Summary: For my application this camera kept me on budget and gave me the features I needed. Number one is a remote power mic jack built into the camcorder. On the downside, the idiots put the SD card slot in the bottom of the camcorder so it must be removed from the tripod each time its used. The camcorder comes with a docking station which I have never seen anyone actually USE this silly item.
w/ video editing solution this is a great camcorder
Bryce Gaunt, Amazon
26 July 2008
Summary: I have found this camcorder takes fantastic video as long as you set the indoor / outdoor button properly. Negatives I have read about and agree with: 1) It is a little slow to focus at times 2) Still pictures don't look good 3) Records in .MOD format so editing and playback of files stored on a computer can be extremely problematic. I agree the included software for this is not very sophisticated and not user friendly. I found it an unacceptable long term solution.
Summary: I have found this camcorder takes fantastic video as long as you set the indoor / outdoor button properly.
Negatives I have read about and agree with:
1) It is a little slow to focus at times
2) Still pictures don't look good
3) Records in .MOD format so editing and playback of files stored on a computer can be extremely problematic. I agree the included software for this is not very sophisticated and not user friendly. I found it an unacceptable long term solution.
Video good, software is non-user friendlyand awkward.
CDC "bouncers", Amazon
26 March 2008
Summary: Video is not particularly bright when using indoors. Software is ridiculously confusing. Will not let you download and use your own burning software, must use theirs. Light weight and fairly easy to use. Handle/button placement does not allow easy use with right hand.
Summary: I can not say I haven't had anything other than a pleasurable experience with this camera. It takes not only great videos, but also great pictures. It picks up color so well. My digital camera has a higher resolution than this video camera, yet this video camera takes much better pictures. The only pit is learning on all the functions, and figuring them out. A little complicated, and I'm a tech nut. Thats why I gave it 4. Buy an extra battery (as goes with every camera).
Good camcorder, horrible stills, overall a very good unit
22 February 2008
Summary: I'm overall very satisfied with this camera. It was a snap to setup and transfer video to my PC for the first time. My opinion is that video should be shot on the highest quality setting, which gives you at least 7hrs of shooting without needing additional SD storage. It's hard to imagine needing too much more than that in one sitting. One of the motivations for buying this camera was that it takes 5mp stills, which I think is awesome.
Summary: After many failed previews, attempts, and returns of other brands, we are having a great experience with this camcorder. It is easy to use, and does the job others can't in low light. The night enhanced function is jumpy like all the others, but this camera takes good bright video without it. There are numerous helpful functions as well.
I ASSURE YOU THAT THIS CAMERA WORKS WITH A MAC AND IMOVIE, but the quality isn't great.
17 December 2007
Summary: You must purchase a cable, one end a 6 pin firewire, the other end must be a 4 pin firewire. The 4 pin plugs into your included docking station, the 6 pin plugs into your mac, imovie will detect your camera automatically and it will import all of your clips. BUT!!!! the quality that is imported is less that decent. It's very pixely and at times is blurry when the camera is sharp and smooth.
Summary: After owning it for several months, I've found this JVC to be good quality for a non-pro like me. Very easy to use. It can hold so much, that I've never come close to filling the hard drive yet. Also takes good quality stills, on par with my digital camera, and has a nice interface for reviewing what's on the hard drive. I agree with some of the other reviewers that it doesn't take good video at night or in low light conditions.