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Old May 25th, 2006, 12:55 AM   #1
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Observations after "A" upgrade...

It took about a week and a half to be returned - not bad turn around time at all.

I immediately (after reassembling the camera) put in a tape that had failed to record properly and that had displayed the dreaded "Mode changing" glitch. I figured the upgrade would not 'save' the footage that was mangled - and that proved correct.

More encouraging was the fact that the camera no longer displayed the mode changing warning - it just played right through the problem and continued on to some footage that was properly recorded.

There was also a sticker reading "Push here" on the outside of the tape door. Although this is a simple thing to "fix", it was a good idea because I must admit I never was quite sure where to push the tape in at, the 'inner' or 'outer' door, and now I know.

I then recorded some new footage (not very much admittedly) and it played back w/o any problems. So far so good - I'll do more lengthly testing next week.

Now here's a question - Am I imagining it, or are there other menu or otherwise changes done in this "A" upgrade? I would've sworn the camera didn't display things quite the way it does now. I also think it might be sending some menu information out to the monitor in a different way... Or am I just remembering wrongly?

All in all, I'm happy. JVC recognized an inadvertant glich had occured on some cameras due to its its firmware upgrade to solve the SSE problem. Instead of hiding from it, they admitted the problem and set up a program whereby it could be fixed relatively painlessly and for free (well, less the shipping cost - about $65 bucks). And now, as far as I can tell, the camera has been fixed with (perhaps) some other little firmware upgrades thrown in 2 boot.

So, 3 cheers to JVC. Perhaps not a "perfect" experience so far - but still pretty darn good. I'll end by saying I'm still very happy I bought the camera.

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