Panasonic SV-AV50: test and review

No, this is not even a cell phone if it is like this. Panasonic knows the record still or moving images, sound and restores bonus MP3 files. This is certainly the result the most persuasive of the concept of universal digital memory especially as the object is beautiful, enticing features and very satisfactory performance.

10 cm high, 5 cm wide and 2 cm thick, its place is in the pocket. The first grip is a bit confusing and simply open it presupposes a time for reflection that one finds all the standard buttons. If you press the right spot, the screen expands to one side, then the optical takes its place, we are ready to capture an image. The first button is to find that the system startup: you must leave his finger over a certain time for a red LED illuminates and reflects the commissioning. Screen rotation to face the eye (no optical viewfinder), and you can press the shutter button.

Previously it “fashion” must master the button that scrolls the screen indications “Picture” (photo), “MPEG4” (video) and “Voice” (recorder), the three main functions of the digital notebook . On the screen, the remaining capacity is displayed depending on the mode and depending on the size and bulk of the inserted card sdcard. A two-position switch to switch the recording mode to playback mode to view his shots or listen to sound recordings. Whether video or audio, sound reproduction with built-in speaker is very poor and the use of headphones (supplied) is necessary.

Watch your fingers!

This miniature gadget has the defects of his qualities: everything is so small that finding the right button is not always obvious. The “Jog Ball”, a sort of joystick for scrolling and validating the options of the menus is a very confusing use. The hand position and in particular camera strap, is one of the critical points. I bet that many users are going to make beautiful pictures of their finger blocking the lens.

Very complete, the AV50 can work in low light condition with a small built-in electronic flash (which has a tendency to toast the images) and a “night view” position to shoot in very low light.

The option of recording sound more interesting will be in professional use. Image associated with functions, it offers the user multiple applications. Autonomy sound recording is important, almost thirty minutes on a card of 8 MB.

A small regret: the docking station that allows the transfer of records to the PC (directly possible with a SD card reader) is the only way to recharge the batteries of the device: the station and charger will therefore necessarily all trips.

The performances are very good for a device of this type: a photo, the sensor of 1600 x 1200 gives correct images to prints 10 x 15 quality video, MPEG mode 4 in 320 x 240 (15 or 30 i / sec) does not allow the large format but is enough to film sequences holiday. The adoption of SD cards allows, without increasing the size of the resolution, to modulate the recording capacity of the device and simplify the transfer of results to the PC.