Summary: If purchased new, this is a very nice camcorder and fairly easy to use. HOWEVER, as they get some use and age on them, the fast-forward/rewind/play tape mechanism tends to fail. Repairs are cost prohibitive because repairs will cost nearly as much as a new camera. Another drawback of this camera is that the camera is the only means available to play the mini DV tapes.
Summary: I had an older version of this same camera, after accidentally dropping it, it no longer would download to my system. I bought another style camera but was not satisfied. Sold that one and went back to this JVC style which I just love......and .like the fact that Amazon backed my purchase and if it had not been the quality that was listed, I could have returned it!! I buy lots of stuff from Amazon....very pleased!
Great camera, but be careful of battery and firewire brands!
18 October 2011
Summary: This camera works great, but it takes some time to figure out the different menus. The Firewire is picky. With JVC video cameras you need a Texas Instruments chipset on your Firewire capture card (or on your motherboard if Firewire is integrated into your motherboard). VIA firewire will not work. I bought a good card at newegg.com Don't know if they have it anymore, though. The battery has special circuitry to tell the camera the charge condition.
If you Love using Mini DVR Tapes.......Get this CamCorder.......Excellent
2 September 2011
Summary: Excellent CamCorder.......I love using the Mini DVR Tapes; If you do, then this is the CamCorder to Buy. It is Light Weight and very easy to use, but it's best quality is the Excellent "Quality" of the videos you record. Fun to use & an all around great product.......Buy One !!!!!!!
Summary: Bought this camera in Walmart. Used it MAYBE three times and the sound went out after 2 months. By that time, the store warranty had lapsed so they wouldn't exchange it and told me to call JVC. JVC wanted $65 just to look at it!!!! Luckily, my mother in law worked at another location and had her friends at the store exchange it for another one.
Summary: A great value camcorder if you prefer digital tape over disc recording (and I do). The optical zoom on this camcorder is fantastic. I like the fact you can use it with a standard tripod. I like it better than the Sony I previously had, and the JVC costs much less. Still pictures are not super-duper quality (same with most all camcorders), but are quite acceptable. Video is very good. Built-in light and night shooting modes on this model are also a plus.