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Old 25-07-2005, 18:32   #1
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[CAMCORDER] JVC GR-D33 for £169!

I was just looking for a new battery for my camcorder and happen to notice that Amazon UK have the JVC GR-D33 camcorder for only £169 delivered! Seems a bloody good price for a brand name miniDV camcorder!

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Old 25-07-2005, 18:35   #2
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Old 25-07-2005, 18:43   #3
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Old 25-07-2005, 19:07   #4
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Superb price, though rather a lot of anti-JVC reviews on Amazon.
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Old 25-07-2005, 21:02   #5
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Superb price, though rather a lot of anti-JVC reviews on Amazon.
Looking in the camcorder mags of late whilst researching a new camcorder for myself, it seems JVC's customer service is pretty poor at the moment (or at least the perception is).
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Old 25-07-2005, 22:45   #6
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I had one of these, bad picture quality, and the nightshot is un-useable.
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Old 26-07-2005, 18:38   #7
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I had one of these, bad picture quality, and the nightshot is un-useable.
was all poised to buy it till you said this gutted... is it really that bad? i looked up a few reviews and it didn't have that bad a write up
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Old 26-07-2005, 18:49   #8
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Ignore him - for £169 it's a complete steal. He must have had a broken model or rediculous expectations.

I have the GRD93 and the pic quality is excellent. It's great VFM at £200 so at £169 it's a no brainer.

Go for it - I bet you're impressed !!
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Old 26-07-2005, 18:51   #9
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what's the night-vision thing like?

I'm downgrading from a top of the range (ish) digital 8 camcorder that's brilliant in every-way... Except its too big! never use it because I can't be bothered to carry it around... Thing that gets me, is mines chunky, and is as follows:
8.5 cm x 9.8 cm x 15.1 cm and weighs 910grams

This JVC one is:
7.1 cm x 9.1 cm x 11.6 cm and weighs 1300grams (that can't be right can it??!?)

shteve below has also pointed out the other one I was looking at:
6.9 cm x 11.2 cm x 8.7 cm and weights 410grams:
Currys - product code 020199 (Panasonic NVGS17B) which i'm tempted to spend the extra £30 on... but don't know whether its worth it!

Decision decisions

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Old 26-07-2005, 19:04   #10
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How does this compare to something like the new entry level panasonic, which a lot of places are selling for about £200?

Panny GS17

Direct linking doesn't seem to work, but it's flagged as their lowest priced camcorder ever.
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Old 26-07-2005, 19:16   #11
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I will never buy a JVC DV camera again. My dad had one, has a safeguard problem with it, which makes the camera unoperative, apparantley a problem JVC knew about, but didn't bother recterfying.
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Old 26-07-2005, 19:21   #12
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was all poised to buy it till you said this gutted... is it really that bad? i looked up a few reviews and it didn't have that bad a write up
Good grief man...it's got DV in and out. Firewire it to your PC, make your edits/lighting/sound with a decent editing program (Pinnacle studio 9 with some plug ins)Then either fire it back to your cam for VSH tape or DVD it via a burner direct from the PC or the cam. Colour viewfinder...lovely little cam for the money...you'll be supprised at what you can do.
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Old 26-07-2005, 19:42   #13
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Beware of JVC camcorders. I have one and there is a design fault on all JVC camcorders.

There are currently 1004 complaints against JVC for there camcorders and in the USA there is a lawsuit against them. Unfortunately those of us in the UK cannot join the lawsuit however I have filed my complaint at the site below:

http://jvc-class-action.blogspot.com

Basically what happens is if you don't use the camcorder for a short period of time it shows an error messasge on the screen e.g. "Error E01" and the camcorder locks up and is useless.

I suggest no matter how much JVC seems a bargain please ignore as it will come back to bite you.
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Old 26-07-2005, 20:53   #14
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this model isn't listed as having this fault on that website... are you aware of a specific problem with this camera, or are you giving a general warning to all things JVC?

edit: apologies, its not in the Top 10 on that site... unfortunately, it doesn't list anything further down than that...

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Old 26-07-2005, 21:22   #15
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Usual knee-jerk reaction - one model has a fault so all JVC camcorders are rubbish....total tosh. I've had mine for 18months and had nothing but excellent results from it. The one for £169 is a steal....grief you'd pay that for a portable TV not long ago !!

Buy it and prove the guy who's slating it wrong !

If you are daft enough not to opt for the JVC at that price the Panni at £200 also seems good value
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Old 26-07-2005, 21:29   #16
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If it doesn't work Amazon CS are topnotch, I am sure they would see u right

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Old 26-07-2005, 21:38   #17
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As a price guide, even if u bought this camcorder (as new) from ebay, u will generally end up paying more than £170inc. So, Amazons price of £170 is very very good.
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Old 26-07-2005, 21:42   #18
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Wow! These things really have come down in price, my parents bought an entry level JVC DV camcorder a couple of years ago for around 300 notes.

I've never owned a camcorder before - hate the bloody things - but the pressure is on for me to get one in a few months time when our first child is due to arrive... this looks like it could be the one. Cheers.
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At the present time there are 100+ models affected by the error problem. Mine worked fine for 2 years before it broke down.

Here is a quote from the JVC site in honk kong:

(E01 to E06 UNIT IN SAFEGUARD MODE REMOVE AND REATTACH BATTERY) This message is a malfunction of some kind has occurred. In this case the camcorder's functions become unusable.

Remove the power supply or battery. And wait a few minutes for the indication to clear. When it does, you can resume using the camcorder. If the indication remains, consult your nearest JVC dealer or service center.

If you still wish to take a chance on one fine but I wish I had my £299 back as I missed my four year olds school concert and that will never be repeated again.

I have spent alot of time researching this on the Internet.
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Beware of JVC camcorders. I have one and there is a design fault on all JVC camcorders.

There are currently 1004 complaints against JVC for there camcorders and in the USA there is a lawsuit against them. Unfortunately those of us in the UK cannot join the lawsuit however I have filed my complaint at the site below:

http://jvc-class-action.blogspot.com

Basically what happens is if you don't use the camcorder for a short period of time it shows an error messasge on the screen e.g. "Error E01" and the camcorder locks up and is useless.

I suggest no matter how much JVC seems a bargain please ignore as it will come back to bite you.

Yep, thats the problem with my dad's which was brought in the USA.
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