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alaTest has collected and analyzed 164 reviews of JVC GR-DVM90U. The average rating for this product is 2.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Opinions about the design and size are overall positive. The image quality and price also get good feedback, but many are critical about the memory and durability.

portability, price, image quality, size, design

usability, reliability, battery, durability, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC GR-DVM90U is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 62/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 142 user reviews of JVC GR-DVM90U from The average user rating for this product is 2.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the design and image quality. The size and price are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the memory and battery.

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This summary is based on the products: JVC GRDVM90U MiniDV Digital Camcorder with Built-in Digital Still ModeJVC GRDVM90U MiniDV Digital Camcorder with Built-in Digital Still ModeJVC GRDVM90U MiniDV Digital Camcorder with Built-in Digital Still Mode

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: Robin Liss (

JVC GR-DVM90U Camcorder Review - JVC MiniDV Camcorders


JVC's GR-DVM90U is another key member of JVC's more upscale line of sleek, lightweight camcorders. It weighs only 1.2 pounds and measures 2.06 in. x 4.94 in. x 3.88 in. It retails at $1699.95 but is available on the market now for around $1100. The...

Dec, 2001

Expert review by: Stephen Bosinoff (

JVC Mini DV Digital Camcorder Review: JVC GR-DVM90U Camcorder


Manufacturers are able to fit much more into tighter and tighter spaces these days. Case in point: the new JVC GR-DVM90U digital camcorder. Weighing in at only 1.3 pounds, this dainty little camcorder has a lot to offer to the beginner to intermediate...

Good picture quality ; Excellent digital still features ; Headphone and mike jacks

Mike jack in an awkward place ; Docking station required to mount on a tripod ; No image stabilization

The GR-DVM90U comes equipped with a variety of functions for the videographer who wants to employ a VCR to do basic editing. The JLIP edit control lets the camcorder control a JLIP-equipped VCR for auto-edits. Simply identify the shots you'd like and...

Dec, 2000

Expert review by: Stephen Bosinoff (

JVC GR-DVM90U Mini DV camcorder


Good picture quality, Excellent digital still features, Headphone and mike jacks

Mike jack in an awkward place, Docking station required to mount on a tripod, No image stabilization

Dec, 2000

Consumer review by: RAUL (





Feb, 2004

Consumer review by: bluthin (

Error Messages


Good Video Quality


Dec, 2003

Consumer review by: mmr (

Do not buy this camcorder



product quality

Dec, 2003

Consumer review by: (



Effects, Sound, Quality still shots

bad for editing streaming video, tape jams, error messages

Aug, 2003

Consumer review by: (

A really good camera if.............


Good picture quality, many usefull features, good size

Unreliable, battery life, noise, low light shooting

Jul, 2003

Consumer review by: Johann and Sandra (

Got the hots for the service guy~~You'll see a lot of him.


Compact size, good video quality, you can take it anywhere.

Piece of junk. Always breaking. Poor still image quality.

Jul, 2003

Consumer review by: Jeff Smith (

JVC has to be jokeing


Cant find any since this camera does not work(E04 safemode)

Freezes up and will not record.

Mar, 2003

Product Specifications

Built around JVC's exclusive Progressive 1000 technology, the GR-DVM90 is a versatile digital still and motion video camera that records stunning high quality digital video. This Dual Cam incorporates an array of picture improvement technologies including a 680K-Pixel progressive scan CCD, progressive color filter and high-band processor. These Technologies assure ultra-high resolution with up to 520 lines of horizontal and 480 lines of vertical resolution in Progressive mode. This technology also offers digital still picture quality with two different image sizes, VGA (640X 480 pixels) and XGA (1024X 768 pixels). Dual Shooting Mode lets you shoot motion video and still pictures simultaneously. The supplied removable 8MB MMC card is used to store not only still images, also a variety of Digital Sound Effects (MP3). These effects can be inserted into a DV recording at anytime to create more exciting and unique videos. The 112, 000-pixel 2.5" amorphous color LCD allows the camera to be operated from any angle, for maximum comfort. The 200X zoom makes sure you do not miss any of the action. A built-in auto flash with red-eye reduction provides extra convenience for taking still shots in low light or at night. A digital still picture output is provided, and both the serial cable and CD ROM software for Windows and MAC. DV In/Out provides for easy computer connection for more advanced applications. Playback zoom (10X digital pinpoint zoom) lets you move in for a closer look after you have made 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 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

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
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:MultiMediaCard
Storage Capacity:8MB


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 / Horizontal wipe / 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
Special Effects:Black & White / Strobe / Wipe


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD