Summary: Not too much to say since everything about this camera is good. Uses Mini-DV tapes which easily transfer to your PC via Firewire. Traveled all over the world with this little guy and its never stopped working like the day I bought it!
Summary: I loooove the small size! Because of that, it gets more use. HOWEVER, had to send it for repairs 3 months after I bought it. Warranty covered the expense, (but not the shipping), and I'm afraid of the next time it will break, since the warranty has now run out. I would recommend some other brand with a better repair history. I don't recommend purchasing extended warranties, since it's damn near impossible to make them pay.
Summary: I have owned 3 JVC camcorders or similar type DVM3, DVM5 and DVM50U. I have loved the size, capability and quality of video image, but all 3 have had significant and expensive repairs. So much so that I gave up the DVM5 because the repair cost was more than I could buy a new and more recent model. At the moment the DVM50U is in the shop after about 5 months ownership and the DVM3 has troubles holding selected zoom mode.
Summary: I've owned mine for about 1 1/2 years now, and I'm happy to say it gets more use now than ever. The camera is well-made, the quality of the images is very good and the price and availability of media (both tape for movies and the proprietary MultiMediaCards for stills) continues to improve (a 32 meg MMC costs about $100 and holds 200 or so images).
Summary: I bought this camcorder for it's features and size. On the shell it seems like a killer product. However, after I bought it, I've noticed annoying, loud drum and zoom motor noises that become recorded on tape. I've sent it for service. They replaced a video drum and shipped it back. The noises didn't disappear. I sent it for service again. They did nothing and shipped it back (without an explanation). Again I sent it for service and followed up with phone calls.
Summary: I purchased this camcorder shortly before our baby was born, and absolutely love it. It's a bit expensive, but so easy to use and handy that it was easily worth it for us. I used the accompanying software to capture the best frames as still photos, and then simply chose the "save as HTML album", and VOILA--I had a web site for the baby!
Summary: I was shopping in the camcorder industry for about two months when JVC released the GR-DVM50u I thought the price was absurd. But when I found it at a price I thought was good I had to have it. I have not had any problems with the camerea in the nearly 2yrs I have owned it. The quality is incredible and the ease of use is outstanding.
Summary: We bought our camcorder in April '99 to take on our Alaskan cruise vacation. It makes wonderful recordings, but playback was initially a problem. I thought a syncronization problem was something I was doing. It became apparent when, 54 weeks after purchasing it, an SP and an LP recording we made couldn't be played back. The SP had no sound and intermittent video. The LP played back in SP.
Summary: though I have not used the DVM50...I recently purchased the DVM70u after comparing it to several other models in the digital class. This camera seems to have all of the digital quality and features I have searched for, especially in lower light situations. And, the still capture capabilities were a real plus in my decision to purchase this product.
Summary: I purchased this item along with a Panansonic PV-DV910 to compare the two. The size of this unit is amazing, given it's capabilities, and it comes with the some of the cables necessary to connect it to your PC for download and some software. However, it lacks the iLink (Firewire) cable required for video download, as does the Panasonic. The pixel count on this unit is greater than on the Panansonic, but it is hard to see the difference on the minute viewscreen or a PC.