Summary: This is a great all-around camera. I would suggest that if you're going to spend the money, take a look at the step up--JVC Everio GZMC500 5 MP 3 CCD. The picture quality is great under good lighting conditions. The less light, the more grainy the image which is true of pretty much any camera that is in this price range. Lighting conditions also affect the auto-focus capabilities. I use this camera for video documentation and it works extremely well.
Summary: Pros: - Great video quality if the light is good - Great sound quality if the person shooting doesn't talk too loud - Great size - Massive convenience of not having to rip and encode video Cons: - Terrible (useless) video quality in low light - Cannot focus in low light (making even still photos with flash difficult) - Sensitive mike results in audio distortion is person shooting talks loudly - S-l-o-w cold start - No flash shoe or tripod mount The above pretty much sums...
Summary: I've had the GZ-MC200 for a couple of months. took it on a vacation to the far east, and overall i am very glad I made the purchase. Pros: - very high quality video and sound. - digital media makes video transfer to PC a snap. just take out the microdrive and plug it into a card reader. - high quality stills. not as good as a dedicated digital camera, but 4x6 prints still turn out nice. also, the 10x optical zoom is much more powerful than the usual point and shoot.
Summary: The Verio GZMC200 is a great, almost PROSUMER level mini cam. PROS: Super video quality, highly sensitive built in stereo mic with wind cut, built in flash, ultra compact size. 2MB Still capability is very good for daytime shooting. Included 4GB Micro Drive. The fact that the camera accepts two different kinds of media is also a great thing. You can record your movies on the included 4GB Micro Drive while saving your still images to an SD Card.
Summary: This is a great product so long as you know that you are buying a product that is likely to increase in quality and lower in cost quickly. The camera lives up to the claims made by JVC, nothing wrong there. If you are just diving into digital video, you might want to wait for the next generation, for lower cost as well as more products to choose from.
Summary: While there is much I really like about this camera, its short comings prevent me from recommending it to people who want just one video camera. The problems I am experiencing deal mostly with the camera's POOR performance in medium to low light conditions. While many camcorders excel at producing images in standard room lighting, this camera does a dismal job.
Summary: Pluses are obvious - slap the CF card in your PC reader and you can instantly start editing, converting, and/or burning the video to DVD. Much more convenient than (ugh) in-camera DV capture with a regular DV video camera. The accompanying software package is a perfect match for this camera. Also, this camera is freaking TINY. Although the video is not as good as my DV camera, I will undoubtably use it much more. Audio is excellent, Dolby Digital.
Excerpt: Very good camera ease of use is fantastic the body twists from the hand hold part. sound quality is ok but no the best focus is good but is very unstable zoomed in at a distant object As above like bigger camera's there is no strap to slip your hand in to hold the camera so after time your hand swets and gets tired. its not very cheap to buy. unless second hand. its the future for camera with the way it records on to a mini hard drive.
Pros: Small light easy to use
Cons: No strap to hand hold . some buttons feel cheap
Summary: If you find it cheap (less than £400) like I did, definitely a worthy buy and opens up a whole new amateur creative field.
Pros: Tiny, using microdrive (or SD card) which creates individual movie files and makes it very easy to import and edit (tip: the .MOD files it creates are actually MPEG files. Just rename the .MOD extension to .MPG and it works perfectly).
Cons: Low light isn't great and the lag in turning it on can be a little frustrating given the battery life
Summary: Oooh, you can tell I like this one. I finally got a camcorder to archive my antics and for memory sometime when I'm old [if I'm lucky] and I had to get one that would go the distance and be spot on with technologies and all. I searched and I found this nifty gadget, if you can get it on eBay like me for less than £300 I bet you'll be as happy as I am. It does what it's supposed to nicely and simply no strings attached, plus it's so compact and finely designed.
Pros: It's compact and it does what it's supposed to
Cons: Its price is out of this world [but the catch is I got brand new it on eBay for £295!]