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JVC GR DVL 505

alaTest has collected and analyzed 61 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the size and image quality are overall positive. The portability and usability also get good views. Some have doubts about the resolution and battery. There are some mixed reviews about the memory.

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

reliability, viewfinder, design, battery, resolution

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC GR DVL 505 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 67/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for JVC GR DVL 505

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 46 user reviews of JVC GR DVL 505 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

value for money, portability, usability, image quality

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70% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: JVC GR-DVL505U Digital CamcorderJVC GR-DVL505U Digital Camcorder

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Bad Camera

 

none

too many error messages, with no easy fixes. don't buy this

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Bad choice

 

Easy to use

Unreliable, bad design

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Great for most.

 

Light, easy to use.

none.

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Not bad for the price

 

nice size, simple controls, works best in full auto mode.

no memory stick. stabilizer doesn't seem to be very stable!

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Great camera for its price!!

 

I bought the DVL505U because I was looking for a digital camcorder for a good price. I was a bit skeptical at first because it was such a cheap price for the product highlights it offered.

Cheap price, size & weight, looks.

Poor digital picture resolution.

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Good for getting into video

 

I bought this camera a while ago and have used it extensively. Overall I've been satisfied with it. It's great for your average home movies, vacations, special events, etc. With only 1 CCD and no microphone input (its biggest drawback) I...

Inexpensive, compact, easy to use, good quality video

B/W viewfinder, no microphone input, still images are sub-par

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When The Twins Come to Town

 

Occasionally you may meet a set of twins. At first introduction they may appear to be identical. But as you endeavor to learn more via exploration. You soon uncover they are not identical twins. Then distinguishing them from one another later is a...

Compact, light-weight, easy to use. Has good solid feel.

Small viewfinder and the zoom needs much to be desired.

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Stuck in the Middle

 

SUMMARY

Video quality, Easy to operate, Built-in light helps

Mediocre low-light ability, Recorded motor whine, Few inputs, Poor still shots

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Bang for your Buck

 

The major con for this camcorder is that you get a bunch of great features at a cheap price. I got mine for about $600 at thedigitaldog.com, but I wouldn't suggest buying there because it took them 4 months to get me the extra battery that I ordered....

Small size, built in still capture, good day time shooting.

Bad shooting in non-perfect conditions, read the review for other info.

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All I want for Xmas is: The JVC GR-DVL505U Digital Camcorder

 

Ladies and gentleman of the jury, I stand before you today to plead my case, to implore you to read and rate this epinion so that I can use the funds to buy the JVC GR-DVL505U Digital Camcorder!! I did not buy this product rather I used it for a week...

great picture, easy to use

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Product Specifications

JVC Company of America is proud to announce the Introduction of its DVL-Series of entry-level digital video (Mini DV) cameras, equipped with advanced features for excellent recording quality in an extremely small, ergonomic design. These new digital video cameras are intended to bring the quality of the worldwide accepted standard DV format to a wider range of camcorder users. JVC is introducing four new models in the DVL-Series, geared to meet the needs and demands of virtually all users. JVC's DVL-Series of digital video cameras blows away the competition by offering an array of performance features unheard of in this price range. All of the DVL-Series cameras offer a 680, 000 pixel CCD for superb resolution. IEEE 1394 (FireWire) in and out allow the user to quickly and efficiently connect any of the DVL-Series cameras to a computer for direct digital-to-digital transfer. And, with up to 2 hours of recording time provided by the Mini DV tape - the only digital tape format with worldwide acceptance - the DVL-Series of cameras offers plenty of flexibility. The DVL-Series camera's user-friendly features begin with positioning of control dials for easy access with one-handed operation. This model features Playback zoom that lets you move in for a closer look after you have made the recording. Snapshot mode freezes an image, frames it with a white border (like a still photograph) or a drop-shadow, and even adds an accompanying camera shutter sound effect. Single, 4- or 9-frame multiscreen shots are also available.

Audio Input

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

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:6.3in/6.7in
Height:3.8in
Weight:1.3lbs
Width:3.1in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Auto mode lock / Hi-speed shutter/Night mode / Slow shutter / Twilight mode

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated
Storage Capacity:2MB

Header

Localization:English
Manufacturer:JVC
Model:DVL505/DVL505U
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:JVC GR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8
Max Focal Length:36mm
Min Focal Length:3.6mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Color:Black / 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

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Black & white fader / Black fader / Corner wipe / Dissolve / Door wipe / Mosaic fader / Random / Scroll wipe / Shutter wipe / Slide wipe / White fader / Window wipe/Black & white fader / Black fader / Dissolve / Door wipe / Mosaic fader / Random / Scroll wide / Slide wipe / Square wipe / Vertical wipe / White fader
Digital Zoom:250
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode/Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Animation / Black & White / Classic Film / Sepia / Slow Shutter / Strobe / Twilight / Video Echo/Black & White / Slow Shutter / Strobe / Wipe
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Black & white
Viewfinder Type:LCD
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