Good single chip cameras but parts are not readily available.
9 December 2012
Summary: These are nice little single chip cameras and easy to use. But they are old and have been out of production for a long time. Parts are hard to find should you need repairs. Picture and sound quality are fine but repair parts are just not readily available. Think twice before you buy a camera this old.
Summary: I bought this item because I was looking for a mid size Camcorder, The JVC Gr-DV500 feels great in your hand balanced nicely, Its a little older than the GR-DV800 and Gr-DV900. The only drawback I see with this model is the smaller LCD screen. I would reccomend this series from JVC, Also reccomend the 800 and 900 which have biggers screens.
Summary: I haven't had the camera for very long, but my experiences with it thus far have shown it to be an excellent lower-to-middle range Mini DV cam for the money. It captures image and sound excellently, is lightweight and very easy to use.
Summary: This is the first DV camera I've owned and I'm glad that I made the right choice. I've had this camera for over a year now (bought in Feb 2004) and have no major complaints with it. This camera has a very clear video quality that often amazes me! Digital stabilizer functions well. Stereo sound is good. The only reason this camera didn't fetch 5 star is the relatively poor video quality in low light.
Summary: If you're lookin for a crisp clear image, a powerfull ccd, a lightweight camera with photo capacity for a low price, from a trustble company, this is your choice. Despite some reviews that report bad quality images on low light, I've got nice movies under that circustances. Of corse you should know that you'd better use a tripod and as with any cam a bright light is prefereable. But once you watch your footage on TV it's better than you thoght.
Summary: I bought this camcorder last Christmas and I've loved it since. I was looking for a reasonably priced Mini DV camcorder and came across this one at a local Sears. It felt nice and sturdy in my hands unlike the smaller ones offered by Sony and Panasonic. I checked some reviews on it, found them to be good and bought it at J&R over in NYC. The video quality is nothing short of outstanding in good lighting thanks to the 1.33 megapixel CCD (a godsend in this price range).
Summary: Since writing my first raving review on this camera it has fallen to the "Blue Screen of Death" that most JVC cameras face. No recording, no playback. The screen just states that I need to clean the heads. After 10 brand new head cleaners have been tried and fail the view screen still remains blue. I was trying to use the digital camera mode but even that hardly if ever works.
Summary: I purchased this camcorder to make a low budget movie. I was impressed with how many features (like 540 lines of horiz. resolution) were available on this camcorder that were hard to find on anything but the best quality professional mini-dv camcorders. The image quality was great when adequate lighting was used, and there was no picture distortion, even on a larger (close to 50") television.
Summary: So far, the only thing keeping me from giving this camera 5 stars would be that the night vision is choppy. I'm sure its a side effect of the slower shutter speed required for night viewing, but it made all movement look blurry but the color was great. It's light weight, and easy to use right out of the box. The software that comes with it is usable. It would be better if they would just use a standard windows look and feel though.
Summary: Its simply amazing what you can do with this piece of equipment! Very user friendy and if you are operating on Windows XP,then you are in another entertainment world. With its compact nature and numerous facilities,it is a must buy. I love it.