The Good Quality lens. Image stabilisation works well. Good low-light shooting. Strong microphone pickup.
The Bad USB 2.0 only supplied cable. Software manual in PDF format only.
The Bottom Line Panasonic's GS-250 is a great little camcorder, but its bundled software package doesn't do its general ease of use any real favours.
As with most consumer-level camcorders, there's an integrated and flippable LCD screen, and if you're not the LCD screen filming type, there's also a standard optical eyepiece, although that also sends to an LCD within the eyepiece. The camera is suitable for tripod mounting from the base, and comes bundled with a small remote, allowing you to alter shots on the move.
The NV-GS250 uses a 3CCD sensor built around a Leica Dicomar f1.6 lens with a 10x optical zoom. It ties that in with a surprisingly good 3.1 Megapixel still image recording facility, saved to separate SD cards that slot into the bottom of the camera itself. The GS250 has what Panasonic calls Mega O.I.S, offering optical image stabilisation via an inbuilt motor in the camera that, in theory, compensates for handshake and jitter errors while you're filming.
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