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Panasonic PV-GS320 questions . . .

by Liebo11 / November 9, 2007 11:42 AM PST

I'm thinking about getting the gs320 over the canon zr850 or any of the sonys or even the elura 100 . . . my question is . . . even though its 10x optical zoom is that enough for just ordinary things like taping my dog at the park and stuff? Are there other lenses I would be able to get with better zoom in the future if I wanted too? Also, how is this camera in general? Cnet seemed to like it a lot and I figure the 3ccd is better than any of the other ones i'm looking at . . . let me know thanks a lot

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by Liebo11 / November 10, 2007 4:13 AM PST

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The GS320 is a fine camcorder...
by boya84 / November 10, 2007 8:52 AM PST

So is the ZR850... but the Elura100... if you can find it, get it... of the 3, it is the only one with a mic-in jack. Of course there is the ZR800. Be warned: NONE has manual audio control, so overdriving the auto-audio level circuits with loud music will render the audio useless. 10x is plenty - depending on how big the park is Wink Video is more than the image - a lot comes with the audio, too.

Just because a camcorder has 3CCDs does not necessarily make better quality video - is that single CCD or CMOS is big, the video could be quite good.

Of course, all this presumes you have a Firewire port on your computer - and you intend to buy a Firewire cable when you get the camcorder because the manufacturers do not include that particular cable in the box. Transferring video from miniDVtape is done via Firewire (also known as IEEE1394 and i.Link... the cable connects to the "DV" port on the camcorder. USB is used ONLY for stills transfer off the memory card.

The Panny PV-GS320 technical spec (at panasonic.com) indicates 37mm filters - so if you think a lens can use that and you can find a lens to fit that, check it out.

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