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alaTest has collected and analyzed 65 reviews of JVC GR-DVL300. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the size and image quality. The portability and price also get good views, but views are divided on the viewfinder. The connectivity and memory get critical comments.

usability, price, portability, image quality, size

durability, battery, memory, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC GR-DVL300 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 70/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 33 user reviews of JVC GR-DVL300 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 really like the portability. The image quality also gets good feedback. Views about the size and price are different, and many are critical about the connectivity and durability.

usability, image quality, portability

durability, connectivity

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

This summary is based on the products: JVC GR-DVL300U Digital CamcorderJVC GR-DVL300U Digital Camcorder

Oct, 2016

Consumer review by: brandonf (

Good Camera but Room for improvement.


First of all this was the first camcorder I have ever bought. I was in the market for a upper level camcorder similar to a GL1 or GL2 but for less money. I believe that this camcorder fell a little too short. We used this camera and a GL1 to tape my ...

Compact, Balanced, Large LCD Screen

Small Controls, Bottom Loading, Jackbox, Humidity Sensitivity

Dec, 2003

Consumer review by: frequencywaves (

Kind of unsatisfactory


(I have already read the comments and i bought it after these comments but the following are my ideas.) I was looking for a camcorder and i got on the net and found some shops. My budget was 700-900 dollars. i checked most of the cameras but jvc gr dv...

f1.2 lens, 10x zoom (optical), picture quality

jackbox, manual controls are narrow

Oct, 2003

Consumer review by: reiddg (

Too sensitive for me


Overall, I am unhappy with the camera. The image does not approximate what the eye sees. Bright area ...

Light weight. Clear Images. Many effects built in. Still image mode.

Works poorly with high contrast. Very sensitive to humidity.

Oct, 2003

Consumer review by: cameramann (

The Skinny...


I have not owned many digital video camcorders in my life, but this is the most outstanding of anyth ...

Great in low light environments. Very large LCD screen. Good color pick-up.

Small viewfinder.

Jun, 2003

Consumer review by: docoman (

The GR DV-3000 provides portabilty, sharp images & great sound


In my collection of pro cameras used for documentaries the GR DV3000 had to be the smartest move ive ...

The GR DV 3000 provides portabilty, sharp images & great sound.Great semi-pro cam

Bottom tape feed, hunting of focus in low light situations.

Jun, 2003

Consumer review by: gerrym32 (

A Regular Guy Review


I own the GR-DVL 300u Mini DV Cam. The only difference is a 250x digital zoom not 100x. Loved it from the first day. Easy to use and fun as well. Special effects are great and all the buttons are at your finger tips. Comes with easy to understand...

Love this camcorder. Fits like a glove. Great picture and sound. Mini tapes a plus.

Medium battery life use wisely. Long life batteries can be expensive.

Dec, 2002

Consumer review by: amstel78 (

A good middle of the pack performer


Having scoured the internet, and Epinions for close to a month I finally decided on purchasing the JVC GR-DV3000. This unit is essentially the same as the JVC GR-DV2000 camera, but with some major changes.

f1.2 Aspherical lens, manual focus ring, good low light performance, battery performance

Microphone audio quality, menu system, lack of greater manual controls, "Jack-Box," no external mic input

Nov, 2002

Consumer review by: gorillabanana (

In an ocean of camcorders this one's a blue marlin.


Right out of the box, this camera's a beauty. First thing you notice is the sleek barrel design and the silver-gray color only compliments the streamlined appearance. Open up the large 3-1/2" viewfinder and you'll immediately notice a vast improvement ...

low lux, compact, balanced, easy controls, amazing stills, excellent sound, progressive scan

bottom loading cassette, no external mic jack

Oct, 2002

Consumer review by: dkozin (

JVC GR-DVL300U MiniDV Camcorder - It Is Not "Basic" At All


Excellent picture quality, large array of features, good value

There are less expensive digital camcorders (if you care)

Oct, 2001

Consumer review by: skeeber (

My little toy


(All prices are converted from $CDN)

Ease of use, light weight, compact, high quality, includes remote

Durability, battery life

Oct, 2001

Product Specifications

The GR-DVL300 digital camcorders are designed to be the ideal introduction to the MiniDV format and its superior picture quality. Users of conventional analogue camcorders will notice a distinct difference in digital video recordings - the MiniDV format records footage with a noticeably higher image resolution and quality of color reproduction than analogue video recordings. Adding special effects and scene transitions is easy during both recording and playback using the included multi-brand remote control. These cameras also offer extended multimedia connectivity through on-board ports that allow direct connection with a PC for quick and easy still image transfer using the provided software. The GR-DVL300 MiniDV camera houses a high-performance CCD image sensor to capture high-quality video footage and still images. The CCD complements the high horizontal resolution and superior color reproduction of the MiniDV format, ensuring that your favorite scenes and faces are recorded with superb clarity. The GR-DVL300 has everything you need to get into the world of multimedia. A DV out terminal is provided for fast, lossless digital transfer to a computer, as well as for dubbing to another DV unit in native DV format. There's also a serial terminal for direct connection to PCs, enabling you to take advantage of computer-controlled still image capture. Also equipped with S-Video and A/V output terminals, the GR-DVL300 has everything you need for multimedia production and output. A high-power 10x optical zoom lets you zoom in close when shooting. To get even closer a 100x digital zoom, with spline interpolation to smooth contours, enables users to pick out a face in the crowd. Another handy feature when zooming in for a portrait is a digital image stabilizer that helps to eliminate camera shake without affecting image quality.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Run Time (Up To):1.5hour(s)

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None


3 Chip Technic: No
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser


Digital Input: No
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
USB Interface: No
WiFi Connectivity: No
Wireless Interface: No

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in/3.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm/8.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Night mode / Slow shutter / Twilight mode

General Features

3D: No
Handheld Position:Horizontal
Resolution:Standard Definition


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/800Kpix
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


HD Video Format:Not Applicable
Recording Format:4:3

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:100/250
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode/Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Classic Film / Ghost / Negative / Sepia / Strobe / Video Echo / Wipe/Black & White / Slow Shutter / Strobe / Wipe


Viewfinder Color Support:Black & white/Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD