Summary: I just spoke with JVC customer support and they acknowledged that the OIS in the GZHD7 is 'weak'. He said the issue is mechanical and that no fix or patch will be released for the current model. Instead, they plan to address the issue in the next model, possibly due out in the March/April 2008 timeframe. He made the point (confirmed by many in these posts) that the other features easily make up for the the lacking OIS capability.
Optical Image Stabilization is DEFECTIVE and not working!!
K. Nichols, Amazon
19 May 2007
Summary: The Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) feature on the GZ-HD7 is not working on my camera and from what I've read on the internet its not working for alot of other GZ-HD7 owners either. I've been in contact with JVC for a week now about the OIS issue. The first time I called JVC the support technician obviously knew nothing about this problem. It wasn't until I requested a higher level support technician that I started getting some answers.
Note for Macintosh users using professional non-linear editing systems such as Final Cut Pro
Tim Jacoby, Amazon
28 April 2007
Summary: If you are using Final Cut Pro or other professional non-linear editing programs on the Mac, you cannot use the camera's native .TOD format, which is basically an MPEG inside the .TOD container. Forget about following JVC's instructions: they are too time-consuming and don't allow batch processing. The easiest conversion method I've found requires two freeware programs: The VLC media player, and MPEG Streamclip, both available on the Apple Website (and elsewhere).
Should you consider the competition from Sony & Canon?
Ross Mendel "Ross", Amazon
20 April 2007
Summary: There are three new (non-AVCHD) consumer HD camcorders that many people are looking at, the Sony HDR-HC7, the Canon HV20, and the newest, most expensive of the three, the JVC GZ-HD7. The specs on the JVC sure are great, it looks great, and the Amazon reviews for the JVC are glowing. However, the Amazon reviews seem to be written by people who haven't checked out the Sony or Canon, so they don't really have anything to compare the JVC to (except experience with much older...
Summary: Meine Geschichte zur HD7 liegt ungefähr 2 Monate zurück. Und begann damit, dass ich es kaum erwarten konnte, eine FULLHD Kamera mein Eigen zu nennen. Gekauft habe ich die Kamera für 1700 Euro in einer großen Elektromarktskette. Nach einer Woche habe ich sie wieder zurückgegeben... Meine Anforderungen waren einfach: Folgende wurden sehr gut erfüllt: 1920x1080 Pixel, interlaced Tolle Farbdarstellung Aufnahme auf Festplatte, ohne Laufwerksgeräusche Zebra Kantenbetonung Gute...