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JVC - Everio GZ-HD30

JVC - Everio GZ-HD30
alaScore 80

54 reviews

Sep, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 54 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the design and color. The image quality and portability are also appreciated. There are some less positive opinions about the value for money. Opinions are divided on the battery.

usability, portability, image quality, color, design

value for money

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC - Everio GZ-HD30 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 user reviews of JVC - Everio GZ-HD30 from The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on

portability, usability

67% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: JVC Everio GZ-HD30 80 GB AVCHD High Definition Camcorder w/10x Optical ZoomJVC Everio GZ-HD30 80 GB AVCHD High Definition Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom

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JVC Everio GZ-HD30


The GZ-HD30 is the latest high-def camcorder to come off the Everio production line. Like its HDD-based predecessor, the HD6, it provides a veritable ...

Excellent 'Full HD' video quality, 80GB hard drive, improved low-light performance, two HD video codecs

Cluttered menu interface, no optical image stabiliser, not particularly beginner-friendly

The GZ-HD30 is unquestionably the best consumer-level HD camcorder that JVC has ever produced. Sporting 80GB of inbuilt memory, AVCHD/MPEG-2 TS recording capabilities and an impressive low-light performance, it is bound to put a smile on most...

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A decent camera, behind all the bad design quirks!


My first impression while holding this camera were amazing. The colour and sharpness the LCD screen produces are amazing and beyond the HD standards. Low light is great and standby mode is good aswell. The 'feel' of the camera in your hands is too...

Image Quality, Battery Charge, Looks Great and It has Drop Detection, Duel Format, Low Light

Menu System, Transferring Data, Focus Issues, Ergonomics


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Nice looking camcorder with download problems


I researched this product extensively online and found no negative reviews. Found a great deal on it ($509) and pulled the trigger. Shot some video in both AVCHD & MPEG2--looked great when I played it back on the LCD monitor. When I hooked up the USB...

Light, easy to operate initially, dual recording format

Video download to computer is shaky and low quality, short battery life

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JVC Everio GZ-HD30


I read various reviews about the Canons and Sony SR11/12 and nearly purchased one of them. It wasn't until I went to a retail store and asked the assistant to compare the camcorders and let me be the judge as to what is the better performing camcorder.

Excellent Image Quality in colours and details ; Capacity 80GB ; Dual CODEC MPEG 2 TS and AVCHD (Best of both worlds) ; Great Blu ray Software

Average stills approc 3 MP, but hey I'm buying a camcorder

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very clear image


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JVC GZ-HD30 High Definition Camcorder has a 80 GB capacity storage hard-drive and also can use a card Micro SDHC where you can record high quality movie for about 33 hour with 1920 x 1080 size. JVC releases the new technology 1/3" 2.68MP for the CMOS...

Large Resolutio,high quality, 80 GB capacity storage, great features & ; great sound

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Capture special moments in an instant with the Everio GZHD10 HD camcorder. There's no need to worry about having a DVD disc on hand--this compact .Interface improvements include Intelligent Grouping, which sorts and groups together similar themed...



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JVC Camera type GZ


Camera GZ-HD30 is the world's first AVCHD / MPEG-2 dual-format camcorder allowing access to the superior long time compression afforded by AVCHD, and MPEG-2's superior editing and post-production environment. Offering 1920 x 1080 Full HD recording in...

simple controls, great picture quality, comfortable to operate, great features, great sound

no optical image stabiliser

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HD30AC as JVC camcorder series of the third generation of HD products, performance and style has improved, HD30 with 71 Ã- 68 Ã- 123mm size, and weight of 440g, it is to become the world's smallest high-definition digital video camera hard drive....

World's smallest high-definition digital video camera hard drive


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This is a light weight and easy to use camera. The quality of the video is excellent ..It is very easy to use and worked immediately with iMovie '08.I rendered the video ,it looked Shocking! I shot a video at a seminar (an all day program that used a...

The software is very good

there is noblue-ray DVD format


Product Specifications

The GZ-HD30 is the world's first AVCHD / MPEG-2 dual-format camcorder allowing access to the superior long time compression afforded by AVCHD, as well as MPEG-2's superior editing and post-production environment. It offers 1920 x 1080 Full HD recording in both formats to an 80GB (GZ-HD30) internal hard disk drive. Technologies behind the scenes include CMOS imaging chips with interpolation technology, the HD Gigabrid Duo chip that includes codecs for AVCHD and MPEG-2 as well as noise reduction technology, and 1920 x 1080/50P output via HDMI (V.1.3 with x.v.Color). Ease of use innovations include Intelligent Grouping, which sorts and groups together similar themed scenes for easier access, and Digest Playback, which creates a video montage of scenes, much like a "coming attractions" clip, when they're burned to a DVD.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:JVC BN-VF815

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080i/1080p
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:microSD Card

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.8in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.1cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Night mode / Portrait mode / Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Twilight mode


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:JVC Everio

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.2
Max Focal Length:45mm
Min Focal Length:4.5mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:1.66Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.35Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:2.68Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.5 mm ( 1/3 ) / 8.5 mm ( 1/3" )
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVCHD / H.264 / MPEG-1 / MPEG-2/AVCHD / H.264 / MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:200
ISO (Max):1000
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1000 / ISO 200 / ISO 400
Media Type:Hard disk drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG