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JVC GR-DF550US

alaTest has collected and analyzed 41 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the usability and image quality. The size and portability also get good feedback, but the features and resolution get critical comments.

price, portability, size, image quality, usability

battery, viewfinder, resolution, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC GR-DF550US is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 74/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for JVC GR-DF550US

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 27 user reviews of JVC GR-DF550US from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 2.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

value for money, usability, image quality, color, size

battery, features

59% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: JVC GRDF550U 1.33 MP MiniDv Camcorder w/ 15x Optical ZoomJVC GRDF550U 1.33 MP MiniDv Camcorder w/ 15x Optical Zoom

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JVC GR-DF550US

 

Low-cost, lightweight camcorder with 15X zoom is held back by awkward design, disappointing video quality.

Although the inexpensive JVC GR-DF550US has some nice features and great low-light performance, the lackluster image quality, short battery life, and awkward handling make this camera difficult to recommend.

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JVC JVC GR-DF550US MiniDV Digital Camcorder

 

Photograph: Rick Rizner

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JVC GR-DF550

 

CCDType: Single CCD, Video Recording Format: DV Tape

Good video quality. Night mode is funky (in a cool way).

Needs better instructions and feature descriptions in menus and manual. Grainy electronic viewfinder. Poor still-image quality.

The JVC GR-DF550 is a safe and reasonable choice for a midprice digital camcorder, especially if you want to get creative with the oddball effects.

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JVC GR-DF550 Camcorder Review - JVC MiniDV Camcorders

 

The JVC GR-DF550 is the king of the hill in JVC's new Ultra Compact Series this year. Announced at the Consumer Electronic Showcase this January and available since March, this camcorder includes a new, more Everio-like design (unlike JVC's Compact...

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JVC GR DF550U

 

JVC GRDF550U 1.33 Megapixel Digital Video Camcorder with 15x Optical Zoom / 700x Digtial Zoom.

The JVC GR DF550U model offers a Live Slow feature that makes it possible to record slow motion images and play them back with real-time sound. Footage shot at normal speed can be played back in slow motion with real-time sound.

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Best Camcorder!!!Best Price!!! A REAL WINNER !!!

 

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Accessible for novices with nice selection of advanced features

 

I've had this camera for around a month now.

Nicely sized and good value

Short battery life for the included battery

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Accessible for novices with nice selection of advanced features

 

I've had this camera for around a month now. As a fairly novice user who nonetheless likes the possibility of using more advanced features as time to learn them permits, this camera seems just about right. One great feature is the "quick review" - a...

Nicely sized and good value

Short battery life for the included battery

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Good beginner's cam with lots of advanced features

 

Overall, a great value for the money.

Small & light, 15x optical zoom, excellent low-light performance (with AGC on), analog-digital conversion, built-in light

small size (for those with large hands), low-light performance (with AGC off)

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Good beginner's cam with lots of advanced features

 

Overall, a great value for the money. I did a lot of research before purchasing this camera. Comparing it to the Sony DCR-HC42, I thought the JVC was a better value for the price and options it offered. Since most miniDV cams suffer from bad low-light...

Small & light, 15x optical zoom, excellent low-light performance (with AGC on), analog-digital conversion, built-in light

small size (for those with large hands), low-light performance (with AGC off)

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Product Specifications

Experience the extraordinary with the GR-DF550. Its EZ grip design puts total control in the palm of your hand. But it's not just the comfortable feel that makes the GR-DF550 a powerful performer. Thanks to its 1.33M CCD imager you'll enjoy 540 lines of high resolution video. JVC's exclusive Low Light Plus incorporates two key technologies: The F1.2 Super Bright Lens obtains twice the light of an F1.8 lens assuring a bright picture with less noise even in less than desirable lighting conditions. And Three Dimensional Noise Reduction (3D NR) eliminates picture noise up to 30% in low light situations. JVC's exclusive Megabrid Engine applies separate optimized processing for high resolution video and superior digital stills. Keep your subject in view outdoors with a 2.5 inch Clear LCD that reduces glare and reflections, and a built-in auto " Illumi-Light" for 1/10th the power consumption. There's also a color viewfinder, Power-Linked Operation, Night Alive, and 700X Super Digital Zoom with Spline Interpolation. Record HG digital stills at up to 1600 x 1200 to the SD/MMC card slot. There's also an accessory shoe and mic input with plug-in power. Be your own director with the power and performance of the GR-DF550.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Type:Microphone

Battery

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

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.4in
Height:2.9in
Weight:0.9lbs
Width: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:Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Twilight mode

Header

Manufacturer:JVC
Model:DF550/DF550US
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:JVC GR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.2
Max Focal Length:39mm
Min Focal Length:2.6mm
Optical Zoom:15
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1.33Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):5.6 mm ( 1/4.5 ) / 5.6 mm ( 1/4.5" )
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 & 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 / Classic Film / Mirror / Sepia / Strobe
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD
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