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alaTest has collected and analyzed 70 reviews of JVC GR DVL 505. The average rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the size and image quality. The price and portability are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are negative about the viewfinder and reliability. Reviews about the battery and memory are different.

usability, portability, price, image quality, size

reliability, viewfinder

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 68/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 55 user reviews of JVC GR DVL 505 from The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers are impressed by the design and price. The image quality and portability also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the reliability.

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67% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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

Oct, 2018

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Bad Camera



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

Sep, 2003

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Bad choice


Easy to use

Unreliable, bad design

Feb, 2003

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Great for most.


Light, easy to use.


Aug, 2002

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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!

Mar, 2006

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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.

Apr, 2002

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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

Nov, 2001

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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.

Apr, 2001

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Stuck in the Middle



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

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

Mar, 2001

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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, 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.

Feb, 2001

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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

none to report

Dec, 2000

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


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


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


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


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


Viewfinder Color Support:Black & white
Viewfinder Type:LCD