Summary: I HAD PURCHASED A NEW CAMCORDA IN 2000, SO I KNOW THE CAM WELL . THE CAM I WAS SENT DID NOT FOCUS . I CALLED THE PERSON ABOUT THE CAM HE SAID IT WORKED PURFECT WHEN HE SENT IT. THEN HE SAID HE WOULD SEND ME A DIFFRENT CAM TO REPLACE IT . HE DID NOTHING. I CALLED AGAIN HE SAID EMAIL THE PROBLEM TO HIM HE WILL MAKE ME HAPPY . I OFFERED MAILING THE CAM BACK TO HIM HE SAID NO HE WILL SEND ME A REPLACEMENT. I HAVENT HEARD ANYTHING BACK . I WAS SCREWED!!!
Summary: We bought our camera new and thought it was GREAT! We took pictures with it mostly and did take some videos of holidays and our kids' programs, ect. Now 2 years and only 6 mini-dv tapes down the line we get an error message stating "head cleaning needed". Well we went out and bought the "needed" head cleaning cassette and ran it through. The next time, and every time since you get into taping about 5 minutes and that same message pops up.
Summary: We bought the JVC GR-DVL505U Digital Camcorder a couple of years ago. The first year was great. It did what it's supposed to do. That's why I still give it some stars. But on the second year, it started flashing a lot of error messages, constantly ask to clean head, and sometimes DID NOT record at all without any indication on the screen. We found out later when we tried to view the tapes. At first, we thought it was just a bad tape, but it happened to every single tape.
Summary: I was very anxious to get ahold of this baby when I saw it at a trade show. A week later I went out and bought it. The MiniDV format RULES!!! The resolution is Crystal clear. The controls are right at your finger tips making the JVC Digital Camcorder Just Plain AWESOME!!!! Another Great Feature that I was really impressed with was the ability to take digital pictures. They come out crystal clear at really really close up range. Not blurry like my digital camera does.
Summary: I just bought this camera and think it is a great video camera, especially for the price. The camera is lightweight and very easy to handle. The menus are simple and straighforward for all the setting and effects. The still picture quality is pretty good. The included pc software is very easy to use and DOES in fact work with Windows 98 SE. Video quality is superb. I would recommend this camera to anyone who wants to purchase a Mini-DV camera.
Summary: This is a replacement over a Sony 8mm camcorder I owned, which was broken mechanically. So I was not a Sony fan when choosing a replacement. JVC 505 camcorder certainly meets my expectation when price and performance are considered. For its basic function, the video taken is very clear and colorful, with very little distortion. It amazed me in responding to sudden change in background lighting very quickly, which was not the case with Sony 8mm.
Summary: I have this camcorder since august 2000 and i bought it after a long time of research and comparaison between differents products. Now, i can say that my choice was the best. Very easy to use, video and sound are excellent. I highly recommend this camcorder.
Summary: I like the size and manueverability of this camera. I agree with the other reviews on the battery life, but you can get extended life batteries (somewhat costly). I recommend at least one extra battery. The video and sound are excellent, but I have not figured out the best way to brighten the picture for various lighting conditions - indoors the colors seem washed out.
Summary: Camera seemed to be pretty good, but the included software will NOT run under Windows 2000. So if you think you are going to get your images on to your pc, think again. Otherwise I would have rated 4 or 5 stars. The following is from an email JVC sent to me: "Dear valued customer, This is in response to the e-mail you sent to our Technical Support team here at JVC Canada Inc.