Panasonic PVGS500 Digital Camcorder

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by cedric, Jun 18, 2006.

  1. cedric macrumors newbie

    Jun 18, 2006
    I am thinking of buying the Panasonic PVGS500 Digital Camcorder....

    I am looking for a Mac-friendly camcorder with 3CCD and a good price. This seems to be the best bet. However, I see that the software provided with the camcorder only works for Windows. Does this mean I would have a problem getting my movies imported into my Mac mini? Thanks!
  2. Mydriasis macrumors 6502


    Mar 17, 2005
    No problems with the software! Remember your on a mac, we don't have software problems.

    It's a great camera for the price. Have fun with it.
  3. zim macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2002
    I own the Panasonic GS500. Great camera, great price, you won't be disappointed :D, it is one of my favorite cameras. As for editing, don't concern yourself with the software that it comes with, it is for windows and inferior to anything available to the Mac :) Remember to get yourself a firewire cable too (4 pin to 6 pin), can't remember if the camera comes with one.

    I got mine from They have a kit deal that comes with an extra battery, bag, warranty (remember to register your warranties or else they are useless) etc. I recommend that you check them out:

    Happy filming :)
  4. p0intblank macrumors 68030

    Sep 20, 2005
    New Jersey
    I actually just ordered myself the same model last night. It should be here by the end of this week. :D I did a lot of research before biting the bullet, so I'm pretty sure I will be very happy with it.

    And as for software, you should already have iMovie on your Mac. That's what I plan to use in the beginning and then I will upgrade to Final Cut Express HD in a little while. It can be had for only $150 with the educational discount. :D
  5. Le Big Mac macrumors 68030

    Le Big Mac

    Jan 7, 2003
    Washington, DC
    I have an earlier version of that. the 120 (I believe). I've had no problems with the mac, despite the lack of software and the near total lack of description in the owner's manual. Fortunately, just plug in and iMovie takes care of the rest.
  6. cedric thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 18, 2006
    Thanks to all for the feedback. I got it for $489 plus tax. It will be here in three days. After that, I expect to have a few questions for you "old pros" about how to use it!
  7. Wince99 macrumors newbie


    Oct 31, 2005
    If you need help with your camera, visit :

    You will find many tips on how to use it. I have a PV-GS 120 and am quite happy with it.

    Have fun
  8. paajichele macrumors newbie

    Feb 7, 2009
    I'm a proud new owner of a Mac Book Aluminum 13". New Mac user. Totally loving the experience. Having a little trouble getting the GS500 to be recognized by the Mac. After reading a few messageboards, I realized that the camera connects to Mac via firewire, which the new Macbooks don't offer anymore. Any suggestions on how to get around this?
  9. zim macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2002
    I think that the best solution is to get an box similar to what Pinnacle sells. You could then use the cables that you would connect to your TV.

    I have also read about firewire to USB converter cables but I don't think they work on Mac's... at least the article that I read suggested that they do not.

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