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alaTest has collected and analyzed 121 reviews of JVC GR-DVP3. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the design and image quality. The portability and usability are also appreciated. The control panel and battery get critical comments. Views are divided on the durability.

size, usability, portability, image quality, design

zoom, price, battery, control panel

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC GR-DVP3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 69/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 user reviews of JVC GR-DVP3 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Opinions about the design and portability are overall positive. The image quality and size are also mentioned favorably. The zoom and usability get mixed comments, and many are less positive about the durability.

size, image quality, portability, design


73% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: JVC GRDVP3 Digital Camcorder [DV In/Out]JVC GRDVP3 Digital Camcorder [DV In/Out]

Aug, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for JVC GR-DVP3


alaTest has collected and analyzed 24 user reviews of JVC GR-DVP3 from The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People are impressed by the color and durability. The portability and size are also mentioned favorably. The control panel and zoom get less positive views.

usability, size, portability, durability, color

image quality, price, zoom, control panel

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

This summary is based on the products: JVC GRDVP3U MiniDV Digital Camcorder with Built-in Digital Still ModeJVC GRDVP3U MiniDV Digital Camcorder with Built-in Digital Still Mode

Aug, 2018

Expert review by : PC Magazine (



The JVC GR-DVP3, like the Canon Elura 10, is small enough to slip into your pocket and take anywhere. But though both cost about the same ($1,300 street), the GR-DVP3 lagged the Elura on all our still-image and audio quality tests, and it does not...

Aug, 2002

Expert review by : Robin Liss (

JVC GR-DVP3U Camcorder Review - JVC MiniDV Camcorders


You'll hear lots of words used to describe camcorders, but ''stylish'' isn't often one of them. Surprisingly, you'll often hear JVC's GR-DVP3U MiniDV camcorder called ''stylish,'' as well as other attractive terms like ''amazing,'' ''sleek,'' and...

Nov, 2001

EISA Award - Best Product

Expert review by : EISA (


Jun, 2001

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Tape hangups.


For the second time I used the GR-DVP3 on a recent trip and at an inauspicious time the tape "bound" and I had to remove the JVC tape cassette. I have the tape but it's slightly twisted and I don't know how to salvage 45 minutes of a trip to visit...

Small size. Light weight. Multi-features. Ability to take snapshots.

In repair shop twice in less than one year.

Jul, 2002

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Awesome Little DV Camera With Some Reliability Issues


I purchased the DVP3U at Sear's in May 2001. Size was essential since I was planning to use it to take South America househunting footage for the kids prior to moving there on expat assignment. Although I was originally in a holding pattern for the...

Compact, lightweight, excellent DV quality, convenient firewire connection

Short battery life, image stabilization, reliability, service

Jul, 2002

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Awesome Pocket Camcorder


I started doing some home work on the internet and magazines comparing small camcorders. 2 models were the finalists, the Sony 9PE and this JVC DVP3. And the winner is... JVC. Why? Mainly because of the size, technology and looks. Both cameras are very...

Pocket Size, Look, plenty of option and Pocket size again

Fragile, poor digital pictures

May, 2002

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Good for new user


Basically, it is a rather good DV cam. the most important factor I choose this DV is the size, extremely small which you can hold it in your palm. Be the smallest DV, it still gives you many functions like 520 line resolution (PAL version), MPEG4...

Small in size with many function comparing with Canon & Sony.

Can't use addition lens. Need more battery in hand

Feb, 2002

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Simply Over-rated


Just bought this camera due to the good ratings. A total disappointment after my purchase!

Small, handy, sleek, good batt life.

Picture noisy, poor color balance, poor contrast.

Feb, 2002

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Jan, 2002

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GR-DVP3U is the best handheld camcorder


I purchased the JVC GR-DVP3U from in early December 2001 for $889. I also purchased a 2-hour battery that is nice to have as a backup. After researching digital camcorders for 3 months I chose this one primarily for its size. If it fits in...

Size, Picture, Versatility.

Battery, Price, Digital Still Quality.

Jan, 2002

Product Specifications

The stylish GR-DVP3 packs all the high-performance features found on JVC's top-of-the-line MiniDV units into an ultra-compact personal video device small enough to slip comfortably into your pocket. With its full-flat body and brushed aluminum surface, this stunning example of modern design looks nothing like you'd expect a camcorder to look. But the GR-DVP3 doesn't just look incredible. It also offers truly incredible performance. With its 680, 000-pixel CCD and its super high-band processor, the GR-DVP3 is no lightweight when it comes to image quality. Even more impressive, this tiny little camera comes provided with a full set of multimedia interfaces and features including JVC's exclusive MPEG4 video clips for email, MP3 sound effects, as well as a USB connector and SD memory card slot. The GR-DVP3 has been designed to offer the best possible DV imaging performance in a compact design. In combination with a new super high-band processor, a 680, 000-pixel CCD image sensor produces truly impressive image quality with an incredible 520 lines of horizontal resolution. To ensure that the image is as sharp and crisp as possible, the high-band processor intelligently calculates and restores the high-band components of the luminance signal that would be lost in conventional processing. The GR-DVP3's built-in digital still camera can capture crystal-clear still images for output in either XGA mode (1024 x 768 pixels) or VGA mode (640 x 480 pixels). The HG Snapshot function is able to deliver high-resolution still pictures using a combination of mechanical shutter system and 680, 000-pixel CCD to capture highly detailed full-frame stills offering 1.5 times the vertical resolution of conventional field stills. The GR-DVP3 is provided with a variety of multimedia interfacing capabilities that will make it easy for users to transfer their DV recordings to a computer for editing, processing or printing. A DV input/output (i.Link, IEEE 1394-compliant) terminal enables fast, lossless DV signal transfer to a computer or for dubbing to another DV unit. For even more convenience, the GR-DVP3 incorporates a USB terminal for quick, plug-and-play high-speed data transfer (digital stills/sound effects/MPEG4 clips) to any USB-equipped computer. For additional flexibility, it's also provided with a removable SD memory card (8MB) that makes it easy to download digital stills, video clips and sound effects from the camera to a compatible PC, or vice versa. JVC's exclusive Info-Shoe plugs you into a wide range of performance-enhancing accessories that make it easy for you to expand your creative vision. Connectable by this exclusive hot-shoe, which supplies power to the attached accessory and acts as conduit for control signals, available accessories (optional) include Auto Light, Video Flash, and Stereo Zoom microphone. For clearer, brighter night shots, the GR-DVP3 includes JVC's powerful NightAlive function. NightAlive's enhanced low light sensitivity lets you capture clear, full-color night images without relying on infrared rays as do similar systems. As a result, the image you shoot is always in color and there's no limit on shooting range.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Run Time (Up To):60min

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2in
Diagonal Size (metric):5.1cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Aperture-priority / Night mode / Sand & snow / Shutter-priority / Slow shutter / Sports mode / Spotlight / Twilight mode/Sand & snow / Slow shutter / Sports mode / Spotlight / Twilight mode

Flash Memory

Form Factor:MultiMediaCard/SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:8MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:JVC GR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8
Max Focal Length:37mm
Min Focal Length:3.7mm
Optical Zoom:10
Special Functions:Macro
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Metallic gray

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 / Corner wipe / Dissolve / Door wipe / Mosaic fader / Scroll wide / Shutter wipe / Slide wipe / White fader / Window wipe/Black & white fader / Black fader / Corner wipe / Dissolve / Door wipe / Mosaic fader / Scroll wipe / Shutter wipe / Slide wipe / White fader / Window wipe/Black fader
Digital Video Format:MJPEG/MPEG-4
Digital Zoom:200
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode/Digital photo mode / Normal movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Cinema / Classic Film / Monotone / Sepia / Strobe / Video Echo/Classic Film / Monotone / Sepia / Strobe / Video Echo/Wipe
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:CRT