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alaTest has collected and analyzed 83 reviews of JVC GR-D70. The average rating for this product is 2.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Views about the battery and size are overall positive. The portability and price are also mentioned favorably, but there are some critical reviews about the viewfinder and durability.

usability, price, portability, size, battery

reliability, durability, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC GR-D70 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 73/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for JVC GR-D70


alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of JVC GR-D70 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 Comments about the image quality and memory are on the whole positive. The zoom and portability also get good feedback. There are some mixed reviews about the price and battery. The usability and reliability get critical reviews.

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

This summary is based on the products: JVC GR-D70 Digital Camcorder [Mini-DV 16xOptical DV-in/out]JVC GR-D70 Digital Camcorder [Mini-DV 16xOptical DV-in/out]

Dec, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for JVC GR-D70


alaTest has collected and analyzed 46 user reviews of JVC GR-D70 from The average user rating for this product is 2.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People are impressed by the battery and portability. The image quality and price also get good comments. There are some less positive opinions about the reliability.

usability, price, image quality, portability, battery


37% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: JVC GRD70 MiniDV Camcorder with 2.5" LCD, 16x Optical Zoom and SD/MMC Card SlotJVC GRD70 MiniDV Camcorder with 2.5" LCD, 16x Optical Zoom and SD/MMC Card Slot

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Denny Atkin (

Image quality



Solid outdoor video quality; excellent control layout; fairly compact; affordable.

Poor LCD; monochrome viewfinder; no bundled SD card; noisy low-light video.

If you can find it at a bargain price, the JVC GR-D70U is a decent choice for casual outdoor shooting.

Mar, 2004

Expert review by : Robin Liss (

JVC GR-D70 Camcorder Review - JVC MiniDV Camcorders


The MiniDV JVC GR-D70 retails for $500, however at that price tag the camcorder doesn't perform as it shood. Combining poor quality video and low light performance, with bad handling and other weak features make the GR-D70 a hard camcorder to recomend...

Mar, 2004

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This camera lasted the 12 month warranty period. After that the on-off switch stopped working (repaired under an extended warranty), the lcd screen stopped working (ext warranty repair), the CCD stopped working (replaced under ext warranty) then the...

Very high zoom capability

Low quality construction and parts. Still photos are very poor quality.

Dec, 2008

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It's a good camera at first, it does what it's supposed to for about a year or so then I got a nice blurring in my recording and on screen. I have read that some others have fallen apart. My camera works on and off now mainly off and someone else I...

Price when new was not too hefty. Good functionality and image is OK for a cheaper unit.

Poor construction. Bad in low light. And of course the CCD will fail after a short time, if not something else.

Sep, 2008

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Good camera, only when it does not have the condensation problem


This camera was found by my girlfriend in the dumpster cause someone got tired of the condensation problem. I love the camera, but when you really need to use it such as for a storm chase movie, or birthday party. By the time you get the camera ...

small high definition camera

continuous condensation error

Apr, 2008

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in part of quality is very good but the price is too expensive so i think this video camera recorder used by the proffesional the most important maybe the price can be more cheaper

this product have high resolution and good lens and this product is very comfortable to use for the last i am very like with the mode

i think the price is too expensive

Jul, 2007

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My overall opinion would be to advise people not to buy this camera. Honestly, it wasn't very good and a lot of people have had trouble with it.

Easy to use after reading the instructions, small, aesthetic, compact, takes great outdoor footage, good digital stills and video in automatic mode. Easily connected to the computer with the USB cable and software loads quickly.

Trying to make it work indoors or under unnatural light. Battery life is very short, runs out quickly. Condensation problem, JVC has a complete lack of service and if , on the off chance, they do try to help you...its bad.

Jul, 2007

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Was dissappointed about this breakdown at first,but will be much happier knowing JVC are coming to the party...Fixing the problem. not bad, what you would expect

Easy to use after coming to grips with the Instructions. Compact and lite. Allan.

About to go for an overseas holiday to see the Children and Grandchildren then 2 months out of the warranty period comes trouble..."lens cap on" after taking the cap off. But the news is not all bad just yet. Called Hagemeyer (JVC agents...

Mar, 2006

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Great little camera for it's price, we got ours cheap from a family member who couldn't work it out. Need to be somewhat computer literate to understand it too apparently (as told by computer illits), does what we want it to though, handy to have...

Very compact and pretty easy to use once you get to know the menu's and what all the buttons are for. Takes great outdoor footage, still trying to make it work indoors.

Having trouble filming/snapshotting indoors or under unnatural light. Battery life could be longer, otherwise no complaints

Jun, 2005

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great little camera has its own tripod and a remote controll drawback get the larger battery when you buy it

easy to use compact

definatly needs the larger battery

Apr, 2005

Product Specifications

This newly styled JVC camcorder is designed for those who are searching for a fun and slimline camcorder while maintaining a full feature package within. The GR-D70 boasts a 680,000-Pixel CCD Super High Band Processor for 520 lines of horizontal resolution. The GR-D70 adds a removable memory card slot for both MMC and SD cards. Now, digital still images can be recorded on a memory card at a resolution up to 1024 x 768. The maximum user friendliness is achieved with Power-Linked Operation (always ready to record), Night Alive (for low-light recording), High Resolution 2.5" Amorphous Silicon LCD Color Monitor, 700X Super Digital Zoom with Spline Interpolation, Digital Picture Stabilizer and Long Time Recording Capability.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Run Time (Up To):100min

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/Rotating (270
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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

Flash Memory

Form Factor:MultiMediaCard/SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:8MB


Country Kits:United Kingdom
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:JVC GR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.6
Max Focal Length:43.2mm
Min Focal Length:2.7mm
Optical Zoom:16
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Sensor Resolution:800Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6" ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6 )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Zoom:700
Faders:Black & white fader / Black fader / Corner wipe / Door wipe / Scroll wipe / Shutter wipe / Slide wipe / White fader / Window wipe/Black fader / Door wipe / Scroll wipe / Shutter wipe / Slide wipe / White fader / Window wipe
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Cinema / Classic Film / Sepia / Strobe/Black & White / Classic Film / Sepia / Strobe


Viewfinder Colour Support:Black & white
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor