Summary: My GZ-MG21U HDD has same problem. Use very few times. Stopped working since last 3 months with Lens Cap Error. Sent it to JVC Center. They are asking $275 to fix. BEWARE before buying. Read reviews carefully. This looks to be widespread problem.
Summary: I read some reviews and thought...there are always some defective product in any batch and it is quite common that reviews seem to attract those who have experienced some of them. Well let me tell you after having bought T H R E E of these cameras (2 failed) one still working thank GOD and that I can only conclude that this was a M A J O R defect in manufacturing/design and that you would certainly be a gambling person to now pay more than $100.00 for one of these...
Summary: COME ON JVC!!! This is really pitiful! I bought a GRDF-450u about 15 months ago based on the high marks from Consumer Reports and only used it occasionally. It still looks brand new. Then, out of nowhere, I get blindsided with the dreaded "Lens Cap" error and now it is absolutely useless! (for those of you not familiar with the LENS CAP error, basically the camcorder powers up fine but will not record because it falsely senses the Lens Cap is on when it is not.
Summary: See my review of the GR-DF430U for more information. I'll try to help anyone with this problem, as the repair is relatively simple and you can do it yourself. No need to pay JVC anything at all. They should have fixed this problem long ago, but refused to help out their customers for whatever reason. A bad business decision, in my opinion. Contact me if you require assistance and instructions on how to fix this problem.
Summary: I wish I had read these reviews long ago. I've owned my JVC GRDF 450U for about 14 months...it worked fine...until I needed it a few days ago. I've spent hours trying to figure out what the heck I had done to cause the "lens cap error"...only to find that it wasn't me. The repair shop tells me it'll cost between $175 and $225 to fix it...plus tax. Right. Sorry I bought this camcorder...and the extended battery packs, as well as the wide angle and telephoto lens.
Summary: The camcorder was great for a couple of months, and then, the dreaded "Lens Cap" error. Now it is useless. Fortunately, I bought the extended warranty from Sams, where I bought the camera. Now I'm waiting to see how that works out. Either way, unfortunately, the camera clearly isn't well made or reliable. Once fixed, I'll use it when convenient -- until I find a new one that is equally good and made by a more reliable manufacturer.
Summary: I purchased this camcorder less than a year ago. I had to exchange it within 4 days of purchase becasue of the lense cover error, now 10 months later my second one is doing the same thing. JVC pretty much says it is a fluke thing, I guess not. Also AmericanTV where it was purchased is doing the oh well as well. I will never purchase another JVC product or shop american. I have lost alot of memories do to this very common proplem.
Summary: I had this camera for 14 months before I got the "Lens Cap" error. JVC wil not repair it eventhough they have a recall program on many camcorders with similar problems with the CCD chip. It was great camera while it worked, but I am not going to spend $200.00 to fix this problem. One thing I am absolutly sure of is that " I WIL NEVER BUY ANOTHE JVC PRODUCT AGAIN.
Summary: I bought a new camcorder about five weeks ago,from EBAY.But screan is not coming on that's why I can't record anything.And I can not get it fixed I'm very upset about it.What sould I do just throut to the garbage ? I like it but I'm so sorry now.