JVC's camcorders are OK. I had one of the lower models ($600ish) and it was a good cam for basic filming. However, the cheaper JVC cams under $1000 don't have a very high picture quality nor do they have progressive scan CCD's (makes picture much smoother and less 'digital').
a good place to check camcorder reviews is www.cnet.com
and there is another good site but I cannot remember. you can also type in 'XXXX+review' in Google.com
search engine (XXXX is camera model and NO quotes) and you should come up with some sites that have reviews.
Critical Motion Films