Summary

Our Score

7/10

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Panasonic NV-GS230 - Panasonic NV-GS230

Being a DV camcorder, the NV-GS230 naturally sports a FireWire port, so you will be able to capture and edit footage with any FireWire-equipped system. Virtually all software supports the DV video format, too. The headphone socket doubles as an AV output for composite video and RCA audio. There's even S-video built in, although all the analogue video ports are output only. Sadly, so is the FireWire port, so it won't be possible to record your edits back to tape.
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Presumably, Panasonic took this decision to keep the costs down, as there is still a higher tax in the EU on video devices able to record over a digital connection. As well as providing access to the contents of the SD memory card, the USB port can be switched between capturing DV on a PC or to use the NV-GS230 as a webcam, which is a handy extra capability.

Verdict

After a decade of dominance, DV camcorders are fast losing out to new video formats and media types. But there are still a few years of life left in the old dog, as Panasonic's NV-GS230 illustrates. It lacks a few important features, such as FireWire input, and low light performance matches the price. But if your budget is small, the NV-GS230 is can still shoot decent video. The audio connectivity options and manual controls are comprehensive, too. As a low-cost way of trying your hand at making video, it still makes some sense.

Scores In Detail

Value
9/10
Image Quality
6/10
Features
7/10

Our Score

7/10
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