Sharp Viewcam VL-Z1U Camcorder - Silver
(11 Epinions reviews)
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Highest Rated Consumer Review by the Community
Dec 13, 2004 by aginther
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros: Ergonomically great. Best features for the $$ a year ago.
Cons: Notorious for problems with a faulty dew sensor. Limited & expensive service availability.
Summary: DEW not buy! Tech Support tells me that they have had multiple complaints about bad dew sensors which shut the camera down. Only 5 service centers in all of USA! If you decide you want to buy, then definitely consider buying an extended warranty! I ... read more
Sep 27, 2005 by bjamjoca
Rated a Helpful Review
Pros: None - junk from the very beginning!
Cons: Pretty much everything on this camera stopped working immediately.
Summary: We got this camcorder about 2 years ago, and within the first 5 uses, the LCD screen quit working correctly. Then we started having trouble with the 'dew' light coming on, which disables the camera from working. We thought it was because it is quite ... read more
Express Customer Reviews
May 31, 2008 by torrita
Pros: Deceptively good looking
Summary: I'm disgusted!! We were using the SHARP to make our spanish project when without warning it desisted in working...and we hadn't gotten any filming done yet!! we knew some of our lines,and were frustrated that our work was in vain. I can't believe we ... read more
Mar 16, 2007 by ataplow
Pros: Great little camera when it's working.
Cons: DEW message is infuriating and Sharp is useless in helping you.
Summary: The problem occurs with the entire VL-Z line (1, 3, 5 & 7) It is generally is a result of a cold (defective) solder joint and can be fixed within 5 minutes. I've repaired many of them. Write me for free details & I'll send you a picture of the joints ... read more
Feb 12, 2007 by mdph
Pros: None- It does not work so cannot judge
Cons: Dew problems causing camcorder to stop working completely
Summary: How rubbish is this- you buy a camera for those special moments- in my case the birth of my son, and then the camera cuts out and reports dew problems! So not only can I not record anything as the camera completely shuts down, but i can no longer view ... read more
Jan 5, 2007 by takis56
Pros: Like all the other cameras
Cons: waste of money
Summary: I Bought a Sharp Viewcam VL-Z3 two years ago and I have used it about 10 times. Every time I am going to use the camera the dew light goes on and the camera turns off. You may understand how it feels when you try to tape a personal event and the camera ... read more
Nov 29, 2006 by criss82
Pros: good image quality
Cons: Dew: 2 years and the die
Summary: Today i will depart for Paris, i had take my sharp vl-z3 this morning to prepare it for the travel, i was changing dv cassete and when i turn on camera i read a red writed signal "DEW"... DAMN...I cant use it in my travel in Paris...F**K SHARP!!! I ... read more
Apr 16, 2006 by zabotage
Easy to work
Cons: Poor image quality
Battery Life / low
No touch screen
Summary: Image Quality: Reasonable/Low, due to It's 1 680K CCD, and consumer quality lense Sound Quality: Suprising good for such a small cheap cam, 16 bit it optional, bulit in mic, no mic plug-in im afraid Very easy to run, zoom is quite fast, the digital ... read more
Dec 20, 2005 by lemarsh
Pros: Great little, flexible, easy to use camera (when working)
Cons: DEW sensor is problem, the more I research, the bigger problem it seems to be.
Summary: Brilliant when working. BUT - DEW sensor not reliable, (Missed some great shots whilst waiting for it to reset)packed up completely after 2 years - cost of repair is same as new Sony cam-corder in winter sale in my local store. Plus repair depot is ... read more
Sep 16, 2005 by myblackz71
Pros: good product when its working, only works while warranty is good.
Cons: only works while warranty is good.
Summary: I should have done a research before buying, you will be stuck with a camcorder purchased for $600. that no longer works. says DEW. and u cant get it out no matter what. Stay away, you will waste your money. Sharp wont even help you repair it and ... read more
Aug 15, 2005 by jockodv
Pros: Lots of features (i.e. digital zoom, picture manipulation, great picture quality...)
Summary: Yah sure there are plenty of wonderful functions to help in getting the best video capturing experience, but it's no good when this camcorder shuts of when it thinks it has dew!~!!DEW! I just came back from the Iowa State Fair with squat because I left ... read more
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