Has the widespread lens cap problem. Avoid this product!
4 October 2008
Summary: My JVC GR-D650U started to have the lens cap problem after I bought it a little over a year ago. The camcorder will not record video. It's a widespread problem that has been found on dozens of JVC products. Search for "JVC lens cap problem" on the internet for more information. Although JVC offers to fix this type of problems free of charge, D650U is not covered by that program.
Summary: This little camera is well worth the extremely modest price tag. It certainly doesn't film the best video, but it gets the job done. It actually does really well in uniformly low lit situations, but does extremely poor indoors where there is a lot of light coming through the windows. We bought this camera for our wedding and it did the trick, but if you're looking for high-quality video, look elsewhere.
Summary: The video quality is amazing. The DSC still picture quality is poor. I would save the money and not buy an SD card for it since the DSC still picture quality is terrible. That said the video quality is top notch, and I highly recommend this video camera, just don't forget your DSC if you want to take stills.
Summary: I read through many reviews and considered many cameras. I thought this camera would offer the best blend of quality image and style. I was skeptical but once I recieved it was comletely satisfied. You can get a better camera but you'll have to spend a good deal more. Nighttime images are pretty repectable too. The Elura 100 was good too but a bit ugly if you ask me. My only complaint is this camera is on the boxy side.
Good consumer DV Camcorder with above average lens
9 January 2007
Summary: We bought this JVC GR-D650 as an update to a 1996 Canon ES900 Camcorder. The JVC is less than half the weight of the Canon and has the flip out LCD viewfinder my wife likes better. Heck, she likes the whole thing a lot better because of the size and weight. Most of the subjects we've recorded were simple subjects with ample light. Ambient indoor lighting shots have looked a lot better than the Canon.
Summary: After reading every review I coud find, I purchased the GR-D650 in November 06, to replace an older JVC camcorder (which did well for us). I chose the GR-D650 due to: its claim to record well in low light; I've had success with other JVC products; and the price was in my budget. I read through the manual to become familiar with the features, set the camcorder up the way I wanted (clock, date, fade in-fade out feature, etc), and felt ready to go.
Summary: After having gone through several reviews for MiniDV camcorders, I decided to purchase this one. I havent been disapointed with this product. It has great pictures, indoors and outdoors. The stills are pretty decent (remember they are 1150x1024 resolution). After reading other reviews, I just have one more thing to say.
Summary: I read several reviews that this camera shoots decent low-light video and by low-light, I mean a regulary lit room at the evening. The video came out like I was shooting in the dark room with no light whatsofever. The night mode is no use either...as with it video becomes like first generation of analog cameras. The build-in LED light is only good to eliminate object that is a foot away from you, otherwise this light is useless.