Summary: After reading all the "professional" reviews, i decided to try the MG57 anyway and i am completely pleased. It may not be a top of the line, pro video / coffee maker but it is a very competent video camera. The manual is actually useful although you dont need it. The menus are easy to use and on "auto" the camera takes very good video or stills. I chose this over the MG77 because it has a video light (vs.
Summary: Being able to record 8 hours at a time is great. The only drawback to the hard drive type of recording is that a new file is created each time. The positive to that is that it makes for ease of transfer. You can record to DVD with the software they include and it's very easy. The battery life is awful, so get an extended or extra battery.
Summary: I work in a Mac school, and it is a pain to bring the videos in to the included software, and then convert them so I can alter them in iMovie. Besides that, the camera is excellent, good harddrive (i got the 30G version) and the transfers are amazingly fast. The drop protection has also already saved us.
Summary: With the camera recording and I turn my body I get a jerking motion on the play back. The biggest complaint I have is the lack of instructions that can be understood on how to do THINGS. Yes, I see a phone number. I can call and I have done this. When you get someone to help you which might be a long wait. They are very polite and explain so I can understand. Why can't they write instructions that can be understood in the first place.
Summary: Sure, the low-light isn't fantastic, but the gain-up does help, and the sound quality is excellent. I've used it for concerts by a cappella groups, a jazz band, and more, and haven't yet been disappointed. The DVD-making software is also fun, although it took me a lot of trial and error to finally put together something I could be remotely proud of. Definitely buy another, longer-lasting battery, though.
Summary: I haven't used a camcorder for quite a while. I wanted to capture some of my granddaughter's finer moments. This camera is light and convenient to use. It was easy to pick it up and start using with minimal setup. I'm really glad I bought this camcorder.
Summary: The size of my hand, literally. It is so light weight that you hardly notice it, and as such have no problem holding it for a long period of time. It packs a ton of features, and I love to play with the manual modes, as the auto can sometimes add precious time to focus, ending up in a possible missed shot or wasted recording time. BUT considering all of the video is saved onto the onboard hard disk, there really is no wasted recorded time, is there?
Summary: It's a nice product for the price. Very compact. Good quality video for my purposes. The battery life is a problem. I've been using it to tape portions of my son's baseball games, recording for about 10 seconds at a time and pausing (when he's batting or pitching) and it barely makes it through the game.
Summary: I bought two one time, but there was no vedio on LCD as opened for both! They could not recorded vedio but audio only. It seemed that they hadn't CCD at all! I had to mail them back to repare just the day I got them, and the JVC even would not cover the charge!