I have one, it's got great features and really stinks too.
I was given the JVC Everio GZ-HD3 for xmas. It's going back tomorrow (last day to return). I tried. I really tried. But the neato features just could not overcome it's weaknesses.
The hi-def pic was outstanding.. if: you didn't move the camera, it was outdoors, and daylight.
Its still pics are HORRIBLE.
Now I know some of us have a good digital camera for stills. Me too. I have a couple. I prefer the Canon SD600 cause it was all I needed, it was $200, slips EASILY into a pocket and.. this is the most important reason... my wife could use it. I personally think it takes very nice movies. But, there's no zoom (other than the digital - which we all know counts for nothing) And, it's sound gets buffeted by the wind. So... I like to have an actual "camcorder". My current Sony Hi-8 is now 5-6 yrs old. Still runs like a champ but comparatively is bulky.
As for the Everio, I really like the ability to simply plug it in and transfer all my video to the PC. I picked up a 750GB HD for under $200 and it will hold several days worth of video. (60 GBs/7 hours on the camcorder).
I also like the ease of using the joystick on the viewfinder, the availability of the options, the wind "resistant" stereo mics, the 3 CCDs, the "sunshade" lens cover and compactness of it.
However, here are the deterrents.
- All video shot indoors is either green or orange. Yuck.
- The included "light" is useless past 5 feet.
- The stereo microphones are actually omnidirectional. LOL they're BOTH next to each other on TOP of the camera. No actual stereo separation.
- No viewfinder. This is a biggie. I don't want to have to open the 2 1/2" playback window all the time. It wears down the battery and is annoying to others when shooting video of kid's recitals etc.
- 10x zoom. I mean really. Are you kidding me?
Anyway, I'm going to try and find something else. I like the HD format. The videos that came out nice, look *wow* on my 73" HD screen.
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