The worst possible electronics purchase in world history
Jim McDade, Amazon
21 December 2012
Summary: We bought a new DZ-MV550A before Circuit City bit the dust. I was glad to see them fold after they sold me such a piece of garbage that is disguised as a nice video camera. Problems with this model: 1-The plastic disc holder system used for inserting and removing the media is balky, defective, and troublesome. 2-The inevitable and frequent finalizing errors and disc problems are aggravating. 3-The user interface is just...well...stupid.
Summary: I own this camera and recently decided to just trash the darn thing. What a huge waste of money and a huge disappointment. My first problem with the camera is that it ONLY works with Maxell disks. I realize NOW that these are "recommended" by the manufacturer, but this was not made clear to me when I purchased it, and it surprising how many stores don't carry the Maxell brand.
Summary: Huge Problems finalizing and using the disks, even using the recommended Maxell brand. I just spent $200 on video capture hardware, so I could get my video off the dvd-r. Manufacturer did not tell me about dvd-ram disk, as being the only way of using the dvd right out of the camera. As you probably know, the video capture hardware will convert my video into an analog signal and then back into digital, drastically reducing the video quality.
Summary: We ordered one from QVC last September 30th. I just started to use it in December 25th 2005. I have been having trouble with buying -RW and -R discs. It came with Maxwell -R and one -RW. I purchased -RW Sony and it would not read any of the three discs. I Purchased -R Memorix and out of 10 discs it was able to read and format only 6 in the package. I suggest to be careful when buying discs and opening carefully. Check with the stores return policy.
Summary: I bought this camera with high hopes as it was recommended by Consumer Reports. I have had very mixed results. Using the camera is easy. No problems there. However, as soon as I am done with a disc the problems begin. First of all, I have had 4 out of 12 discs not finalize correctly. This causes the DVD to NOT be copyable. Basically, if my DVD ever scratches or gets lost, my video is gone forever. Big problem. I just videotaped my daughter's first birthday.
Summary: I purchased this on a lark at a Circuit City store that was closing, so I only paid $450 and could return it with no restocking fee (because it was "open box"). For taking movies I really loved it. The image quality was very nice, the controls were fairly logical and easy to figure out, and the image stabilizer worked very nicely.
Summary: Decided to buy the DZMV580A just before my wife's birthday so we had great quality movies during our 8 day Mexican Riviera Cruise. Regretfully, I have had to twice exchange my camera for a new one (Thanks to Circuit City's 14 day exchange policy.) Had two problems: The first camera failed to finalize two irreplacable discs citing disc errors in Memorex (1 disc) and Maxell DVD-Rs (1 disc.