The Panasonic® PV-GS80 is an ultra-compact Digital Video camcorder that offers precise image quality and color accuracy.
The superior quality of digital video yields higher horizontal resolution, sharper picture detail and component color sampling, which preserves more color information than analog.
The 32x optical zoom lets you zoom in on items that are barely discernable to the naked eye without losing any image quality like you would with digital zoom.
The integrated Optical Image Stabilizer, or O.I.S., detects even the slightest amount of shaking, and adjusts the lenses accordingly, to keep the image crisp and clear.
Unlike a digital image stabilizing system, O.I.S. counteracts the shaking before the image enters the CCD; this allows the CCD to be used to process a virtually unmarred image.
Imagine taking video shots on a moving boat and then viewing them on a large-screen TV.
They're likely to appear blurry from the boat's movement and from your unsteady hands however, Panasonic solved this problem with O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), which minimizes hand-shake in situations where it is most often a problem, such as with zoom shots - or on a moving boat.
Whether you zoom in or pull back, images always retain their natural beauty.
Optical Image Stabilizer - Panasonic's O.I.S. minimizes the hand-shake that can be such a problem with handheld shots. Because Panasonic's system is optical, there is no image quality degradation. With O.I.S. , the camcorder is equipped for clear, beautiful shooting of motion pictures.
32x optical zoom - This 32x zoom can fill the screen with even a distant subject. This lens is not only the powerful zoom offered in a home-use digital video camera, it also features low distortion. And because it's optical, there is no quality loss - you get the images in all their natural beauty.
Pure Color Engine - The Pure Color Engine converts the CCD output signal from a complementary color signal into an RGB signal at an early stage and extracts the low-frequency luminance component from the RGB signal. This innovative engine also achieves truly superb color reproduction for high-zoomed pictures.
Widescreen 2.7" LCD - This model features a 2.7-inch LCD with High-Picture-Quality Wide Mode, which produces images that make for beautiful, dramatic viewing on a wide-screen TV. The image is processed on 16:9 area of the CCD. Because the image decoded has the same proportions as your wide-screen TV, there is virtually no picture quality degradation. You get beautiful images and all the excitement and dynamism on either a wide 16:9 screen TV or a conventional 4:3 TV.
One-touch navigation and joystick control - The joystick makes the camera much easier to use, letting you control all basic operations with one hand. As you shoot, just watch the image in the monitor and follow the instruction guide. You can handle a number of operations quickly and easily, without even taking your eye off the subject.
Help mode - Not sure what a certain icon means? Just switch on the Help mode and select the icon. It's explained for you on the LCD monitor. This makes it easier to learn the icons, and you spend less time reading the operating manual.
Instant on/off - Instant On/Off reduces the time required for operating the camera. When you open the LCD, the power turns on. Shut it and the power turns off. Pull out the viewfinder and the power turns on. Put it back and the power turns off.
1.7-second quick start - This Quick Start mode helps shoot videos on the spur of the moment. This mode lets you shoot those not-to-be-missed scenes by turning on the power just 1.7 sec. from the time the LCD is opened.
MagicPix Images - MagicPix Images gives you smoothly flowing pictures even in dark places, where it's normally difficult to capture good shots.
32x Variable Speed Optical Zoom
1000x Digital Zoom
Records to MiniDV Tape, 1/6" CCD
2.7-Inch Wide LCD Monitor
Mini DV In/Out (IEEE 1394), AV Out
Optical Image Stabilizer (O.I.S.)
Recording Modes: SP/LP
Minimum Illumination: 2 Lux (Magic Pix)
Manual Focus Ring
Still Picture Capability: 0.3 MP: 640x480 (4:3), 0.2 MP: 640x360 (16:9)
Image Sensor (Effective): 4:3: 340K x 3, 16:9: 460K x 3
F-Value (Aperture): F1.8 (Wide)/F3.7 (Tele)
White Balance: Auto, Indoor, Outdoor, Manual
Electronic Viewfinder (EVF): 0.33-Inch Wide (113K Pixels) Color
Stereo Zoom Microphone with Wind Noise Reduction
Wide Mode (16:9)
On-Screen Display Language: English, French, Spanish
1.7-Second Quick Start
Web Camera Function (USB)
Dimensions: 3.09" W x 2.86" H x 5.36" D