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Panasonic NVDS29B or JVC GRDVL160??

Discussion in 'Camcorders, Action Cams & Video Editing Forum' started by Yatesy, Jul 9, 2002.

  1. Yatesy

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    I am about to purchase my first camcorder.
    It is to be used for the normal family and holidays stuff and I am not to bothered about editing on a PC.
    Due to the size and features I have decided on a entry level digital camcorder.
    Mainly due to the cost, I have narrowed this down to a straight choice between the JVC GRDVL160 and Panasonic NVDS29B.

    Can anybody help and advise a novice into making this decision?
     
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    Either camera should delight.
    Panasonic features 8000 compared to 4000 JVC shutter, so slight favour to Panny.
    Panasonic benefits from microphone/headphone inputs, JVC has neither.
     
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    Thanks for the reply.
    At this kind of budget (circa £400) which cam would you recommend, please do not restrict yourself to the two I mentioned!

    Also, have you heard any bad tales from any of these web sellers:
    - Amazon
    - Empire Direct
    - PRC
    - ASK direct
     
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    Have a look at Sony, Canon and Samsung and the new Sharp DV Viewcam, you may like it. It's what you like that counts.
    I'm not aware of anything negative with regard to these mail order suppliers. One tip is only to order from them when the model is actually in stock, otherwise long delays may ensue.
    One other point is after swap out warranty/post warranty back up.
    It's becoming common for independent retailers with service departments to only entertain servicing/repairs on items they actually sold, referring other folks back to their supplier. Partly this is because DV camcorder repairs are specialised and usually involve sending the camera to a third party, dealers can't expect a profit on this so would rather save themselves needless hassle. If they can do on-site servicing they tend to look after their own customers.
    If possible obtaining a price match from a store with back-up is a good idea, but often the savings are too big to ignore. If it's cheap enough buy it off the net.
     

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