Panasonic NVGS50

Discussion in 'Panasonic Lumix' started by SteH, Sep 28, 2003.

  1. SteH

    SteH Guest


    Apologies for another newbie question but, usual story, I'm looking at
    getting a digital camcorder and after reading about I think the Panasonic
    NVGS50 seems about the best deal (seen it for £500 online).

    I did look at the sony TRV22 but it seems slightly less spec'd than the
    Panasonic and plus is a bit bulkier.

    However, there are hardly any reviews of the NVGS50 anywhere - does anyone
    know why? And does anyone recommend one of these cameras?

    Ive seen NVGS5 as well as NVGS50 - are these the same model just for
    different regions?

    And also Panasonic have a NVDS range as well as the NVGS range - is one an
    older series?

    Sorry for so many questions at once but the more you read about the more you
    get confused about which one to buy!

    Thanks in advance! :)

    SteH, Sep 28, 2003
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  2. I have the NVGS10 as I didn't need the DV-IN, stills or analog through which
    I think the 50 has. Great little camera - cost me just under £400 but can
    now be had for less. The DS range is older I believe and slightly bulkier.

    I wouldn't buy it from Techtronics if that's where you've seen it cheap
    Stephen \(aka steford\), Sep 29, 2003
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  3. SteH

    SteH Guest

    Thanks for your comments. I bought the NVGS50 today from Jessops and so far
    so good. It's certainly a lot smaller than my old 8mm Sony! :)

    Only things I have found is the "nightview" is useless! On my old Sony the
    nightview did actually "see" in the dark - this one doesn't. I know not a
    major feature but it's still a nice-to-have.

    Plus trying to stream an analogue input through the Panasonic into the PC
    doesn't seem to work. When I try and capture the video on the PC it just
    starts to play the tape in the Panasonic rather than capturing the analogue
    feed going into the Panasonic. Anyone else had this issue? Just means to
    capture my old tapes I have to record them to DV and then import the DV to
    the PC! :)

    Thanks again,

    SteH, Oct 2, 2003
  4. SteH

    Tony Morgan Guest

    In message <zSLeb.1802$>, SteH <>
    Try doing it with no tape in your camcorder. Don't know your particular
    camcorder but it works with my Sony TRV-30.
    Tony Morgan, Oct 2, 2003
  5. SteH

    Sam Guest

    It has been around only since March/April 2003 and hence fewer
    reviews. Pls check out the following link:

    I have used NV-GS5 (the older version of NV-GS50) and found its still
    camera function did not yield good pictures - they were way below
    those from a dedicated digital still camera. Hence, I would not
    recommend paying extra for the SD Card slot feature. You may consider
    NV-GS30 which lacks only the SD Card slot, USB Connectivity and webcam
    features of NV-GS50. GS-30, however, lets you save still photos on
    tape and transfer via RS232C connection to the computer.
    NV-GS5 was perhaps introduced in 2002. GS50 is the latest version and
    it differs from GS5 in the following aspects :
    a) A bit lighther (due to smaller battery size)
    b) Smaller CCD 1/6" instead of 1/6"
    c) Lens filter dia 27mm as against 30.5mm
    d) Lens focal length 2.3-23mm as against 3.15-31.5mm
    e) Web cam function (not available in GS5)
    DS is the older series

    Sam, Oct 7, 2003
  6. SteH

    Tony Morgan Guest

    Try using WebCamDV.
    Tony Morgan, Oct 28, 2003
  7. SteH

    Ste Guest

    I couldnt get mine to pass through analogue input either and I tried for
    ages with it! :(


    Ste, Oct 30, 2003
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