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JVC GR-DVP3

alaTest has collected and analyzed 109 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the design and usability. The image quality and portability are also appreciated, whereas opinions are divided on the build quality. The reliability and features get less positive views.

size, portability, image quality, usability, design

value for money, battery, features, reliability

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 66/100 = Good quality.

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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...

EISA Award - Best Product

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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JVC GR-DVP3U

 

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GR-DVP3U is the best handheld camcorder

 

I purchased the JVC GR-DVP3U from DBuys.com 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.

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
Type:Microphone

Battery

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

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:3.1in
Height:4.5in
Weight:0.7lbs/0.9lbs
Width:1.7in

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

Header

Localization:English
Manufacturer:JVC
Model:DVP3/DVP3U
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

Miscellaneous

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
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:CRT
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