Summary: VERY GOOD CAMCORDER IN BRIGHT LIGHT BUT TERRIBLE STILL PHOTOS THAT REALLY CAN'T BE USED FOR ANYTHING. WE USE IT MOSTLY FOR THE ZOOS AND ANYTIME WE ARE OUTDOORS. THIS CAMCORDER HAS AGE ON IT SO NEWER ONES ARE PROBABLY WAY BETTER THAN THIS ONE BECAUSE THEY ARE UPDATED. VERY SMALL AND EASY TO USE.
Summary: I have the VL-Z3U from 3 yrs ago and was never satisfied as the dew indicator kept coming on & shutting off my camera. Sharp's customer service was no help and the repair center charged $180 to fix it. I should've purchased a new camera but I liked the swivel base feature. The dew indicator came on again 3 months later. I will never purchase another sharp camera.
Summary: Sharp has discontinued making camcorders due to faulty products. I have owned the vl-z1u and the dew indicator kept shutting off the camcorder. After researching it this happened to all the Sharp camcorders. Be weary of buying anything from sharp. Only 3 repair centers in the US and customer support was horrible.