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JVC GR-DVL9500 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 10 reviews of JVC GR-DVL9500 Mini DV Digital Camcorder. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the design and usability. The image quality and size are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the control panel and battery. There are some mixed reviews about the zoom.

portability, size, image quality, usability, design

durability, reliability, battery, control panel

On average, users rate this product 71/100.

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Expert review by : Don Collins (

Benchmark: JVC GR-DVL9500 Mini DV Camcorder


GR-DVL9500 Mini DV Camcorder

The GR-DV5 offers many of the same features as the GR-DV3 and then some. Additional features include a full range of playback and editing functions. The LCD color monitor can be used for both shooting and reviewing footage on the spot. By using the...

Jan, 2000

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gr-dvl9500 is wonderful!




Jan, 2006

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I would expect this from a Sony


I bought this camera a little over two years ago. I'm a video/film production student and needed a high resolution camera to shoot my various homework assignments.

Large color viewfinder, interesting features

Tons of technical problems

Apr, 2001

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Excellent value


I got this camera as an ex-demo from an auction and was surprised with the excellent quality of the pictures and sound. The built in flash for taking still shots is good although I use my separate digital camera for most still shots if I have it with...

Picture quality, sound quality. Size, size of LCD screen.

No night-shot.

Feb, 2001

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I purchased this camcorder just over one year ago. The reason was the size, the features but most importantly the progressive scan and digital still download capability without the need to invest another $100 - $250 on a firewire. For the price this...

Picture quality for first 6 months

reliability, durability, build quality.

Nov, 2000

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Great camcorder for the money, but it has it's flaws too...


When I first started looking into getting my own miniDV video camera, I looked for the most I could get out of how much I spent. First off, I knew I couldn't afford a brand new digital camcorder, so I checked out E-Bay, and looked at the cameras that...

Great design, Flash for photos

Faint motor hum noticed, grainy in very low light

Sep, 2000

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Lost faith


This JVC DV Camcorder is yet to be perfected when it comes to sound. After 6 hours of use this lightweight attractive looking 3.8 inch viewing unit was more than disappointing. Inconsistent sound had forced me to rush it to the service department for a...

Light weight

unstable sound

Dec, 1999

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JVC GR-DVL9600 PAL -- Top-of-the-line JVC miniDV


PRO's: The JVC GR-DVL9600 is an updated model of GR-DVL9500. The key difference is that the 9600 model has DV in AND out. This is a must if you plan to edit your footage on your computer and then send it back to the camcorder tape. Right now the...

picture and sound quality, editing options, flash

battery-charger, zoom, no snapshots from remote

Sep, 1999

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JVC GR-DVL9500: Great easy to use digital camcorder


This camcorder is great! Very easy to handle, fits nicely in the hand and is light. Packed full of features it performs well in all conditions. Complete with remote control and 200x digital zoom, 40x optical zoom even the smallest speck on the horizion...

Powerful feature, compact and lightweight

LCD Panel hungry for battery power. Buttons a little small

Sep, 2000

Product Specifications

JVC Digital Cybercam's offer the highest level of picture and sound quality. The GRDVL9500 takes this a step further with a 380, 000 pixel progressive scan CCD and a wide band video amplifier. It also features a digital still picture output which allows this camcorder to also function as a digital still camera. A built-in flash improves the quality of your digital stills. The serial cable and CD ROM software for Windows are also included to allow easy downloading of still pictures to your computer. DV In/Out provides for easy computer connection for more advanced applications. A 3.8" LCD view screen allows the camera to be operated from any angle, for maximum comfort. 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.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3.8in
Diagonal Size (metric):9.7cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating (270
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Night mode / Photo mode / Sepia mode / Slow shutter / Twilight mode


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:JVC GR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8
Max Focal Length:50mm
Min Focal Length:5mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Camcorder Sensor Resolution:380Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.5 mm ( 1/3 ) / 8.5 mm ( 1/3" )
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 / Horizontal wipe / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / Random / Scroll wide / Slide wipe / Square wipe / Vertical wipe / White fader
Digital Zoom:200
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode / Normal movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Slow Shutter / Strobe / Wipe


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD