Summary: Do not buy this camera if you are looking for a quality long lasting product. These models have frequent digital board failures. I had mine for just 2 years, the estimate is $ 400 to fix it. For that price I bought a Panasonic pvgs120. Much better quality, especially in low light settings.
Summary: This camera is a good midline camera with a pretty good level of control in the manual mode and well automated in the auto mode. The DV port is the small 4 pin connector that ships with a lot of after market IEEE-1394(Firewire) cards.
Prithviraj Sharan "Reviews from my girlfriend and I", Amazon
24 January 2004
Summary: Hi, We have been using this for 18 months now, and it's travelled continents and has give us no problems at all! At least 3 MiniDV tapes, an extra battery, and a carrying bag are essentials. This camcorder is excellent value.
Summary: There are many reviews on this DV camcorder at this website and I don't see any need to elaborate the functionality of it. However, I had one terrible experience with this one which is discussed below.
Summary: The JVC DVL520U digital video camera is the central camera in the JVC 320U, 520U, and 720U line. Each of these cameras offers the same basic technology with varying features. The 520U shares the same remote as the 320U. The 720U remote contains more functionality.
Summary: I am a TV producer, but I can't always run aound with a XLS-1 with me. This is far the least expensive DV cam I've found, nice basic features, leans a little on the blued and the autofocus is quite slow in lower loght situations.
Summary: We bought it brand-new. It worked for a while, but after about 30 minutes of use, the eyepiece (optical viewfinder) quit working, literally becoming almost blank, with picture nearly impossible to see. Also it recorded fine only in bright, high-contrast sunlight with a lot of shades.
Summary: I have had great luck with JVC products, but this camera was a bust. I had the camera approx. 3 weeks and had to return it to Amazon.com. The camera all of a sudden would not record on to the tape. I tried everything but to no avail it still would not record.
Summary: I have been shopping around for a digital camcorder for some time now and recently bought this model. I have never owned a camcorder before and didn't have a lot to spend. I am completely pleased with this camera. I'm not an expert and I am using this for home use, mainly for family occasions.
Summary: I bought this camcorder AFTER I had my Canon ZR45MC. If you read some other reviews complaining the low light recording functions of this camcorder, let me tell you it is not that bad. I tried both video and still photo in my dining room with only 4x15 watts lights. The result was very pleasant.