The quality of images and sound are just what you expect from the DV format, crisp, sharp and precise. The image sensor is an 800,000 pixel CCD, and it is complemented by a Panasonic lens with 15x optical zoom. This is a far more useful feature than the 600x digital zoom, which results in degradation of image quality. Connections on the DS-27 include S-Video output, AV output (mini jack), RS232, M3 headphone and microphone, a 5-pin editing socket and the all-important DV Out--known also as iLink or Firewire. This latter connection is what enables you to transfer digital video from the DV tape on the camcorder to other digital sources that support the iLink standard without loss of data, thereby retaining the highest possible image and sound quality.
The Panasonic camcorder is packed with features to satisfy the most ardent film-making hobbyists. A raft of onboard digital special effects are accompanied by a variety of pre-programmed shooting modes to accommodate different filming situations, ranging from sports, to portrait. These modes can be overridden and manual controls applied as your confidence grows. The Panasonic NV-DS27 MiniDV Camcorder comes supplied with an AC adaptor, Lithium rechargeable battery pack, shoulder strap, cables and IR remote control.
All this said I think this is a really great camera, and will be very good for the majority of people that want to do some family or holiday filming and even if you want to try some home movie making on a budget.
-Good image quality
-Easy to use
-and if all else fails to impress the night vision wsurely will!
-The digital photoshot is sometimes blocky
Excellent value for money.
Get a stamina battery.