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alaTest has collected and analyzed 44 reviews of JVC GR-X5. 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. Comments about the image quality and size are overall positive. The portability and price also get good feedback, but many are critical about the durability and zoom.

usability, price, portability, size, image quality

battery, viewfinder, zoom, durability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC GR-X5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 19 user reviews of JVC GR-X5 from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the color and price. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the usability.

portability, image quality, price, color


89% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: JVC GR-X5US 5MP 3-CCD MiniDV Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: Richard Baguley (

GR-X5US Minidv Digital Camcorder


Most camcorders go for a curved look, but the JVC GR-X5US ($1300 as of 5/2/06) has a boxy case that breaks the rules of camcorder design. The swiveling LCD screen is on the back, which gives it a wider viewing angle than the side-mounted LCD on most...

The JVC GR-X5US has an interesting design, but its setup may not be to everyone's taste, and its poor battery life and lack of a viewfinder are serious problems. At $1300, it's also the most expensive camcorder we looked at in this roundup. While its...

Jun, 2006

Expert review by: Richard Baguley (



Photograph: Chris Manners

Good image quality for both video and stills

Expensive ; Lacks a viewfinder ; Boxy design can be problematic ; Short battery life

Jun, 2006

Expert review by: Easy Camcorder (

Expert Review


Picture this. You're at a barbecue. Several people have their cameras and camcorders out. You've seen them all before, and they don't impress you. Then a friend asks you if you could please take hold of their camcorder. “Sure,” you shrug. And he hands...

Still Performance, -Video Performance, -Manual Controls, -Ease Of Use, -Portability

Menu system, -Handling, -Audio

Sep, 2005

Expert review by: David Kender (

JVC GR-X5 Camcorder Review


Old adages hold true for a reason. Take, for example, the axiom of "don't judge a book by its cover." We've come to expect that camcorders making a sharp turn away from convention tend to be all show and no substance. This could not have been less true...

Aug, 2005

Expert review by: Richard Baguley (

JVC GR-X5US MiniDV camcorder


The JVC GR-X5US has an interesting design, but its setup may not be to everyone's taste, and its poor battery life and the omission of a viewfinder are serious problems.

Good image quality for both video and stills

Boxy design can be problematic; lacks a viewfinder; short battery life; expensive

Indeed, the alternative design of the GR-X5USis a double-edged sword. While putting the LCD screen on the back of the camcorder gives it a wider viewing angle than most camcorders (and also makes waist-level and over-the-head shooting easier), this...

Aug, 2006

Expert review by: (

JVC GR-X5US Digital Video Camera


Double-duty camcorder/still camera is the real deal

Satisfying video and still image quality, compact size, easy operation, good image stabilization.

No optical viewfinder, low battery life with included battery, better results available for the same price or less from separate camcorders and still cams.

SD memory card of 256MB or more

Nov, 2005

Expert review by: Ben Wolf (



A distinctive, very compact three-chip MiniDV camcorder that also shoots high-res stills.

Solid blend of video and still capabilities ; Generally sensible controls ; Full complement of standard connections

Mediocre viewfinder, battery life, and low-light performance ; Automatic features a bit sluggish ; No progressive video ; Limited manual controls

Because of the high pixel count of its three CCDs, the GR-X5's video is equally good in 4:3 and 16:9 wide-screen aspect ratios. This will be an increasingly significant asset as 16:9 televisions continue to proliferate. Unfortunately, to fit so many...

Aug, 2005

Expert review by: Colin Barrett (

SimplyDV Review: JVC GR-X5EK DV Camcorder


Good images (video and stills) from 3CCDs, manual controls, comprehensive connectivity

Rear LCD position awkward, lack of viewfinder, noisy tape transport

Great 3CCD quality is ideal for beginners and users not requiring viewfinder but seeking good manual controls.

Consumer review by: soonsun (



The video quality is excellent, with great color accuracy and plenty of detail.The sharpness and brightness are not as strong as some other DVs, such as Panasonic PV-GS500, but it looks very comfortable. With the Automatic Gain Control (AGC), the...

Great looking video; very compact and pretty light, many good features

Focus Lag, poor battery life time

Aug, 2006

Consumer review by: soonsun (

Great miniDV with excellent video performance


The video quality is excellent, with great color accuracy and plenty of detail.

Great looking video ; very compact and pretty light, many good features

Focus Lag, poor battery life time

Aug, 2006

Product Specifications

JVC GR-X5 features individual CCDs for red, green and blue to produce vivid images with true-to-life color, and advanced pixel shift technology to deliver 5 megapixel-class stills. To further enhance performance, this Mini DV camcorder includes JVC's proprietary Megabrid imaging engine that separately optimizes image quality for video and digital stills. This technology is packed into a fresh, new design that is both compact and comfortable to hold and operate.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:JVC BN-VF707U

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

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:Portrait mode / Snow / Sports mode

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:32MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:JVC GR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.4
Max Focal Length:32mm
Min Focal Length:3.2mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:690Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1.33Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):5.6 mm ( 1/4.5 ) / 5.6 mm ( 1/4.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:3CCD
Sensor Qty:3CCD

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Black & white fader / Black fader / Corner wipe / Door wipe / Scroll wide / Shutter wipe / Slide wipe / White fader / Window wipe
Digital Zoom:300
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Classic Film / Sepia / Strobe
Still Image Format:JPEG