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JVC GR DA30US

alaTest has collected and analyzed 74 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the color and image quality. The portability and usability also get good feedback, but there are some less positive reviews about the build quality and design.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC GR DA30US is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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(Based on 74 reviews)

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Amazon.com review summary for JVC GR DA30US

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 59 user reviews of JVC GR DA30US from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

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95% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: JVC GR-DA30US MiniDV Camcorder with 30x Optical Zoom

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JVC GR-DA30US

 

The JVC GR-DA30US has just been launched and that too for a great price i must add. The JVC GR-DA30US will cost you only $200 and it starts shipping around october/november. This camcorder will be available on Amazon.com then. But if you are too...

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Perfect For THe Price

 

I bought this camera with a very low budget because I needed a small dv camcorder with firewire. I also liked how the screen was in the back so it took up very little space. Also it is perfect for some underwater housing because since the screen...

LIght, Comfortable, 30x zoom, quick review feature, CHEAP!!!!, sliding LCD screen, firewire

features, no mic in, slow startup speed

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Perfect For THe Price

 

I bought this camera with a very low budget because I needed a small dv camcorder with firewire. I also liked how the screen was in the back so it took up very little space. Also it is perfect for some underwater housing because since the screen...

LIght, Comfortable, 30x zoom, quick review feature, CHEAP!!!!, sliding LCD screen, firewire

features, no mic in, slow startup speed

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Excellent for the price, but bare bones features

 

This is a no frills camcorder, so don't get it if you think you're going to film HD true 16:9. That said, I got the camcorder due to the price and that it shoots in mini DV, and switches between 4:3 and 16:9 easily depending on your need, it's hard to...

Price, price, price, straight forward operation

No light, no mic-in, no still camera feature

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So far, So good

 

Refurbished, but worked right out of the box. Using it for playback only right now while I transfer all of my tapes to hard drive

None so far

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Awful product, plus horrible customer service/warranty service

 

I purchased the camera October of 2009 for $140 and it lasted me 10 before becoming unusable. Several buttons on the camera completely stopped working, including the Record button.

Cost of camera ($140) seemed reasonable

video quality, durablity customer service, warranty service

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I used this model and is't a very nice camera

 

I used this model and I have been pleasure.This is a good camera.I recorded my family and also my little daughter.It's very useful for daily using.

Lightweight, Easy to Use, Good Value

Short Battery Life

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GOOD CAMERA FOR THE PRICE

 

I wanted a movie camera with a decent zoom and at a decent price. I tried another more expensive brand however ended up takng it back because of how poor the quality was when shooting indoors. This JVC GR-DA30 Mini DV Camcorder isn't the greatest in...

Good Value, Easy to Use, Compact

Short Battery Life, Bad in Low Light

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Great handheld camera!

 

I went from having one of those big, bulky cameras that you never wanted to bring to this and it is great! I can easily stick it in the bag and wrap it around my arm.

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A nice camera for home use

 

This camera is perfect for home use. It is not professional quality, but it has worked out just fine for our home movies. The battery doesn't last quite as long as I would like, and the storage is a bit small, but otherwise I have no complaints,...

Lightweight, Easy to Use, Compact

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Product Specifications

The JVC GR-DA30US is a high-band digital video camera. It features easy-to-use, new compact style DVC with 2.4" vertical sliding LCD monitor on the rear end and powerful 30x Optical Zoom.

Audio Input

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

Battery

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

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.6in
Height:3in
Weight:13.6oz
Width:2.8in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.4in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.1cm
Display Form Factor:Sliding
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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

Header

Manufacturer:JVC
Model:DA30US
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:JVC GR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.0-4.1
Max Focal Length:69mm
Min Focal Length:2.3mm
Optical Zoom:30
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
Special Effects:Black & White / Classic Film / Mirror / Sepia / Strobe
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None
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