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JVC GR D396

JVC GR D396
alaScore 74

13 reviews

Oct, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 13 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the value for money and image quality are generally positive. The size and usability also get good comments.

battery, usability, size, image quality, price

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC GR D396 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 74/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for JVC GR D396

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of JVC GR D396 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 2.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

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40% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: JVC GR-D396 MiniDV Camcorder

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GR-D396 Minidv Camcorder

 

The old saying "You get what you pay for" certainly applies to the JVC GR-D396. It's the least-expensive camcorder we looked at ($380 as of 5/2/06), and the video it captured was distinctly lackluster. In addition, while the camcorder delivered good...

Despite the enticingly low price of the JVC GR-D396, many users will find its lack of advanced controls limiting, and its poor video quality will put off all but the most budget-minded shooters

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JVC GR-D396US

 

Photograph: Chris Manners

Long optical zoom ; Low cost, comes with two batteries ; Good battery life

Low-quality still images ; Tape must be loaded from the bottom ; Low-quality video ; No optical image stabilization

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JVC GR-D396US MiniDV camcorder

 

The JVC GR-D396US is one of the least-expensive camcorders available. However, many users will find that its lack of advanced control is limiting, and its poor video quality will put off all but the most budget-minded shooters.

Low cost, comes with two batteries; good battery life; long optical zoom

Low-quality video; low-quality still images; tape must be loaded from the bottom; no optical image stabilization

The GR-D396US's main problem is its video quality. It scored poorly in our tests, in both normal and low-light conditions: video colors lacked bite, and fine details got lost in haze. The low-light video was particularly unappealing; it looked almost...

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JVC GR-D396US

 

This product provides most commonly desired features for everyday use. I have used it in vacations and parties, and I love it! It is small in size and easy to carry. Pictures can be saved on both tape and memory card. Remote control makes it easier to...

Good video quality, 32x zoom, small size, easy to use, remote control, widescreen and multi-language modes

The lens cap falls off the lens easily. It gets tied to the device, so you won't lose it

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Mixed Thoughts

 

I bought this camera after reading many reviews on similar models. The main problem listed on other reviews were the size of the battery and the low-light shooting. Here is a list of my impressions over the last 2 weeks with the camera : * I wish ...

RemoteZoom2 batteries

Low-light capabilitiesAuto feature to restricting

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Good product

 

This product provides most commonly desired features for everyday use. I have used it in vacations and parties, and I love it! It is small in size and easy to carry. Pictures can be saved on both tape and memory card. Remote control makes it easier to...

Good video quality, 32x zoom, small size, easy to use, remote control, widescreen and multi-language modes

The lens cap falls off the lens easily. It gets tied to the device, so you won't lose it

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Good product

 

This product provides most commonly desired features for everyday use.

Good video quality, 32x zoom, small size, easy to use, remote control, widescreen and multi-language modes.

The lens cap falls off the lens easily. It gets tied to the device, so you won't lose it.

Product Specifications

This product line is distinguished by several features, including selected models with a 32X optical zoom, 16:9 modes and a built-in tele-conversion lens. JVC's MiniDV camcorders are easier to use than ever thanks to the Auto button - just press the button to switch between manual and automatic operation. And all models feature a new on-screen menu system that sorts menu layers by category, making operation easier. Also offered are already-popular JVC features, such as a data battery that displays time remaining with and without LCD use; live slow, which records in slow motion while retaining real-time audio; JVC's Auto Illumi-Light for illuminating dark scenes; Power-Linked operation that turns on the power and puts the camcorder in standby mode simply by opening the LCD; and the company's Clear LCD Monitor that delivers a bright, clear image by reducing reflection and glares, even in bright sunlight.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:JVC BN-VF707U

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.5in
Height:3.7in
Weight:14.1oz
Width:2.3in

Display (Projector)

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

Exposure Parameters

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

Header

Manufacturer:JVC
Model:D396/D396US
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:JVC GR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.2
Max Focal Length:73.6mm
Min Focal Length:2.3mm
Optical Zoom:32
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:340Kpix
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

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / Scroll wipe / Slide wipe / White fader
Digital Zoom:800
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Classic Film / Sepia / Strobe
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD
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