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alaTest has collected and analyzed 17 reviews of JVC GRPD1EK Mini DV Cam. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the color and durability. The image quality and portability also get good reviews, whereas some have doubts about the reliability and size.

usability, portability, image quality, durability, color

design, viewfinder, battery, size, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC GRPD1EK Mini DV Cam is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 74/100 = Good quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 17 reviews)

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Expert review by: Dan Leonard (

JVC GRPD1EK Mini DV Cam review


JVC, having produced one of the first ever mini consumer DV cameras, may have become a relative stranger to the DV camcorder market but is hoping that its new model the JVC GRPD1EK will put it back in the frame. Pitched between the domestic and...

Manual and automatic options, lightweight, great range of capture options, innovative rotating grip

JVC software awkward to use, bad onboard microphone, only one CCD chip

An advanced Mini DV cam, revolutionary, both in its use of only one chip, and in the capture and authoring of 16:9 video to DVD

Mar, 2005

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JVC GR-PD1 review and test from Computer Video Magazine


The world's first prosumer camcorder aimed at High-Resolution widescreen holds two surprises - it's single chip and it's from JVC. Oh, and it records to MiniDV tape!

The PD1 is a curious device, and a very bold move from JVC. Anyone not intending to shoot in widescreen will find budget three-CCD models, such as Sony's TRV950, much better value for money. However, the High-Resolution footage is of considerably...

Mar, 2004

Expert review by: Colin Barrett (

SimplyDV Review: JVC GR-PD1 DV/MPEG2 Camcorder


Great images in all modes from a single CCD camcorder, easy access to manual controls, good handling and ergonomics, rotating hand grip / tape compartment a great design touch

No manual audio control is a downer, as is the position and design of the viewfinder which, even when used fully extended, isn't that comfortable to use due to the large battery position.

Good overall design, controls are generally accessible, progressive scan, MPEG-2 recording, rotating hand-grip, manual zoom, manual focus, image quality in video and stills modes, AV and DV connectivity, variable shutter and aperture modes. Let down by...

Product Specifications


3 Chip Technic: No
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser


Digital Input: Yes
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: Yes
USB Interface: No
WiFi Connectivity: No
Wireless Interface: No

General Features

3D: No
Handheld Position:Horizontal
Resolution:Standard Definition


HD Video Format:Not Applicable
Recording Format:4:3