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New Camcorder

by Kay~Kacey on 10/14/2009

Once again, I come asking for advice. I want a small camcorder. I had this piece of junk.

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It has the infamous JVC Lens Cap Problem. Mine is/was a GR-DF450, in case anyone cares. The camera tells you the lens cap is on (when it’s not) and refuses to take video. It only worked for a few months, then quit…right in the middle of The Photography One doing a video project for school, I may add. Well, JVC knows of this problem on many of their models. Recalled/replaced the mechanism on some of their models. Not this model. When I researched the problem, like very review on Amazon was people saying they had this problem. After contacting JVC, they refused to replace the faulty mechanism on this model. It would cost more to fix it than replace the camera. I was so not amused.

So I sat for a few years without a video camera. Now, I have video on my Canon DSLR, (that’s another whole story…cute gimmick, but not really what I call user friendly.) I’d like a small little-stick-in-my-purse type camcorder. To bring to family birthday parties, etc.

I’ve been looking into the Flip Video Recorders. Anyone have one of these? They’re on sale for $149 or $169 (depending on model) at Best Buy this week. Anyone have one of these little camcorders, or a different brand to recommend? I just want it for quick family grab a minute stuff, or to do some video for youtube, or video interviews for my blog.

Or will I be really disappointed in this tiny one? I don’t really want to get a big old $$ one again at this time. Do any of you have a flip video? Or similar?

As an aside…because of the lousy way JVC handled their obviously faulty camera, I will never buy another JVC product again. I’m sure they don’t care, but seriously…if you know you have a faulty product, fix it…or lose customers.

So help me out with the Flip Video, or rant about poor customer service. Either one. Comment away!

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Sarah October 14, 2009 at 8:26 am

I don’t have a lot to offer, but I did ask the gal at Best Buy about the Flip Video Cameras a while back when I was there and she told me it does about as good as the videos on the point and shoot cameras. At the time I was in the market for a good point and shoot to throw in my purse so the Flip didn’t interest me, I just got a point and shoot with a decent video and called it good. Although now I’m wanting a better quality video camera, not sure I’m ready to spend the $$$ yet though :) Hope this helped. Let us know when you get one and what you get.

David October 14, 2009 at 11:58 am

The problem with rapidly advancing technology is that, by the time someone has used a tech product long enough to feel comfortable recommending it to others, it has been taken off the market in favor of a newer, greater model with more bells and whistles. Although I like my Sony video camera a lot, it’s quite outdated now. Wish I could help. Best of luck!

Kacey October 15, 2009 at 6:52 am

Hm, not a lot of experience with camcorders, out there, huh? So I went to Best Buy to talk to “an expert”. :rofl: He read the cards posted in front of each camera outloud to me. :mad2: Guess I’ll be doing some more online research!

Capricorn Cringe October 16, 2009 at 7:17 pm

He read the cards posted in front of each camera outloud to me

On the bright side, at least he could read. :D

Kate October 17, 2009 at 9:41 pm

How wonderful to have an expert reading the camera cards to you. I actually like pcmag.com when I’m looking at electronics.

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