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alaTest has collected and analyzed 17 reviews of JVC GY-DV300. 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. People are impressed by the portability and usability. The price and image quality are also mentioned favorably. There are some less positive reviews about the zoom and design.

image quality, price, usability, portability

battery, design, zoom

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC GY-DV300 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 72/100 = Good quality.

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Expert review by : Mark Montgomery (

JVC GY-DV300 StreamCorder Mini DV Camcorder Review


The GY-DV300U Streamcorder from JVC is a Mini DV camcorder aimed at serious videographers and built with controls that experienced hobbyists and professionals demand. Standout features include easy-to-access manual controls, two XLR audio inputs and a...

Separate Camera A and Camera B settings ; Easy-access controls for focus and iris ; Two XLR mike inputs ; Professional streaming tools

Bottom Battery Release, Awkward Design, Poor Auto Focus Performance

Getting everything running was relatively easy, but we must note that in order to stream over the Internet, you need to have the proper Windows Web server installed and running and you will need to have your ports configured correctly. This was not...

Sep, 2006

Expert review by : Bill Harrington (

JVC GY-DV300 StreamCorder


Separate Camera A and Camera B settings, Easy-access controls for focus and iris, Two XLR mike inputs, Professional streaming tools

Plastic look and feel, Finicky tape eject/load mechanism, Placement of XLR inputs

Nov, 2002

Consumer review (

Awsome and professional

Jan, 2005

Consumer review (

Wow what a Camera


MY EXPERIENCE: I am a military videographer and have used a bunch of different small format 3 CCD cameras. This one has got to be the best. I have used the Canon XL-1S, Sony VX-2000, VX1000, and a few others and I know what I am talking about. ...

Best Picture in its class. Audio and other features galore

Average battery life. Cheap looking body compared to others

Feb, 2006

Consumer review (

Wow what a Camera


Best Picture in its class. Audio and other features galore!

Average battery life. Cheap looking body compared to others.

Feb, 2006

Consumer review (

Much lower price, and excellent picture.


I have had my JVC GY-DV300UZ now for 3 days. My reasons for buying this camera was that it was fairly inexpensive for the features, and had everything that I needed in a camera. The audio quality is very good. 2 selectable and manually adjustable ...

Price-xlr inputs with phantom power-superb video

awkward second xlr input placement-iris dial lag-non removable lens hood

Feb, 2005

Consumer review (

Great Values, Pro Features and Quality


This camera is an excellent choice for entry-level professionals or very serious hobbyists. I have used my JVC-GY-DV300 along with my JVC-GY-DV500 to produce a short film and make several video productions. No one can tell when I switch between cameras...

Great Value, Great Picture Quality, Professional Features, Easy to use

Looks like consumer camera, slow response with audio level on auto

Dec, 2004

Consumer review (

For the image quality you get, the price is well worth it.


When up against similar models, i.e. pro-sumer "large" handhelds, the DV300 is a clear winner. As of ...

Lightweight ergonomic design coupled with amazing image quality

Power consumption not very efficient, camera body lacks additional external buttons

Aug, 2003

Consumer review (

Better than most.


Overall, I like the design and ease of use of this camera. Best was the image quality and audio inp ...

Great image.XLR inputs.Extensive manual settings

Plastic feel.No LANC socket for remote zoom control.Streaming pack's plastic tripod socket

Jun, 2003

Consumer review (

My JVC gy-dv300 camera nightmare!


BRAND NEW CAMERA! I am a serious DV film maker and i do know alot about miniDV cameras and the JVC gy-dv300 is what you should not invest in or waste your time on. It is junk.

Great Picture compared to the XL1sEasy to work with in Pinnacle Studio 8

Camera ate tape and the power unit will no longer shut off by switch

May, 2003

Product Specifications

JVC's GY-DV300 is a dual-purpose camcorder, fully functioning as a professional camera, and ready to meet the demands of professionals in need of streaming and wireless applications. To ensure the best possible image quality, the GY-DV300U incorporates three 1/3" 410, 000 CCDs (effective 380, 000 pixels) with spatial offset. Each CCD is equipped with highly advanced circuitry that virtually eliminates vertical smear (115dB smear reduction) when shooting bright lights in a dark room. Lag and image burn are also reduced to indiscernible levels, while high sensitivity of F11 at 2000 lux assures creative flexibility and simplifies lighting requirements. Unlike other cameras in its class, it has powerful pixel compensation. Horizontal resolution is an astounding 700 TV lines. The GY-DV300U incorporates JVC's new DSP with advanced 12-bit analog to digital (A/D) and digital processing to bring out natural details, eliminate spot noise, and accurately reproduce dark areas. Bright objects will not wash out under intense light situations. The sky will remain blue. 12-bit A/D provides a direct digital path (no analog pre-gain or pre-knee circuits) - a feature unique on a camera in this class! When the GY-DV300U is in the auto mode, iris, shutter speed, gain, white balance, audio record level and optional image stabilizer are all adjusted automatically according to the shooting conditions. Picture quality can be adjusted manually, with individual settings available for master black, detail, DTL frequency, V resolution, auto knee, black and color matrix.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono / Uni-directional
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display


Country Kits:North America
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:JVC GY

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.6-2.8
Max Focal Length:79.8mm
Min Focal Length:5.7mm
Optical Zoom:14
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Metallic gray

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:380Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:410Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/2"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):12.7 mm ( 1/2 ) / 12.7 mm ( 1/2" )
Optical Sensor Type:3CCD
Sensor Qty:3CCD

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader
Media Type:Mini DV


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD