The result is a better noise-reduction performance than provided by conventional systems. The noise reduction is particularly effective when shooting at low illumination, so you can capture clear, sharp images even at night or when lights are low.
The GS75 also uses Digital Signal Processing. A new configuration consists of two separate image processing circuits, one for moving pictures and one for stills. Using the optimum circuit for each type of picture makes it possible to record both with excellent quality.
On the software side, Panasonic bundles a USB driver along with a copy of Motion DV Studio 5.0 LE. This application makes it easy to edit DV footage, so you can create your own polished, professional looking movies. Like the GS250, the GS75 offers USB2.0 and i.LINK connectivity and Video Class compatibility, which allows the real-time transfer of DV moving picture data over the same USB cable.
The GS75 captures still photos with approximately 1.7 megapixels, providing resolutions of 1520 x 1152 and 640 x 480 (VGA) pixels. The photos produced by the GS75 are reasonable, with good clarity and definition. They work best as 10 x 15 (6 x 4 inch) prints with A4-sized prints not really appropriate at this resolution. The camcorder offers PictBridge direct printing technology so they can work seamlessly with any of the new PictBridge compatible printers.
The GS75 performed well in all aspects of field-testing and on the test bench. It works extremely well in low light and delivers excellent results. The ability to manually add gain made all the difference and the good news is that the increase in gain only caused a marginal increase in picture grain or video noise. This is one of the best low light performances we have seen on the test bench from a camcorder of this price.
Missing from the GS75 is the excellent OIS found on the GS250. The electronic SIS system isn?t nearly as good at removing camera shake and is one feature sorely missing from this model.
As an entry-level model Panasonic?s GS75 is a great offering and brings 3CCD performance and features well into the grasp of the average videomaker for the first time. While it lacks a Leica lens, high megapixel stills output and OIS, most point-and-shoot videomakers will be more than happy with the results this camcorder delivers.
Panasonic has certainly changed the camcorder landscape dramatically with this new range of 3CCD models.