Panasonic D-snap SV-AV50 (Silver)
Manufacturer: Panasonic Part number: SV-AV50S
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CNET editors' review
price range: $169.99
- Reviewed by: David English
- Edited by: Aimee Baldridge
- Reviewed on: 09/09/2004
The good: Small size; combines photo, video, and audio capture; plays music files and recorded TV shows.
The bad: Photo quality is often poor; no optical zoom; no red-eye reduction; only a few settings for each media function.
The bottom line: Stylishly small and loaded with multimedia functions, the D-snap SV-AV50 has too few settings for its functions and captures mostly below-average photos.
Know what your buying
Pros: great size, multi functional, lots of fun smaller then me digitial camera
Cons: Know what your buying this will not replace your camcorder however it is a lot of fun for a quick video
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
love my video camera
by buffandsweet33 on June 28, 2010
Pros: sd video camera. cool pics. voice recoreder. very stylish. very fun
Cons: none whatsoever
Summary: i have had this camera for 5 years and i love my camcorder. still works great!
Summary: i have had this camera for 5 years and i love my camcorder. still works great!
by rankthetank19 on December 23, 2007
Pros: MP3s, Voice Recorder, Camera, Video Camera, Flash, relatively loud speaker, easy to use menus
Cons: low picture/movie camera
Summary: I bought this camera based on its vast amount of uses. The mp3 player is great. The only negative thing about the whole package is the video and picture quality. ...
Summary: I bought this camera based on its vast amount of uses. The mp3 player is great. The only negative thing about the whole package is the video and picture quality. At 2mp the camera just isnt up to par. It produces grainy/dark images unless you are in bright sunlight. The video also is blurry and very pixelated. It looks fine on the lcd screen but when imported onto a computer, the quality is definitely lacking. This camera however is great for its portability and small size. I used it when hanging out with my friends, biking, skiing, or whenever we would need to capture somebody doing something stupid. It is ideal for these situations but it is definitely not the camera for someone looking to make high quality recordings or home-movies.
Fun and easy to use once you crack the software issues
by kguernsey on October 27, 2005
Pros: Small, lightweight, & great to have on hand for when you don't want to lug your camcorder around
Cons: Not the greatest image quality, poor software design
Summary: I've had this camera for several months now, and have greatly enjoyed using it. It's perfect for slipping in your pocket and capturing video when you wouldn't ...
Summary: I've had this camera for several months now, and have greatly enjoyed using it. It's perfect for slipping in your pocket and capturing video when you wouldn't typically want to haul a camcorder with you. The still picture image quality is pretty poor (think lower-end cell phone camera), and the MPEG-4 video at highest quality is comparable to the WAV files created when I dump my camcorder MPEG-2 video into my computer and save it at lower resolution. So I'd not recommend it for capturing the most important moments in your life, but for capturing video on a whim it's perfect, and an unobtrusive alternative to a bulkier camcorder.
My biggest complaint relates to the software. The editing software bundled with the product is not user-friendly, and its conversion of the ASF format to WAV files results in a high loss of image quality. Worse still, the ASF format in which video is recorded cannot be played on computers lacking the necessary Panasonic codec. That codec is provided in the software that comes with the camera, but cannot be downloaded for free from the Panasonic website. Result: you can email those fun little videos to your friends, but unless they also own a DSnap camera and have installed the necessary software, they won't be able to watch the files! In addition, even if you have the codec, you'll not be able to view or edit your video in third party software (including Windows Moviemaker) unless you can convert the file to something other than the native ASF.
The only solution I have found to this codec problem is to download (for free) the "Windows Media Encoder" software from Microsoft's website. You can then convert your ASF files into WAV files that any Windows user can view using Windows Media Player, and that you can edit in movie-editing software. (This process also typically reduces the video file size, which helps when emailing.) Unlike the Panasonic software, Windows Media Encoder also converts the file without any appreciable loss of image quality.
I haven't yet tried the feature allowing you to record TV onto the device for viewing later, but that's next on my list!
So, all in all I'm a big fan of the DSnap, and would happily recommend it to anyone for whom the highest image quality is not an essential requirement. Just don't forget to download Windows Media Encoder!
Great deal if you paid less then $130.00
by Philipk on March 28, 2005
Pros: It looks cool and it's small
Cons: Poor picture and video quality
Summary: I got mine for $129.00 ($229.00 with $100 rebate). Bottom line is, you get what you pay for. It looks great, it's small, and it's fun. ...
Summary: I got mine for $129.00 ($229.00 with $100 rebate). Bottom line is, you get what you pay for. It looks great, it's small, and it's fun. Picture and video are okay. I give it a 8 because for the price, it's great! If you are looking for professional 10 mega pixel or HDTV quality video, $129 bucks is not going to do it for you.
Perfect Travel Compannion.
Pros: Multi-featured; digital camera, digital video recorder, MP3 player AND it records from any external device with the incluced RCA connectors. I think it`s great. I`m planning a 6 month bike trip, (from May to October, 2005), and it meets all my specificati
Cons: Due to it`s very compact size some of the features, (the jog ball is very sensitive, and the camera lense release latch is a bit tricky), however for a first effort Panasonic has done quite well, when you maintain realistic expectations.
Great attention getter BUT Poor performer INDOORS
Pros: Highly integrated 4 in 1 device. Every party I whip it out, I spend 10 mins explaining what it is. That is where it ends. Sunny Day toy is its best description as it takes great shots outside. Plug in 1Gig SD and get 5,450 640x480 or 1,780 1280x960 shot
Cons: No match for a DV Cam solution, having a faster CCD. Indoor video and cam shots are VERY grainy - FRUSTRATING, considering that personal shots are priceless. Flash OVER brightens subjects. No dynamic Zoom is terrible!! I Love the concept yet Hate the 2M
Good only with rebate
Pros: pros, its fairly small to carry in your pocket. it gets alot of attention if you like that sort of thing. um...well with the 100 rebate its an okay purchase. it ends up being about 150+ship AR.
Cons: no way is this worth the full retail of 400. cam quality, think cell phone cam. yeah im serious. it's like a cell phone cam. the flash sucks, if too close it whitens the image to where it's unrecognizable. too far and it doesnt light anything. vid qualit
This is a great all around product for a young person wanting something sleek and just plain cool.
Pros: It has a sleek design with many features. Good for a young avid photogrpaher wanting to just take pictures and shoot a couple of clips. The design is the biggest turn on with it being small and compact easy enough to carry in a purse or pocket.
Cons: The quality is not the best but what would you expect for having so many features in one tiny camera. the 2 megapixel isnt the greatest and movies are somewhat bad to say the least.
Pros: I known for many years that Panasonic is one of the most innovative companies in the world, they are not always good in promoting what they invented, however. The SV-AV50 is another example. You know it has to be advances cause it is made in Japan and m
Cons: Chaging is only via the dockig station, which could be improved. Also the 'release' button which released the lens to flip back to the body, was kind of hard to access. I would not have done without my new 1 GB SD media chip so better get 1 for yourself
- Manufacturer: Panasonic
- Part number: SV-AV50S
- Description: Panasonic's vision of the digital future is driven by the needs and aspirations of its business customers and millions of consumers around the world who use its products every day. The company shares their dream to live a fuller life by providing ways of working smarter and enjoying the rewards of technological advances.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Camcorder with Digital player/voice recorder
- Enclosure Color Silver
- Camcorder Sensor Resolution 2.11 megapixels
- Digital Zoom 2.5 x
- Effective Photo Resolution 2 megapixels
- Camcorder Media Type Flash card
- Optical Sensor Size 1/3.2"
- Optical Sensor Type CCD
- Min Illumination 60 lux
- Digital Video Format MPEG-4
- Min Shutter Speed 1/7.5 sec
- Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 sec
- Shooting modes Digital photo mode
- White Balance Automatic,
- Camera Flash Built-in flash
- Image Recording Format JPEG
- Flash Modes Auto mode,
Flash OFF mode
- Type Lens - 4.5 mm - F/4.0
- Lens aperture F/4.0
- Lens system type Lens
- Min focal length 4.5 mm
- Focus Adjustment Focus free
- Min Focus Range 19.7 in
- Additional Features Display brightness control,
- Remote control Remote control - Cable
- Software SD Jukebox,
Drivers & Utilities
- Included Accessories Cradle stand,
Cable remote control,
Audio / video cable
- Viewfinder Type None
- Type 2 in LCD display
- Connector Type USB,
DC power input
Memory / Storage
- Media type Flash card
- Memory Card Slot SD card
- Included Memory Card 8 MB SD Memory Card
- Image Storage Fine JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 4 VA - With 8MB card,
Fine JPEG 1280 x 960 : 8 VA - With 8MB card,
Fine JPEG 640 x 480 : 30 VA - With 8MB card,
Normal JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 8 VA - With 8MB card,
Normal JPEG 1280 x 960 : 15 VA - With 8MB card,
Normal JPEG 640 x 480 : 60 VA - With 8MB card
- Video Capture MPEG-4 - 320 x 240,
MPEG-4 - 320 x 240,
MPEG-4 - 176 x 144,
MPEG-4 - 176 x 144
System Requirements for PC Connection
- Operating System Support MS Windows ME,
MS Windows 98 SE,
MS Windows XP,
MS Windows 2000
- Peripheral Devices USB port,
- Supported Battery 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 530 mAh ( Included )
- Audio input type Microphone
- Microphone type Built-in
- Min Operating Temperature 32 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 104 °F
- Mfr estimated battery life 60 min
Viewfinder / Display
- Display Features Rotating
- Width 1.9 in
- Depth 0.8 in
- Height 4 in
- Weight 0.2 lbs