Summary: I finally went HD last year, but my old JVC workhorse is hard to let go of, and I still have it. It's a great wedding cam with its 1-lux low light rating. I pretty much never had to use gain for anything ever. I have shots of the moon and stars with no gain that are breathtaking. No, it doesn't have optical image stabilization, but by the time this cam came out, electronic stabilization had gotten just as good.
Summary: Camera will not work for extended time when going from air conditioned area to high humidity (as on ships deck in the Carib.) Tape gets stuck quite a bit and gets frustrating also! (I assume same reason) Great filming otherwise.
Pros: The best lens, best optical available at any price, best quality screen large screen, movie quality second to none, best on camera microphone, sharpest viewfinder, very reliable, best focus control. It is equipment for those who knows to film. Perfect lo
Cons: Absolutely none. You have read manual otherwise you will have the same problem as the reviewers here.
Summary: everything is nice,except the most important feature: challenge with exporting movies from the camcoder to the computer. Pentium 4 processor is highly recommended and it seems that all the files (no matter what quality you choose, refer to the manual) are at MPEG1 compression which practically renders them UNUSABLE! It takes cca 250MB of memory per one minute at normal quality!