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alaTest has collected and analyzed 61 reviews of JVC GZ-HD3. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the size and price. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably, but some have doubts about the memory and viewfinder.

usability, portability, image quality, price, size

viewfinder, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC GZ-HD3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of JVC GZ-HD3 from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the usability. The price is also appreciated, but there are some critical opinions about the design.

price, usability


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

This summary is based on the products: JVC GZ-HD3EK HD Everio CamcorderJVC GZ-HD3EK HD Everio Camcorder

Oct, 2016

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of JVC GZ-HD3 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 are impressed by the color and size. The image quality and portability are also appreciated, whereas there are some less positive reviews about the memory and viewfinder.

usability, portability, image quality, size, color

viewfinder, memory

60% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: JVC Everio GZHD3 3CCD 60GB Hard Disk Drive High Definition Camcorder with 10x Optical Image Stabilized ZoomJVC Everio GZHD3 3CCD 60GB Hard Disk Drive High Definition Camcorder with 10x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Mat Honan (

Review: JVC Everio GZ-HD3


JVC has been cranking out tapeless camcorders for almost three decades now (well, in dog years at least) and that experience shows in the long...

Disgustingly good variable speed zoom focuses fast to shoot action like Michael Bay. Front-side light switches on in the dark for hot lights-out action. 5 hours video recording at max resolution. Loaded with outputs: HDMI, USB 2, i.Link (FireWire), and...

Dull HD video; we’ve seen pears that were crisper. We’d prefer one CMOS to three CCDs. Semi-proprietary MOD file-format a pain to use with many common video-editing apps. Just over one hour of battery life? We’re gonna need at least twice that to...

Oct, 2007

Expert review by: David Kender (

JVC GZ-HD3 Camcorder Review


The GZ-HD3 is JVC's second attempt at pitching a high definition camcorder to the consumer market. Its first outing was the ambitious GZ-HD7, which at first glance looked like lightning stolen from the gods - a pro feel and lots of pro features in a...

The GZ-HD3 is a step in the right direction for JVC, by most measures. Its first consumer high definition camcorder, the GZ-HD7 was simply too ambitious for the weekend shooter to afford or operate. But it wasn't producing video of a high enough...

Sep, 2007

Expert review by: Andrew Burke (

Camcorder Review: JVC GZ-HD3 Everio Hard Drive and Memory Card Hybrid Camcorder


The JVC GZ-HD3 Everio is a fun to use camcorder that provides very long recording times with high-def resolution. Along with its big brother the HD7, this camcorder employs Constant Bitrate Recording (CBR) and Variable Bitrate Recording (VBR) at 1920 x...

Long HD recording time Ease of use Still photo quality

Editability No Headphone jack

The JVC GZ-HD3 is the simplified version of the HD7 with enough charm and functionality to keep the budding videographer happy.

Mar, 2008

Expert review by: Michael Perlman (



In bright shooting environments, such as the outdoors or a well-lit room, the GZ-HD3 performs adequately. Its three 1/5-inch, 570,000-pixel CCDs churn out an image that is relatively saturated, yet sharper than most hard drive camcorders. One of the...

The GZ-HD3 starts to show its flaws in lower lighting conditions, which constitutes most indoor shooting. Without manual adjustments, the GZ-HD3's image is quite noisy. The dominant camcorder in the consumer HD market, the Canon HV20 is the king of low...

Oct, 2007

Expert review by: David Kender (



A unbiased, scientifically tested review of the JVC GZ-HD3 high definition hard disk drive camcorder.

Sep, 2007

Expert review by: TechRadar (

JVC GZ-HD3 review


A robust combi-cam that employs both SD and HDD storage

Mostly strong performance ; Sturdy build ; Great lens

Not very lightweight ; Not Full HD

Puts in a truly great performance, this HD cam ticks most boxes

Apr, 2008

Expert review by: Chris Jager (

JVC Everio GZ-HD3


The GZ-HD3 is a relatively affordable entry into the high-definition HDD camcorder market. With an RRP of just $1849, it is certainly a lot cheaper th...

External mic jack, 'professional' design, image quality should impress most users

Minor performance issues, a bit bulky

The GZ-HD3 is a solid HDD camcorder that will satisfy in most of the areas that count. Despite a few design issues, it offers a respectable performance for the asking price.

Dec, 2007

Expert review by: James Morris (

JVC Everio GZ-HD3EK HD Camcorder


JVC's latest hard disk based HD camcorder looks like it could be a real bargain.

The HD3 has a 60GB hard disk built in, again the same as the HD7, which is enough for five hours of recording in XP mode. There are two other recording modes on offer - a 1440CBR mode with the same data rate as XP but using a constant data rate for...

Feb, 2011

Expert review by: PC Advisor staff (

JVC GZ-HD3 review


The JVC GZ-HD3 is a quality camcorder built around a hard disk and three charge-coupled devices (CCDs).

A quality camcorder which produces good picture quality, we had a couple of gripes with the JVC GZ-HD3, but were generally impressed.

May, 2008

Expert review by: Philip Ryan (

JVC Everio GZ-HD3


As a scaled-down version of JVC's GZ-HD7, the GZ-HD3 ditches some of the fancier features, but its price is still higher than we'd like for this camcorder.

Good-looking design ; High quality audio ; Low levels of noise in low light video

Low-resolution video ; Needs built-in neutral density (ND) filter ; No viewfinder

The Everio GZ-HD3 is significantly cheaper than the GZ-HD7 -- AU$1,999 versus AU$2,799. And while we bemoan the loss of the focus ring and the other button-based manual controls, the HD7's image-stabilisation and battery troubles, as well as its...

Oct, 2007

Product Specifications

The HD lens of the GZ-HD3 was developed by camera specialist, KONICA MINOLTA, to ensure optimal lens performance for use with 3-CCD image sensor and MPEG2 recording technology. The result is an extremely detailed picture with clear contrast and strong presence throughout the image - the type of stable and consistent performance that becomes essential when recording images at HD specifications. Three 1/5" Progressive Scan CCDs with Pixel Shift TechnologyFor bright, realistic colors the HD Everio uses three 1/5-inch CCDs - one each for red, green and blue. Naturally, by having dedicated CCDs for each primary color, the camera is able to gather the maximum visual information, which leads to more realistic color reproduction and presence. Using Pixel Shift Technology, the Red and Blue pixel locations are shifted relative to Green, allowing the sampled color information to be quadrupled through interpolation. The GZ-HD3 is equipped with a built-in video light that automatically illuminates the scene if you are recording video in a dim environment. The palm-sized GZ-HD3 is easy to take anywhere, with a lightweight and compact body weighing a mere 1.5lbs (670g) including battery. It also offers point-and-shoot simplicity so no crucial scenes are missed, plus manual controls for more ambitious users.

Audio Input



Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:JVC BN-VF815

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080i
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes


3 Chip Technic: Yes
Chip Type:CCD
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser
Sensor Size:3x 1/5''
Smartphone Remote Control: No


Digital Input: No
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: Yes
Near Field Communication: No
Type of Memory Stick Interface : No
Type of SD Card Interface :SD Card / SD HC Card
USB: Yes
USB Interface: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No
Wireless Interface: No

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.8in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.1cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Portrait mode / Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Twilight mode

General Features

3D: No
Handheld Position:Horizontal
Resolution:Full HD


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:JVC Everio

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-1.9/F/1.8-2.4
Max Focal Length:32mm
Min Focal Length:3.2mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:0.53Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:430Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:570Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):5.1 mm ( 1/5 ) / 5.1 mm ( 1/5" )
Optical Sensor Type:3CCD
Sensor Qty:3CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic


HD Video Format:MPEG2
Recording Format:16:9 / 4:3

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:200
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400
Media Type:Hard disk drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG