I appear to have discovered a horrendous problem with the above Sharp model Camcorder. Although High End it is now discontinued but has less than 5 hours on the clock due to being in storage but is as new and works perfectly. However I have discovered something very serious and would welcome the comments of others who have also purchased this expensive Sharp Model in the UK no matter how long ago.
I find I am unable to to down load video content from the camera to my PC using the supplied DV i.LINK cable supplied. Unusualy and inexplicably no software or Camera Drivers are or were supplied with this model at time of purchase. In the absence of device drivers no content can be downloaded or edited. This makes the camera useless for anything other than recording to DV tape. All the normal web based Driver Archives have never heard of them. There is now more than a very big questionmark over whether any drivers for this model were ever produced or ever existed. This worrying conclusion is arrived at by the fact that Sharp have failed to produce the errant Windows Drivers or able to state the specific Windows driver designation or location so it/they can be downloaded. It goes without saying all Computer/Camera leads,plugs, sockets, ports, and Windows XP are working properly. It is also known that Sharp did in fact provide their own optional motion video editing package which is now unavailable but must have included the Devive Drivers.
Unbelievably Sharp insist that Windows XP contains all the required drivers making them either incompetent , liars, or both as Windows does not provide any device drivers and can only look for them and/or report their availability or absence through Device Manager. If it weren't for the the dismissive arrogance of Sharp in the way they have handled such a basic technical matter of fact I would have dropped it. However I am now minded to sue this company and if a sufficient numbers of hitherto non complaining like minded people who have also bought this model and suffered a similar fate It might be worth going after Sharp with a Class Action Law Suit for damages.
If this matter can be solved technically-great.I would love to hear from anyone who has come across this problem before and found a solution.Please feel free to contact me directly if you prefer at email@example.com.