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JVC GR-D30

alaTest has collected and analyzed 111 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the size and portability are on the whole positive. The image quality and usability are also appreciated. There are some less positive reviews about the features and reliability, while views are divided on the battery.

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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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Review analysis

(Based on 111 reviews)

2 expert reviews

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Amazon.com review summary for JVC GR-D30

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 86 user reviews of JVC GR-D30 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 2.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

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42% of the reviews on Amazon.com 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

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Nice Camera

 

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Its a Good Camcorder

 

Small Size, Great zoom, good picture

doesnt work very well at night

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good vedio camera

 

small and easy to use

haven't found out yet

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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

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Don't buy it!

 

Easy to use

Breaks, gives a ER-1 message and stops working

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camera from hell

 

snapshot capability

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

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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.....

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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
Type:Microphone

Battery

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

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:5.6in
Height:3.7in
Weight:1.1lbs
Width:2.7in

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

Header

Country Kits:United States
Localization:English
Manufacturer:JVC
Model:D30/D30U/D30US
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
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Black & white
Viewfinder Type:LCD
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