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alaTest has collected and analyzed 48 reviews of JVC GR-D290. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and portability. The size and usability are also appreciated. Many are less positive about the reliability and color.

price, usability, size, portability, image quality

battery, color, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC GR-D290 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for JVC GR-D290


alaTest has collected and analyzed 24 user reviews of JVC GR-D290 from The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Views about the image quality and size are on the whole positive. The usability and price also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the color and battery.

portability, price, usability, size, image quality

battery, color

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

Aug, 2019

Consumer review ( review summary for JVC GR-D290


alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of JVC GR-D290 from The average user rating for this product is 3.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Many are critical about the reliability.


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

Aug, 2019

Expert review by : GadgetSpeak (

JVC GR-D290 Camcorder


Camcorders are not something I see a lot of, however for that very reason I can probably spot the differences easier than someone looking at them week in week out.

Apr, 2005

Expert review by : Colin Barrett (

SimplyDV Review: JVC GR-D290 DV Camcorder


Sturdy build quality, good manual control, 25x optical zoom, choice of widescreen modes, good zoom control, respectable images in low light conditions

Bottom-loading tape mechanism, 500x digital zoom is useless.

A well-featured camcorder for beginners and upgraders that offers great all-round performance at a competitive price. Recommended.

Expert review by : Good Gear (

Expert Review


The GR-D290's ease of use and adequate performance in a wide range of situations recommend it to beginners.

25X optical zoom, great versatility

Low quality still images, lacks advanced manual features

Feb, 2006

Expert review by : Denny Atkin (



The JVC GR-D295 offers a lot of zoom for the money and is worth consideration if you shoot mainly in brightly lit situations.

Compact ; Inexpensive ; Numerous manual settings ; Two batteries included

Poor low-light performance ; Terrible stills ; Awkward menu controls

The JVC GR-D290's CCD's resolution is actually slightly lower than the 1,024x768-pixel maximum still-image resolution, so pictures are interpolated to the larger size. Photo quality is extremely poor, with shots lacking detail and with noise and...

Nov, 2005

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Nice camcorder


The JVC GR D290EK camcorder takes brilliant pictures and is nice. It has a nice remote control. I have tested all the functions an...

Sep, 2005

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Quality camcorder for home use - look no further!


Just purchased this JVC GR D290EK camcorder to replace an old Hi-8 camcorder. Did lots of research and decided that this was the b...

Sep, 2005

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Most Excellent


This JVC GR D290EK camcorder is an Excellent Camera , Small and handy , Does everything, Can't believe the price i just had to get...

Jul, 2005

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is there anything this thing doesn't do?


The JVC GR-D290EK camcorder records onto tape and SD. It has DV in and out. 25x zoom. You can edit on camera or your computer, the...

Jun, 2005

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The main review stated it has no analogue video input so you cannot convert your old analogue videos. Not strictly true as I converted all my analogue videos by connecting the GR-D290 to my VCR. I was then able to digitise them and put them onto mini...

I like eveything about this camera

Lens cap won't stay, but that is a minor detail

Jan, 2010

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Beware!! At this point, I'm afraid of JVC products.

May, 2008