Summary: This Mini DV is a great low priced camcorder. I got it refurbished for under $150. The still photo feature has a much higher resolution than even some of the newer camcorders in the same category (1600x1200 instead of 640k).
Summary: I bought the JVC GRD93 Dec 21, 2004. After a day of charging the battery, I opened the camera and replaced the tape in it with a new one and headed off to the soccer match. When I got there it would not come on. I returned home, tried another battery, plugged it back into the charger and nothing.
Summary: I've owned a model GR-D30U for less than two years. Yesterday the camcorder just quit powering on. The DC will not work, the battery will not charge. It simply will not turn on at all. Worse, I have a tape in there that I cannot remove without a hammer.
Summary: I purchased a GR-D70 2 years ago. Last week it quit for no reason at all. I've probably used it 10 times. It looks like brand new, well taken care of, never dropped or abused. Since I paid over $400 for it, and it's had such little use, I thought JVC would stand behind their product. WRONG!
Summary: JVC recognise on their web site they have manufactured defective GR-D30U Digital Video cameras..mine is one of them..I sent it back for repair when my camera kept telling me to "remove the lens cap"..when their repair center received it they called me wanting $250.00 to repair it.
Summary: My cam was repaired under warranty by JVC and I have had no problems with the cam until this "lens cap" problem. See their web site JVC.com under service and support for customer notifications that they have a warranty repair for certain models affected by bad CCD's.
Summary: I bought a brand new JVC (model GR-D70U) mini DV digital video camera less than 2 years ago. I have used it about 25 times and now it's broken. Every time I turn it on to record it says "Lens Cap" as in remove lens cap.
Summary: I purchased this product less than nine months ago and probably only used it about six times. When I went to use it the last (and final time) the playback of the recording was distorted and broken up with lines. I used a cleaning cassette as recommended in the manual but it did not help.
CAMERA SPECIALIST: BABY YOUR CAMERA, IT WILL BABY YOU
Jeffrey R. Klein "Mr. Knowledgeable", Amazon
3 June 2005
Summary: I bought this for $250, so called "open box" on ebay. I did alot of research. This camera is for a project for my masters degree in psychology. If this camera were sitting in my class, I would give it a B-. One indepentdant website recommends the grd-33 as "the best under $400".