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JVC GR-DVL520U

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Overall 2
2.0

Digital board failure

Noam Sorbsky, Amazon
6 February 2005
  • 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. In addition, these models (and other JVC models) have frequent E04 errors, keep an eye on consumer reports.
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Overall 8
8.0

Good entry/mid level camcorder...

Prithviraj Sharan "Reviews from my girlfriend..., 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. The only con is low light recording is not good, but that's the case with most camcorders.
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Overall 6
6.0

common problem is microfuse on the mainboard

shashank sinha, Amazon
5 December 2003
  • 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. I also found by email from three other JVC 520U user that they had the same problem and fixed it easily. After the warranty is over, this stopped working (no power up). Took it a JVC dealer repair shop (George Meyer, Santa Monica, Los Angeles).
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Overall 8
8.0

Very good entry-level miniDV camera for the price

Paul S. Remington, Amazon
30 October 2003
  • 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. The 520U remote contains all the usual basic capabilities, including rewind, fast forward, playback, record, etc. The 520U also shares the same memory card as the 720U, which is 8Mb in size.
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Overall 6
6.0

Great Low Cost Entry to Mini DV recording

Bill Frazzetto, Amazon
15 September 2003
  • 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. Still, if you want a nice 520 line rez DV cam with nice zoom features and firewire and USB connect capabilites, this can't be beat.
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Overall 2
2.0

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VladM "reviewer07", Amazon
16 March 2003
  • 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. Even in bright, but hazy daylight the picture produced was low-contrast and a bit too dark, which was quite unpleasant.
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Overall 2
2.0

Good Camera While it Worked

Harold D. Koumpis, Amazon
15 March 2003
  • 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. I did like all of the features on the camera but now I am gunshy of buying another JVC.
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Overall 10
10

a great first time digital camcorder

Solomon Ong, Amazon
6 January 2003
  • 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. For what I need it for, it couldn't be better for the price. Sound quality is excellent, clear and no motor noise.
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Overall 8
8.0

Low Light recording OK, Beats Canon ZR45MC

Jeffhdz, Amazon
30 December 2002
  • 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. Comparing to the Canon ZR45MC I had, it was much better.
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Overall 4
4.0

JVC DVL520

roger howard, Amazon
28 August 2002
  • Summary: I bought the JVC DVL520 and I took it back next day. My main complaint was in low light conditions, there were vertical lines appearing on the screen. It wasn't overly obvious but very distracting nontheless. I tried to correct it by manually adjusting each individual settings but nothing worked. The picture quality was not too bad in bright conditions, but in darker conditions i was not prepared to just accept it.
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