- 3CCD sensor delivers quality video, easy-to-use menus, 2.3 megapixel still capture
- Relatively poor low-light performance
Although it has some weaknesses, the GS150 delivers quality video via its 3CCD sensor, in a tidy package that is very easy to use.
Price$ 1,539.00 (AUD)
When it comes to digital handycams, the tag 3CCD usually means high end and high price. The Panasonic NV-GS150 is unusual in being a 3CCD camera at such a low price.
The advantage of 3CCD systems is they capture colour that is more true to life than standard single-CCD systems. A 3CCD system uses a separate sensor to capture each of the red, green and blue light channels. In the NV-GS150's 3CCD system the three sensors capture a full 400,000 pixels of information and each set of pixels is combined to get the RGB value at each pixel. This creates, in theory, a more true-to-life image.
It works, too. The NV-GS150 produces sharp, natural colours, even in indoor lighting conditions. Auto white balance worked well and the camera handled transitions in lighting conditions with ease. The 10X Leica Dicomar zoom lens isn't as powerful as some found on competing cameras, but it gets the job done.
The NV-GS150's clean menus and joystick controller are welcome features. Unlike other handycams, which are often festooned with buttons used to access features, the NV-GS150 has very few on its case. But a lack of buttons doesn't mean a lack of features. Instead, a press of the centre button on the joystick controller calls up an onscreen dial that relates to the four-way positions on the joystick. These context-sensitive menus, which change depending on which mode you are in, let you access features like fade, night modes, white balance and macro mode. If you are in manual mode you can also adjust shutter speed, iris/gain, and use it to manually focus.
Once you become familiar with the various options, it is a fairly efficient way of adjusting them, although you need to be precise in your thumb movements as it is a little too easy to move the control in the wrong direction. I'd also prefer a dedicated manual focus ring (don't be fooled by what looks like the focus ring on the front of the camera, it's actually a dial that opens and closes the built-in lens hood).
Connection options include a DV (FireWire) port, a USB 2.0 port, S-Video and an AV/headphone jack. Although you can connect to another digital camcorder to do dubbing, you can't connect to an analog device such as a VCR to do analogue to digital conversion. There's a hot shoe to connect a dedicated microphone or video light.
The NV-GS150 comes with not one, but two remotes: a standard wireless remote and a wired remote with built-in microphone.
The NV-GS150's video weak spot is low light conditions. Even though it has "night view" functions, including a 0-lux function for recording in total darkness, the results are grainy at best. It also lacks a built-in video light. It has what the manual describes as a "video flash" but in fact this is just a flash to be used when taking still images (The GS150 captures 2.3 megapixel still images to a flash memory card). To get round this it has a somewhat bizarre feature whereby you flip the colour LCD around to face your subject and the camera lights it up to use as a video light, but the results are patchy--LCD just wasn't designed for this purpose.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Review: TCL C1 series 4K TV
- 2 Mazda MX-5 (2016) review: Absolute driving purity
- 3 Sony 75-inch UHD TV (X9400C) review: Sony and Android are a winning duo
- 4 LG 55EG960T OLED UHD TV
- 5 Panasonic Viera UHD TV review: good hardware, fragmented software
Best Deals on Good Gear Guide
Latest News Articles
- YouTube dives into VR, live-streaming with 360 video
- Netflix stops insisting it will never support offline videos
- YouTube rolling out live 360-degree videos with immersive Coachella experience
- Sony cranks up optical disc storage to 3.3TB
- How a Canberra specialist is helping digitise valuable Nelson Mandela footage
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- FTDigital Project ManagerVIC
- CCFront End DeveloperVIC
- FTAGILE Training Manager/CoachNSW
- FTVendor Manager / Team Lead - ITIL / ITSMVIC
- CCContract Systems Analyst (.Net/JAVA/Oracle) 160504/SA/vtdAsia
- CCIntegration Delivery Project ManagerNSW
- CCMid or Senior Developer - Mobile Applications - (iOS)NSW
- CCInfrastructure Solution Designer - Oracle Exadata/ExalogicVIC
- FTProject Manager | Permanent role in Canberra | NV1/2 clearedACT
- CCSolution ArchitectQLD
- FTTechnical Lead (Guidewire Policy Center)NSW
- CCContract Systems Analyst (C++/JAVA/SQL) 160505/SA/971Asia
- CCFront end and Full Stack DevelopersNSW
- FTApplication Team Lead | Billing & CreditVIC
- CCProject ManagerQLD
- CCRelease Management LeadNSW
- FTSenior Revenue Systems Functional AnalystSA
- CCSiebel AnalystACT
- CCAnalyst Programmer (JAVA/Windows Programming) 160422/AP/544Asia
- CCSenior Implementation AnalystNSW
- CCSnr Technical System Engineer(IBM DB2/WebSphere)160419/STSE/vmtAsia
- FTFront End DeveloperSA
- CCMEAN Stack DeveloperVIC
- FTDeveloper - OSB/BPELNSW
- CCMid Range Developer (Senior .NET Developer)QLD