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alaTest has collected and analyzed 84 reviews of JVC GR-D70. The average rating for this product is 2.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the image quality and size. The portability and price also get good feedback, whereas opinions are divided on the battery. Many are less positive about the viewfinder and durability.

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reliability, durability, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC GR-D70 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 73/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of JVC GR-D70 from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on People are impressed by the image quality and zoom. The price and portability also get good feedback, whereas many are negative about the battery and usability.

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100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: JVC GR-D70 Digital Camcorder [Mini-DV 16xOptical DV-in/out]JVC GR-D70 Digital Camcorder [Mini-DV 16xOptical DV-in/out]

Mar, 2017

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 46 user reviews of JVC GR-D70 from 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 Reviewers really like the battery and portability. The image quality and price are also mentioned favorably, but there are some less positive opinions about the reliability.

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37% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: JVC GRD70 MiniDV Camcorder with 2.5" LCD, 16x Optical Zoom and SD/MMC Card SlotJVC GRD70 MiniDV Camcorder with 2.5" LCD, 16x Optical Zoom and SD/MMC Card Slot

Mar, 2017

Expert review by: Denny Atkin (

JVC GR-D70U review:


Review summary Though the GR-D70U sits at a midrange price in JVC's MiniDV camcorder line, it feels in many ways like a budget model. It includes some midrange features, such as analog inputs and an SD/MMC slot for still-photo capture, but other...

Solid outdoor video quality; excellent control layout; fairly compact; affordable.

Poor LCD; monochrome viewfinder; no bundled SD card; noisy low-light video.

If you can find it at a bargain price, the JVC GR-D70U is a decent choice for casual outdoor shooting.

Mar, 2004

Expert review by: Robin Liss (

JVC GR-D70 Camcorder Review - JVC MiniDV Camcorders


The MiniDV JVC GR-D70 retails for $500, however at that price tag the camcorder doesn't perform as it shood. Combining poor quality video and low light performance, with bad handling and other weak features make the GR-D70 a hard camcorder to recomend...

Mar, 2004

Consumer review by: gccengineering (

Good camera, only when it does not have the condensation problem


This camera was found by my girlfriend in the dumpster cause someone got tired of the condensation problem. I love the camera, but when you really need to use it such as for a storm chase movie, or birthday party. By the time you get the camera ...

small high definition camera

continuous condensation error

Apr, 2008

Consumer review by: nautique (



DO NOT BUY THIS CAMCORDER! I had mine for 50 days-shot video sparingly of my 2yr. olds birthday and then 20 days later for my 4 year olds birthday. Had only recorded about 1 and 1/4 mini tapes in it. Anyway, wanted to play it back for the first time 2 ...

small, fairly simple to operate. nice scene transition choices

does not work-tape jamming (very common with jvc's)

Dec, 2003

Consumer review by: nautique (



small, fairly simple to operate. nice scene transition choices

does not work-tape jamming (very common with jvc's)

Dec, 2003

Consumer review by: joden5 (

Best options for the Price


After researching what to look for,I found the JVC GR-D70 has the best optical & digital zoom, DV In & Out which is a must for the price range. It has more features than I need but I may use. I like having all the different options for dumping the...

Offers most features you will need for the price range. DV IN&OUT, I-LINK, SVIDEO

Manual is confusing & does not explain everything

Oct, 2003

Consumer review by: boneyard (



This camera lasted the 12 month warranty period. After that the on-off switch stopped working (repaired under an extended warranty), the lcd screen stopped working (ext warranty repair), the CCD stopped working (replaced under ext warranty) then the...

Very high zoom capability

Low quality construction and parts. Still photos are very poor quality.

Dec, 2008

Consumer review by: jens1 (



It's a good camera at first, it does what it's supposed to for about a year or so then I got a nice blurring in my recording and on screen. I have read that some others have fallen apart. My camera works on and off now mainly off and someone else I...

Price when new was not too hefty. Good functionality and image is OK for a cheaper unit.

Poor construction. Bad in low light. And of course the CCD will fail after a short time, if not something else.

Sep, 2008

Consumer review by: vianz (



in part of quality is very good but the price is too expensive so i think this video camera recorder used by the proffesional the most important maybe the price can be more cheaper

this product have high resolution and good lens and this product is very comfortable to use for the last i am very like with the mode

i think the price is too expensive

Jul, 2007

Consumer review by: sarah1131 (



My overall opinion would be to advise people not to buy this camera. Honestly, it wasn't very good and a lot of people have had trouble with it.

Easy to use after reading the instructions, small, aesthetic, compact, takes great outdoor footage, good digital stills and video in automatic mode. Easily connected to the computer with the USB cable and software loads quickly.

Trying to make it work indoors or under unnatural light. Battery life is very short, runs out quickly. Condensation problem, JVC has a complete lack of service and if , on the off chance, they do try to help you...its bad.

Jul, 2007

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; HG Digital Stills with 2 Selectable Image Sizes (1024x768/640x480-pixel); 2.5" Amorphous-Silicon LCD Color Monitor; NightAlive for full-spectrum low-light shooting; USB High-Speed Interface; 700x Super Digital Zoom with Spline Interpolation; 16x Optical Zoom; DV Input/Output (i.LINK, IEEE1394 compliant); Analog Input; Snapshot Mode; Multi Media Card Slot; High Quality Image & Sound; Mini DV Format with PCM Stereo Sound; Digital Picture Stabilizer; Digital Effects and Scene Transitions; Playback Digital Zoom; Power-Linked Operation; S-Video and A/V Output Terminals; LP Mode for 120 min. on single cassette; Provided Software Package (Digital Photo Navigator/Mr. Photo3/ImageFolio); Provided Remote Control RM-V718U.

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/Rotating (270
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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

Flash Memory

Form Factor:MultiMediaCard
Storage Capacity:8MB


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/800Kpix
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
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Cinema / Classic Film / Sepia / Strobe/Black & White / Classic Film / Sepia / Strobe


Viewfinder Color Support:Black & white
Viewfinder Type:LCD