery in 1 hr 15 minutes, which lasts for almost 1 hour of shooting video, plus playing with features, light, playback, etc. I will get another battery sometime, useful for vacation or long events. ... Read more


37. Panasonic SVAV50S MPEG-4 SD Video Camera
by Panasonic
list price: $399.99
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0001DBEI8
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 961
Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The amazingly small, ultra-slim, and lightweight Panasonic SVAV50 is ready to capture your favorite moments in digital video and still photos wherever you roam. You can also use the SVAV50 as a digital audio player, voice recorder, and image viewer through your TV (using the included cradle). The SVAV50 is so small because it uses no tape--all video, images, and audio are stored on a tiny Secure Digital (SD) memory card. It also features 2-megapixel digital still resolution, 2-inch flip-and-twist LCD for reviewing your video and photos, and 2.5x digital zoom. This model (SVAV50S) comes in silver, but the SVAV50 is also available in blue (SVAV50A).

Video and Still Optics
Using the MPEG4 format, the SVAV25 saves video to Secure Digital (SD) and MultiMedia (MMC) memory cards (an 8 MB SD card is included). With the small size of MPEG4 files--featuring resolution modes of either 320 x 240 or 176 x 144--you can easily post video to your Web site or send files to friends and family via e-mail.

The D-snap cradle is equipped with an A/V terminal that makes it easy to connect to a TV or VCR and record TV programs onto an SD card. Using the SVAV50 for playback, you can watch the news, a movie, or other programs just about anywhere.

The following shows the approximate amount of continuous video that can be recorded on several sizes of SD memory card (including larger optional cards):

  • Super Fine (320 x 240, 1 Mbps): 0.9 minutes (included 8 MB card), 7 minutes (64 MB card), 15 minutes (128 MB card)
  • Fine (320 x 240, 420 Kbps): 2 minutes (included 8 MB card), 17 minutes (64 MB card), 35 minutes (128 MB card)
  • Normal (176 x 144, 300 Kbps): 2.5 minutes (included 8 MB card), 25 minutes (64 MB card), 50 minutes (128 MB card)
  • Economy (176 x 144, 100 Kbps): 8 minutes (included 8 MB card), 70 minutes (64 MB card), 150 minutes (128 MB card)

The SVAV50 has a 1/3.2-inch CCD for a 2-megapixel resolution--capturing enough image data for print enlargements up to 8 x 10 inches. It features1600 x 1200 (2 MP), 1280 x 960 (1 MP), and 640 x 480 (VGA--great for sending in e-mail) resolution modes. You can zoom in on subjects using the 2.5x digital zoom.

Audio
In addition to its motion and still image capability, the SVAV50 can also be used as a digital audio player--just slip in an SD card loaded with tunes and listen via the included earphones. It's compatible with MP3 and AAC audio files. And with the built-in microphone (monaural), you can easily record voice memos, lectures, interviews, and reminders to the SD card.

More Features

  • 2-inch flip-and-twist LCD with 117,000-pixel resolution
  • Connects to your PC via USB 1.1 connectivity
  • Lens: F4 (4.5mm focal length)
  • Measures 4 x 1.94 x .81 inches (H x W x D)
  • Weighs 3.7 ounces

What's in the Box
This package includes the Panasonic SVAV50A digital camcorder, 8 MB SD memory card, USB cradle, battery pack, AC adaptor, stereo earphones with remote controller, USB and A/V cables, carrying case, cleaning clot, neck strap, and CD-ROM with USB drivers for Windows and the following Panasonic software (not Mac compatible):

  • SD MovieStage Ver. 2.5 displays MPEG4 motion images and JPEG still images in thumbnail form and plays them back on a PC. You can also cut and edit motion images and send e-mail with motion images attached.
  • SD Jukebox Ver. 4.0 Software transfers music from your SD memory card to your PC and allows you to rip CDs to your PC and convert music data to different PC music file formats. When ripping CDs, music information from the CD database (CDDB) is obtained automatically, including album title, artist and song title. You can also organize your songs by artist, title or personalized playlists. There is also a "Mood Analyzer" (Music Sommelier) that automatically selects songs to match your mood.
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Features

  • Pocket-sized MPEG-4 SD video camera, 2-megapixel still camera, and digital music player--weighs just .23 pounds
  • 2.5x digital zoom lens with night view capabilities
  • 2-inch LCD flips and twists up for viewing video
  • Built-in flash, mic, and speaker and includes 8MB SD memory card and stereo earphones with remote
  • Rechargable battery provides up to 1 hour of video recording time or 2 hours of music playback

Reviews (3)

4-0 out of 5 stars One Nifty Little Gadget
This is a very cool gadget, but it has a very specific target audience - people who need a camera and a Dictaphone with them at all times. If that's not you, consider a Palm Zire 71, or maybe a camera phone.

Unlike many other combination devices, the D-Snap 50 doesn't try to do too much, just a few things fairly well. The MP3 player is as good as any other card-based unit, the voice recorder is on par with the most expensive Sony stand-alones, and the digital camera is good enough for small jobs and web work... but until you get used to using it, you'll think you need to cut off your index finger to take a decent picture. Also, I haven't yet decided whether including an 8 MB memory card with the unit was meant as an insult or a joke.

Most of the negatives associated with the D-Snap 50 can be cured with three things: patience, practice, and an extraordinarily large SD memory card. After you've taught yourself how to hold it, and jacked up all the settings to acceptable quality, you will wonder how you ever did without it. As for durability, we'll have to wait and see, but I trust the brand. Three and one-half stars.

4-0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Versatility - but know what you are getting!
I travel frequently and write as a hobby, and I have often wished I had camera or camcorder with me to capture an interesting scene to use in my writing. I normally carry a digital voice recorder, but usually do not have the ability to photograph because cameras are generally too bulky for everyday use. I therefore purchased this gadget in an effort to give me an 'all in one' recorder I could use to capture voice notes, still images and short movies. Here's what I found:

The Good:

- Small! Yet it has a good, solid weight to it.
- Easy-to-learn controls. I was using the gadget's full functionality within minutes, and didn't have to slog through the manual to learn each mode. Once I learned how to use one mode, the others were fairly intuitive.
- Versatility - I was able to hook the camcorder up to my DVD player and record a movie in MPEG-4 format for later watching. I then reversed the cables and played the same movie, outputting to my television. I took a few pictures, then made some voice memos, and the quality of the memos was better than on my old digital recorder. Very cool!

The Bad:

- The camcorder works well only when under strong light conditions. It lowers the shutter speed when it has insufficient light (and 'insufficient' here includes any indoor shooting), which means dropped frames and dark colors. There is a mode to compensate somewhat for low light, but this only brightens the images without speeding frame rate.
- I knew this going in, so I don't really think of this as a 'bad', but you may not know: MPEG-4 is NOT movie-quality! The best you can do on this device is 320x240 - half the normal resolution of your TV screen, which means half as good as your normal camcorder. Plus, it's compressed, which means some quality is lost. The movies this device makes are for posting on Websites, not sending copies to Grandma.
- The camera also does not work well indoors. It has an automatic flash, but the flash is somewhat underpowered and does not illuminate objects more than a few feet in front of the camera.
- Only 2.5 digital zoom on the camera. No optical zoom. This is, effectively, a simple point and click camera.
- Listening to the most recently recorded voice memo requires scrolling with the track ball, unlike normal voice recorders which allow you to listen to your most recent memo with ease - this is important, as you will often want to ensure you actually captured what you were saying.
- Short battery life - about an hour of recording. The battery is quite slim, so this is to be expected. However, an hour is significantly less than most one-use objects.
- No protective case! A leather holder is a must for this device. Instead, all you get is a neck strap (good, though it's almost too heavy for wearing around the neck) and a grey felt bag which could protect from scratches, but not dropping. Who the heck is going to carry this in a felt bag? It needs to be worn on the waist, like a cell phone.

The Ugly:

- It's very easy to place your finger over the lens when taking pictures. Panasonic tried to compensate for this by placing several small nubs on the front of the device so you could, by feel, know where to hold the camera. However, they're not enough, and Panasonic's 'fix' is a hard plastic bubble you're supposed to peel and stick to the front of the camera to prevent your finger from sliding up. Yes, that's right - instead of building a bump into the camera's case, you the consumer have to gum a piece of hard plastic to it. In the software industry, we call this a 'hack.'
- The 'Menu' button, which you will be using frequently, is difficult to push. It's tiny, and because of the camera's shape is difficult to push without grasping the camera with both hands. This is a device that wants to be used only with one hand.
- I'm concerned about durability. While most of the parts feel solid and durable, two spots feel like they are asking to break. One is a small roller ball that you use to traverse the menus; it's tiny and light, and if it goes, there's no way the gadget will work without professional service. The second is the plastic catch that keeps the LED screen in place when the camera is open. Since it's possible to force the camera to close without pushing in the latch, I can see this part wearing out quickly and preventing the LED from locking open.

Summary: Despite my grips, the SV-AV50 is definitely a keeper. It an excellent emergency memory preserver/party toy. It is well-engineered with a few minor flaws. It is NOT a camcorder replacement and NOT a digital camera replacement; if you buy expecting either of these you'll be mightily disappointed. 4/5 stars, but know what you are getting!

3-0 out of 5 stars Total Gadget
I want to love this gadget, but I can not. It tries to do too much, and ends up doing too little.

PROS:
- Super Small
- Large LCD
- Excellent Prodcut Design
- Many "Features"

CONS:
- You're finger easily gets in the way of the lens(1 in 3 shots are finger shots)
- The digital photos are VERY grainy in ALL light conditions (I would not even post the photos to my web site)
- No "Red Eye Reduction"
- The video quality is medium, definitel not a camcorder replacement
- Audio files need to be translated to some "native" format, using included software... no drag and drop here!

I will most likely return it, despite my desire to like all that it offers and how cool it looks. It just not deliver quality on the images and video. ... Read more


38. Panasonic PVGS55 Ultra-Compact MiniDV Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom
by Panasonic
list price: $599.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0001DBEIS
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 1808
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Amazon.com Product Description

Updating the popular PV-GS50, the ultra-compact Panasonic PV-GS55 will help you record those precious moments--in video and digital stills--at a moment's notice. This MiniDV camcorder weighs less than a pound. It features a 10x optical zoom, SD card slot, webcam capability, and an MPEG-4 mode that enables you to send small videos to friends and family via e-mail or post them to the Web.

Optics
The PV-GS55 is equipped with a 1/6-inch, 680,000-pixel CCD and 10x optical zoom It also features a 800x digital zoom that allows you to zoom in on incredible close-ups.

Digital Stills
In addition to shooting video, the PV-GS55 can also capture digital still images up to 640 x 480 pixels--good for sending photos to friends and family over e-mail or posting to your Web site. They are stored to the Secure Digital (SD)/MultiMedia (MMC) memory card slot--an 8 MB SD card is included. The Direct Mode Dial can be used in digital still mode lets you quickly select the desired digital camera mode, such as Record, Playback, Card Record, or Card Playback.

More Features
The 2.5-inch LCD screencan be opened a full 120 degrees away from the camcorderÕs body, making it easier to view motion images as theyÕre being captured.

The Quick Start feature enables the PV-GS55 to begin taping 1.3 seconds after turning the power on so those unexpectedÊmoments wonÕt be missed.ÊAfter pressing the Quick Start button, the camcorder will bring up the previous settings that you were shooting with--even if they were manually entered.

The MPEG-4 Movie mode lets you easily transfer MPEG-4 video clips with audio to a PC to create clip libraries and presentations, attach to an e-mail, or add to your Web site.

The Soft Skin Detail function detects the different skin tones being recorded and softens the focus to create a realistic blend.

Other features include:

  • Telephoto/macro lens
  • The image-enhancing MagicPix feature allows for rich videos under low-light conditions.
  • Digital Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) helps take the jitter out of hand-held video recording and compensate for unintentional hand and camcorder movement.
  • Web cam capability, which is ideal for video conferencing with friends or family, or use as a simple monitoring device when consumers are away from home.
  • The unsnapping hand strap doubles as wrist loops, enabling you to carry the camcorder like a small bag or purse.

MiniDV Format
MiniDV is the preferred format for personal and broadcast-quality video, and it is highly regarded for its high audio and image quality. With up to 540 lines of horizontal resolution and minimum color noise, MiniDV delivers a 2 percent clearer picture than analog camcorder formats. This is all delivered on a cassette that's 1/12th the size of a standard VHS tape. A MiniDV tape offers digital recording time of 2 full hours--20 times the capacity of a CD. ... Read more

Features

  • Ultra-compact MiniDV camcorder and still camera with 680,000-pixel CCD
  • 10x optical zoom lens (700x digital zoom) and image stabilizer
  • 2.5-inch LCD swings open 120 degrees and color viewfinder
  • Low-light recording settings, telephoto/macro lens, and MPEG-4 recording capabilities
  • Rechargeable Li-ion battery pack lasts for up to 2 hours and 15 minutes

39. Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC70 4MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
by Panasonic
list price: $319.99
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Asin: B0001FT3I4
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 988
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Incorporating a Leica 3x optical zoom lens and a 4-megapixel resolution, the Panasonic DMC-LC70 offers professional optics in a classically styled camera at an affordable price. The DMC-LC70 also features several automated scene modes and video capture with sound. It is considerably more compact and 2 ounces lighter than its predecessor, the Lumix DMC-LC43.

Optics and Resolution
The DMC-LC70 captures 4-megapixel images up to 2304 x 1728 pixels for poster-size print enlargements. Other resolution modes include 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, and 640 x 480. The 3x optical zoom is joined by a 3x digital zoom for a 9x total zoom.

Like all Panasonic Lumix digital cameras, the DMC-LC70 is equipped with a lens made by Leica, manufacturer of precision optical technologies. The top compact lens in the world-renowned Leica family, the DC Vario-Elmarit lens combines comfortably small size with superb image rendering. Its features include:

  • Seven elements in six groups
  • 3x zoom lens system is equivalent to a 35mm to 105mm lens
  • Three aspherical lenses
  • F2.8-F4.9 brightness
  • Focal distance of 5.8mm to 17.4mm
  • Multi-coating technology minimizes ghosting caused by excessive light
  • Fast shutter speeds

Movie Mode
In addition to taking still photos, the DMC-LC70 can also record 320 x 240 movie clips at 10 frames per second with audio. Your video length is limited only by the size of your memory card.

More Features
The Mega Burst Imaging function allows you to take consecutive pictures at an incredible quick rate, making it perfect for capturing fast-moving objects in high resolution. The DMC-LC70 captures up to 8 consecutive images in standard mode (at either 3.5 or 2 frames per second) or 5 images in fine mode. You can then view your shots on the camera's LCD screen to choose the shot you want and delete the rest.

The Lumix DMC-LC70 features a Mode Dial that gives you a variety of settings to choose from to help give you the best shot possible based on your shooting environment. Modes include simple, normal picture, economy, macro, portrait, landscape, night portrait, and moving image.

The Venus Engine LSI generates the luminance signal of the primary color CCD using all three colors (red, green, blue) for improved diagonal image resolution, compared to conventional CCDs that use only one color (green) to do so, resulting in rich, expressive images. This LSI also handles image processing, LCD functions, and writing to the memory card concurrently, for an overall quick camera response.

Other features include:

  • 1.5-inch LCD screen (114k pixels) and optical viewfinder
  • Built-in flash with auto, red-eye reduction, slow synchro, and forced on/off modes
  • ISO sensitivity: Auto, 50, 100, 200, and 400
  • White balance modes: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Halogen, and White Set
  • Self timer of 10 and 2 seconds

Storage and Transfer
Images can be stored on the included 16 MB Secure Digital memory card; the DMC-LC70 is also compatible with MultiMedia (MMC) cards. Images can be downloaded to either a Mac or PC via ultra-fast USB 1.1, which means it can be connected to any USB-compatible Windows Me/2000/XP and Mac OS 8.6 or later computer without installing any software.

Power and Size
The camera is powered by 2 AA batteries (alkalines included, rechargeable NiMH batteries recommended). Using alkaline batteries, you should expect the battery to capture approximately 200 shots with the LCD on. It measures 3.44 by 2.57 by 1.39 inches (W x H x D) and weighs 5.6 ounces (excluding batteries).

What's in the Box
This package includes the Lumix DMC-LC70 digital camera, 16 MB Secure Digital card, 2 AA batteries, USB and A/V cables, and strap. The CD-ROM includes SD Viewer for DSC and Ulead Photo Explorer software. ... Read more

Features

  • 4 megapixel sensor creates 2304 x 1728 images for photo-quality prints at 11 x 14 and beyond
  • 3x optical zoom plus 3x digital zoom for 9x total zoom
  • Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens; movie mode with sound
  • Includes 16 MB Secure Digital (SD) memory card; also compatible with MultiMedia (MMC) cards
  • Powered by two AA batteries (alkalines included; NiMH rechargeables recommended); connects to PCs and Macs via USB 1.1

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent ! Great pictures and Performance.!!
It is excellent camera. It takes very good crisp clear pictures. Even though it has no manual, it has good feature of 'Focus'. Motion picture is really good. Very handy and easy to operate. I liked the Menu. Very user friendly. The best part is it takes only 2 seconds to become ready to shoot picture when you power on. I can just carry anywhere and share with anybody without need of any software to upload my images. The moment you connect it is identified as "removable disk" and you just use your explorer in windows to browse the images and download them. In our family we liked color effect 'COOL'mode. The pictures are very soft and cool. You can take mulitple pictures upto 4 in Hi-res and 6 in Lo-resolution.

Except one feature (Manual Focus), it has everything.

Worth for the Money! Great Leica lense. ... Read more


40. Panasonic SV-AS10S D-Snap 2MP Digital Camera (Silver)
by Panasonic
list price: $299.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0000D151N
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 934
Average Customer Review: 3.62 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Multifunction device: 2.0-megapixel digital camera, QuickTime video recorder, MP3 music player, and digital voice recorder
  • Camera features a built-in flash, ten-second self-timer, and 4x zoom lens
  • MP3/ WMA / AAC music playback; 10-second audio notes with images
  • Includes 8 MB Secure Digital memory card
  • Powered by rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack; connects to PCs via USB 1.1

Reviews (8)

4-0 out of 5 stars For a pocket camera... this has got to be one of the best.
First of all, if you're looking for film-quality photography, you ought to go with film. And if you want professional looking digital prints you ought to get something nice... but this thing, compared to all the other cameras I've seen, is ridiculously perfect for having a camera when you didn't know you would need it. I had been looking for something very small for a long time and I finally found this. I mean, you want to take this thing everywhere, it's so conveniently small. And for snapshots, it's got a pretty decent design and is very easy to use. Setting things up with that orange joystick thing isn't the best, but you don't need to use that to take a picture, just to set up your options and do things in editing and while using other media. The resolution you can get with this is unexpectedly good for such a tiny little lens. I have to admit, trying to use it as an mp3 player just isn't worth it, and if I were you I would not buy it for music. The video looks like video from most other still digital cameras, not great but very convenient if you need a video clip of something quick. And yeah, the supplied card is a joke. Order a bigger card when you order this. I found this camera for $200 elsewhere... so shop around.

2-0 out of 5 stars Sound playback nearly inaudible, can't really do MP3s
I've found two deficiencies with this product, that make it (for me, at least) unacceptable.

1. Sound playback (e.g. using the voice recording capability) is way too soft, through the unit's built-in speaker. Its barely audible, even with playback volume at its loudest setting. Using the included earbuds, it provides adequate sound volume (e.g. normal voice level), so its not a problem with the recording sensitivity, but rather the playback. I thought I might have gotten a faulty unit, but I also tried a second one, the playback volume problem was the same. When I demonstrated the problem to a store clerk, even he admitted that it sucked.

2. The product is advertised as being able to play MP3s, but you can't just copy them to the SD card, you have to use the included software to import them, which will wrap your sound files with "digital rights management". The software appears to want to install DRM on your computer, and if you decline, the software just crashes. For me, this is false advertising, and then you also won't be able to interchange your music with e.g. your PDA. Would you buy a cassette player/walkman that required special software to "install" your audio on the cassette, but then only allowed you to play that audio on that particular player?

Aside from the above two problems, the camera functions OK in daylight, but the flash is underpowered, most of my nighttime pictures did not come out.

Its too bad the above two deficiencies are so bad, I really wanted to like this device, its really quite small, thin, and light, a pleasure to carry in the pocket or around the neck. But at its price point, with the above two (easily fixable) problems, I'd rather return it and get something else.

p.s. The box lists an 800 phone number for technical support, but after navigating the voice menu and waiting 10 minutes on hold, the technician tells me its the wrong phone number for this camera. Ugh.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great little gadget
For size and build quality, this little item is superb. It is a technological marvel, being so light, yet so functional. The picture quality is excellent considering it is a 2MP camera, but the digital zoom is a little too sensitive. When the zoom is on max, a little movement is captured or the picture is blurred. In normal mode, the pictures are superb. Very sharp, clear and light capture excellent.

The user menu is pretty much self-explanatory, and easy to use. The ball button, is a little annoying at times as it is not the fastest method of navigating through menus.

The video feature is again surprisingly good, with sound capture superb, and video excellent. Again the zoom lets this feature down too. It seems the best way to use the camera/video is by not using the zoom at max or at all.

As an MP3 player, the AS10 does a good job, but is let down by the software. The Jukebox software is long-winded and complicated. It would have been much better if the software allow click and drag of files to the SD card.

Unlike general digital cameras, where the camera if it accepts SD cards it will also accept MMC cards, the AS10 does not accept anything bar the SD card. This is worth bearing in mind.

The product is self is lovely, the cradle, rechargeable battery are all good features and the AS10 also comes with carry case, although not very protective. Due to the size of the AS10, it's very handy to carry around everyday, as you never know when an exciting photo opportunity may come. Also it would have been nice if Panasonic could have supplied an SD card that is larger than 8mb.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sweet camera
First of all, the complaints about the image quality are TOTALLY untrue. For some reason people expect 5 megapixel quality from a 2 MP camera - its not going to happen! The camera definitely gets a lot of looks from people when you use it, because its smaller than most cell phones. The rechargable batteries are awesome, and the cradle included makes transfering pictures to the PC a snap! The only complaint I have is that the flash is too close to the lens; it reflects dust particals, thus creating 'white spots' on some pictures. However, this only occurs on occasion(ie - dusty rooms). I would recommend this if you want something portable and good picture quality. Plus, dont forget to upgrade the SD card to atleast 128M.

3-0 out of 5 stars Wrong description! Please be careful.
For some reason, Panasonic is distributing a wrong spec.
Amazon uses it too. Thickness is not 0.05" as described!! it's impossible: 0.05" is thinner than the 10 cent coin! it is actually 0.4". ... Read more


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