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alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the portability and usability. The value for money and image quality are also appreciated, but many are negative about the connectivity.

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On average, users rate this product 98/100.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of JVC GR SXM520U from The average user rating for this product is 4.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on

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100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: JVC GR-SXM520U Palm Size Compact Super VHS Camcorder With LCD MonitorJVC GR-SXM520U Palm Size Compact Super VHS Camcorder With LCD Monitor

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ease of use, built-in light, image quality in S-VHS ET mode

no headphone jack, no microphone jack


Product Specifications

The JVC GR-SXM520U has a large 3.0" LCD view screen for easy operation and allows the camera to be operated from any angle, for maximum comfort. A remote control is provided for all key camcorder features as well as additional editing functions such as audio dub and insert editing. This camcorder has three recording modes. It uses Super VHS recording to deliver up to 60% better resolution than the standard models for better quality home movies. For quality and economy, the Super VHS ET mode lets you take those high resolution videos using any VHS-C tape. For compatibility with any VHS video recorder, standard VHS is also available. A picture stabilizer gets rid of annoying picture shake. Endurance Shooting allows up to 2 hours recording time with the provided battery pack. The 400X zoom makes sure you don't miss any of the action. A built-in light improves the picture in nighttime situations. Endurance Shooting allows up to two hours recording time with the provided battery pack. When you are done recording, the tapes play back and can be shared in any VHS video recorder using the provided VHS-C Playpak.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Run Time (Up To):2hour(s)

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash/None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Auto mode lock / Fog filter effect / Hi-speed shutter / ND filter effect / Portrait mode / Sand & snow / Sepia mode / Sports mode / Twilight mode/Auto mode lock / Fog filter effect / Hi-speed shutter / ND filter effect / Sepia mode / Sports mode / Twilight mode


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:JVC GR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F1.6
Optical Zoom:16
Special Functions:Macro / Tele / Wide angle
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Gray/Metallic gray

Optical Sensor

Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic/None

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 / Fade trigger / Mosaic fader / Random / Scroll wide / Slide wipe / White fader/Black fader / Bounce fader / Door wipe / Mosaic fader / Slide wipe
Digital Zoom:400
Media Type:S-VHS ET / VHS-C
Special Effects:Door Wipe / Fader / Monotone / Mosaic / Mosaic Fader / Negative / Sepia / Slide Wipe


Viewfinder Color Support:Black & white
Viewfinder Type:Conventional