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alaTest has collected and analyzed 7 reviews of JVC GR DV F21. The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Opinions about the durability and zoom are overall positive. The image quality and portability also get good feedback. Many are critical about the battery. Views are divided on the price.

usability, portability, image quality, zoom, durability


On average, users rate this product 91/100.

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Consumer review by: phillytraveler (

My $899 Wonder Camera


I've had my camera for about a year now, and I haven't used it much (unfortunatly!) When I finally did try it out, I was surprised and frightened at how easy it was to use! I must've been doing something wrong, but I wasn't, because on playback,...

Great Picture Quality, Zoom, Ease of Use, Side Screen, lots of features

Battery Life, Editing Software, lack o Aux. Microphone Port

Apr, 2003

Consumer review by: sam-pro (

A "Hall Of Famer"


Hey, Sam-Pro are you crazy? Why bother writing a review about a three year old camcorder model? This thing is ancient history by now! Yes, that may be very true but when a product leaves quite an impression like this one has on me, I ...

Industry workhorse! Produces wonderful color digital video and prints that you can be proud of!

Battery compartment is a bit tricky.

Oct, 2002

Consumer review by: TameraG (

Not the best, but ok!!


My husband and I decided to upgrade from a normal video camera to a digital. We wanted to be able to take picture and video all in one and be able to make home movies of our baby.

lite weight

average camera, better just to stick with a normal one!

Jul, 2000

Consumer review by: cheynasmom (

Great Little Camera


In November of 1999 we finally purchased our first video camera. This is pretty sad, considering we had our daughter in January of 1998. We did some researching on what camera would suit us best last summer. After we narrowed it down to two...

snap shot mode, only need one camera

software defective

Jun, 2000

Consumer review by: divothecat (



We recently bought the JVC DVF21u mini camcorder. It is so easy to hold and use with one hand. The unit is solid and well-built. It is sort of like an expensive car. It is fabulous!!

Easy to learn and use.

Should come with an extra battery and starter cassette

Feb, 2000

Consumer review by: ayjay (

Outstanding camera, powerful features


I own a JVC GR-DVF21u Cybercam. It's simply amazing.

Digital quality, high-tech features

Requires other tech equipment to fully leverage

Jan, 2000

Consumer review by: carey.b (



I just bought this camera for my husband for Christmas and I paid $1000. which included all sorts of extra stuff such as: a tripod, an extra 2 hour battery, 3 1 hour tapes, a leather bag and a 4 year warranty. I originally wanted a cheap (under $400)...

Lightweight, great picture

Tapes hard to find

Jan, 2000

Product Specifications

You can't go wrong with the new GR-DVF21 Digital Cybercam from JVC. Movies shot with this camcorder will feature exceptional digitally recorded sound and crisp images that are bound to impress your family and friends. Digital video format gives you up to 500 lines of horizontal resolution (compare to 400 lines for Super VHS and just 270 lines for standard VHS) for high-quality pictures that can't be beat. Multi-media applications benefit from 680, 000-pixel CCD. Especially suitable for camera-shy subjects, use the 400x super digital zoom to get up close without getting in their face. Electronic image stabilization helps eliminate "the shakes" when recording. Five software applications are included for Microsoft Windows 98 or 95 plus several accessories to add versatility and flexibility to your next movie-making project. It features a 4-component digital signal processing with Luminance Noise Reduction, Horizontal Aperture Circuitry, Vertical Aperture Circuitry, Variable and Circuitry as well as the following Snap Shot and Motor Drive modes: full, white border, pinup, multi-picture 4-frame/9-frame.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:JVC GR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F1.6
Max Focal Length:62.4mm
Min Focal Length:3.9mm
Optical Zoom:16
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Gray / Metallic silver

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Sensor Resolution:680Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.4 mm ( 1/4 ) / 6.4 mm ( 1/4" )
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

Digital Scene Transition:Black & white fader / Black fader / Corner wipe / Dissolve / Door wipe / Mosaic fader / Random / Scroll wipe / Slide wipe / White fader / Window wipe
Digital Zoom:400
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Normal movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Classic Film / Sepia / Slow Shutter / Strobe / Twilight / Video Echo


Viewfinder Color Support:Black & white
Viewfinder Type:CRT