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alaTest has collected and analyzed 120 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the color and design. The image quality and value for money also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the features and battery, while the size and portability get mixed opinions.

usability, value for money, image quality, design, color

viewfinder, battery, features

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 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Dull HD and Poor Battery Life Make it a Bad Combo


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 list of

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...

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JVC Everio GZ-HD3


When Lori Grunin reviewed JVC's Everio GZ-HD7 a few months ago, it did all right, but she concluded that its features, performance, and image quality didn't live up to its high price tag. JVC followed up the HD7 with the Everio GZ-HD3, a scaled-down...

Good-looking design; high-quality audio; low noise, low-light video.

Low-resolution video; needs built-in ND filter; no viewfinder.

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.


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After years of pretty stagnant camcorder sales of around 4-5 million per year, it's expected close to 20 percent more will be purchased in 2007. To this observer the reason is pretty simple—HDTV. People are buying flat-panel televisions by the millions...

60GB HDD 3-CCD HD camcorder with 10x zoom

No optical image stabilization or flash

you'll love the five hours of storage, nice ergonomics and pretty HD video.


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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...

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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.

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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...

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

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"Great camera"


Easy to use (your a noob if cant figure out h... 

Great design , amazing quality , 60 gb. HDD (no more tapes!!)

no viewfinder

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"Great camera"


Easy to use (your a noob if cant figure out how to use a TOD. file)

Great design , amazing quality , 60 gb. HDD (no more tapes!!)

no viewfinder...

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Great Comfortable and Sleek Camcorder.


When you hook it up to your PC you can easily find the videos or pictures you've taken. Although they are in a .TOD format which was not compatible with my pc. After only 5 minutes with google, I found it'll work perfectly if you simply change the...

Video Quality, Sound Quality, The option to record on HDD and SD Card, The feel and design

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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

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


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

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