Summary: Hi: I have had the same experience as the other two reviewers that had the "Clean Heads" warning appear after only a few minutes of use. After which the camera then died. Fortunately I was able to return it for a full refund but that is not satisfactory, as JVC should be ashamed of themselves for subjecting their customers with a problem that is obviously running rampant in this Model. That is almost 30% of this small sample that have had this experience.
Summary: After doing a week of comparisions between JVC and Sony, I finally decided to purchase the DVL-300U. All electronics in my household are Sony but after comparison shopping I thought I would give JVC a shot. The size of the camera and easy operation were second to none. But then the trouble started. After the intial set-up I was excited to get the chance to start recording. After recording about 10 minutes worth of video& 5 still pictures we thought we were in business.
Summary: I purchased my JVC DSL300U new back in 2000. I bought the extended warranty for an extra chunk of change. I couldn't be more unhappy with the product and so I am leaving these commments. It is an expensive camera and it if would have worked some of the time over the last 5 years I would have been happy with it. The largest problem is that it flashes the message "HEAD CLEANING REQUIRED" "USE CLEANING CASSETTE". When this happens it does not work. Cleaning does not help.