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alaTest has collected and analyzed 42 reviews of JVC GR-DF550. The average rating for this product is 3.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the zoom and usability. The price and portability are also appreciated. There are some mixed comments about the image quality. Many are negative about the viewfinder and battery.

size, portability, price, usability, zoom

battery, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC GR-DF550 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 75/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 27 user reviews of JVC GR-DF550 from 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 Opinions about the image quality and portability are overall positive. The usability and size are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the battery.

price, size, usability, portability, image quality


59% of the reviews on 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

Oct, 2015

Expert review by: Richard Baguley (



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.

Jun, 2005

Expert review by: Richard Baguley (

JVC JVC GR-DF550US MiniDV Digital Camcorder


Photograph: Rick Rizner

Jun, 2005

Expert review by: Terry Sullivan (



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.

Jun, 2005

Expert review by: Easy Camcorder (

Expert Review


The GR-DF550 is JVC's high-end ultra compact camcorder. The design is simply a shrunken camcorder body packed with more ports and features than most full-bodied models. JVC attempts to cater to users in need of autonomy over the image quality by...

Manual Controls, -Portability, -Ports

Low Light Performance

Sep, 2005

Expert review by: Matt Culler (

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...

Apr, 2005

Expert review by: (



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.

Consumer review by: Mehul (

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

May, 2005

Consumer review by: tbpgpw92 (

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

Jul, 2006

Consumer review by: tbpgpw92 (

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

Jul, 2006

Consumer review by: NVAlex (

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)

Apr, 2006

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


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

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Dimensions & Weight


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


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


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD