Calling any Panasonic PV-GS150 owners. . .

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by RB, Mar 3, 2006.

  1. RB

    RB Guest

    I have one question for anyone who owns/owned a Panasonic PV-GS150.
    Have you been able to create reasonable quality prints using still
    images captured with this camcorder? I'm looking for good enough
    quality snapshots to put in our family photo album. I don't expect
    award-winning photographs.

    I've read mixed reviews regarding this topic and would appreciate
    hearing some real life experiences.

    Thanks a bunch!
    RB, Mar 3, 2006
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  2. Your still images will vary depending on the mode you use - camcorder or
    digital camera. Naturally the images from comcorder mode will be lesser in
    quality, especially since they are only 640x480. If you take advantage of
    the digital camera mode using an SD card then your stills can be quite good.

    Still Features (7.0)
    The PV-GS150 can capture stills to card in both digital camera and camcorder
    modes. In camcorder mode, these images are only captured at 640 x 480,
    though in digital camera mode, two other resolutions are available: 1280 x
    960 and 1760 x 1320. From last year's PV-GS120, the PV-GS150 adds the higher
    resolution of 1760 x 1320. With the burst mode offered on the PV-GS150,
    users can take up to ten photos at a 0.5 second interval (only 0.7 second
    intervals are available if 1/30 shutter is selected). With the camcorder's
    built-in flash, three modes are available: off, on, and auto. In on and auto
    modes, the PV-GS150 will assess the amount of light in the picture and
    recommend offsetting the flash by either lowering or increasing the flash
    level; options for this are in menu system. The camera's shutter effect (the
    digitized closing of the shutter) can be turned off or left on. There is a
    red-eye function that can be turned on and off as well.

    Still Resolution (4.1)
    We tested the still resolution of the PV-GS150 in the same manner in which
    we tested its video resolution using Imatest Imaging Software. The PV-GS150
    captures still images to the SD card at 1760 x 1320, 1280 x 960, and 640 x
    480. At their best, test stills at all three of these resolutions gave us
    411,699.6075 pixels of resolution (0.4 MP). The PV-GS150 reports a 2.3 MP
    still picture recording ability.

    Still Performance (6.0)
    Still images captured on the PV-GS150 seem to have colors that sport higher
    saturation levels than either the PV-GS65's or PV-GS250's images. In fact,
    the PV-GS250 seems to have the lowest level of saturation, with the highest
    level of crispness of the three, with the PV-GS65 stuck in the middle
    saturation-wise. Stills captured on the PV-GS150 show better crispness than
    the PV-GS65's. All in all, stills aren't the strength of any of these
    camcorders, but the fact that all three have three CCDs helps immensely.
    Indeed, stills taken on the PV-GS150 generally beat out the stills from
    camcorders I've tested this year that lack three CCDs.
    Larry Johnson, Mar 4, 2006
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  3. RB

    RB Guest


    Thanks for your input. I read the same review and was concerned that
    their test results showed a resolution of 0.4 MP from what is supposed
    to be a 2.3 MP camera.

    After reading that review I decided feedback from people who actually
    make prints using this camcorder might be more helpful.

    Thanks again,
    RB, Mar 5, 2006
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