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alaTest has collected and analyzed 19 reviews of JVC GR HD1. The average rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the reliability and design. The durability and usability also get good feedback. The color and viewfinder get critical opinions.

image quality, usability, durability, design, reliability

price, zoom, viewfinder, color

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC GR HD1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 72/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 user reviews of JVC GR HD1 from The average user rating for this product is 3.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers really like the design. The usability also gets good opinions, but many are negative about the price.

image quality, usability, design


75% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: JVC GRH-D1 High Definition MiniDV Camcorder w/10x Optical ZoomJVC GRH-D1 High Definition MiniDV Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Ben Wolf (

Image quality



Great resolution; comfortable design; solid construction; supports up- and down-conversion for a variety of display options.

Low-resolution viewfinder; lacks professional controls usually available for the price; mediocre color and latitude; few editing options; limited zoom range.

As the only single-chip consumer high-def camcorder, the JVC GR-HD1 is the ultimate for amateur videographers with HDTVs. But pros should look for an HD camera with more advanced features.

May, 2003

Expert review by : Newbie (

Expert Review


The JVC GR-HD1 Mini DV Digital Camcorder has a 10x Optical/200x Digital Zoom, Color Viewfinder, 3.5" LCD Screen and more. Features: records MPEG2 video to MiniDV tape and is equipped with an optical 10x zoom lens and built-in optical image stabilizer....

Great manual controls, durable, affordable

Low light could be better

Feb, 2005

Expert review by : D. Eric Franks (

Mini DV and HD Camcorder Review JVC GR-HD1


JVC, inventor of the ubiquitous VHS format, has done it again, offering an innovative high-definition consumer camcorder that is the first of its kind. High-definition enthusiasts seeking a unique accessory for their HDTVs will love it. If you own an...

HD, progressive scan ; Very easy to use

Limited editing options ; Quality depends on TV used

The HD out part is more complex. It was clear from our examination of the video that we captured some lovely footage, we just couldn't appreciate it without an HDTV that could display the image at 1280x720. If you own an HDTV and would like to shoot...

Jul, 2003

Product Specifications

No image can tell a story in all its grand presence, minute detail sheer reality like digital High Definition. High Definition transports you into big new world of uncompromising quality - where textures and colors come to life with startling and dynamic realism and the subtlest of nuances. You can see the forest, and the trees, see the leaves, feel them move. That's power. The power of imaging. The unprecedented power of HD. Now, JVC lets you capture Hi-Def images yourself. With the solid, compact, ergonomically balanced, enormously easy-to-use GR-HD1, you can go where no Consumer or HD camera has gone before. And at a fraction of the cost of current HD cameras with a signature look different from anything else. Then, with a multitude of avenues for creating, editing, enjoying and sharing your images, you can easily distribute your works to a worldwide audience by HD or regular DVD. HD quality, built to go places. With the GR-HD1 HD CyberCam from JVC, you too can join the world of HD and make digital movies on a level only accessible to cinematographers and broadcasters until now.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
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:3.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):8.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Sand & snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Twilight mode

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:8MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:JVC GR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-1.9
Max Focal Length:52mm
Min Focal Length:5.2mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:840Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1.18Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.5 mm ( 1/3 ) / 8.5 mm ( 1/3" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

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

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Scene Transition:Black & white fader / Black fader / Corner wipe / Door wipe / Scroll wipe / Shutter wipe / Slide wipe / White fader / Window wipe
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:200
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Classic Film / Sepia / Strobe
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD