DV Camera Buy Advice Needed

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by mashinhead, Jun 5, 2006.

  1. mashinhead macrumors 68030

    Oct 7, 2003
    I want to buy a decent camera but i don't want to spend too much. Originally i was looking at a second hand Panasonic DVX100a. But decided though nice it was too much. So I've narrowed it down to the Panasonic GS400 or GS500. I want to know if anyone into this could recommend the better way to go. I would like to have a 16:9 option.
  2. rt_brained macrumors 6502a

    Jan 13, 2002
    I have a Panasonic PVGS120 from several years ago. I'm looking to upgrade as well, but one of the nice features I've enjoyed is the headphone jack which allows me to more closely monitor what I'm recording. The GS400 has it, but sadly, the GS500 does not.

    Here's a quote from camcorderinfo.com:

    " the GS500 is only a shadow of its older brother. It is missing certain GS400 features like a headphone jack, A/V conversion and pass-through, frame mode, a 3.5” LCD, picture adjust, zebras, program automatic exposure modes, and now only has a focus ring instead of a multi-manual ring. Some of the user convenience features such as external buttons to select functions like ProCinema mode are now relegated to the menus."

    Perhaps the GS400 was so full-featured that it leeched sales from the more expensive Panasonic models. Given the choice, I'd buy the GS400 before supplies dwindle.

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