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impeccable timing, as we had dismissed JVC's MiniDV devices as unusable
for DV editors, the company launched its new range of camcorders for
2001. Leading the pack out of the factory is a well-featured 'enthusiast's'
model - the DV2000 - sporting DV and analogue inputs, as well as MultiMedia
Card support. Bearing in mind JVC's past record of 'gotcha' loaded products,
this potentially very exciting machine left us thinking about Monty
Python's 'Whizzo Quality Assortment' of chocolates. We were unsure whether
the next bite would prove to be a Crunchy Frog, a Ram's Bladder Cup
or a Spring Surprise.
usual with JVC, picture quality from the DV2000 was excellent, considering
it is a single-CCD camcorder. Sound quality from the on-board mic wasn't
great, but on-board mics seldom are. At least this machine has a microphone
socket - which is more than can be said for JVC's budget cams. Again,
unlike the company's budget machines, the DV2000 allows a direct DV
to analogue feed, allowing video monitors to be used while editing -
or VHS copies of work in progress to be made without the need to make
a DV copy first.
We feel that many potential customers will be put off by the JVC's electronic
image stabiliser - understandably when the DV2000 may actually cost
more when it hits the streets than the far superior Sony TRV900, which
sports three CCDs, an optical image stabiliser and a top-loading tape
Compatibility with DV editing systems has been greatly improved since
the last generation of JVC products but, sadly, if this machine is anything
to go by, the new generation can't handle DV tapes that have been recorded
on some other machines.
The biggest annoyance of JVC's DV2000 is its bottom-feeding tape carriage.
We're left flabbergasted at how many companies are adopting this arrangement
for their machines. Panasonic and Sony seem very keen on their bottom-feeders.
Even Canon released one - the MV300i, but quickly saw the light and
changed back to more sensible methods of loading cassettes for its later
models. The common excuse for bottom-feeding camcorders tends to be
the ongoing quest for miniaturisation. If that is the real reason, we
would point out that Canon's MV3i is possibly the smallest camcorder
out there - and it loads quite neatly from the back. There is no valid
reason for such a pointless and infuriating feature, and we strongly
recommend that all such camcorders be left on the retailer's shelf to
More in the April
2001 issue of Computer Video Magazine
Reviewed in April's
External FireWire drives
Dazzle Hollywood DV-Bridge
JVC GR DV-2000
In April's news:
Adobe After Effects 5
Panasonic Pro Mini DV
EZDV Grows Up