Summary: First off, I want to say that the camera shoots pretty good footage outdoors, not at all superb quality, but passable for just archiving personal footage. Indoors is another story, out of the box the low-light conditions pretty much blacked out the playback. After researching, and changing settings, with help from a review on a similar camera, the indoors picture is pretty good. With the lenses and filters I purchased for this it actually has it to a B-.
Summary: When we received the camera, it had been previously used. We were initially given a run-around, but Amazon gave us a good discount on the camera that made us happy. They couldn't replace it with a new one. The camera seems to have a sharp picture and excellent sound. It is amazingly small. It seems like a great choice for general home video. The software is a little daunting. Follow directions very carefully. The freedom from tapes and discs is nice feature...
Really like it. But important to read the instructions.
Amazon Customer, Amazon
20 March 2006
Summary: Just got this camera recently. I'd read a number of reviews suggesting the image quality wasn't too hot, but thought I'd give it a try as I'm really tired of trying to keep track of all the little tapes I've accumulated over the years. Out of the box, I shot some video of the family in the house using only overhead lighting. Then I converted it to DVD (included software is very easy to use, but I wanted to use Nero.
Summary: A good camcorder but quality of video image not quite as good as DV tape, even in good light. Low light capabilities also not as good,, even with gain up - the lenses in the better Everio units with the 15x zoom may be better in this regard. Yes, the files are ".MOD" extensions but just need to be changed to "MPG" and should then play in any media player with the MPEG-2 codec installed (if you computer can play DVD movies now, you should already have this codec...
Summary: I bought this camera before going on a recent cruise with the intention of documenting my trip through video. This is a great camcorder for making home videos. I took video during some of the shows that I went to on the cruise and the audio quality was fantastic. Playing it back at home on my home theatre system, it sounded like I was there at the show. The fact that it records directly onto a hard drive is a big plus and it makes viewing and editing very easy.
Summary: Our 1st camcorder! Ever! I was planning to get a DVD camcorder, but this one was on sale for the same price & I was happy not to buy endless DVD's. Also, I saw the reviews were good. My 14 yr old was able to use it straight out of the box - it's soooooo easy! It's super lighweight, which will encourage us to take it out with us & use it. Very good stills, videos look fine to me. Easy, good picture quality & stress free!
Pros: Easy to use, good recording, lightweight, price only £250
Cons: Smallish LCD screen, have to use their editing software, not sure if it's robust.
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: Desde que prácticamente toda mi familia tenía cámaras de video de cinta. Al final me decidí cuando salió esta con disco duro. Era una apuesta arriesgada porque era un producto nuevo y eso tiene su miga. Afortunadamente la cosa salió bien y aún usamos la cámara con frecuencia. En calidad DVD la cámara graba estupendamente y el manejo es sencillisimo. Me ha parecido ver alguna opinión sobre el formato de los ficheros (supongo que los .MOI).
Summary: Tenemos problemas para guardar los videos. Por favor, ¿podría alguien decirme cómo resolvió el tema del almacenamiento de videos? ¿Se puede cambir el formato de los archivos para que los reconozcan los reproductores? Yo con el Media Player veo la imagen pero no se oyen. Si grabo el vídeo en el disco duro del PC y luego lo paso a DVD, no los puedo ver en la televisión. Un auténtico desastre. Agradezco vuestra ayuda.
Excerpt: Ruim een jaar geleden gekocht. Sindsdien diverse malen met plezier gebruikt. Grote voordeel is dat alles wordt opgeslagen op zijn eigen harddisk, dus geen gedoe meer met tape's of DVD's kopen. Eenmaal opgeslagen op je PC, de harddisk formateren en weer filmen. Hij ligt erg makkelijk in de hand en de bediening is makkelijk. Eventueel nog te bedienen met bijgeleverde afstandsbediening.
Pros: Geen gedoe meer met bandjes, meteen wegschrijven op ingebouwde harddisk
Cons: Kwaliteit van filmen binnen of in het donker valt tegen .