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Fantastic For The Price - A Few Issues Though
on 7 January 2014
This camcorder is fantastic for the price. It's great for the beginner/amateur film maker, it's simple to use, and has great features usually associated with higher end cameras. However, there are a few bad things.
- Cheap: A great price, most similar models from other brands are more expensive.
- Simple: Extremely easy to use, it only takes 5 minutes to familiarise yourself with the settings.
- Great Features: For example, the touch screen is great, the Zoom is good, and the variety of quality settings is fantastic.
- As mentioned in other reviews, battery life is an issue. Basically, the battery life is around 40 minutes, so is not great for longer event recording. However, a lot of camcorders are so, and the Ex-Pro unofficial (but very good) replacement battery improves the life drastically, and for a lot cheaper than the official JVC ones.
- Memory. If you want to record in the higher end qualities (as you do), it takes up so much more memory. Whilst this isn't so bad considering you know the quality is going to be great, it is an issue if you have no memory card or a small one. I would suggest at least a 16GB one to be able to cope with a decent amount of footage.
- The sounds are annoying! Luckily there is a silent mode though.
- I don't find this a problem personally, but a negative review mentioned this so I thought I'd touch on it. This JVC camera (like similar camcorders such as Sony) records in AVC-HD. This is because of the high quality, but it does mean files cannot be read in certain editing softwares etc. It's annoying, but i'm pretty sure there is a conversion tool that is compatible with AVC-HD. I don't want to sound certain in case i'm wrong, but a quick Google search should tell anyone who needs it.
So all in all, a great camera for the price. Memory and battery are my only main concerns, and have required further investment, but even still, this camera is cheap for how good it is. Hope this review helped anyone looking to purchase.