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alaTest has collected and analyzed 46 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the size and image quality are on the whole positive. The portability and value for money are also mentioned favorably. The reliability and build quality get negative opinions.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC GR D850 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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Small and steady, the JVC GR-D850 is an affordable winner.

Widescreen and standard aspect ratio modes ; Vivid LCD display works well in sunlight ; Satisfying image quality and stability ; Extra-long battery life

No viewfinder ; VGA-quality still photos

With excellent ergonomics and endurance, and better video quality than more-expensive competitors, the JVC GR-D850 is a bargain at $229. While it may be a little bit bulkier, you—as well as everyone you show your vacation videos to—will appreciate the...

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Great camera for family videos


Light, good stabilization, mini DV tapes are great, camera is dependable haven't had any hiccups in the operation of the camera

This camera is consumer camera not professional quality, but for home videos works great. No cons

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great for the price range


ease of use, enough bells and whistles to make professional looking videos with great video quality. zoom is awesome

a remote would be nice and jvc needs to add download software


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Amazon review summary for JVC GR D850


alaTest has collected and analyzed 20 user reviews of JVC GR D850 from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on

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

This summary is based on the product: JVC GR-D850 MiniDV Camcorder with 35x Optical Zoom

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This JVC camcorder is the best camcorder i have EVER owned!


I am in love with this product. My boyfriend gave this to me (in black) for christmas and i just can't get myself to put it down. It is by far the best camcorder i have ever owned or used and will probably be the only brand i ever own for the rest of...

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This JVC camcorder is the best camcorder i have EVER owned! ”


I am in

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The new JVC GR-D850 MiniDV Camcorder


Compact construction of the new JVC GR-D850 MiniDV Camcorder lies a host of powerful functions, such as a Konica Minolta 35x optical zoom and a 2.7-inch 16:9 widescreen LCD with automatic backlight for simple, clear, sunny day. When shooting in low...

35x Optical Zoom


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JVC GR-D850 Mini DV Camcorder; The Move To A Low End Digital


I recall writing a review of the Sony Handycam CCD-TRV68 Hi-8 Analog Camcorder long ago here at in '02. The question left in the comment section asked why I didn't state why I didn't go digital at the time. At the time digital was ...

Small and easy to use. Good enough inside images and excellent outside

Mini-joystick hard to use with my fat fingers

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JVC GR-D850 Handy Camera


I suggest you to use JVC GR-D850. As of now I am very happy that I can have this handy camera. This mini handy camera is very handy. The size is not that big at all but you can still use it to zoom very clear since it has 35x Optical Zoom. Amazing!....

Easy to use, good quality of pictures and sounds

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JVC Goes for It, and You Win! ”


This pass year JVC threw caution to the wind and decided to go for it. Hardly anyone was paying attention to their camcorders anymore, so in one fell swoop, JVC went and poured all of it's technological knowledge into a small but rugged camcorder...


Product Specifications

The JVC GR-D850 features 16:9 wide screen format, that is common to today's flat panel displays. JVC digital video cameras are equipped with 2.7 inch 16:9 LCD monitors. JVC's wide mode will maintain a high picture quality, plus gives you a more realistic visual due to the extended field of vision. The Clear LCD feature reduces reflections and glare to maintain a clear, visible and bright viewing during outside recording. Conveniently access a multitude of functions with the 4-way one-finger control on the LCD door. Simply press the four "compass points" on the circular control to navigate menu items and manual feature settings during recording and playback. 3D NR automatically provides a more accurate noise reduction. This is based on twice the visual information than conventional field-based types. The video noise is reduced by 30% in low light for a 2dB improvement in the signal-to-noise ratio. End result, you get a bright picture with less noise, even in low light. The auto button allows you to conveniently and quickly switch between "Auto" and "Manual" mode with a simple push. NightAlive boosts light sensitivity for a bright picture even in environments with minimal illumination, always giving you full color, without any distance limitations. It works in both still and video modes. Zoom right into the action with this powerful 35x optical zoom. The image is magnified optically to eliminate jagged edges. Its slim and powerful long life data battery allows you to shoot precious moments with peace of mind. By simply touching the DATA button, remaining battery and recording time can be easily viewed, even when the power is turned off. This allows you to check the remaining power for the battery and recording time before shooting, so you can prevent the battery from running out during shooting.

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Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:JVC BN-VF808

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:JVC GR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8
Max Focal Length:77mm
Min Focal Length:2.2mm
Optical Zoom:35
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

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Zoom:800
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode