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alaTest has collected and analyzed 152 reviews of JVC GR-D30. The average rating for this product is 2.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Views about the size and portability are overall positive. The image quality and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the durability and reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC GR-D30 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 64/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 127 user reviews of JVC GR-D30 from The average user rating for this product is 2.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers are impressed by the size and portability. The image quality and usability also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the durability and reliability. Comments are divided on the zoom.

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43% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: JVC GRD30 MiniDV Camcorder with 2.5" LCD and 16x Optical Zoom

Nov, 2015

Consumer review by: tatia (

Nice Camera

Apr, 2005

Consumer review by: cal (

Its a Good Camcorder


Small Size, Great zoom, good picture

doesnt work very well at night

Sep, 2004

Consumer review by: appleseed (

good vedio camera


small and easy to use

haven't found out yet

Aug, 2004

Consumer review by: manny (

Good for the dollar - Bad for the bought it-- shot n Go.


The size - The picture it can take if you like to adjust

this cam can be tricky in the - adjusting area -Sound sucs

Jun, 2004

Consumer review by: elpmore (

Don't buy it!


Easy to use

Breaks, gives a ER-1 message and stops working

May, 2004

Consumer review by: johnnywalker (

camera from hell


snapshot capability

Night Alive is a joke, short battery and so much more

Apr, 2004

Consumer review by: mud (

A simple pleasure in a small package......


Easy to use, great picture, fabulous value for the money.

None that I can say, given what I paid.....

Dec, 2003

Consumer review by: belladessa (

Condensation error code!


After a year it quits working because of a condensation error code. $300 down the tubes! Thanks a lot JVC! Many other reviews I've read have the same problem. So frustrating!!! By the way, I have owned this camera for 4 years and every time I turn it...

It works great for about a year.

Only works for 1 year.

May, 2008

Consumer review by: mikeanike (

JVC GR-D30 MiniDV Digital Camcorder


I am warning all of you out there who are looking to buy a camera. DO NOT BUY THIS CAMERA!! If you currently own this camera, I would return it immediately if possible. Although it may seem great in the beginning, this camera is a complete scam. Take...

For the first 11 months this camera was amazing... do not let this fool you.

This camera renders itself completely useless after about a year. A warning about condensation in the camera appears, and this leads to having to buy a new camera.

Nov, 2005

Consumer review by: johnv_hotmail (

Grainy & terrible looking video. Period.


I purchased the gr-d30. After owning it for 3-1/2 months with very little use, the unit refused to operate or eject the tape. It is displaying an e04 error code. In researching this on the internet, there are a number of folks dealing with this issue...



Sep, 2004

Product Specifications

JVC is one of the world's leading developers and manufacturers of sophisticated audio, video and related software products. Building upon a wealth of technologies the company is moving decisively to offer appropriate solutions for the multimedia age. To remain at the forefront of the audiovisual industry into the 21st century, JVC is marshalling its resources to create the ultimate in appealing, cost-competitive products. PRODUCT FEATURES: 1/6-inch 680,000-Pixel CCD; 520 Lines of Resolution with Super High-Band Processor; 2.5" Amorphous-Silicon LCD Color Monitor; NightAlive for full-spectrum low-light shooting; 700x Super Digital Zoom with Spline Interpolation; 16x Optical Zoom; DV Input/Output (i.LINK, IEEE1394 compliant); High Quality Image & Sound; MiniDV Format with PCM Stereo Sound; Digital Picture Stabilizer; Digital Effects and Scene Transitions; Snapshot Mode HG Stills; Power-Linked Operation; S-Video and A/V Output Terminals; LP Mode for 120 min. on single cassette.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Run Time (Up To):100min

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating (270
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Sand & snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Twilight mode


Country Kits:United States
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:JVC GR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.6
Max Focal Length:43.2mm
Min Focal Length:2.7mm
Optical Zoom:16
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Sensor Resolution:680Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6 ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Black & white fader / Black fader / Corner wipe / Door wipe / Scroll wipe / Shutter wipe / Slide wipe / White fader / Window wipe
Digital Zoom:700
Media Type:Mini DV
Special Effects:Black & White / Cinema / Classic Film / Sepia / Strobe


Viewfinder Color Support:Black & white
Viewfinder Type:LCD