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alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 reviews of JVC GR DVM5U. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the price, but there are some less positive reviews about the size.



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Expert review by : Robin Liss (

JVC GR-DVM5U Camcorder Review - JVC MiniDV Camcorders


The JVC GR-DVM5U uses the MiniDV format which is known to put out great pictures. It retails for $1,799.95. It has all the features of MiniDV like digital audio and 500 lines of resolution.

Jun, 2004

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Capture the moment now.


I've been taking home videos since my children were born. Video cameras have improved a great deal. They also have become more affordable. I have many photo albums but they don't compare with actually hearing and watching each move on video. They've ...

Over 6 years old and still working great

side buttons to view very small

Dec, 2006

Consumer review (

Capture the moment now.


Over 6 years old and still working great

side buttons to view very small

Dec, 2006

Product Specifications

JVC innovations in DV and miniaturization technology provide this MiniDV camera with superior picture and sound quality, sophisticated effects, and computer connectivity. From the compact, lightweight lens offering excellent contrast and minimal color aberration and triangle stereo microphone (with three pickups to improve directional sensitivity and preserve sound quality) to the LCD monitor and DV terminal, every detail has been designed to deliver optimum performance in an ultra-portable package that is extra-tough thanks to its die-cast magnesium and carbon-fiber reinforced body. Offering 400-line resolution, the swivel-mounted 180, 000-pixel polycrystalline TFT active matrix LCD monitor on the GR-DVM5 provides superb clarity at all times for both shooting and playback. As well as the 10x optical zoom, there's a 100x digital zoom featuring spline interpolation to smooth contours when you want to pick out a face from the crowd. Also handy when zooming in for a portrait is the digital image stabilizer, which helps to eliminate camera shake without affecting image quality. You can be quick on the draw with the GR-DVM5 because of its power-linked operation. Just pull out the color viewfinder or open the monitor, and automatically the lens cover opens, power turns on and you're ready to shoot. Full Auto Mode is available with such features as Auto Macro (for close-ups), letting you concentrate on composition.

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


Country Kits: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


Color:Metallic silver

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Sensor Resolution:540Kpix
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 / Dissolve / Door wipe / Mosaic fader / Random / Scroll wipe / Slide wipe / White fader / Window wipe
Digital Zoom:100
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Normal movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Classic Film / Sepia / Slow Shutter / Strobe / Twilight / Video Echo


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD