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on March 27, 2015
A few more nicks than i wanted but seems to be in good shape.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2010
In all honesty, I'm just your typical paparazzi-style point-and-shooter and don't knowmuch about cameras or rendering and aliasing and all that technical stuff. This is our first video camera and we bought it mostly to film our fast growing baby. Before making a choice my husband spent a lot of time researching cameras, watching video samples on YouTube, reading reviews, etc. We decided to get an HD camera, but most other models were way over our budget. I'm very happy we went with this reasonably priced camera. I just grab it and it's ready to shoot instantly. The video quality to me looks excellent, even in the low light indoors and with my shaky-hands production. So if you're like me, I think you'll be very happy with this camera.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2010
Purchased this camcorder for $699 from Amazon just after Thanksgiving. Have used it in several scenarios:

1) Indoor low-light: As other reviews online have said there is some noise in the image in low lights levels. The manual controls can compensate some but this is the weak point of the camera. I will say it is still order of magnitude better than my old MiniDV camera.

2) Indoor well lit: I recorded an event at my church with adequate indoor lighting and the image quality was great! The Optical Image Stabilization feature worked amazingly to take a lot of my hand shake out of the image even at a long zoom.

3) Outdoor daylight: Image quality is like nothing I have ever seen in a home camcorder. Really amazing HD quality video - in full light situations I don't think you'll find a better consumer camcorder.

I use a Mac w/ iMovie '09 for video editing and the Mac had no problems seeing the camcorder and transferring the video for editing. Because of that I can't comment on the "one touch" features of the camera that work only with Windows.

Only complaint is the menu system (laser touch) - the touch strip is a little over-sensitive but with a little practice time I'm doing ok with it. The manual dial on the front of the camera body below the lens is much more accurate and is a great feature for adjusting focus and brightness, and the large zoom rocker is very well placed and easy to use.

Was also pleased that this camera came with a 2hr. battery instead of the typical 1 hour found in most other brands and models.

Overall very pleased with this camcorder.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2010
If you buy this for outdoor shooting or very well lit indoor scenarios, you'll be very happy. The image quality is superb is those conditions, but the medium and low light situations are handled very poorly. There is more noise with this camera in less than ideal conditions than with a cheap $200 non-HD camcorder I also own. It's a tremendous value if you intend to use it in the right situations, otherwise there are better options.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on November 1, 2009
Color accuracy and amazing sharpness make this an extarordinary camcorder - if the light is not too bad. In low light situations the perfermance is mediocre. Laser-operated menu-system is annoyingly umstable; otherwise handling is OK.

Compared to Canon's HFS10, I would prefer the JVC, although the Canon is a better low light performer. But if he light is reasonable, it seems to me that the picture quality of the JVC is noticably better.

I have not as yet had time to test the quality of the stills
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on September 20, 2009
Important: The mini-HDMI cable is not included. Add one to your order. For a $many Camcorder to not include a $2 HDMI cable is pretty lame.
This is my first HD Camcorder (CC), and first with Flash storage. So the convenience of no DV tape is great.
The usability is ok. The main user interface is around the display. The buttons along the bottom are a little small for me, and mis-hits happen and the touch sensitivity takes some getting used to. The other main input device is the touch sensitive slider along the left edge. This isn't bad but over shooting the intended selection happens about 30% of the time.
My initial play back review was on a 720P TV using a HDMI cable. I shot all the video on the highest quality setting (the CC calls it Blue ray quality). Some of my initial video was taken in lower light conditions and the graininess of the video was very noticeable and rather disappointing. Video taking in direct sunlight was very good.
My next viewing test was on a 1080P projector (at 10' screen size). The grainy playback on the 720P TV looked noticeably better on the 1080P display. Good enough to change my mind on returning the CC.
The still shot capability is quite handy, the switch for full res still mode is well placed, and taking stills during video recording is very easy. I haven't taken much high speed video yet, but it looks like it will need a lot more light than normal recording to work well.
The unit is very small and light. The hand strap is too short, I had to go past the widen "safety" part of the strap, so there isn't much velcro grabbing.
I'm still on the first battery charge, so no data on how long it will last.
Overall I like the features and using the CC. But if my DV Sony hadn't broke, it wouldn't have bought this. The picture isn't that much better.
I've yet to use the included software. I'll add feedback on that later.
If 3.5 stars where available, that's the rating I'd give it. Assuming as I get familiar with setup options, it may get better.
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