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JVC GR-DVL815 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

JVC GR-DVL815 Mini DV Digital Camcorder
alaScore 72

27 reviews

Oct, 2016

alaTest has collected and analyzed 27 reviews of JVC GR-DVL815 Mini DV Digital Camcorder. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the durability and size. The usability and price also get good feedback, whereas opinions are divided on the image quality.

portability, price, usability, size, durability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC GR-DVL815 Mini DV Digital Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 72/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 17 user reviews of JVC GR-DVL815 Mini DV Digital Camcorder from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers really like the usability and reliability. The durability and zoom are also appreciated. Views are divided on the price, and some have doubts about the image quality.

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82% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Robin Liss (

JVC GR-DVL815U Camcorder Review - JVC MiniDV Camcorders


JVC's GR-DVL815U is another in JVC's line of sleek, lightweight camcorders. It weighs only 1.3 pounds and measures 3.82in. x 3.27in. x 7.41in. It retails at $1099.95 but is available on the market for around $750. The DVL815U is an improvement on the...

Mar, 2002

Expert review by: Bruce Coykendall (

JVC GR Mini Camcorder Review: JVC GR-DVL815 Mini DV Camcorder


JVC's line of affordable Mini DV cams hit the shelves this year and among them is the GR-DVL815. Banging the multi-digital-output drum, JVC has equipped the GR-DVL815 with plenty of connectivity. Equipped with FireWire and USB, it still provides the...

Good image ; Manual controls ; Video light ; Random Assemble Editing

Controls are a bit awkward ; Tape door on the bottom

It is nice to see that JVC still thinks about the users who want to shoot some video of their kids and send a watchable tape for the relatives to enjoy on a VCR. The GR-DVL815 also has offers Random Assemble Editing. With this feature, the GR-DVL815's...

Nov, 2001

Expert review by: Diana Weynand (



Good image, Manual controls, Video light, Random Assemble Editing

Controls are a bit awkward, Tape door on the bottom

Nov, 2001

Consumer review by: Bob from Boston (



This camera is packed with features, take the time to learn.

This camera doesn't do as well in low light as antcipated

Apr, 2002

Consumer review by: Glenn Sacks (

JVC GR-DVL815U a good mid-range digital camcorder


USB/fireware ports, easy to use, both video/still images

low res digital stills, no firewire cable/software provided

Apr, 2002

Consumer review by: Golf Pro MN (



Compact size; excellent resolution; easy editing

Limited instruction manual

Apr, 2002

Consumer review by: (

The JVC Vidio cam


Nice size, sharp picture, image stabilization works well.

No analog input! Big disappointment! JVC website lies.

Apr, 2002

Consumer review by: Online Shopper (

Nice digital camcorder, but no analog input.

Apr, 2002

Consumer review by: oldpianos (

Would I buy it again~~Yes!

Apr, 2002

Consumer review by: (

Would I buy it again? Yes!


Awesome movie color and clarity. Anti-shake feature is great

still image quality not so great

Apr, 2002

Product Specifications

The GR-DVL815U combines outstanding performance with a sleek, compact design. The GR-DVL815U boasts maximum user-friendliness with Night Alive (for full color shooting in extreme low light conditions), built-in Auto Light, high-resolution 3" Amorphous Silicon LCD Color Monitor, high-resolution color viewfinder, 400X Super Digital Zoom with Spline Interpolation, Picture Stabilizer and long-time record capability. The GR-DVL815U enables versatile multimedia interfacing by using SD/ MultiMedia Card compatibility, Analog Input, USB High speed interface, DV Input/Output, S-Video and A/V Output.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating (270
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Slow shutter

Flash Memory

Form Factor:MultiMediaCard
Storage Capacity:16MB


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

Digital Scene Transition:Black & white fader / Black fader / Dissolve / Door wipe / Mosaic fader / Random / Scroll wide / Slide wipe / White fader
Digital Zoom:400
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Cinema / Classic Film / Negative / Strobe
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD