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JVC GR-SXM740 S-VHS-C Analog Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 10 reviews of JVC GR-SXM740 S-VHS-C Analog Camcorder. 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. Reviewers really like the size and price. The image quality and portability are also appreciated. There are some less positive views about the connectivity and battery.

usability, portability, image quality, price, size

viewfinder, battery, connectivity

On average, users rate this product 76/100.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of JVC GR-SXM740 S-VHS-C Analog Camcorder from The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers really like the usability. The price is also appreciated.

image quality, price, usability

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

This summary is based on the product: JVC GR-SXM740U Super VHS-C Camcorder with 3.5 LCD

Oct, 2015

Expert review by: Charles Fulton (



JVC's GR-SXM740U is an inexpensive, entry-level camera that might just do everything you need. As an analog camcorder with a sharp image, this could be a great camera for a causal user who doesn't necessarily want to edit their video on a computer

Excellent image quality, Many manual controls, Time base corrector

No microphone or headphone jacks, Linear mono sound only

The sound quality was about as good as the linear monaural soundtrack of the VHS family of formats gets. It sounds OK, but not breathtakingly great, and certainly not as good as analog hi-fi stereo. The unit also includes a speaker (but no headphone...

Jan, 2003

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Compact size is good

Battery does not last long enough

Jan, 2003

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Great pictures, Easy to use


Dec, 2002

Consumer review by: DC Miller (

Great camera for anyone


Light weight, easy menu driven screen, full features, SVHS!!

Don't see any.

Nov, 2002

Consumer review by: J. Oquendo (

Great cam corder with lots of features for general recording


Compact. Many Video editing features. Large LCD screen

Viewfinder interferes with on-off button and with video jack

Aug, 2002

Product Specifications

The JVC GR-SXM740U 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. Easily capture digital stills from your video footage by serial (RS232c) connection. Just hook up the provided connector and run the provided Digital Photo Navigator program, and capture stills individually, or at selectable intervals, or automatically import the scenes where you've used the Snapshot Mode in your videos. A 3.5" LCD view screen allows the camera to be operated from any angle, for maximum comfort. The picture stabilizer gets rid of annoying picture shake. The 600X 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):100min

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):8.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating (270
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Fog filter effect / Hi-speed shutter / Sports mode / Twilight mode


Country Kits:Canada / United States
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:JVC GR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.6
Max Focal Length:62.4mm
Min Focal Length:3.9mm
Optical Zoom:16
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

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 fader / Corner wipe / Door wipe / Mosaic fader / Shutter wipe / Slide wipe / Window wipe
Digital Zoom:600
Media Type:S-VHS C / VHS-C
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Classic Film / Monotone / Mosaic / Negative / Sepia / Solarization / Stretch / Strobe / Video Echo


Viewfinder Color Support:Black & white
Viewfinder Type:CRT