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alaTest has collected and analyzed 46 reviews of JVC GR DVL820U. 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 are impressed by the size and design. The usability and image quality are also mentioned favorably. Opinions about the price and reliability are different. There are some critical comments about the battery and color.

portability, image quality, usability, design, size

color, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC GR DVL820U is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 66/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 43 user reviews of JVC GR DVL820U from The average user rating for this product is 3.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Comments about the size and design are overall positive. The usability and image quality also get good views. There are mixed reviews on the price and reliability. There are some less positive opinions about the color.

portability, image quality, usability, design, size


58% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: JVC GRDVL820U MiniDV Digital CyberCam Video Camera with 3.5" LCD, SD Memory Card Compatibility & B/W Viewfinder

Nov, 2015

Consumer review by: (

This is the camera to buy hunt it down if you have to.


many fatures that only other top high end cameras have

The battery life only lasts about 40 minutes.

Jun, 2003

Consumer review by: (

don't waste your money


great features

very sensitive

Dec, 2002

Consumer review by: Mike (


May, 2002

Product Specifications

The GR-DVL820 combines outstanding performance adding a 1/3.8" 1.02-megapixel CCD and a super high-band processor for 530 horizontal lines of resolution in a sleek, compact design. The GR-DVL820 also ensures maximum user friendliness utilizing Night Alive (for full-color shooting in extreme low light conditions), analog inputs, built-in auto light, high-resolution 3.5" Amorphous Silicon LCD color monitor, 700X super digital zoom with spline interpolation, HG digital stills (1280x960/1024 x 768/640x480), picture stabilizer and long-time recording capability. The versatile multimedia interfacing includes SD/ MultiMedia card-compatible, 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):70min

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 (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/United States
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:JVC GR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8
Max Focal Length:38mm
Min Focal Length:3.8mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3.8"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.7 mm ( 1/3.8 ) / 6.7 mm ( 1/3.8" )
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/Digital photo mode / Normal movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Cinema / Classic Film / Sepia / Strobe
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Black & white
Viewfinder Type:LCD