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Old May 15th, 2004, 09:20 AM   #1
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GS400 - Specs (summary)

PV-GS400/NV-GS400
MX500/DV953 replacement

3CCD x 1,070k total
CCD size 1/4.7"
Moving Picture: 690k x 3 Effective
Still Picture: 990k x 3 Effective
4 MEGA still ( PAL - 2288 x 1728 / 1600x1200/ 1280x960/ 640x480 )
Leica Dicomar Lens
Focal Length (f=3,3-39,6mm 1:1.6)
F Value F1.6 (WIDE) / F2.8 (TELE)
Filter Diameter size 43mm
35mm Film 45~540 (tape mode) / 37.6~451mm (card mode)
12 x Variable Speed Optical Zoom
Telemacro Mode
MEGA O.I.S.
Crystal Engine
Minimum Illumination 2 Lux (Colour Night View)
Pro Cinema Mode
High Picture-Quality Wide Mode
Colour Night View
Soft Skin Mode
Motion Video/Still Picture (1 MEGA) Simultaneous Rec
True recording 25 images/sec video MPEG4 (PAL version)

Multi Manual Ring
Focus AF/Manual (w/Ring)
White Balance Auto/Indoor/Outdoor/Set
High Speed Shutter TapeMode: 1/50 1/8000 sec. Card Mode: - 1/2000 sec.
Program AE (Sports/portrait/ Low Light/ Spot Light/ Surf&Snow)
Backlight Compensation
EVF 0.3 colour (123k pixels)
3.5" LCD Monitor (200k pixels)
Air Soft Grip
Built-in Flash

4ECM PCM stereo, Zoom Mic.
PCM 12bit 4ch/ 16 bit 2ch
Audio Dubbing
Wind noise reduction function

Date Recording Auto Date (in Data Code)
Fade in/out (black)
Digital Zoom (24x/600x)
Digital SFX
Progressive Photoshot (Card)
Continuous Photoshot (10 stills 0.7 sec. interval 640x480)
DPOF Marking
LED Video Light
LCD Panel Light
Flash
PictBridge


SD/MMC Card Compatible
USB 2 (HS Mode)
Video Head Plasma Mig (2)
Webcam

Quick start (1.7 sec.)
DV/Analogue In and OUT


Weight (w/o Battery) 700g
Dimensions 81 x 80 x 178 mm
Power Supply DC 7.2V
Power Consumption 4.8 W (EVF) / 6.0 W (LCD)
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Old May 15th, 2004, 09:25 AM   #2
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so.. is the GS400 same as HC1000, but smaller, cheaper, and with bigger better lens?

(and way cooler look)
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Old May 15th, 2004, 10:26 AM   #3
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is 690k effective in WIDE or 4:3 mode?
or it's the same in both?

how was in dv953 or gs100?
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Old May 15th, 2004, 12:57 PM   #4
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<<<-- Originally posted by George Beck : so.. is the GS400 same as HC1000, but smaller, cheaper, and with bigger better lens?
(and way cooler look) -->>>

Not only.
I believe Sony again suppose his consumers are stupid a little bit.
If I'm true, HC1000 has not properly manual iris and gain controls. There is incomprehensible "Exposure": "||||||||||||||||||". Like TRV940/950 and PDX10 has.
You can't control iris or gain directly, but... it's possible to see all of those parameters during playback 8-()
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Old May 15th, 2004, 01:07 PM   #5
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A copy of the original spec sheet from Panasonic Europe to Joby Arandela is in the e.CAM Album on my website.

WRT to the 690K effective pixels for video, I believe that refers to 4:3. However, the number of pixels in 16:9 is less important than the sample shape they take from the CCDs. If the shape is correct for HQ 16:9, then it won't matter if there are only 600K pixels (or whatever) because the whole image will be captured directly and not interpolated.
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Old May 15th, 2004, 01:35 PM   #6
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what does the HS mode mean on the USB 2.0 output??


i hope these specs are not disinformation put out by someone in marketing to confuse competitors and info hungry camera junkies like us
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Old May 15th, 2004, 02:28 PM   #7
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It probably means high speed. Maybe to differentiate USB 1.1 and 2.0 as low and high speed.

Don't know about the disinformation aspect. Joby said the specs came directly from Panasonic Europe.
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Old May 15th, 2004, 11:29 PM   #8
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I still don;t get Why/How we'll have 1mega capture during playback =/

this was in just about all pana specs, but didn't see info in the last one from e.Cam.

I guess we have to sit this one out and see what comes out of it.
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Old May 15th, 2004, 11:33 PM   #9
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on another note...

with the Dolby Digital 5.1 (which I think it will turn out to be 4 chan regular audio) of HC1000,

can the GS400 (GS100) do the same?

it says it can do 4 12bit chan. so if we put a mic that outputs 4 chans woudn't it do the same thing as Sony's HC1000?
can this be done on the GS100?
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Old May 18th, 2004, 09:04 PM   #10
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Plasma Mig (2)

what do you think this means?
Video Head Plasma Mig (2)

is it a Plasma Mig II ( a newer model)
or for some reason there are 2 Video Heads? =)

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more of the specs...
(thanx Joby)

Index Yes (Auto Marking)
Counter "Linear Time Counter, Time Code"
Tape Remaining Indication Yes
Playback Digital Effects Wipe / Mix / Strobe / Trail/ Slim / Stretch / Mosaic / Mirror /NEGA-POSI / MONOTONE / Sepia /ART /ZOOM

TERMINAL TERMINAL
Power -- (Battery Style Adaptor Cable)
S-Video Input/Output Yes (In/Out)
AV Input/Output (mini) Yes (In/Out)
Microphone (stereo mini) Yes
Headphones (M3) Yes (HP Out or AV In/Out)
USB Yes : 2.0 (mini B)
DV Input/Output (IEEE1394) Yes (In/Out)
Accessory Shoe Yes (Hot)

STANDARD ACCESSORIES
AC Adaptor Yes
Battery Pack Yes (Lithium-Ion)
Shoulder Strap Yes
Free-style Remote Controller Yes (with Mic.)
AV Cable (RCA - 4 pin) Yes (Stereo)
IR Remote Yes
Lens Cap Yes
Cleaning Tape NO
Memory Card NO
PC Cable Yes (USB)
CD-ROM Yes (USB Driver / SD Viewer / G.726 Driver WEB Camera Driver / MotionDV Studio for USB / Adobe Acrobat Reader)
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Old May 18th, 2004, 10:59 PM   #11
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You're welcome George. I'm still waiting for some response to emails I sent over the weekend. I guess we'll just have to be patient and wait and in the meantime, take some clips or pics of beautiful people, places and wildlife. :)
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Old May 19th, 2004, 02:00 AM   #12
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heh guy how credible are these specs from the europe website. i would love them to be credible becaue that means that it might be a worthwhile upgrade from my mx-500 depending on prices.

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Old May 19th, 2004, 06:10 AM   #13
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Justin>>> i was going to get a MX500, i'm hoping that the GS400 is going to outclass it by a long way, and hopefully Panasonic doesn't decide to release a 720p camera anytime in the next 4-6 months

where abouts in Aus are you buy the way??

cos that would be just plain mean! hehehe, seeing as i would have already bought a GS400 by then

i was thinking of buying the sony but it looks too bulky and it's too damned expensive

i just wish money was no object then i could upgrade camera's every 6months or so hehehe
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Old May 19th, 2004, 07:06 AM   #14
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<<<-- Originally posted by Justin Boyle : heh guy how credible are these specs from the europe website. i would love them to be credible becaue that means that it might be a worthwhile upgrade from my mx-500 depending on prices.

Justin -->>>

Justin,
I guess they are pretty credible. According to Joby, they came straight from Panasonic Europe. Just looking at the specs, they don't appear to be outlandish...sorta inline with technical capabilities of other Panasonics and its competitors.
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Old May 19th, 2004, 07:36 AM   #15
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sigh

My one year old mx500 it's already ancient!Maybe I had to sell my mx500 and purchase the new gs400...
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