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JVC GR-D30US Camcorder Doesn't Work
posted by Colleen Shirazi, Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 8:31 PM (Pacific)

Wowza, wowza, wowza...this is less than three years old and it doesn't work. Apparently there's a known defect in some part of it...that causes the viewfinder to display an extremely distorted picture (and this is what you get if you try to record--a recording of that same twisted picture), or else a message that says LENS CAP ON when the lens cap is off, or else a message telling you there's condensation in the camera, when there isn't.

I never got a recall email about it; I found out about this scourge when I turned on the camcorder one day and couldn't record jack diddley squat on it. And I couldn't fix it.

I found out because some kind souls wrote about it on Amazon.com.

In fact it's interesting...the first year's worth of reviews of this make and model on Amazon were positive. Then...each subsequent year...the reviews got worse and worse. Finally, in 2006, the reviews hit rock bottom.

That would appear to be the lifecycle of this camera, but this post isn't done yet. I'm sending the camcorder (per JVC's Customer Care Center's instructions) to the JVC Factory Service Center nearest me (yes, it must be mailed--by me) with a letter stating that it's being sent for the "CCD Program." i.e. for a known defect in the camera.

Let's see if they fix it.

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