Summary: I am on my second Canon GL2 (2k camera) and my first XL2 (4k camera). The reason I am on my second GL2 is because the heads on the cameras just cannot handle being used as a VCR. To save your camera, Canon themselves (as well as other manufactures) always recommend purchasing a DV Deck or a cheaper camera to use for FF, RWND, Play, and Offloading to protect the heads. I purchased my Sony DV Walkman from Sony themselves and I purchased it for <$600 as a refurb.
Summary: I have had this almost 7 years now and it still works great! And I have used it a lot. The only issue I have had with it is the scroll button is a little sensitive but not something that would stop me from recommending it to anyone.
Pros: Durable, Easy Controls, Good Picture, Good Sound, Lightweight, Long Battery Life, Portable
Summary: I have several of these units connected to a mixing board that is connected to a Macintosh. I do some basic editing on the computer and these VTRs are great. They don't take much desk space. The screen folds down for storage. They can read memory sticks. They have pause and frame by frame advance and backup. They have been completely maintenance free for at least two years. I don't know why other companies haven't tried to built one like this.
Summary: I've used many GV-D1000s both personally and professionally over the past 5 years and I'd have to say that it is one of the most valuable parts of my workflow. If you're shooting on mini-DV (SD), this is a must have -- especially for the price. I've used it to capture video with Avid, Premiere and Vegas and it has worked like a champ. It's been extremely reliable and I recommend this to anyone that doesn't have $10,000 to spend.
Summary: I found the best price for this product on Amazon.com. The purchase was simple and I recieve excellent service. I had the product within three days. I am very satisfied with my experience at Amazon.com and I plan on purchasing from them again in coming days.
Summary: Since owning a miniDV camcorder and wishing there was a way of playing back tapes (on the TV) I've made without holding the unit in my hand 6ft from the television, this MiniDV Walkman is the answer to a prayer. Although pricey, it does exactly as the description claims. I haven't owned it long, and although I've not tried any of the editing features it has, I can say that I'm pleased with its overall performance.