How will my Pana GS-500 hold up in the cold and moisture? I just read a review on a lesser, older Panasonic camera (the GS-300) and it said it was quite vulnerable to the cold and moisture, and the owner should use a cleaning cassette once a week...I haven't gotten to use mine in a skiing environment, does anyone know if these things are true for the Panasonic GS-500?
It's a fairly newer camera. It should stand up just fine to the cold conditions. You don't need to use a cleaning cassette (head cleaner tape) once a week. It will only wear down the heads in your camera more and more. Only use them if you ever switch between brands of tapes, but don't do this a lot. Get the heads professionally cleaned once a year. You will get condensation inside your lens if it's cold enough, every camera does it. Usually you will get an indication on that camera telling you this, if not you can tell by the lens will be really foggy from the inside. When this happens just take it to the lodge, open the tape deck, take the tape out and let the camera sit until all the condensation inside is gone.
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yeah, i like it, its a good camera, and it gets great color, like tjski said. Check out my latest edit of a railjam somewhere, its on brightcove...that was filmed with it. Its basically the step down of consumer minidv cameras from a vx