Summary: I've had this camera for a couple of years now-- it's zoom function leaves something to be desired, and I'd recommend NOT zooming during a shot. In fact, for adequate depth of field you're better off not zooming at all. Otherwise, it is easy to use, and I haven't had the dew indicator problems that others have had. So, all in all, I'd say if you can get it for a modest enough price and just want a basic camcorder, it's not a bad deal.
Summary: We got this camera a few months ago and never used until we finally had some special occassions to record. We were able to record two and on my daughter's 8th birthday party it came up with the DEW error and we tried very hard to get it back to normal. We left the cassette door open for days and no change. Do not buy this camera, it will take away from your special occassion when you least expect it. This electronic device is not worthy.
Summary: this camcorder is pure garbage, i purchased brand new from circuit city , only used it 4 or 5 times also , i now get the dew message, i tried everything from putting it into bags , airing it outside in dry weather, using blow dryer, using little sacks of silicia then placing the camcorder in a bag to dry it out, nothing works !!!!! called sharp customer service got the run around.
Summary: This Camcorder is excellent for on the go trips and everyday use. It fits in the palm of your hand and isn't big and bulky like the old-school camcorders. Fun and Easy to use, takes Great video. Great starter ....
Summary: If not for the DEW function I would give the camera five stars. Unfortunately when the DEW signal comes on there is no camera and there is no override for this sensor. We wouldn't anticipate a problem with moisture living in Arizona but it's been nothing but problems after the first year.
Great little Camera with a remote control and ease of use..
Mr. Gadget, Amazon
20 June 2005
Summary: I have had all the different brands of all kinds of electronics. After a review, a test and having alot of family and friends view my films nobody had any thing to say but "That Was Great". Easy to use, excellent battery location, No problems or regrets, I guess for all the cameras that were sold if only a few have negative comments thats pretty good. And I live in a rainy climate, and no "DEW" message, or any other have ever popped up.
Summary: Now it has started giving me E007 error. Google does not give any answers to this error code. In the past it had also given me intermittant dew error. I had it with Sharp Electronics. My first TV broke. Sharp VCR, broke. Now Sharp Camdorder, broke. Amazon also stiffed me with the $100 promised rebate on this camcorder. All in all, a very expensive $350 mistake :-( I am not going to buy any more tape based camcorders.
Buyer Beware! Error on camcorder renders it useless!
Michael Pritsker "Michael Pritsker", Amazon
10 April 2005
Summary: After owning the viewcam for about a year, I started to get a dew error that renders the camera useless...and there's nothing you can do. Sharp says to leave the camera door open for 2 hours and then try again. You can leave it open for 100 hours in the desert sun and you'll still get a dew error. EVERYONE that I speak to that has purchased this camera has the same problem. DON'T BUY IT.
Summary: i purchased this item 1 year ago. Basically as soon as the 1 year warranty was up my camera began turning on, but shutting right back off. My camera like the others on this page also, came on with a "DEW" warning. I have made several attempts to have Sharp try and fix this problem to which they have basically told me they won't/can't do anything to help me. Trust me when I say I will NEVER buy another Sharp camcorder/camera after the way i was treated on this one. PS.
Summary: DO NOT BUY ANY SHARP PRODUCTS. I unfortunately own a Sharp VL-Z3U camcorder which has been rendered useless by an ongoing DEW error (I store the camcorder in my family room and live in Michigan - not humid enough to justify this problem). After speaking with Sharp's customer relations, they informed me they no longer make camcorders and can do NOTHING for me. They obviously stopped making camcorders because they were not good at it.