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alaTest has collected and analyzed 95 reviews of JVC GR DVL805U. The average rating for this product is 3.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Opinions about the size and image quality are on the whole positive. The price and portability are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are less positive about the memory and reliability. Reviews are divided on the design.

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durability, battery, reliability, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC GR DVL805U is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 70/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 77 user reviews of JVC GR DVL805U from The average user rating for this product is 3.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the zoom and color. The image quality and price are also appreciated. Many are less positive about the memory and reliability, and there are mixed opinions on the design and usability.

portability, price, image quality, color, zoom

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This summary is based on the products: JVC GRDVL805U MiniDV Digital Camcorder with Built-in Digital Still ModeJVC GRDVL805U MiniDV Digital Camcorder with Built-in Digital Still Mode

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: PC Magazine (



The JVC GR-DVL805U ($1,200 street) is a mix of highs and lows from both a features and a performance standpoint. The result is a camera that's generally above average at most tasks but not an outstanding choice for any single one. The JVC is a bulky...

Dec, 2004

Consumer review by: BeachBum0 (

Teh JVC GR-DVL805U is a Feature Packed Value!


The GR-DVL805 sells for at least a couple hundred dollars above the other JVC's DV camcorder models. Yet it has built-in memory for still photos, a 3.5" flip-out LCD and a color eyepiece viewfinder. The GR-DVL805 lets you can save still photos on tape...

The JVC GR-DVL805U camera has both a 3.5 in flip-out LCD and a color eyepiece

The flip-out LCD is best used indoors

Nov, 2002

Consumer review by: ktnr (

There are better alternatives


The worst part of this camera is the audio. The built-in microphone records a steady motor whine that has to be edited out of each shot. Worse still, without a microphone-in jack for an external (or wireless) mic, you're stuck with this noise and the...

Reasonable size, ease of use, top-loading tape mechanism, 3.5" LCD, built-in light

Recorded motor whine, no A/V or microphone inputs, no headphone output

Jan, 2002

Consumer review by: artiste (

Stuff It In Your Pocket!!!


This camera is the size of a big Palm Pilot. It is a very sophisticated little camcorder. It can produce colorful videos and XGA still photos even though it is a tiny camera. It has allot of the same features that come with large camcorders. The...

size and use

some buttons are too small

Nov, 2001

Consumer review by: asthar40 (

Great video camera with some weak points


The video quality is excellent, if the right amount of lighting is present. Once it gets cloudy, dark or under artificial lighting things start to deteriorate. I was amazed when I saw the clarity of the videos on my TV of footage filmed under bright...

Size ; 10 ; features ; 10

software bundle ; 10 ; battery life ; 10 ; software bundle

Aug, 2001

Consumer review by: rolandsoft (

You can live with it for the moment.


The JVC DVL805u (now replaced by the DVL915u), was the cheapest DV camera that I was able to get last year... I bought it for less than $700 online (while it was being sold in stores for more than $1000). The only other option back then was Sony with...

Handy, cheaper than the others, great LCD screen

No analog input, colors a bit off, awkward position of switches, mediocre still shots

Jun, 2001

Consumer review by: deizmat (

Great digital cam for home movies


Initially I did not know anything about camcorders. The only thing I knew was I wanted it cheap and digital. I did my research and I have to thank Epinions for all the user's feedbacks.

price, large LCD, stills stored on memory, manual controls, color viewfinder


May, 2001

Consumer review by: jyp007 (

Great entry level camcorder.


I had done a research on camcorder and picked JVC 805u. Before actually seeing the camera I was leaning toward SONY Digital8. However, when I saw them I hated it. I wanted something small that'll be easy to carry. I was pretty surprised how bulky...

Big screen, easy to use, white balance, small

mechanical noise, no night shot

Apr, 2001

Consumer review by: ktnr (

Only an Amateur-Level Camera



Video quality, 3.5" LCD display, Color Viewfinder, Easy to operate, Built-in light ; 10

Poor still shots, Recorded motor whine, Lacks inputs for microphone, headphones, or analog video

Mar, 2001

Consumer review by: Lance1 (

Fantastic P. O. S. !!!!!!!


This is an update to my original review. Unfortunately this "Fantastic Camera" as I once referred to it, has failed. I now refer to it as "JVC's Disposable 3 year Camera". This past christmas morning when I attempted to record my children opening their...

Light, Compact, Great Features

ONLY LASTS ABOUT 3 YEARS, even with extremely careful handling. Thank you JVC

Mar, 2001

Product Specifications

The sleek, compact GR-DVL805U has the best view in the house with a 3.5" LCD view screen, and a color viewfinder. It also adds the Dual Cam feature with 2MB memory for storing digital still pictures separate from the tape. A digital still picture output is provided, and both the serial cable and CD ROM software for Windows are included to allow easy downloading of still pictures to your computer. DV In/Out provides for easy computer connection for more advanced applications. This JVC Digital Cybercam also has the highest level of picture and sound quality. A 680, 000 pixel CCD delivers outstanding resolution. A built-in light improves the picture in night time situations. The 250X zoom makes sure you don't miss any of the action. Playback zoom lets you move in for a closer look after you have made the recording. Digital special effects and scene transitions are available to enhance the recording. A multi-brand remote control allows you to control the cybercam as well as many brands of video recorders. Random Assemble Editing provides an eight scene memory for favorite scenes as well as the ability to add special effects while editing them to a video recorder.

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

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs: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 / 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 / Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Slow Shutter / Strobe / Wipe


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD