JVC X900 - limited and frustrating, mobile phone has better quality
19 April 2013
Summary: The JVC X900 has the potential to be a great camcorder. However, a myriad of serious flaw let it down badly, and result in a very frustrating experience for the user. This thing is small, very very small. If you don't have small hands you'll have a very hard time holding it steady and with the teeny weeny controls.
Summary: I've bought my 2nd X900 and I'm very happy with it. I did return one due to problems shooting in low light. However when Crazy Talk Electronics dropped their price I decieded it would be fun to work with this camera and see if I could improve shooting in low light. In normal outdoor lighting the camcorder takes beautiful video. Rich colors seem to be right on. Pictures are OK, but that's not what I will use the camera for.
Summary: I've done a lot of research before getting this product. In particular I was interested in the largest CMOS sensor I can get "for the buck". I took a chance and purchased mine used, but I got an excellent deal. This camera will shoot absolutely stunning quality video in sufficient light conditions. Talking about light: if you're serious about indoor shooting, look up backdrops and light umbrellas, they are very affordable.
Summary: PROS: Great Camera with High Megapixels Still Shots (9.0MP) and Cheap Price CONS: Short Battery (1hr 30 minutes full charge) and only 5X Optical Zoom Overall for the Price I love this Camera and would Recommend to anyone in this price Range. I love that you can Take pictures while recording Videos. I hate that the Battery only lasts 1 1/2 hours on full charge and costs $80 for a new Battery. I also wish It had better zoom then the 5X optical and 8X Dynamic.
Summary: This camera offers functions not often found in video cameras at this price range . Its slow motion (high fps) capabilities gives an additional tool for sports trainers to demonstrate kinetic movement without loss of quality visuals. It is compact and its intuitive functions gives it an advantage in the field.
Summary: The camera itself looks sturdy and cosmetically good. The sensor on this puppy is really a toy. With two 100 watt halogen bulbs, it can barely get the image to correct brightness level unless you turn on the gain which makes the image well...grainy. Not HD at all.
Summary: The only good thing about this camera is its size. It fits into a pocket. This allows it to be carried around all day. Everything else about this camera is dismal. Battery life is very short: 30-45 min. On a typical vacation day, the batteris are out by noon. From noon onward, no footage. The colors are washed out and innacurate (with x.v.Color ON or OFF). Sunny beach scenes appear like moon-scapes with gray sand. Manually setting the white balance does not help much.
Summary: JVC really missed an opportunity to offer a good prosumer camera with the x900. I have an older Sony HD camera now, which I paid almost $2000 for about 6 years ago. It still works great, but is weak on still images and low light video. I don't use it much because, even though it is small by VHS standards, it is still too large to carry in your pocket and always occupies one hand.
Summary: This is without a doubt the best camera / video camera combination on the market. The video is absolutely outstanding and surpasses my prior camera the sanyo Xacti HD 1000 by far - and I thought that camera was outstanding. The photos are also brilliant with great color saturation and reproduction. It turns on almost instantly and the 5mp stills that can be taken while shooting video are also great quality.