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on February 16, 2011
My old JVC GR-DVF31 purchased in July 1999 was still generally working well in terms of recording and playing, but the button controlling the play versus record, full auto versus manual, broke off. The power switch also seemed to be deteriorating. It became increasingly difficult to turn the camcorder on and off, to switch between play and record, and repairing the machine was exorbitantly expensive.
I decided to invest in this camcorder because I wanted a basic device that uses mini-DV cassettes. I am very pleased with this machine. It is very small (MUCH smaller than my old JVC) and takes excellent videos. Some people do not like the joystick control, but I personally find it easy and fun to use. The battery life is good. The display is smaller than my old JVC, but still perfectly satisfactory. Overall I have no complaints and am highly satisfied. Just bear in mind, though, that this is a basic piece of equipment. I was attracted to the price of $200 -- extremely reasonable. If you're looking for a high-end machine with lots of bells and whistles, though, then this isn't the camcorder for you.
But if you want a simple device that takes excellent videos, is easy and fun to use, and still records onto mini-DV cassettes, then I would highly recommend this camcorder.