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). It handles well and the 10x optical zoom, though vastly inferior for todays standards, is more than adequate for our purposes. The battery lasts pretty good, but doesn't give much of a warning before it loses power completely.
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. It still plays previously recorded tapes but I can't record anything because the screen is black. This is my first JVC camcorder and my LAST. I am presently looking to buy another camcorder as I am missing my baby's first steps among other things.
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. The JVC Authorized Service Provider diagnosed a defective main PC board which will run me $150 of labor to repair. The part is still under warranty.
Summary: Apparently this is a problem with many JVC cameras. It claims that you can upload video to your computer. However, there seem to be some issues with Windows not recognizing the camera. I have done numerous reads now on this through the internet (wish I had researched this area before buying the camera) and it is either a problem with the Win XP Service Pack 2, the IEEE1394 firewire (which JVC doesn't give a cable for this if you do decide to buy a firewire that will work...
Summary: Don't be expect about it. It is not the display that 1.33 mega pixel should show up and seems 3DNR(3D Noise Reduction) never work. you will feel like you are riding on an airplane. It sounds so motor cycle. I was about going to throw this camcorder when I played what I recorded. Bettery is available for only 65min but if you do rewind or playback like that kind of things, I don't know how long it's gonna be. Of course, you better don't think about still photo.
CAMERA SPECIALIST: BABY YOUR CAMERA, IT WILL BABY YOU
Jeffrey R. Klein "Mr. Knowledgeable", Amazon
20 October 2004
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". This model which is the top of this line, has a larger CCD or Charge Capture Device than the "33".
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. I sent a letter to the president of JVC. Still no satisfaction. DONT EVER BUY A JVC PRODUCT.
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. I have found that there are blogs and threads that explain the CCD failures in the JVC cam's and other brands are actually Sony CCD's.
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. No power, tape will not eject. Similar to problem reported elsewhere by others. Pretty pathetic to have a $500 camera not even last two years.