I just got a JVC GR-D271u miniDV camcorder and I've noticed a slight issue with the LCD screen: along the bottom edge, the screen fades somewhat lighter than the rest of it. That is, it's not entirely uniform in color/brightness. It's only slightly noticeable, but I'm curious as to whether this is a normal occurance, a defect, or indicative of potential future problems.
Also, I was given this camera as a gift and neither I nor the giver have done much research into camera quality and features. Apparently, this camera model is relatively new as I am having trouble finding reviews and consumer info on it. So, I'm curious as to where this camera falls in the realm of quality miniDV camcorders - depending on this, I am willing to return it and use the cash toward a new one within a budget of about $1000. Here's a list of the features (the package cost about $350):
* 2.5" LCD Screen
* Optical Zoom: 25x
* Digital Zoom: 800x
* SD Media Card Slot
* 520 Horizontal Lines of Resolution
* 680 K CCD
* F 1.8 Bright Lens
* Color Viewfinder
* Live, Slow shots
* USB 2.0
* Auto Illumi-Light
* DV In and Out
* Rechargeable Data Battery (BN-VF707US) included
* Software with USB Cable
* Includes blank tape, tripod, JVC bag and remote control
* Dimensions: 7.7"W x 6.7" x 5.8"
I'll be using the camera for a wide variety of scenarios so I would like to make sure it's well-rounded in terms of color quality and low-light shooting capability. So, basically my questions are - what do you think of the camera I have now? And if I should, indeed, replace it, how should I go about making a new selection (brandwise, feature-wise, etc)?
Overall, what is the difference between a $350 camera and a $900 camera, or are there too many elements involved to make such generalizations?
And a couple other things:
(Did I mention I am greatly lacking in knowledge of camcorders?) - I've noticed that there seems to be a negative correlation between the price of a camcorder and the degree to which it can zoom in - that is, the more expensive camcorders don't seem to be able to zoom as far. Is this generally correct? And if so, why?
Also, I've gleaned this implication from another thread or two, but I'd like to clarify: when transferring video from the miniDV camcorder to the computer via firewire, it saves it as a .avi file, which is much higher quality (at least in terms of frames per second) than mpeg-2. Is this correct?
Sorry for making this so long :P I would greatly appreciate any and all feedback. Thank you.