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alaTest has collected and analyzed 44 reviews of JVC GR DVL520U. The average rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the portability and image quality. The size and usability are also mentioned favorably. The memory and viewfinder get critical comments. Opinions about the battery and color are mixed.

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durability, reliability, viewfinder, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC GR DVL520U is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 67/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 39 user reviews of JVC GR DVL520U from The average user rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the portability and image quality. The size and usability are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed opinions about the color. Many are less positive about the reliability and durability.

price, usability, size, image quality, portability

durability, reliability

72% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: JVC GR-DVL520U MiniDV Digital Camcorder with 2.5 LCDJVC GR-DVL520U MiniDV Digital Camcorder with 2.5 LCD

Oct, 2016

Consumer review by: mustjustbe (

Great Camera, Get More Memory


Quality (device, video, pictures), Battery Life, Zoom, LCD Screen

Price $$$, Only 8mB memory stick included, but upgradable

Dec, 2005

Consumer review by: emericaskater147 (

JVC GR-DVL520 MiniDV Digital Camcorder


This camera out of the box was fine, a good camera for the guy around the house that wasnt looking to have superb video quality or make a motion picture, with my case i filmed skateboarding.

Works really good for the first year or som and then you will begin to encounter problems, as soon as the one year warranty runs out. But video quality is adequate, manual controls are easy to use.

once the one year has gone by, you cna throw it away. everything is a weakness afterwards. B&W Viewfinder, small lcd, low light capability

Jun, 2004

Consumer review by: superdc24 (

JVC GR-DVL520 MiniDV Digital Camcorder


This is a great camera if your looking for something low cost and has most features than a professional camera.

Light weight, easy instructions, inexpensive, great picture

Battery wears quick.

Mar, 2003

Consumer review by: catalin693 (

JVC GR-DVL520 MiniDV Digital Camcorder


(Edited January 07th by catalin693) This is a very good camera for the price it works well with the editing software (Studio 7) and handles very well.

good featured camera for the price

night capability is very poor

Jan, 2003

Consumer review by: Brenda (


Jul, 2002

Product Specifications

The GR-DVL520 combines outstanding performance with a sleek, compact design. It ensures maximum user friendliness utilizing Night Alive (for full-color shooting in extreme low light conditions), built-in auto light, high-resolution 2.5" Amorphous Silicon LCD color monitor, 700X super digital zoom with spline interpolation, HG digital stills (1024 x 768), picture stabilizer and long-time recording capability. The versatile multimedia interfacing includes SD/MultiMedia card compatibility, USB high-speed interface, DV input/output, S-video and A/V output terminals.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Run Time (Up To):75min

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating (270
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Sand & snow / Slow shutter / Sports mode / Twilight mode

Flash Memory

Form Factor:MultiMediaCard
Storage Capacity:8MB


Country Kits:Canada / United States
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



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 / Door wipe / Scroll wipe / Shutter wipe / Slide wipe / White fader / Window wipe
Digital Zoom:700
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Cinema / Classic Film / Sepia / Strobe/Black & White / Classic Film / Sepia / Strobe
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Black & white
Viewfinder Type:LCD