Excerpt: Having paid for an incredible Honeymoon, an extra £380 at the airport for a hard drive camcorder seemed a small cost to capture all our memories. Overall, we are very happy with the camera, not that it doesn''''''''''''''''t have certain faults. But HDD camera are new. If you want one right now, this camera is great, If you can wait until there is a bit of competition and the camera start to see more features, then wait.
Pros: Not only do you not have the expense of buying tapes and the hassel of storing them, but you can record at any time knowing that you won''''t lose previously recorded footage, you have immediate access to everything you have recorded so far. Every start and stop in record mode is a new file and the camera uses a menu system that shows you the first frame of each file. This is great for reviewing bits of our holiday but even better for freinds and family who, with the ...
Cons: So onto the gripes and there are two important ones. The first is the lack of an image stabilizer. Despite this being common on cheaper tape units, it is noticable absent here. The result is visable shaking on normal shooting, but when you start using the 25x zoom - forget it, the chance of your taget staying in the viewfinder is little to none. A tripod is essential. The second is the poor quality still camera. I know this is designed as a camcorder, but come on JVC,...
Summary: The original software does not work with Windows Vista. Bought the camera...great. Went on vacation last year to vegas and shot lots of footage. Its still on the camera because my new computer running Vista doesnt recognize the software. Cyberlink doesnt even bother offering a patch to rectify the problem.
Cons: CYBERLINK SOFTEARE THAT COMES WITH THE CAMERA WILL NOT WORK ON VISTA !!!!
Summary: the overall use of the camera is that its good for a paper weight. idiot in top 3 posts are just that. probably got paid to say those nasty words of deceit. yup...sucked in because its " JVC ", do i know how to use this?? damn straight you waste of space...AND went to the JVC shop to suss out different models and was taken in by the salesman with his "apparent" knowledge...i knew better but decided to "trust" this guy. everything about this is not very good.