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.
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. If you intend to capture the video off this camera onto your computer you need a FAST PC, I'd say 1.5GHz or better, and over 512MB of RAM with a fast hard drive with LOTS of space, it goes QUICK.
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. The only con is low light recording is not good, but that's the case with most camcorders.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.