Panasonic Palmcorder PV-DC352 Mini DV Camcorder With 1.3-Megapixel CCD
Dec 17, 2002
Review by dkozin
Rated a Very Helpful Review
The Panasonic PV-DC352 is a compact 1.3-Megapixel digital camcorder/still camera.
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It is Compact
The camcorder is very compact and, unlike some other compact camcorders on the market, is not inconvenient to hold in your hand. The camcorders controls and the camcorder itself seem to be well built with solid feel. The tape can be ejected/replaced without removing the camcorder from the tripod.
The camcorder comes with two remote controls a wired remote and a wireless IR remote control. Some camcorder functions are only accessible from the remote (e.g. slow playback or frame advance).
The camcorder has a Quick Start button that quickly turns the camera on (in less than 2 seconds), so you dont miss something important.
The camcorder uses Leica Dicomar lens and a 1.3-Megapixel CCD. The use of high-quality optics along with the high resolution of the CCD provides excellent picture quality and no substantial decrease in picture quality when using zoom.
The camcorder features electronic digital picture stabilization to remove unwanted shake from the picture while shooting.
The DC352 has a 10x optical zoom, beyond which, the digital zoom activates (up to 700x). The built-in stereo microphone zooms with the camera.
The picture quality, in spite of the camcorders small size, is excellent. 1.3-Megapixel CCD and excellent optics contribute to the crisp picture with high detail level and low video noise.
Digital Camera Mode
The DC352 can also be used as a digital still camera. The pictures can be taken at 1280x960 or 640x480 (VGA) resolution. The digital pictures shot with it can be stored on a SD (secure digital) memory card and can be more easily transferred to a computer (using a USB connection or a memory card reader, both of which are supplied).
The camcorder has a built-in flash for dark conditions. There is also a progressive scan photo mode (the picture gets stored on the tape), in which the picture is generally more sharp than in the regular mode.
The USB driver is supplied as well as the ArcSoft image management software suite. The 16 Mb SD card is included.
The camcorder also has an analog input, so you can convert your old videos into digital format for archiving and/or editing.
Both S-Video in and out are present as well as an A/V in/out, USB connector and a FireWire port.
In addition to the automatic controls, you can, quite easily (without digging it out from the menus) adjust the white balance, focus, iris and exposure. All this is useful in case with low or artificial light.
Other features include 16:9 wide mode, voice recording on a SD card, MPEG-4 video recording (ideal for internet). There is a mode in which you can shoot in the darkness in color.
The camcorder uses a Li-Ion battery and features a 2.5 LCD screen and a color viewfinder. The FireWire connection allows you transfer your videos from the camcorder to your computer and back for editing as well as control the camcorder (play, ff, rewind, etc.)
The camcorder uses MiniDV tapes and features two recording speeds: SP and LP. You can fit 50% more in LP speed. In SP mode you can perform audio dubbing.
Index search, slow playback and frame advance can be performed using the supplied remote control.
The Panasonic PV-DC352 is compact, filled with features and features excellent picture quality.
Amount Paid (US$): 990
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