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Old August 7th, 2003, 09:46 PM   #1
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NV 100-K or the GS70 (smaller)MMmm

I am a newbie to the camcorder market.....I live in Japan and read Japanese so I checked out kakaku.com and can get the nv-70 for 90,000 plus 5% tax and the NV100K for 118,000yen plus tax both shops are 30min on the train from my house and I can pick them up as opposed to order on line and pay cash...maybe they can give me a further cash discount and maybe tax free holding a oreign passport...try my luck....well there fore the nv100k is 28,000 more....thats a lot for me....the people in the shops say that the movie record level is similar....basically I will just edit on my PC and burn my own data cds or Dvds.....

question: in the case of editing on the pc and burning dvds or making data cds will the end quality be so much difference between the NV 70 and the NV100K?

My girlfriend likes the smaller size and I like that black beuty...but the problem is she's financing the deal!

MMMmmmm Help needed with decision.....I already have a 3.2 mega pixal still camera so that function on the nv100K isnt for digi photos doesnt sway me that direction...

Oh the guy in the electric shop was impressed with my printed out english instructions for the 100k from this forum....
thanks to all

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Old August 7th, 2003, 11:31 PM   #2
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question: in the case of editing on the pc and burning dvds or making data cds will the end quality be so much difference between the NV 70 and the NV100K?
You will most likely notice a big difference, especially on a larger sized TV and in shooting 16:9. The GS100 has about triple the video effective CCD pixels to capture video information. Shooting with OIS over DIS also makes a noticeable difference.

If she really loves you, she will get you the GS100. :)
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Old August 7th, 2003, 11:48 PM   #3
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Frank, sorry for marking you up but you often repeat GS100 has triple the pixel count of GS70.

These are the facts but the more pixels are not actually used. Other much better 3CCD cams have much less pixels than MX5000 or GS100. It's true though tha GS70 is a bit under even for the recording standard.

Things wich matter are overal lens-CCD combination, as well as camera tuning, etc.

Lincoln, I had that war with the difference that my wife (family) sponsors the purchase. I won for the better but if you are not going to use the cam for more demanding tasks I guess GS70 is preaty good too. At other forums and what I've personaly seen it's slightly less sharp, overal good (but not outstanding) color, and a not bad in low light (brightness OK but sharpness is even more down, grain is relatively low).

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Old August 8th, 2003, 01:11 AM   #4
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Bogdan, I was talking about "video effective CCD pixels," not total CCD pixels. Over the years CCDs have come with more pixels. You just have to take note of the video effective pixels. The more video effective pixels, the more "eyes" the CCD or CCDs have to see thus capture information. We have seen this trend with digi still cams as well: the more pixels, the higher resolution. Look at these specs:

GS100K/MX5000/PV-DV953

1/6" CCD with 800,000 X 3 pixels.
Video effective: 640,000 X 3 pixels.

GS70

1/6" CCD with 460,000 X 3 pixels
Video effective: 290,000 pixels.

Now look at these 2 latest 1 CCD cams:

DCR-PC300K: 1/3" CCD/3.31 million pixels - video effective is a whooping 2.05 million!

Optura Xi: 1/3.4" CCD/2.3 million pixels - video effective is 1.23 million.

Why? Higher resolution/more accurate video information. :)
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Old August 8th, 2003, 01:20 AM   #5
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Under Water!

Thankyou for your replies,

My decision is focusing clearer.....bogdan can you please let me know the link to the other forum ? Thank you Frank my third uneducated sense is stearing me to the Black Beuty......But at this stage still not sure....I am going to purchase Sunday.....

I will just be making a few home videos nothing too serious, but since I love water sports and shallow diving I will be looking for a waterproof case too.......

Has any one taken a nv100k under water yet?

Thanks all,

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Old August 8th, 2003, 01:26 AM   #6
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NV70 is there better in the same size catagory!

If I was looking to buy a camera similar size to the NV70 here in Japan,

would you get that or something else....

I looked at the sony TRV70 Japanese and agreed that the display was very blue...

Any recomendations welcome...

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Old August 8th, 2003, 01:33 AM   #7
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I do think that the GS100k is small enough to carry around. GS70 is way too small for me.
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Old August 8th, 2003, 01:38 AM   #8
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Panasonic Camcorder NV-GS70EG-S Foreign model with 1.7 MP versus the Japanese 1.2MP is the only difference in Digital Photos?

And of coarse th user friendly english display?

I can get the export model here in Tokyo for 118,000 same price as the NV100K......
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Old August 8th, 2003, 03:28 AM   #9
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Hopefully the NV-GS70EG-S isn't a PAL model, since you live in Japan.
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Old August 8th, 2003, 04:02 AM   #10
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Okay my question is:

Japanese Domestic model NV-GS70K NTSC with 1.2MP recording and the Export model NV-GS70ENT PAL with 1.7MP recording.

Beside the still photo pixel resolution difference of 5MP are they both the same machine.

The raw weight is the same 490G

The price difference for the export model here in Tokyo is 25,000yen around 220$US

I am originally from a PAL country and will return there in a few years so PAL is fine too!

anyhow still contemplating the NV100K, I have already tested them out in the stores.....yeah of coarse they look great....I have never owned a camcorder before and when I first looked The clarity and big LCD Display then to Learn of the 3CCD just keeps drawing me closer and closer.....I will have a look at the black model after work tonight!!Cheers
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Old August 8th, 2003, 04:11 AM   #11
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Lincoln, with the older MX3000, the PAL version had higher resolution stills, probably because the PAL version had more CCD pixels. This is why I hinted that the NV-GS70EG-S could be a PAL version. Since you say that the PAL version is okay, because you are heading back to PALsville, it's your call.
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Old August 8th, 2003, 04:39 AM   #12
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Frank another topic but have you heard of HDTV and if so is it the merging of formats to make international standard?
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Old August 8th, 2003, 06:03 AM   #13
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Frank, I don't want to get into discution here you are right for the pixel count and I new it anyway.

What I was trying to say is that not all that effective pixels are really neccessary for the DV recording format.

VX2000 uses 340 000, GL2 380 000
and they are better. As I said and you know it, bigger CCD and 'bigger' pixels mean better especially in low light.

GS100 has small CCD with lots of pixels and thanks to new electronics wizardy it's capable of decent low light. GS70 has same size CCDs (1/6'') but with less pixels (that mean bigger) so originally is better than MX5000 in low light talking about brightness.

DV recording format (NTSC) is 720x480 pixels 345 600 - this is what you need to use 100% the recording format.

GS70 has less and thanks to internal sharpening is doing not bad. I've noticed though more jaged edges on close ups. At normal ratio is pretty good.

Other forums for Pana cams you can find at www.camcorderinfo.com
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Old August 8th, 2003, 12:13 PM   #14
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Hi Lincoln,

If the girlfriend is willing to finance the GS70, then why don't you just pay for the extra JPY28K and get yourself the black beauty?

In case you can reach Tokyo in about 1 hour, I strongly suggest that you visit Bic's main store in Ikebukuro Station (along Yamanote line), not to buy, but to thoroughly compare the cams you're interested in. There you can easily check and see the difference between the GS70, GS100 and all cams available in the market using 21" TVs. While you're there, you can also play with and compare a VX2000 and Victor HD1 both connected to a single 42V HDTV. If Ikebukuro is too far for you, the next best choice is Bic Camera beside Yuurakucho Station (also along Yamanote Line). Sellers are pretty good but monitors are only 14" hence video quality difference are harder to detect. Akihabara is a PATHETIC place in terms of comparison set-ups so don't waste your time there.

PAL or NTSC. When are you going back to PAL land? Until then, how are you going to watch your videos in Japan? Do you have a multi-system TV or are you using a Jap NTSC TV?

If you've stayed longer than 6 months in Japan holding a long-term visa (working etc.), then you must pay the 5% tax, even in LAOX. Should you decide to buy in any discount shop listed in kakaku, you'd have to pay the 5% tax regardless of your status.
If you're going to buy in a discount shop, you'd better call first and confirm the price and availability first. Walk-in is OK, but sometimes, price of display models are a lot more expensive than that listed in the internet. In case you do not call, at least be sure to check the store's latest listed price in kakaku and tell that to the seller (to let him know that you're aware of their cheapest price). I don't know of any discount shops that accept credit cards.

If you haven't bought anything from a discount shop before and if your girlfriend is Japanese, you'd better ask her to make the actual negotiations. Dealing with discount shops is not as smooth and easy as that with regular stores. I know of one who wouldn't even allow you to open the box to check at the store (because that's their policy) unless you are able to strongly demand it (in Japanese of course). Be sure to know the special conditions of purchase, if any.

Underwater housing: Pany's housing (for GS70 and GS100) can be used up to 10m only. They cost the same (a little over JPY30,000 + tax).

Good luck to you!

Oh yeah, the GS100 is so much better than the GS70. That's my own finding. In fact, I personally find the video quality of Canon's FV-M10 (Optura 20 in US, 1.33MP with 16x optical zoom) more pleasing than that of GS70, but I wouldn't recommend it either.
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Old August 8th, 2003, 05:22 PM   #15
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The VX2000 plays back 500 horizontal lines; the MX5/GS100 plays back 540 lines.

Bogdan, here's something for you to read:

http://www.dvfreak.com/res.htm
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