Summary: I bought this camcorder and I took it home and tested it before I wrapped it. ... .. Why I was unhappy: 1st.. The night alive feature is a total scam.. There is such a strobe effect due to the slow shutter speed.. Your targets have to be totally still or it is so distored.. And it does not work in total darkness.. (like said) 2nd.. the video interface S-Video had pixel distortion when veiwed throw TV.. 3rd.. Don't be fooled by the still picture..
Summary: I was really surprised when I first looked at the GR-DVD815 Camcorder I purchased from Gondarbook through Amazon.com. This thing is Clean! They said "Like New", & they weren't lying. I'd swear it had never been used. Not a scratch! As for video quality , I played it back over my TV & was surprised again. Even though its not HD, it could almost pass for it.
Summary: I bought this model after I have done quite sometime researching for this range of camcorders. This one was picked because it provides the most of the features for the money. Also, because I don't care much for the still picture quality since digital camera is what you should get if you are in for still pictures. In term of video quality, this one offers the same par with a much higher cost models.
Summary: My husband and I bought this camcorder to make short films for competition and we were very happy with it. The picture quality is excellent both indoors and out. The sound is good but it tends to pick up a lot of echo in large indoor spaces. It doesn't eat up battery power (which was a concern) and is very easy to use. The night-alive feature was a disappointment though... as the others have said it makes your subjects blurry and appear in slow motion.
Summary: I bought my JVC GR-DVL815U two months ago and it is definitely one of the smartest investments I have ever made. Its video quality and versatility really makes digital camcorders stand out from the Hi8 or VHS versions. The 520 line resolution is dvd quality and it can be achieved during the day without using the additional features. Given enough light the images will be crystal clear.
Excellent camcorder, great picture, many features.
30 June 2001
Summary: I just returned from my vacation in Puerto Rico and Florida where I used the JVC GR-DVL815U Digital Camcorder I purchased two weeks ago. The video quality is awesome. I couldn't believe my eyes when I watched the tapes in my TV. Under direct sunlight the recorded video is excellent, without any action of my part, no effects or special settings. The colors are so real. The zoom is also great. The LCD screen is large enough to see everything clear.