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1. Panasonic KX-TG2730S 2.4 GHz DSS
Too low to display list($999.95)
2. Panasonic PV-GS250 3.1 MP 3-CCD
Too low to display list($199.00)
3. Panasonic DMR-ES10K DVD Recorder
Too low to display $1,825.00 list($2,499.95)
4. Panasonic TH-42PD50U 42" Flat
$2,455.00 list($3,499.95)
5. Panasonic TH-42PX50U 42" Flat
Too low to display list($699.95)
6. Panasonic PV-GS150 2.3 MP 3-CCD
Too low to display list($699.99)
7. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20K 5MP
$171.99 $154.50 list($179.95)
8. Panasonic KX-TG5433M 5.8 GHz DSS
Too low to display list($259.99)
9. Panasonic KX-TG6502B 5.8 GHz DSS
Too low to display list($349.95)
10. Panasonic PV-GS19 MiniDV Camcorder
$588.97 list($899.99)
11. Panasonic DMR-E95HS Progressive-Scan
Too low to display list($499.95)
12. Panasonic PV-GS35 MiniDV Camcorder
Too low to display list($199.99)
13. Panasonic DMR-ES10S DIGA Series
Too low to display list($499.95)
14. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5 5MP Digital
Too low to display list($299.95)
15. Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ2 5MP Digital
Too low to display list($399.95)
16. Panasonic DVD-LS50 7" Portable
$74.95 list($89.99)
17. Panasonic KX-TGA510M 5.8GHz Accessory
Too low to display $300.00 list($349.99)
18. Panasonic PVGS9 MiniDV Compact
$3,635.99 list($6,499.99)
19. Panasonic TH-50PHD7UY Professional
$1,560.99 list($1,499.99)
20. Panasonic TH-37PWD7UY Professional

1. Panasonic KX-TG2730S 2.4 GHz DSS Cordless Phone with Answering System Speakerphone & Caller ID
list price: $169.99
our price: $107.69
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Asin: B000068CNH
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 6385
Average Customer Review: 2.69 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

So you can have a phone in every room in the house, Panasonic's KX-TG2730 expands to offer up to eight separate handsets. Each one can act as an intercom to that room, allowing you to know what's happening even when you're at the other end of the house.

Four-line LCD panels display the name and number of callers (with subscription to Caller ID service) and provide access to a 50-number phone directory that supplies one-touch dialing. A 10-number speed dialer and convenient speakerphone are located on the base, as is a fully digital answering system that provides up to 15 minutes of message time, each with a time and date stamp.

Choose from six programmable ringer tones and take advantage of the system's toll saver feature, which allows you to check messages away from home without accruing unnecessary long distance charges.

Panasonic provides a one-year warranty for parts and service. ... Read more

Features

  • 2.4 GHz operation
  • Frequency hopping digital spread spectrum technology
  • Expandable to 8 handsets
  • Built-in digital answering system
  • Caller ID with call waiting

Reviews (61)

2-0 out of 5 stars It's not what I've expected...
I bought this phone because of its features: Caller ID, answering machine and expandable. But sorry to say I agree with most of the reviews of this phone. When I'm talking on the phone the other side of the line couldn't hear me for half of the time. I use the phone the first when I call my mom who's oversea and she said 'Why are you talking to me on a cheap phone?' It's not fun using this phone when calling long distance when I'm paying for every single minute, not even fun when I paid $130 for the phone, not at all. After reading the reviews I do realised that the caller id always have 'incoming' call and yes it is slow to show the number that's calling. I'll sure to try the method a review pointout to improve the function of the caller id. I had not have any complaint about the battary life maybe because I don't talk too long a time. If I had read the reviews before buying the phone, I don't think I get this after all.

2-0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE, ITS A BUMMER !!!
UPDATE!!!

I replaced original battery with Energizer Nickel-Metal Hybride NiMH 1200mAh ER-P511. This battery will make this phone one incredible talking monster (3 to 4 hrs talk time, no memory effect). Make sure you are buying 1200mAh not cheaper 800mAh which is widely avaliable. 1200mAh one will cost you $25 and I found it only in best buy.

I came across this site, because I am looking to replace the phones battery. I have been using this phone for about a year ( 11 months) to be exact, and I am very dissapointed with its battery performance. Although phone is rich in features, its battery life is terrible, terrible. From only 1 hour talk time when phone was new, it is now no more than 30min. My old phone 900Mhz analog Panasonic did not need to be charged for days, this phone takes 2 days to charge. I bought it for its digital answering system and 2.4Ghz range and good looks. My previous experience with this brand was very positive, it looks like a bad product design. This phone is a BUMMER !!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars I like this phone
We bought this phone several months ago after 2 bum tries with other makes/models. This one provides flexibility with the expansion option and speaker phone system. Caller id is a little slow to respond but not a problem. The low rating on this product's reviews doesn't reflect the true worth of this phone, in my opinion. Obviously someone has chosen to sway the rating lower due to some deeper issue. My recommendation is to see for yourself. If you're looking for an expandable phone, buy this one from a reputable place and try it out for a few weeks. If you don't like it, return it within the store's return policy.

1-0 out of 5 stars Junk Phone.....
As stated by previous reviews this is a junk phone. My old Panasonic 900mhz was great and worked for years after being dropped a number of times.

This phone has a horrible battery life and the individuals on the other end of the line constantly complain about you being hard to hear. I have tried everything and nothing short of shouting at the phone helps. DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE!!!!!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Phone For your Buck
I have been using this phone for about 2 weeks now and I have to say that this phone is just about perfect. I have no idea why so many people have battery issues. The fact is that if your battery does not last, go out and buy energizer battery. Its NiMH (ER-P511) there is no memory and it lasts for 10hrs talk time. The only bad thing for me is that, there is no blinking light when you have missed calls. If you are thinking about buying this phone, do it, you will love it. Do not listen to the reviews. ... Read more


2. Panasonic PV-GS250 3.1 MP 3-CCD MiniDV Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom
list price: $999.95
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0007QN87Y
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 44
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

3 separate CCD sensors for red, green, and blue * 640,000 effective pixels per sensor for video * 710,000 effective pixels per sensor for photos * variable-speed 10X Leica® Dicomar® optical zoom lens (digital zoom to 700X) * manual focus ring * records video on tiny Mini DV tapes * digital photo mode * 3.1-megapixel photo capture with Quad-Density Pixel Distribution * SD memory card slot * microphone input * Optical Image Stabilizer * ... Read more

Features

  • Leica Dicomar lens
  • 3.1 Mega Still picture recording
  • 2.5 inches diagonal LCD
  • USB 2.0 hi-speed port
  • 3CCD camera system

Reviews (2)

4-0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended
Perhaps the biggest failure of this product is the lack of documentation on how well this camcorder operates with Macintosh.Using a 4pin to 6pin Firewire cable (not included), this camera easily connects to Macs making an easy tranfer into iMovie for editing. In fact, I couldn't find any mention of how to use Firewire with this camcorder.
This camcorder is extremely small and I was concerned about how well I would like the small controls. I was very surprised at how easy the controls were to use.
Picture quality is very good, even in low light conditions. In-door shooting will usually require the whitebalance to be manually set because in auto mode lighting is yellow, but it is as easy as clicking a menu item.
It also makes transfering from VHS to miniDV easy with the enclosed cables.
I'm giving 4 stars due to the documentation.

4-0 out of 5 stars MotionDV socks
Excellent camcorder with a lot of feartures. Bravo to Panasonic hardware engineers. However, I spent entire weekend in trying to connect camcorder to Motion DV. Instructions in English are made from direct computer translation from Japanese, so it is very hard. French version a little better. No a clear expalnation between USB and IEEE connection options. As the result, you will do a false step in installation, then you will be not able to desinstall Motion DV, you will need to manipulate your registry files and so on. Finally I gave up and installed Premiere LE from my last camcorder whichwas working immediately with all features.
... Read more


3. Panasonic DMR-ES10K DVD Recorder (Black)
list price: $199.00
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0007WKB0U
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 281
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

records to DVD-R & DVD-RW, DVD+R, and DVD-RAM * plays DVD-Video, DVD-R & DVD-RW, DVD+R & DVD+RW , DVD-RAM, and Video CD * plays DVD-Audio, CD-R & CD-RW, and MP3 CD-R & CD-RW * Direct Navigator displays recordings on each disc by thumbnail image, title, date, and channel * six recording modes (XP, SP, LP, EP-6H, EP-8H, flexible) * ... Read more

Features

  • 1 Sec.Start/Rec-Play
  • Multi-Frmt Playback
  • Progressive Scan
  • 500 Line Resolution

Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great DVD Recorder
I just love this Panasonic DVD Recorder. I never really thought I would be able to use it without help from my son but I was wrong. It was very easy to use and I highly recommend this DVD Recorder.


5-0 out of 5 stars No Brain-er
I have owned the ES10 for about 3 months now and have yet to have a single problem with it.I rarely write reviews but am so pleased with this product I felt compelled to let others know how good it is.I have yet to make a single coaster.It's everything it was billed to be.Great buy.

4-0 out of 5 stars I'll give it four stars
I'm not going to say what's already been said so I'll just give my pros and cons about it.

Pros:
Renaming recorded titles on discs is easier because you can press certain buttons like number 1 to take you to a row of letters & numbers with the onscreen keyboard. (example: push 1 to take you to the row with ABCD abcd 1234 etc.)
Auto time and date set.
Three S-video connections two in back and one in front.

Cons:
No auto chapter skip markers until after the disc is finalized (which is only 5 minute markers). But this isn't much of a big deal because with the "time slip" feature you can quickly get to the end of a disc to make sure everything recorded ok. And after its finalized you can just input the chapter number. So let's say you want to go to 3 hours into the disc just punch in the chapter number like 10 for example.

All discs have to be finalized in order to work with other DVD players including -RW which can still be "formatted" and used again of course. I don't like this much because the Liteon I had recorded discs that didn't need to be finalized before they would play on any other player at least for RW.

Disc speed (quality) is not displayed onscreen so you'll have to look at the recorder to know what speed you're in.

No zoom for DVD movies.

No DV link for people with those type of camcorders that use it.

Not really a con but this unit has no fan in back. It has one air vent in back and two on the sides. I wonder if heat could become a problem later.

Other then all that it seems like a pretty good recorder despite it won't record macrovision VHS. And for now there is no hack for it.

5-0 out of 5 stars What a Machine!
This is a great machine. I wanted a way to save programs from my DVR to DVD and this Panasonic is just the ticket.

My oldest son is an A/V professional and he always praises Panasonic's engineering, reliability, and price. Once again - he's right. This machine sets up quickly and comes with clear instructions for using the different types of recordable DVD media available.

The only shortcoming I found with this machine is a personal wish for a few more standard outputs, but my A/V setup is somewhat complex.

If you simply want to record to DVDs, this machine will make you a satisfied customer.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent VCR Replacement
I bought this unit as a VCR replacement. After years of going through VCR after VCR for time-shifting, I decided to try DVD-RW, and this is the second unit I tried. Another unit (a Toshiba) never worked right and was a nightmare to set up. I was about to give up and go back to a VCR, but then happened on this unit. I'm glad I did. The quality of the recording and usability are excellent, and there are a lot advantages of recording on DVDs over VCRs (e.g., automatic time stamp, searchability, no need to rewind).

Two comments:
1. Read NYSOFTWAREMAN's review posted before this one. It's excellent and has a lot of information you won't easily find elsewhere.
2. There is a learning curve associated with this unit. Give it some time to set it up and learn to use it. If a lot of buttons scare you, you might want to think twice, but it's pretty easy to get what you need. ... Read more


4. Panasonic TH-42PD50U 42" Flat Panel EDTV Plasma TV
list price: $2,499.95
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0007WKB4Q
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 7068
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

EDTV design (all signals displayed at 480p) * receives and decodes digital standard-definition and HDTV signals from over-the-air broadcasts (antenna required) * widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio * 852 x 480 pixels * 4000:1 contrast ratio * 160?(H) x 160?(V) viewing angle * ... Read more

Features

  • Accepts NTSC (standard broadcast), ATSC/QAM (SDTV and HDVT) signals
  • Component Video, Composite Video, S Video inputs
  • Surround sound, PCM/Dolby Digital, and fiber optic audio output
  • 42" Plasma; 41.8" x 27.5" x 3.8" (W x H x D)
  • Widescreen, HDTV-compatible

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Does it give grainy picture with Standard Satellite (on HD)
How is this TV's picture when you play your regular DVDs and especially non HD (but digital) satellite signal. I recently baught a Sony Wega LCD projection TV that is high definition but realizedchannels like CNN look blurry, espcially when I play some of my DVDs etc...

5-0 out of 5 stars At long last it has arrived for me, also I am cheap
I have had several TVs in the past 5 years, 2 projection Sonys, a Wega, and I can tell you this is the TV for under 2200 to end them all. I didn't want to spend over 2k on a tv because it just seems like over kill. I wanted to get an HDTV, because I had one before that was a sony projection. That was until I saw this one in the store. I talked to the guy at Bestbuy and he said that they haven't put this one out because they wanted to move some of their older models first. This TV will produce as good of a picture as any at the store. I sat and looked at all of the options, and money aside, not one TV at best buy or circuit city produced as good of a picture as this one. I have brought it home and have been watching it for a week or so. DVDs look great, XBOX with the colorstream cable looks awesome as well. I am still waiting for my HD box to arrive, so that I can hook up the HDMI cable. I couldn't be happier than with this TV. This is the first non Sony TV I have ever bought, and so far I am not disappointed.

Since my first comments have been getting a lot of feedback, I figured it would be a good idea to give a follow up to those still on the fence.


1) I received the HD box, and it looks even better. I connected with an HDMI cable which eliminates component cables and uses just one small connector, which controls all three component inputs as well as the audio to the TV (which most people use their receiver, but this is a nice option to have). Do not buy this cable from BB or CC, they WAY over charge. I bought one for $20 from some website and it works great, they charge well over $100.

2) I wall mounted the TV, directly across from a large window, and there is minimal glare. This is a window that produces a lot of light, and the picture is still fine even at high noon.

3) I went back and doubly compared the picture, and once again I believe the picture on this TV to be as good as any high end Sony out there. I am not naive, I understand lines of resolution and the down conversion of the HD signal should in theory not produce as crisp of a picture as an HD set, but from my point of view it does to the naked eye.

Answer to question:

How is this TV's picture when you play your regular DVDs and especially non HD (but digital) satellite signal. I recently baught a Sony Wega LCD projection TV that is high definition but realized channels like CNN look blurry, espcially when I play some of my DVDs etc...

This TVs pixels are pretty small, so the regular picture is good, especially on DVDs because DVDs native resolution is 480 which is the resolution for EDTVs. When you play DVDs on an HDTV it actually has to down convert it. To be honest the TV looks MUCH better with colorstream component cables or HDMI versus s-video. Same goes for DVDs, the three separate components look much better than S-video did. You may want to try that on your Vega. Also it depends on the size of the TV, the bigger the TV the blurrier the picture is going to seem, versus the HD signal. I noticed that as well on my 57" Sony projection that I had. I would say the difference is much less on this plasma. I can't really speak for other plasmas, and the comparison I made in the store were all on HD signals, so you can't compare it to normal digital channels.

I did originally have this going through standard digital cable and an S-video cable, and per Panasonic the "viera" filter this tv has helps smooth it out. But I did notice a difference switching to HDMI. ... Read more


5. Panasonic TH-42PX50U 42" Flat Panel HD-Ready Plasma TV
list price: $3,499.95
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Asin: B0007WKB0K
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 1115
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Product Description

High-Definition TV--receives and decodes digital standard-definition and HDTV signals from over-the-air broadcasts (antenna required) and cable TV service (CableCARD required) * ... Read more

Features

  • High-Definition TV -- receives and decodes digital standard-definition and HDTV signals from over-the-air broadcasts (antenna required) and cable TV service (CableCARD required)

6. Panasonic PV-GS150 2.3 MP 3-CCD MiniDV Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom
list price: $699.95
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0007QN87O
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 126
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

three separate CCD sensors for red, green, and blue * 440,000 effective pixels per sensor for video * 530,000 effective pixels per sensor for photos * records video on tiny Mini DV tapes * digital photo mode * 2.3-megapixel photo capture with Quad-Density Pixel Distribution * SD Card slot for use with MultiMediaCard? or SDmemory cards * variable-speed 10X Leica Dicomar optical zoom lens (digital zoom to 700X) * Digital Electronic Image Stabilizer * ... Read more

Features

  • 2.3 Mega Still picture recording
  • Leica Dicomar lens
  • USB 2.0 hi-speed port
  • 1.7 second quick start
  • 3CCD camera system

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Price Buster !!
This camera takes the best still pictures of any mini-dv I have owned yet !! Low transport noise and the joystick rocks . You basically just open the box and shoot . As with any camera you should always adjust your own white balance .It fits in the palm of your hand and comes with a remote and a mic ! No battery complaints as of yet . For the price get it !!

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty decent camera for the price
I have had this camera for about 3 weeks. Bought this after lot of research(mini-dvd versus miniDV). Read some horror stories about an entire disk getting wiped out with mini-dvd camcorders.

GS150 does an amazing job in bright day light. Colors are vibrant compared to 1 CCD cameras. Low light performance is so so. Overall, I am a satisfied customer.

If you plan on transferring video to a computer, get a fire-wire cable. This camera needs a 4 pin male connector. I have a MAC and transferring video and burning into a DVD was a breeze.

4-0 out of 5 stars Decent camcorder with a few cons
The camcorder offers outstanding video quality (at its price level)in adequate lighting condition. I had a chance to compare it to Cannon Opture 500. I think GS150 produces better color than Opeture does, due largely to 3ccd, but makes slightly more noise in low light settings.
I like the joystick, which makes the control panel look clean and simple.
However, there are a few things I am not happy with.
1. Generally, EIS does not improve much from GS120. Without a tripod, you still need to hold your breath if you want to get really stable video.
2. There is no EIS in widescreen mode.
3. Again, low light performance is not satisfactory.
So, if you do most of your shooting outdoor and are confident on your "stability skills," this is a great camcorder to buy.
... Read more


7. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20K 5MP Digital Camera with 12x Image Stabilized Optical Zoom (Black)
list price: $699.99
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Asin: B0002R2838
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 139
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Amazon.com Product Description

Optics and Resolution
Featuring a 5-megapixel CCD sensor, the DMC-FZ20K delivers a wide range of detail and color with images up to 2560 x 1920 pixels--enough information to make photo-quality prints up to 13 by 17 inches. Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 12x zoom lens, with 3 aspheric elements, combines comfortably small size with superb image rendering. By combining with a 4x digital zoom, users will have an equivalence of a 48x zoom lens in a very compact body, though users should note that digital zoom degrades picture quality.

Movie Mode and Audio
The DMC-FZ20K lets you shoot QuickTime Motion JPEG video at resolutions up to 320 x 240 pixels with sound. The amount of video you can capture is limited by space on the memory card; you'll fit more at low quality (10 frames-per-second) than at high quality (30 frames-per-second). The movies aren't camcorder quality, but they're fun and convenient, and they're perfect as e-mail attachments. You can also record audio comments, up to five seconds in length, for your still pictures.

More Features

  • Flip Animation: Allows you to create your own frame-by-frame animations.
  • Unlimited Consecutive Shooting: Allows consecutive shooting up to the capacity of the SD memory card.
  • Two-inch diagonal polycrystalline TFT LCD display (130k pixels)
  • Hot shoe for external flash attachment
  • Mega Burst Shooting Mode: Shoot up to seven images at three or two frames-per-second in standard resolution, or up to four images in fine resolution. This option is designed to provide you with the best selection of photos during action, such as a sporting event.

Storage and Transfer
Images and video are stored on Secure Digital (SD) memory cards. A 16 MB SD card is included. Files can be downloaded to either a Mac or PC via USB connectivity, which means it can be connected to any USB-based Windows 98/Me/2000/XP and Mac OS 8.6 or later computer without installing any software.

Printing
This camera supports thePictBridgestandard. PictBridge is a technology that lets you transfer pictures from a digital camera to a compatible printer, without a PC or image-editing software. Because PictBridge is an industry standard, users can connect PictBridge-compatible devices made by many different manufacturers. Learn more about PictBridge.

Power and Size
The camera is powered by lithium-ion battery pack (included with charger). It measures 3.43 by 5.02 by 4.18 inches and weighs 1.14 pounds.

What's in the Box
DMC-FZ20K digital camera, battery charger, battery pack, 16MB SD memory card, lens cap, lens hood with adaptor, A/V and USB cables, strap, and CD-ROM ... Read more

Features

  • 5-megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality 13-by-17-inch enlargements
  • Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 12x zoom lens combines with 4x digital zoom for 48x total zoom
  • MEGA optical image stabilizer; 2-inch TFT LCD screen; PictBridge Compatible
  • Store images on Secure Digital (SD) memory card (16 MB SD card included)
  • Powered by lithium-ion battery pack (included with charger)

8. Panasonic KX-TG5433M 5.8 GHz DSS Cordless Phone with Answering System and Three Handsets
list price: $179.95
our price: $171.99
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Asin: B0007Q3QQM
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 666
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Includes Panasonic KX-TG5433M Three-Handset Cordless Phone and Digital Answering System Charging bases for 2nd and 3rd handsets Phone cord Belt clip Batteries for each handset. ... Read more

Features

  • 50-station phonebook shared among handsets
  • 3 handsets, 2 remote charger stands, downloadable ringtones
  • 5.8 GHz digital spread spectrum signal
  • Digital answering system on base unit
  • Supports caller ID/call waiting, 50-call memory

Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Phone
I spent quite a large amount of time researching cordless phones before deciding to purchase this unit.There have been many complaints about Panasonic's slightly older lines of 2.4 and 5.8 GHz phones.However, this phone appears to be of an entirely different desgin as evidenced by the slimmer handset form factor.I have had this phone for a few weeks and have not run into any performance issues.

While the phone suffers from a few minor flaws such as having to pay to download ring tones on each handset and having handsets register missed calls when another handset is used to answer the phone, these types of issues are pretty much omnipresent in the current generation of multihandest/expandable handset phone systems.

This product is not perfect but seems much more reliable and than many of the other top of the line phone systems out there.I highly reccomend this product!

5-0 out of 5 stars Love this phone!
This is the third time I have bought a phone system with one base and multiple handsets, and this is the best one I have used so far.The reasons range from trivial (I like the sounds of the ring tones), to significant (you can use multiple handsets at once).

The two most important features for me before purchase were:

1) 5.8 Ghz spread spectrum.My old phone was a 2.4 Ghz, and it would occasionally interfere with my wireless computer network.It was very annoying.My moving to a phone that uses a different frequency range, the problem is completely avoided.

2) The ability to use multiple handsets at the same time.Another phone I previously had would not let two handsets talk in the same conversation at the same time.This was just miserable.This phone lets you do this without any problems.

After purchase, I found that it had some other amazing features:

1) Each phone has a unique ID, and you can conference between the handsets.With the range this phone has, my wife and I now carry them around outside (we have a 3 acre yard) and use them to talk to each other.

2) The phone has an AMAZING speakerphone capability on each handset!This was not on my radar at all, but it is really useful.

3) When playing back messages it has recorded, it shows you the caller ID entry for the message.Really nice touch.

4) While I don't know much about it yet, I can apparently keep the numbers in the phone's phonebook in sync with those stored in Outlook in my computer.I can also download new ringtones, but that's not so importent to me.More info on this is available at www.openlcr.com.

The ONLY annoying thing about this phone is that when you answer a call on one handset, the other two handsets register it as a 'missed call' in the caller ID list.I considered rating it 4 stars for this, but once you get used to it, the rest of the features more than make up for it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect
This phone has all the features anyone could possibly need. It's also relatively easy to figure out, since the interace is similar to your average cell phone's menu-style interface. One thing I was surprised by though, is if you pay to download a ringtone, you only get it on ONE of the handsets! You have to pay 3 times to put the same ring tone on all the handsets. I got burned by this, and it's why I'm giving it 4 stars.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply the BEST
Save your time, and your money...this is the phone you want. I have tried them all, and Panasonics last for years and never let us down.We use this system on our Voip, Packet 8 service and it works perfectly.It is so loaded with handy and useful features, that we are spoiled by it.We rush to answer the phone as this is such a pleasure to use.Panasonic really outdid themselves with the 5433, we just love it.You enter all your phone numbers in one handset and it will copy them over to the other two handsets for you...one at a time or all at once, truly a neat feature. You set the time on one set, any one you like, and the other two handsets pick it up automatically.Did I mention we are happy? ... Read more


9. Panasonic KX-TG6502B 5.8 GHz DSS Expandable 2-Line Cordless Phone with Dual Handsets (Black)
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Asin: B0002VMDJ8
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Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 299
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Features

  • 5.8 GHz digital spread spectrum signal
  • Expandable to 4 handsets, 2 included, with integrated speakerphones
  • 60-minute integrated digital answering system; 4 ring tones
  • Caller ID/wall waiting with 50-call memory
  • Supports 2 lines; flash, redial, hold functions

10. Panasonic PV-GS19 MiniDV Camcorder w/24x Optical Zoom
list price: $349.95
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Asin: B0007QN86K
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 409
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Product Description

Digital Palmcorder MultiCam Camcorder with 24x Optical Zoom and 800x Digital Zoom Compact-Design, Still Picture Capability; SD Slot; 24x Optical Zoom; 800x Digital Zoom; Electronic Image Stabilization; USB 2.0 Get Up Close with a 24x Optical Zoom and 800x Digital Zoom - The optical zoom feature acts like a telescope to produce close-up shots with extraordinary clarity so you won't miss a single detail. It also offers variable zoom speeds, so you can adjust your zoom speed from wide angle to full telephoto. In addition, the digital zoom ratio can be increased up to an extraordinary 800x. Now that's close up! Simultaneous Motion Video & Still Picture Recording (VGA) - Now you can snap off a still shot (VGA) while recording video without having to change recording modes. The video is recorded onto the Mini DV tape and the still image is recorded onto the SD Memory Card. This 2-in-1 capability means you can catch sudden photo opportunities without interrupting a great moving picture scene. Soft Skin Mode Helps Soften Blemishes and Lines - This feature detects skin tones and softens the focus in that area of the picture. It helps make blemishes and lines appear less noticeable, while preserving resolution in areas of the picture outside the skin. One-Touch Navigation and Joystick Control - The joystick makes the camera much easier to use, letting you control all basic operations with one hand. As you shoot, just watch the image in the monitor and follow the instruction guide. ... Read more

Features

  • SD memory card slot
  • USB 2.0 hi-speed port
  • 2.5-inch diagonal LCD
  • 1.3-second quick start
  • 24x optical zoom

11. Panasonic DMR-E95HS Progressive-Scan DVD Recorder with 160 GB Hard Drive
list price: $899.99
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Asin: B0002GU2XW
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Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 1410
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The Panasonic DMR-E95HS progressive-scan DVD player/recorder features a built-in 160 GB hard drive and PC Card slot, making it the hardest-working home entertainment device around. Now you have the option of recording to DVD-RAM and DVD-R media, recording your favorite programs to hard disk, or recording from an external digital video camera to DVD media--all in one unit. The DMR-E95HS is also a progressive-scan DVD player, which means that you can experience extra clear images and higher resolutions on your high-definition or HD-ready television.

The DMR-E95HS can play back DVD-Video, DVD-Audio (2-channel), DVD-RAM, DVD-R (recorded on Panasonic units), Video CD, CD, CD-R, CD-RW, MP3, and JPEG/TIFF discs, and can record to DVD-RAM and DVD-R media. It features selectable recording modes including XP, SP, LP, EP, and FR, and you can get 284 hours maximum recording time in EP mode. There is also the option for bilingual recording (to DVD-RAM only). The player has a playlist playback function, and also features aspect ratio control, dialog enhancer, frame advance and reverse frame step, slow motion playback, and a cinema mode for more cinema-like colors and improved resolution and contrast. Other features include two-channel Dolby Digital audio recording, and Advanced Surround (simulated surround sound from two speakers).

Recording to hard disk is easy with a multitude of special features, including a Time Slip Roller, simultaneous record and play, and a direct navigator. The Time Slip Roller (or Time Slip Button on the remote control) allows you to press just one button during recording to start playing back the scene recorded 30 seconds earlier, and you can search for scenes in units of one minute within the recorded section while you're watching the scene on a small onscreen window. Simultaneous record and play lets you record an episode of one program while you're watching another episode at the same. The direct navigator displays the list of programs recorded to disk so you can quickly see what's available, erase recorded programs, or select programs to watch.

A bevy of inputs and outputs lets you connect the DMR-E95HS to nearly any external home entertainment device you can think of. It sports three composite video, three S-video, and one RF input, along with one switchable component video, two S-video, and two composite video outputs. Audio outputs include two L/R outputs plus an optical digital out for DTS and Dolby Digital output. It also features a FireWire input for connecting to a compatible digital video camera (via an IEEE 1394 cable) for playback on your television, and also gives you the convenience of transferring your home movies to DVD media. A special PC Card slot is included for viewing of digital photos, and is compatible with most formats including PC Card, Memory Card, CompactFlash Card, MultiMediaCard, Smart Media Card, and Memory Stick.

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DVD video recorder with built-in hard disk drive, universal remote control, DVD-RAM disc, RCA cables, user's manual, and warranty information. ... Read more

Features

  • Progressive-scan DVD player/recorder with 160 GB hard disk drive to record up to 284 hours of programming
  • Plays back DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, DVD-RAM, DVD-R, Video CD, CD, CD-R, CD-RW, MP3, and JPEG/TIFF discs
  • Records to DVD-RAM and DVD-R media
  • Features a PC Card slot so you can view digital photos on your TV
  • Measures 16.94 x 3.12 x 11.47 inches (W x H x D)

12. Panasonic PV-GS35 MiniDV Camcorder w/30x Optical Zoom
list price: $499.95
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Asin: B0007QN874
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 246
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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680,000-pixel CCD * variable-speed 30X optical zoom lens (digital zoom to 1,000X) * digital photo mode * records video on tiny Mini DV tapes * 2-1/2" color LCD viewscreen * color viewfinder * Digital Electronic Image Stabilization * wireless remote * ... Read more

Features

  • 3-hour battery
  • USB 2.0 hi-speed port
  • SD memorycard slot
  • 1.7 second quick start
  • 30x optical zoom

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Camera so far.....
Just bought this camcorder a few days ago and so far, I've been very impressed.The low-light capabilities appear very adequate.The ease of transfer to the PC via the DV-Firewire link is excellent.Haven't had a chance to check out many features yet, but easy of use for picking up the camera and shooting a video is great.So far, I think I've made a good choice.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow! Great camera!
I just got back from my local electronics store which, to my surprise, had the GS35 in stock and on sale. I was very pleased with the ease of use and accuracy of the thumbstick control. Though, the menu button was a bit out of reach for my thumb thus requiring me to use my other hand to push it. The built-in LED lights help shed some light on dark situations, but I noticed an even greater benefit from the increase in gain when the light was switched on. The lens used on this camera is out-of-sight! Not only does it offer high telephoto optical zoom, it offers what few other camcorders out there have: built-in wideangle. The lens is 1.9-57mm which equates roughly to a 35mm equivalent of 35-1040mm. So, go ahead, shoot video indoors and get the whole group in the shot at once! ... Read more


13. Panasonic DMR-ES10S DIGA Series DVD Recorder (Silver)
list price: $199.99
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Asin: B0007WKB14
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Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 1591
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This item is brand new and comes complete with all manufacturer supplied accessories.
It also comes with a USA warranty.

Nice electronics is your source for everyday low prices on thePanasonic DMRES10S - DVD RECORDER SILVER and all other Panasonic DVD/DVR Recorders

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Features

  • Progressive-scan video output renders seamless, flicker-free images on high-definition and HD-ready TVs
  • Video enhancements include Visibility Modulation technology, integrated noise reduction (NR), and 4x Natural Gradation
  • Measures 16.9 x 2.5 x 13.9 inches (W x H x D)
  • Single-disc DVD player/recorder with DVD-RAM, DVD-R/RW, and DVD+R recording capabilities
  • Plays DVD-Video, DVD-Audio (2-channel only), DVD+RW, video CD, MP3 CD, and JPEG image CD

Reviews (11)

5-0 out of 5 stars Better than a VCR!!!!!
I have a digital cable box from cablevision with the built in DVR which to me is a better option than buying a $500 + DVD recorder with a built in hard drive. Considering that I rent the cable box for 10 bucks a month, and considering the lifespan of a hard drive, I think it is a cheaper option. Also if you have a digital cable box
you can't record one show while watching another, so spending all that money would be pretty useless to me.

The reason why I bought this model is because aside from owning a dvr there are occasional times where I want to keep a permanent copy of a show or movie.

You can record one show while watching another if you bypass the cable box, however you can only watch or record the analog channel's (1-99).

To record digital channels:
With the dvd recorder connected to the cable box I can set the VCR timer on the cable box to record my programs while I am not home, the VCR timer on the cable box will turn the box on and turn to the channel you want to record for however many shows you want. You just have to program the recorder to record channel 3 and set the times you want to record. The menus are pretty simple and it really isn't any trouble at all.

DVD-RAM is the best media option for this recorder because it allows you to edit the disk before you finalize it, it allows you to watch one recorded show while recording another as well. With DVD-rw if you want to erase a program in order to free up space you have to erase the last one you recorded, with DVD RAM it doesn't matter which chapter or program you delete, the free space will be useable.

DVD-RAM can be rewritten up to 100,000 times and you can buy the disks in a protective cartridge which will play in this player.
The only downside to dvd-ram is that it is not compatible with most other players and you can't use it on your computer unless you have a dvd-ram drive. I would recommend buying two or three dvd-rams double sided and in the cartridge for recording your disposable sitcoms (the ones you only want to watch once). You do of course have to flip the double sided disks if you want to record on the other side.

For the recordings you want to keep I would recommend getting some
dvd-r disks as they are most compatible with other players (more so than dvd+r).

You can also record from your DVR to the dvd-recorder, I have not tried this myself but I have read on several forums that you can.
I have copied an old VCR tape and it came out great.

The picture quality is very good on two hours and pretty good on 4 as well.

The dvd recorder will not record dolby 5.1, but it will record 2 channel dolby digital. There are no dvd recorders on the market that will record 5.1 (set top boxes that is, of course you can copy 5.1 and DTS on your computer if you have a recordable dvd drive).

This unit is perfect for use in my bedroom, since I have the DVR in my living room. I wouldn't spend much more money on one of these things because you know in a few yrs it will be obsolete with the new blueray technology.

5-0 out of 5 stars Tested all month, better than Sony & Philips
If you're going to copy a lot of VHS tapes to DVD-R or DVD+R discs, this is the one to get.I tried both a Philips DVDR600VR DVD recorder/VCR combo and a Sony RDRVX500 DVD recorder/VCR combo.The Philips had a couple problems and I returned it, so I'll compare the Panasonic to the Sony:

The Sony had a lot of nice features and overall good quality, but I found that it had a major problem copying VHS tapes from a separate VCR with a GoDVD device.The quality in that case is substantially degraded, with streaks of interference, as with a satellite dish with the polarity or azimuth tuned wrong.This is either with the composite video connection, or using an S-Video cable from the GoDVD to the Sony.The odd thing is a signal from a separate DVD player comes through the same GoDVD device OK, and the signal from the VCR is OK without the GoDVD. The only way I found to get a decent signal from a separate VCR through the GoDVD to the Sony was through an adapter to the coaxial input, which of course is lower quality anyway and somewhat defeats the purpose.

However, with the Panasonic DMR-ES10, I made perfect copies of the exact same tapes from the same VCR through the same GoDVD device.Additionally, the Panasonic has the following handy features not on the Sony combo unit:
1. Flexible speed recording.If you have a tape that's 2 hours 5 min. you can record it at a speed that exactly fills the DVD-R (or +R), where if you just left it in SP mode it would run out.I tried a DVD-R disc recorded this way on 2 other players and it works fine.
2. You can change the thumbnail images in the menu. With the Sony you're stuck with the first frame. With this model Panasonic you can play the title to any frame you want to select for the menu image.
3. You can store phrases for the titles.For instance, if you're recording Perry Mason episodes, every title starts with "The Case of the ... " You can store that so you don't have to spell it out each time.I like to add previews to the extra space on a disc, so I saved "PREVIEWS."

The only problem I've had with the Panasonic DMR-ES10 is if you're not there to stop a recording before the disc fills up, it fouls up the disc so it's unusable.I haven't tried timed recording, which might solve that.

This isn't a combo unit, so the quality from the VHS tape depends on the VCR.I tried two different VCRs, an old Toshiba and a newer cheaper model, and got great quality DVDs from both.I tried both VCRs with the Sony and both had the problem with the GoDVD described above, but seem fine without the GoDVD.But the VCR built into the Sony combo unit seems to have worse performance than the separate VCRs, causing flickering sometimes.
Because of that I don't see much advantage to the combo unit, and recommend the Panasonic DMR-ES10 as the best option for copying VHS tapes to DVDs.

4-0 out of 5 stars I'll give it four stars
I'm not going to say what's already been said so I'll just give my pros and cons about it.

Pros:
Renaming recorded titles on discs is easier because you can press certain buttons like number 1 to take you to a row of letters & numbers with the onscreen keyboard. (example: push 1 to take you to the row with ABCD abcd 1234 etc.)
Auto time and date set.
Three S-video connections two in back and one in front.

Cons:
No auto chapter skip markers until after the disc is finalized (which is only 5 minute markers). But this isn't much of a big deal because with the "time slip" feature you can quickly get to the end of a disc to make sure everything recorded ok. And after its finalized you can just input the chapter number. So let's say you want to go to 3 hours into the disc just punch in the chapter number like 10 for example.

All discs have to be finalized in order to work with other DVD players including -RW which can still be "formatted" and used again of course. I don't like this much because the Liteon I had recorded discs that didn't need to be finalized before they would play on any other player at least for RW.

Disc speed (quality) is not displayed onscreen so you'll have to look at the recorder to know what speed you're in.

No zoom for DVD movies.

No DV link for people with those type of camcorders that use it.

Not really a con but this unit has no fan in back. It has one air vent in back and two on the sides. I wonder if heat could become a problem later.

Other then all that it seems like a pretty good recorder despite it won't record macrovision VHS. And for now there is no hack for it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Panasonic did a good job on this one
I pick up one of these unit one week ago at bestbuy,
to use as a player, because my sony dvp-ns575p went out and only had it for 6 month. All the other player had a badreview and seem to be real filmsy. so I saw this panasonic for $188.99 on sale. So I thought this would work as a good player, for my sony dvd recorder. went i got home. Hook him up to my pioneerreciever to use him as a player till I saw my tivo had two output one already use to the reciever the other end I decided to hook up to this panasonic for recording. figure can't be that great for recording for only $188.99 bucks, recording came out very good, very easy to use compared to my sony. have two input jacks in the back my sony I spent $700.00 dollars on doesn't have two input jacks in the back this guy does. Playback very good no skips at all even when changing layers can't say the same on other player. It even burns on cheap disk with no problem great now I can buy the disks on ebay that have the all white label on them so I can print on them. for less then 200 dollars this guy is worth every penny.

5-0 out of 5 stars I almost spent 3 times the money
Buying a DVD recoreder was a new venture for me.I did extensive research and read every review I could find about Panasonic, Sony, Toshiba and others.Through these reviews I determined that I needed to spend $500-$600 for what I wanted.

Then I stumbled on a review which mentioned this model, before it actually came out. I checked it out and bought it the first week out and paid $189-.

The product works perfectly, but if this is a new process to you, it is not easy.The instruction book is not very helpful. I had to call panasonic cust support twice to get help with hook up and operation. After using it, is gets much easier. But do your homework about the DVD recording and playback formats before you buy anything.You could end up with something you dont want.

No need to spend big bucks on others, this model does most everything you need. I highly recommend it.

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14. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5 5MP Digital Camera with 12x Image Stabilized Optical Zoom (Black)
list price: $499.95
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Asin: B0007OV472
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 121
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

12x Optical Zoom and a Brightness of F2.8 to 3.3 The LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens is a small, lightweight lens that packs the samezoom power as a big, clunky 400mm-class film camera lens. This 12x optical zoom lens is super-bright too, at F2.8 to 3.3 with a focal length of 6 to 72mm (equivalent to 36mm to 432mm in a 35mm film camera).You've got all the power and flexibility you need to take exquisitely beautiful shots all the way from telephoto to wide angle and macro. The DMC-FZ5 also has a 4x digital zoom. Use it together with the 12x optical zoom and you've got ultra-powerful 48x zooming, roughly equivalent to a huge 1680mm lens on a 35mm camera.MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer Helps Eliminate Blurry Pictures Jitter from shaky hands is one of the main reasons why cameras produce blurry images. We don't expect everyone to have hands of stone when taking pictures, that's why Lumix cameras help solve the problem of unsteady hands with advanced MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer technology.The DMC-FZ5 has a built-in gyrosensor that detects any hand movement and relays a signal to a tiny microcomputer inside the camera, which instantly calculates the compensation needed. A linear motor then shifts the Optical Image Stabilizer lens as necessary to guide incoming light from the image straight to the CCD. You won't even notice it working-all you'll see are the outstanding results!Snap Off Consecutive Shots at 3 Frames per Second! Yo ... Read more

Features

  • Stores images on Secure Digital (SD) cards; 16MB card included
  • Powered by a Lithium-Ion battery pack (7.2V, 680 mAh); battery charger included
  • 5.0-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 13 x 17-inch prints
  • Amazing 12x optical zoom gets you close to the action without sacrificing image quality
  • Super-fast shutter times: .008 seconds to release (not including AF time) and .4 seconds between shots

Reviews (8)

5-0 out of 5 stars Pansonic Got It Right!
This camera has far exceeded my expectations. I am one of those geeks that research everything on the market before making a purchase. There are plenty of cameras that looked like they would meet my needs, but as I researched and tested, too many had glaring flaws or fell short on critical features.

I'm not going to waste your time and mine repeating all the details of every feature from the earlier reviewers. They did a great job of listing its strengths and weaknesses. Instead, I will waste our time sharing my personal impressions on the use and results of this fine camera.

The image stabilizer is like magic. I have been able to take indoor, hand held shots that would have been impossible with an un-stabilized camera. I cannot overstate the value of this feature. In well lit pictures the stabilization makes for a crispness I haven't seen in a point and shoot type camera (perhaps the massive Leica lens may have had something to do with this too). The flash has impressed me as well. It seems to meter very well compared to my Cannon A70. No more flash blown out shots on close up groups. Rarely did it get it wrong.

I spent yesterday at the Point Defiance Zoo in Seattle, running the FZ5 through its paces. The resulting pictures blew me away. I couldn't wipe the smile off my face looking at the pics on my computer afterwards. I'm no pro, but some of the pics were. It was a bit humorous to hear comments all day long by other Point and Shoot photographers "I wish I had more zoom", all the while I am taking crisp 12x close-ups of all the fuzzy critters in cages.

Also, I like a camera that looks and handles like a camera, not some kind of Star Trek shuttle craft with a lens on the front. The Minoltas look goofy and handle goofy. Scotty, beam me up.

Is it perfect? Nope, but so close I'm still smirking with smug satisfaction. After the zoo trip, I would like a manual focus option. There were times that glass or chain link fence made focusing a chore. Would I trade for a bigger, heavier camera that had manual focusing? Not for my uses. You can keep your bloated and clunky DSLRs. This camera carries like a Point and Shoot, but functions like a much bigger beast. Toting it around was barely noticeable (that is a key feature for me). This is a camera that you can carry easily and it excels at 95% of any use I may deem for it. The size is perfect. A gargantuan 12x stabilized lens on a camera this small is unreal (somebody pinch me).

Of course, please upgrade the included SD card. I get annoyed when reviews gripe about the small included memory cards in today's cameras. I don't want the camera company deciding for me which high capacity card to use (and jacking up the price of the camera). I say put in a tiny inexpensive card to allow camera testing, then let the end user pick their favorite card. This camera is already speed demon compared to my Canon A70. Imagine my surprise after plugging in a SanDisk Ultra II card and watching the write speeds cut in half. It was dramatic. Get a fast 10mb SD card and snap pictures at will.

As far as the review by "jjmmdd" I have to say "Either you don't know how to hold a camera still, or the camera is defective" If it is the former, spend more time on your technique. If it is the latter, then for heaven sakes, get the camera fixed or replaced. Across the board Panasonic puts out some of the most consistently reliable consumer products available. "jjmmdd", you were so very right. Every positive review written for Panasonic products is written by a Panasonic employee. Dude, put on your aluminum foil hat, check yourself for alien implants, and "buy a vowel".

Regarding the review by "D. Rosenfeld", as far as I am concerned, any "movie mode" in a "still camera" is a defect, not a feature. If you need a video camera, buy a video camera. Anyone buying a still camera for its video features is looped. It is consumers like you that make me fear the camera companies will start putting cell phones in digital cameras. D'oh! Oh another thing "D".... The stabilizer "ROCKS!!!"

It has been a while since I purchased a toy that lived up to my expectations after I lived with it for a while. The Panasonic FZ5 did just that. I'm now dreaming of this same camera with manual focus and a magnesium chassis......mmmmmm, magnesium. Wake up man!!!In the category of "Stellar, Point, and Shoot, Mega-Zoom, Cameras" This baby is getting all 5 stars from me.

(Subliminal message to follow)

Panasonic, please release the DMC-FX8 in the US market..... Panasonic, please release the DMC-FX8 in the US market..... Panasonic, please release the DMC-FX8 in the US market.....

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Camera
Okay, maybe I'm not qualified to give it a 5 star rating since this is the first digital camera I've owned, but I've been very happy with this camera and it's performance.I've been a traditional SLR user for about 10 years, and while this camera doesn't have the full range of control of an SLR, it seems to be the best for the price if you want some manual controls and a great zoom compared to it's competitors in the same price range.I'm stopping here, the other reviews already give a lot of detail about the camera.

4-0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect
This review should really be 4.7 stars. The only 'flaws' I have found are the absence of manual focusing (if you need that, get the Panasonic FZ20) and spot focus being potentially aimed outside of the little focus box (test where yours is).

I knew about the lack of manual focus going in, and weighed against the larger (3/4 inch wider, 1/2 inch taller, and 1 inch deeper), more expensive 20 oz. FZ20, the smaller 11 oz. FZ5 wins easily.I already own the FZ10 which is very similar to its replacement the FZ20, and its sheer size and weight prevented carrying it regularly.Its bulk is the reason I replaced it.

I'm not certain yet if my spot focus is aimed correctly, but others have had problems, and a few of my pictures have been out of focus.Many of those seem due to hand shake with a slow shutter speed.When zoomed even image stabilization/antishake technology won't compensate for slow shutter speeds - use the flash or a higher ISO.

You have the flexibility to do that because other than manual focus, you have endless options.At least 4 ISOs, shutter priority mode, aperture priority mode, manual mode, and a variety of pre-programmed shot settings if you don't want to mess with the details.Fireworks, party, night landscape, night protrait, sports, macro and on, it's all there.The exposure system is the most accurate I've seen in not over-exposing and losing white tones and highlights.The white balance is actually accurate enough that you may need to adjust it, although 'auto' does pretty well.Focusing can be whole screen, spot, high-speed spot, etc.It also has two image stabilization modes, one that gives you the greatest accuracy stabilizing, another that makes focusing easier.

An often ignored consideration in picking a camera is whether it has a focus assist light.Inside, especially at night under incandescent light, many cameras may have trouble getting enough light to focus correctly.You won't notice this in a well-lit store or outside, but when you need a picture of a birthday party or other event, half your shots will be out of focus.This has the light.I believe only Canons also have this feature consistently.

If you've made it to this camera, you are probably already aware of the benefits of an extended zoom.It's wonderful to be in total control and able to get as close as you want to your subject.Since I'm unable to hand-hold even at 6x zoom, image stabilization is vital in an ultrazoom model.

There are cameras available with more megapixels. While more pixels may give you the ability to capture more detail, that must be weighed against the file sizes created by more megapixels.You'd need extra or larger memory cards to hold those files, or compress them and lose resolution in order to fit in a smaller size.If you're only printing 4x6s or even 5x7s, it's too small to see that detail.Most web images are less than 1 MP, and a standard 1024x768 screen is also less than 1MP.If you are sending images by email, larger images and files only making it harder to send those to people with dial-up.Don't buy a camera on megapixels alone - it may be more trouble than it's worth.

Other than the FZ20, only the Konica Minolta Dimage Z5 is comparable to this model.The Dimage is heavier and larger, making the Panasonic the best option for me so that I carry it as often as possible and get the most from my investment.Other than hard-core photography afficionados who need the manual focus (or a hot shoe which this also lacks), I doubt anyone would be disappointed.

3-0 out of 5 stars Panasonic DMC-FZ5

I just bought one and am very disappointed to find that a user can not change the degree of zooming when in movie mode; in other words, once you select a focus that includes a certain amount of telephoto zoom, you are stuck at that zoom level till you stop the movie and start a new movie. BUMMER!

Secondly, even though everyone raves about the image stabilizer, I have to say that my old Sony Mavica MVC-FD91 had/has a far superior stabilizer.

The new Canon S2 may be the way to go.

http://www.dpreview.com/news/0504/05042201canons2is.asp




5-0 out of 5 stars Nicely done Panasonic
I have been very pleased so far with the DMC-FZ5.I have been taking very sharp pictures indoors and outdoors with the Lumix.The LCD is very readable (might not be as easy in full sunlight), and I was able to figure out most menu items without the instructions.

Image stabilization works wonders on this long zoom camera.I took a 12X zoom picture outside in a 25 mph wind, and the result was outstanding.The wind was shaking me all over, but the pic came out as crisp as can be, thanks to the image stabilization.

To Ann I say that the DMC-F5Z may be kind of big by your standards, but I would have to say this Lumix is a very compact camera, even compared to my Canon G2, which is no monster by any stretch.

To Jimmy, I am certainly not a Panasonic employee, but I can't give this camera a poor review.If 75% of your shots are blurry with the Lumix, then either your camera is defective, or the operator is defective!Is it possible to take a blurry picture with this camera?Yes, but it's pretty hard, especially with Image Stabilization turned on.

For mid-priced long zoom cameras, the Lumix DMC-FZ5 has to be at or near the top of its class, at least for right now.For those who can wait, you might want to compare this camera to the Canon 2S IS, which is coming in June. ... Read more


15. Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ2 5MP Digital Camera with 6x Image Stabilized Optical Zoom (Silver)
list price: $299.95
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Asin: B0007OV45Y
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 83
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer Helps Eliminate Blurry Pictures Jitter from shaky hands is one of the main reasons why cameras produce blurry images. We don't expect everyone to have hands of stone when taking pictures, that's why Lumix cameras help solve the problem of unsteady hands with advanced MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer technology.The DMC-LZ2 has a built-in gyrosensor that detects any hand movement and relays a signal to a tiny microcomputer inside the camera, which instantly calculates the compensation needed. A linear motor then shifts the Optical Image Stabilizer lens as necessary to guide incoming light from the image straight to the CCD. You won't even notice it working, all you'll see are the outstanding results!6x Optical Zoom in a Compact Body Use the 6x optical zoom together with the 4x digital zoom1 to enjoy up to 24x zoom power, which approximates a 888 mm zoom lens on a 35mm camera, with a body size as compact as an ordinary 3x optical zoom camera. Snap Off Consecutive Shots at 3 Frames per Second! You can take up to 5 images in Standard Mode and 3 images in Fine Mode with fullresolution. In addition, the Unlimited Consecutive Shooting function lets you continue shooting until the memory card or built-in memory is full. All this is made possible by the Venus Engine Plus, which reduces power consumption by about50% compared with our previous Venus Engine. The multi-task image processing inthe Venus Engine Pl ... Read more

Features

  • 5 MP CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 13 x 17-inch prints
  • 6x image-stabilized optical zoom; 2.0-inch LCD display
  • 14MB built-in memory
  • Stores images on SD memory cards; powered by 2 AA-size batteries

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing quality picture, tons of features, compact design
Panasonic blows the big name competitors away with this model digital camera. This is the only compact digital camera on the market to offer 6x optical zoom. It is also the only camera in this price range equipped with image stabilization and all for well under $300.
The picture quality is simply remarkable. Camera has both simple menus for the novice user as well as many manual controls and advanced menus for the pro.
The camera is super fast, not only at initial startup, but also shot to shot pictures. Huge 2- inch LCD display with great battery life. Excellent camera with lots of features, good design, compact and very light weight. I have no regrets neither will you.

Strengths:
6x optical zoom, image stabilizer, sharp clear images, compact size, extended battery life, 2-inch LCD, SD media, 5MP, movie mode with audio, works with regular AA batteries, 4x digital zoom.

Weaknesses:
No viewfinder but you won't need it because of the camera's huge LCD and extended battery life. The LCD however is only average resolution, but does display sharp, clear images in low lighting or direct sunlight. A higher resolution LCD screen wouldn't hurt.

Get this camera. You will not have any regrets.

5-0 out of 5 stars One Great Camera!
This is one great camera!I also have a Canon Powershot A75, so I have another great camera to compare it to.I thought the Powershot took excellent pictures until I got the Panasonic DMC-LZ2.The LZ2's pictures are even better.The 6x optical zoom is one of the reasons I wanted the LZ2, and it works great!I took some pictures of my kids racing (swimming) in the pool using Auto, and they came out beautifully.They were not blurry at all, and you can even see the splashes of water in the air. I thought they might be blurry since I didn't use the "Sports" mode, but they were not.I also took several pictures of them from about 100 feet away and zoomed in the whole way with the optical zoom.The pictures are very close, clear, and look terrific.I am no where near a professional photographer.I am just a Mom who wants to take great-looking pictures of her family in all situations.I am very impressed with this camera, and I highly recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars AMAZING! (LZ1 review since there are none for LZ2)
I've known what I wanted in a digital camera for several years:
1. Fast shutter release (my Canon S-200 takes 3+ sec., 5+ flash).
2. Small and light (for backpacking, travel).
3. Point and shoot zoom(5X plus with image stabilization).
4. 4+ megapixel, under $250.
5. No proprietary batteries, 2 AA preferred.

Up until now, nothing has come close. Then I read in Business Week that the LZ1 and LZ2 had become the best selling cameras in Japan within several months of their introduction. No independant reviews were available (even CNET) so I bought the LZ1 on the strength of it's technical spec's and my previous experiences with Panasonic products.

I took the LZ1 to the rodeo several days ago to test it under demanding conditions. I used the "sports" setting and burst mode(four exposures in about 1 1/2 seconds under those circumstances), all freehand. The results were stunning! No noticeable shutter lag, no blurry or out of focus pictures, all action frozen. Simply put: point, shoot, you got it!

Notes: Actual weight with 2 batteries is 8.2 ozs. The user interface is the best I've seen- full functioned and simple. Flash shots have shutter lag of approx. 1/2 second. I use Panasonic 2300 mah nmh rechargeable batteries purchased at Costco. Panasonic specs claim 370 pictures with those batteries, 30 seconds between shots, flash every shot, full zoom in and out each shot. This camera has no optical view finder. I use Panasonic high speed 256mb SD memory cards- expensive, but after having a Viking card quit and swallow 200 pics on another camera, I don't pinch pennies on memory. I may try a Sandisc Ultra II SD card if Amazon gets some in stock. ... Read more


16. Panasonic DVD-LS50 7" Portable DVD Player
list price: $399.95
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Asin: B00021Z98A
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 47
Average Customer Review: 4.38 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Enjoy your favorite movies wherever you roam with Panasonic's portable DVD-LS50 multiformat DVD player. Featuring a 7-inch screen, the 16:9 aspect ratio DVD-LS50 enables you to watch movies in widescreen format or conventional 4:3 formats such as letterbox and pan-and-scan. The LCD can be manually adjusted to a variety of different angles that can accommodate a wide range of viewing positions. The DVD-LS50 also features built-in stereo speakers, a rechargeable battery with a battery life of up to 3 hours, audio output for Dolby Digital and DTS, and a remote control.

In addition to DVD video discs, the DVD-LS50 is compatible with DVD-Audio, DVD-RAM, DVD-R, video and audio CDs, MP3, WMA, and CD-R/-RW discs. It also supports HighMAT (High-Performance Media Access Technology), a technology codeveloped by Panasonic and Microsoft that improves the method of storing, arranging, and playing back digital photo, music, and video collections on recordable discs, such as DVD and CD recordable media.

With the high-speed, 5-step Smooth Motion Scan feature, you'll get crystal-clear forward and reverse scan at 100 times normal speed at its highest setting. The Cinema Mode function lessens glare, providing colors that are more cinemalike, and picture resolution that is gentler to the eyes. It also improves the visibility of details in dark scenes by automatically adjusting picture contrast, and helps to suppress color smearing as well. The Dialogue Enhancer feature increases the center-channel volume relative to other channels, making movie dialogue easier to hear and understand.

The DVD-LS50 has 1 composite A/V out and a 3.5 mm headphone minijack. It offers advanced virtual surround sound, headphone surround sound, and optical digital audio output for Dolby Digital and DTS surround sound--making this road warrior a complete solution for your home theater as well.

Tech Talk
Dolby Digital: Digital audio compression technology developed by Dolby Laboratories that provides the same 5.1 discrete channels of high-quality digital audio found in Dolby Digital cinema audio systems. Because all of the channel data are recorded discretely, Dolby Digital offers good channel separation and little sound deterioration due to the digital channel data processing. It conforms to 5.1-channel surround sound. The rear channel is stereo, and there is a discrete subwoofer channel.

DTS: Digital audio compression technology developed by Digital Theater Systems that conforms to 5.1-channel surround sound. The rear channel is stereo, and there is a discrete subwoofer channel.

What's in the Box
Panasonic DVD-LS50 portable DVD player, remote control, batteries for remote control, rechargeable battery, and AC adapter. ... Read more

Features

  • Portable DVD player with 7-inch screen; measures 7.5 x 6.5 x 1.1 inches (W x H x D) and weighs 1.8 pounds
  • Adjustable LCD screen; Cinema Mode lessens glare; dialogue enhancer increases center-channel volume
  • Compatible with DVD-Audio, DVD-RAM, DVD-R, video and audio CDs, MP3, WMA, and CD-R/-RW discs
  • 1 A/V out and headphone minijack
  • Dolby Digital and DTS surround-sound output (for use with compatible A/V receiver and speaker system)

Reviews (8)

2-0 out of 5 stars Poor Quality or Bad Engineering
For the price I expected a better built product. I unpacked the unit and thought to myself that I better hold onto the receipt.... within 24 hours the screen went nearly black. Not sure why, I was running the unit off a car adapter AC Power Supply. We shut off the car while the player was in pause, and it never recovered... I would think that a portable unit should be able to handle interupted power supply issues.. As far as I'm concerned, its Junk. We'll be returing it Monday.

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT PRODUCT
I just recently purchased the panasonic dvd ls 50 after doing extensive research on the web. There is no doubt that this unit is a bit more expensive than others with similar sized screans. However, the price difference is insignificant when one considers the quality of this unit both in terms of picture and construction. I just used the unit on transcontinental flights from Orlando Florida to Seattle Washington and it worked extremely well, didnt skip once during the flight despite some heavy turbulance. The only negatives are the battery life is short and an extra battery is necessary. Also the headphones are not that loud over the engine noise but a good pair of noise cancelling phones might negate this problem. In all an excellent machine

4-0 out of 5 stars Very good product
I really like the Panasonic DVD-LS50. I've had it for a couple of days now. The picture is very sharp and the features are great. I highly recommend it. The only drawback is that the Battery doesn't last very long (approx 1.5 hours with th emonitor turned on to its brightest setting).

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Portable- Bar None!!!
Panasonic portable DVD players have the sharpest, clearest screens around! I bought a Toshiba to replace my old Panasonic, but what a piece of junk! The contrast was too high, and it skipped with the slightest bump! I saw the panasonic LS50 and was enamored. It plays DVDs, DVD-Rs that my Toshiba locks up on, MP3s in files (I like to put artists on one disc and then categorize them in seperate files by year of album release.) It plays DVD Ram, JPeg files (The Toshiba won't play any Jpegs over 300 dpi, this one does at least up to 600 dpi!,) and the flip screen is the coolest. I can finally watch a movie holding the player flat! Awesome! It has 2 headphone jacks, the 7" screen is crystal clear, No volume dial to move by accident- buttons are used, the only down side to this amazing player is that it doesn't offer a line in to use it as a monitor like my old Panasonic and Toshiba. (I use this feature when recording to my Panasonic DVD recorder.) The speakers sound great, as usual for Panasonic!The player is not heavy even with the battery. It is very hard to make this player skip! Panasonic is simply the best!!! The price is one third what I paid for my old 5 inch Panasonic years ago- what a steal!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars My first DVD player
I just received this player on June 24, 2004. Since then I have watched several movies on it. I can't get over the crispness and clairty of the picture. It is so awesome!! You forget that you are watching a seven inch screen. We rode with it on the dashboard of our truck. Hitting bumps and potholes as we went. The player never skipped once.
I researched and read many reviews on other players. I am so thrilled that I decided on this one. I should receive my free carrying case in the mail shortly. That will be really nice to have.
If I had to give one negative about the DVD player, it would be that it is hard to see during the day. But this could be true for all DVD players. ... Read more


17. Panasonic KX-TGA510M 5.8GHz Accessory Handset for KX-TG5100M Series
list price: $89.99
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Asin: B0000950SD
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 597
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

An additional handset for Panasonic's KX-TG5100M 5.8 GHz phone system (required, sold separately), the KX-TGA510M offers all the exceptional features you expect from a top quality accessory. The four-line backlit LCD displays up to 50 phonebook entries for speed dialing convenience and are ready for caller ID with call waiting service from your local phone company. With this service, the names and numbers of the 50 most recent callers will be displayed, along with the time and date of the call.

A built-in belt clip and headset jack provide comfortable hands-free operating options, and you'll have full operational access to your phone's answering system. The mute button provides far more security than simply placing your hand over the speaker, while the privacy button allows you to provide or prevent other handsets from participating in the call. Panasonic includes a one-year warranty covering parts and service.

What's in the Box
Handset, battery, base, AC adapter for base, belt clip, warranty, and operating instructions ... Read more

Features

  • For use with KX-TG5100M and KX-TG5110M expandable cordless phone systems
  • 5.8 GHz frequency-hopping digital spread spectrum signal
  • Supports caller ID with call waiting
  • 3-way conference capability
  • 4-line backlit LCD; speakerphone

Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great phone, no problem at all
I have one base system and 4 additional headset in different rooms. We had no problem at all with the system inside or outside of the house (single level). That covers around 20,000 sq ft area. Caller ID works great. Answering system is OK (we only use one in-box and didn't even bother with recording our own outgoing message). No problem with 802.11b/g wireless computer network. Works with filtered DSL telephone line. Handset substained multiple drops by the kids and myself on hardwood floor.

Some minor things that I think can be better:
- make the handset lighter
- have a clock on the handset
- have a mode that distribute the phone list to all the handset automatically. Right now I need to add a new number, then manually send the new phone list to each remote handset one at a time.
- have more colorful handsets

5-0 out of 5 stars Impressive phone
I agree with all the positive reviews. My wireless network is unaffected by these phones and having a speaker-phone built into the handsets just floored me. The only gotcha which I haven't seen mentioned is the way numbers are stored in the phones. The maximum number of digits is 32 which isn't enough when using my calling card. You can't use multiple memory locations to store everything either since once the phone is dialed the phonebook isn't accessible. It's a nit but an annoying one on an otherwise fine phone.

5-0 out of 5 stars Answer to question in previous review
In general, I have found that whatever you can do from the base phone you can do at the handset also, including erasing all caller id at once, rather than one by one. This particular issue on how to erase either one or all the caller id's is on page 33 of the manual. The manual can be found on Amazon.com's web page for either of the base phones that are required for this handset.

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy as pie.
First of all, this handset will not work alone. You must have the base unit, either the Panasonic KX-TG5100M or Panasonic KX-TG5110M 5.8 GHz DSS Expandable Cordless Phone. I have reviewed that phone elsewhere. This review is for this handset. We purchased this particular handset to go with the Panasonic KX-TG5110M. I knew that this handset had to be "registered" with the base phone. I thought that it would be complicated or that I would have to dig out the manual, whatever. Not at all. We charged the new handset. The instructions appeared in the LCD screen of the new handset, saying exactly how to register the handset. We followed the very simple instructions, it worked, and we were ready to go. We put the new handset in the basement. I was very happy with the whole deal, including the great price. Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great phones that work all around house.
I have tried every cordless phones with my last batch (Siemens) being thrown away.

Good
Great sound
Great range, basement, front and back yard, no singal loss
Easy setup, just plug in, generally I have had problems with this.

Bad
Heavier than normal, but great battery life
No clock on the LCD?, They get an F on this one
Have to delete each caller ID one-by-one, haven't read the manual might be an easier way.

Overall, this is probably my favorite phone ever.

I own one base unit with four cordless units. ... Read more


18. Panasonic PVGS9 MiniDV Compact Digital Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom
list price: $349.99
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Asin: B0001DB6IQ
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 621
Average Customer Review: 3.78 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Blending innovative technologies with new, simple-to-operate controls, Panasonic's entry-level PV-GS9 camcorder is an affordable entry into digital video with powerful features. Panasonic continues to innovate, adding more optical zoom capability while reducing the overall size. This MiniDV camcorder features a 20x optical zoom, ultra-fast 1.3-second start-up time, digital stills saved to tape, and webcam capability. For a step up in price, the Panasonic PV-GS12 offers digital electronic image stabilization and enables you to save digital stills to SD/MMC memory cards.

Optics
The PV-GS9 is equipped with a 1/6-inch, 680,000-pixel CCD and 20x optical zoom It also features a 800x digital zoom that allows you to zoom in on incredible close-ups.

Digital Stills
In addition to video camcorder operation, you can also use the PV-GS9 as a digital still camera. Using Panasonic's PhotoShot function, images are stored on tape.

More Features
The 2.5-inch LCD screen can be opened a full 120 degrees away from the camcorder's body, making it easier to view motion images as they're being captured.

The Quick Start feature enables the PV-GS9 to begin taping 1.3 seconds after turning the power on so those unexpected moments won't be missed.ÊAfter pressing the Quick Start button, the camcorder will bring up the previous settings that you were shooting with--even if they were manually entered.

The PV-GS9 has several built-in digital effects during record and playback, including:

  • Digital Mirror: Creates a mirror like symmetrical image
  • Strobe: Digitally "freezes" a series of images
  • Mosaic: Turns the image into a mosaic pattern
  • Stretch: The image expands horizontally
  • Trail: Forms multiple impressions of all images in motion, which gradually fade-out as the motion comes to a halt, creating a "trail" effect
  • Slim: The image expands vertically

The Soft Skin Detail function detects the different skin tones being recorded and softens the focus to create a realistic blend. Other features include:

  • The image-enhancing MagicPix feature allows for rich videos under low-light conditions.Ê
  • Web cam capability, which is ideal for video conferencing with friends or family, or use as a simple monitoring device when consumers are away from home.
  • The unsnapping hand strap doubles as wrist loops, enabling you to carry the camcorder like a small bag or purse.
  • Black and white viewfinder
Inputs and Outputs
The PV-GS9 comes with the standard DV IEEE 1394 port (also known as FireWire; Panasonic refers to this connection as iLink) for a super-fast, lossless connection to a PC or other DV machines. It also has a USB connection (you'll need an optional USB cable to hook up to your PC).

Dimensions and Weight
This camcorder measures 3.3 x 2.75 x 4.38 inches (H x W x D) and weighs 14.1 ounces.

MiniDV Format
MiniDV is the preferred format for personal and broadcast-quality video, and it is highly regarded for its high audio and image quality. With up to 540 lines of horizontal resolution and minimum color noise, MiniDV delivers a 2 percent clearer picture than analog camcorder formats. This is all delivered on a cassette that's 1/12th the size of a standard VHS tape. A MiniDV tape offers digital recording time of 2 full hours--20 times the capacity of a CD. ... Read more

Features

  • Compact digital Palmcorder MultiCam camcorder and still camera with 680,000-pixel CCD
  • 20x optical zoom lens (digital zoom to 800x)
  • 2.5-inch LCD swings open 120 degrees and black-and-white viewfinder
  • Low-light recording settings, records stills to tape, and Web cam capability
  • Rechargeable Li-ion battery pack lasts for up to 1 hour and 15 minutes

Reviews (9)

2-0 out of 5 stars Good Camcorder but...
...there are too many things wrong with it. This is the 2nd time I've taken this one home to try out. The first one had great video and I really liked it, but the sound didn't work. I took it back and they gave me another. This one has great video and sound, but full of the mosaic problem I've read about on other digital camcorders. The booklet says this is not a malfunction but a normal instance of digital. Give me a break...why would people put up with this and pay the prices they're paying. No way. I'm waiting until they find a cure and then I'll be back, but I don't believe this is a normal thing.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good cam.
I bought this camcorder, like everybody else, because i need small, digital, and low-cost. this camera does all that, and the outdoors video quality is excellent.

It's not fair to compare this model with 3CCD or other much more costly models, but i will say that the EIS is not very good, and particularly poor when used in low light-lots of image smear. Of course, i think EIS stinks, period...

Overall, buy it. Best at price point.

5-0 out of 5 stars molto bene!
For a while, my friends and I have been searching for a digital camcorder to make movies with. We had one already but it was...bad...to say the least. We needed something new.

I got this camcorder and absolutely love it. The picture quality and sound quality is amazing. I can now record at a crisp, clear 720*480 resolution.

Another pro: the zoom is amazing. Don't believe it when it says 800x zoom because that's just false, but if you turn the digital zoom down to 50x, the quality still remains almost the same as optical zoom.

Within minutes after I opened it, I had transfered a video onto my computer using windows movie maker, and saved it as an avi. All you need is a firewire cable (which I bought at the time I bought the camera).

I can't think of any cons for this camera because it has exceeded my expectations in every way.

You can also transfer videos from your computer back on to the camera using the firewire cable, and then record them onto VHS tapes.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not as good as it should be
Pros: Really good zoom (sorta)

Cons: When you zoom in, it looses pixels; No extra features; can't connect to PC or MAC without buying the driver from panasonic

Overall - wish i hadn't bought it! Over priced!

3-0 out of 5 stars Just okay!
I have just finished recording my first videotape with the Panasonic PV-GS9 and would like to make the following comments.

First, the camcorder is easy to use and is a basically a point and shoot camcorder.

For the more discriminating users I would like to point out some of the shortcomings of the camera.

1) I have found that the automatic focus is quite slow sometimes and sometimes would not work at all. I was photographing some hummingbirds up close and the camera would not focus on the feeder maybe because the color was white.

2) Dark subjects came out overexposed rather than rendering the intense colors one would like to have gotten.

3) Panasonic does not provide the software or cable to download to one's computer and it has been a real bitch trying to get the folks to respond to e-mail. I currently have three e-mails out to the service folks trying to find out how I might get the software. I received an answer to one e-mail directing me to a site where I could download the software but when I got there the link was a dead link. I have written three times about this and no one has answered my e-mails. Additionally, the e-mail with the dead link stated that the cable for downloading the movies to the computer "...is currently on back order with the factory for 4-6 weeks."

I cannot imagine what one might do if something goes wrong with the camcorder.

Despite the negatives I love the fact that I can get close up shots of birds from a safe distance without disturbing the birds and the camera will focus almost right at the edge of the lens. One could do close ups of ants if he wanted to. One really needs a tripod for the extended zooming range. You cannot hold this camera still at the 50X digital zoom. ... Read more


19. Panasonic TH-50PHD7UY Professional Series 50" HD-Ready Flat-Panel Plasma Display
list price: $6,499.99
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Asin: B00065XUQU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 11826
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Panasonic TH-50PHD7UY / 50-inch / 1366x768 / Black / Plasma DisplayThe Panasonic TH-50PHD7UY 50-inch plasma dislplay incorporates advanced digital processing technology, including a newly developed MACH Panel, Real Black Drive System, 3D Color Management System, and the New Super Real Gamma System. A host of Panasonic imaging technologies combine to achieve both the industry's highest gradation and outstanding 3,000:1 contrast. Dual Picture, Digital Zoom, multi-screen capability and other advanced functions enhance the usability of this display. The Panasonic TH-50PHD7UY provides pictures with the kind of breathtaking beauty that stirs emotion.Demand is rising for extra-large display screens, and Panasonic has the solution. Our new lineup of displays for professional applications includes a 50-inch plasma model that offers the superior image quality, extensive functions, and extendibility that make Panasonic an industry leader. The new unit suits any application calling for a super-size display. Use it in a directory in a building lobby, an information board for an airport, train station or other large public facility, or a monitor at event sites.The ultimate in image quality — Expressivity that goes above and beyond previous limits The accuracy and detail our displays provide cannot be adequately expressed by specifications alone. Their overall image quality goes far beyond conventional standards. They provide pictures with the kind of breathtaking beauty tha ... Read more

Features

  • Stunning 3,000:1 contrast ratio, better-than 160-degree viewing angle
  • Offers 8 watts per channel x 2 for use with optional speakers
  • 50-inch widescreen, high-def, flat-panel gas-plasma display; measures 47.6 x 28.5 x 3.7 inches (W x H x D)
  • Designed to stunningly high specifications for business and professional use; 1,366 x 768 native pixel resolution
  • Expandable connection options through 1 vacant and 2 swappable rear-panel terminal board insert slots

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent product at a great price!!
I have been researching plasma screens for about a year before I finally decided on a Panasonic.I was headed towards the consumer model with all the options, (which was a Consumer Reports best buy and the top rated CNET plasma), but then I found this model.It's the professional version with the same screen.It comes with inputs for component, composite, s-video, and PC.You can order other input cards for HMDI or any other input device if you want it.It doesn't have speakers or a tuner, which is okay for me since I have a DVR and I use my surround system.All I needed was a great looking screen and this is it.I shopped around for pricing on all the shopping sites, and there are some shady places that sell opened boxes or reconditioned screens for a "better price".Some try the old bait and switch or try to sell you the massive extended warranty.Panasonic won't honor the warranty from some of these stores too!Beware!The best price from a reputable place is from Tiger Direct.I hadn't ordered from them before, but I figured I'd have Amazon's buyer protection if I needed it.They shipped my order the same day and it arrived six days later via ABF Freight.I had ordered a Peerless SF-660P wall mount for it that arrived the same day, thank goodness!(I got it from the Peerless Industries website, if you're interested.) Everything is perfect and I couldn't be happier with how this screen looks on my wall.It has the best picture of any screen I've looked at.I highly recommend it. ... Read more


20. Panasonic TH-37PWD7UY Professional Series 37" HD-Ready Flat-Panel Plasma Display
list price: $1,499.99
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Asin: B00065XUR4
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 27296
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Product Description

Transcendental Visons 4000:1 Contrast! Superb Images The ultimate in image quality! An expressiveness that transcends even the improbable. A host of groundbreaking Panasonic imaging technologies combine to achieve the stuff of which legends are made. In fact, this phenomenal plasma television features the industry’s highest gradation and incredible 4000:1 contrast. Yes, Panasonic paints its legendary quality across a stunning 37-inch canvas with scintillating, life-like colors, exquisitely vivid images and laser-sharp contrasts. The uncanny accuracy and remarkable detail woven into the fabric of this display cannot be articulated by mere specifications. Its overall image quality goes far beyond conventional standard. And the breathtaking beauty of the pictures it creates will heighten your perceptions dramatically. ... Read more

Features

  • Stunning 4,000:1 contrast ratio, better-than 160-degree viewing angle
  • Offers 8 watts per channel x 2 for use with optional speakers
  • 37-inch widescreen, high-def, flat-panel gas-plasma display; measures 36.2 x 21.7 x 3.5 inches (W x H x D)
  • Designed to stunningly high specifications for business and professional use; 852 x 480 native pixel resolution
  • Expandable connection options through 2 swappable rear-panel terminal board insert slots

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