"Be Ready To Miss The Shot!!"2.0 starson by Freddy_Knuckles
Pros: Good Video Quality, Compact Size
Cons: It's Never Ready!! Buttons Are Unresponsive, Drop Detection!!! Focus Sucks, Zoom Is Shaky, Night Shots Are Impossible
Summary: Every time I go to use the camera, it takes AT LEAST 10 seconds before it's ready to shoot. Every day, I go for walks though a heavily forested park with all kinds of wildlife. I'm trying to put together a video of all the sights and sounds I see every day on my walks. I carry the camera in my hand everywhere I go but the problem is, if I don't keep the monitor open, the camera automatically shuts off so when I go to open it and get the shot, I have to wait while it tells me it's an Everio, then I have to wait while it thinks, then I have to wait while tells me the "Drop Detection" is turned off. By the time the camera is ready, the shot is gone. Whatever I was trying to catch on video has long since left. Walking around with the monitor open is just not feasible so I always end up missing the shot. I have started opening the monitor every few minutes and hitting "Record" for a couple of seconds to keep the thing from shutting off. But if I don't get to it in time, the whole restarting process starts all over again.Good luck getting any of your videos to play on the PC!! Apparently JVC uses an obscure file called MOD. It is recognized by almost nothing in the computer world which means you have to convert all of your video files to something else, which means you have to buy a converter and convert them all yourself and even then it's no easy task for the average computer user. What a piece of garbage this camera is!! DO NOT BUY THIS CAMERA!!!!! I will never buy the JVC brand again.
If I'm lucky, and the camera is ready to shoot, I might be able to get the buttons to work. The zoom sometimes takes several attempts before it actually starts working. The record button is even worse. If you don't hit it just right way in the just the right spot, it won't work. And once you do get it going, you have to hit it just the right way in just the right spot to pause it again. The menu buttons are sometimes unresponsive as well but are also sometimes hyper-sensitive. One second you're scrolling up a couple of videos and WHAM! You're all the way back at the first video!!
And the drop detecion is terrible. If you leave it turned on, any slight movement makes the camera think you've dropped it and it goes into protect mode. When that happens, you have to go though all kinds of nonsense when you start the camera up again. If you turn the drop detection off, it will tell you about it EVERY SINGLE TIME you turn on your camera!!! I find myself yelling "I know it's turned off!! I'M the one who turned it off!!"
If you try to zoom in on something (say a bird in a tree) it will focus on everything but the object you're trying to film. It will focus on the leaves behind it or the leaves to the side of it or even the leaves in front of it but not on the subject. And if it does focus on the subject, it will go in and out of focus the entire time you're shooting.
And if you plan on using the zoom, bring a tripod. Even with DIS turned on, when I steady the camera on something like fencepost, even the slightest movement will make the video shaky. Even on a tripod, if you walk to near, it will cause the video to come out shaky.
And don't even bother shooting at night without some sort of light. The one on the camera is terrible and the camera can't pick up anything. The night mode is terrible as well.
If I had it to do over, I would not buy this camera again.
Updated on May 23, 2010
Updated on May 23, 2010I wish I could give this camera minus stars.