Summary: I purchased this camera in mid 2004 for around $450 plus an extended warranty (about $40 extra) What a mistake this purchase was. Problems started within about a month or so, but not to the point where I felt it needed to be returned--yet. I wanted to document our move from Texas to Colorado. Not so much. At first it began chopping the recordings ie, pause or freeze, would skip a few seconds at a time, go blank, pixelate, etc.
A good start for a teacher who wants young people to learn.
6 May 2011
Summary: Well, I'm still learning how to use it. But considering I am in my 50s, you don't expect me to learn it as soon as I touch it. It feels slightly loose in my hand, but since it is my first time to own a video camera, I am sure I can get use to it. The camera has some minor scratches, and I couldn't help but think it's former owner must have used it rather too often.
Summary: I purchased a JVC GR-DX77us last july and to be fair, its video-taping capabilities are good, and the resolution is good. However, I have not been able to get the video capture feature to work on the camcorder. I tried both the USB and the 1394 firewire, and they both kept losing contact with various computers--turns out the problem was the plug board is pretty loose and either the plugs or the board loses contact regularly, playing havoc with your computer.
Summary: I am experiencing the same zooming trouble as everyone else. When I called JVC they denied the problem. Judging from the reviews here on Amazon.com, there seems to be a very real problem. I bought the camera because it was simple, afforadable, and I'm not much of a techno person. I used it well for over a year when the zoom problem started. Being in the military, you don't get much pay, so I was hoping this camera would serve me for a long time- I was wrong.
Summary: I have exactly the same problem as you guys are having. After a year of ownership hardly using the thing it starts zooming out of control. Contacted jvc and got the same response denying a problem. My friend has the dx97ek and it has exactly the same problem. "Trash" and "can" are words that spring to mind.
Worked ok for about a year, then the zoom problems started...
RV "Ram", Amazon
2 November 2006
Summary: I bought this about an year ago. It worked fine till about a month ago. The first thing that I noticed is that the camera would zoom in all by itself. I had to have my finger firmly holding the zoom out button so that it would not zoom in. Reading about it now, I find out that this is a common problem with this particular camcorder. Wish I had read reviews from people who had been using this for a while.
Summary: I was happy with this one until it showed this problem. It automatically zooms in to the maximum. So now basically I can't use it any more. I initially thought maybe it's due to my operation somehow although I'm sure I'm gentle on it. However, after I searched online, I found that I'm not the only lucky one. Some poor dude said if he wants to use it, he has to put one finger on the "zoom out" button all the time in order to cancel out the automatic zoom in.
Summary: I bet this would be a decent camcorder, if the zoom issue wasn't there. It's apparently a major glitch with this model. I bought mine new, used it without incident for about three or four months and then it began zooming at will. It zooms all the way in when you turn it on, and won't stay at any other level of zoom. I sent it in under the parts warranty, but JVC authorized service people wanted over $200 for labor.
Summary: I just bought my first Camcorder after doing alot of research of reading reviews and comparing different models. I was on a budget and needed a good starter camcorder after getting tired of looking i found a JVC DX77 model that was in Mint condition, came with original equipment and a 2 year transferable warranty and the price was under $200 - i thought to myself i couldnt beat this price.