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alaTest has collected and analyzed 30 reviews of JVC GR-DX97. The average rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Opinions about the memory and design are overall positive. The usability and portability are also appreciated, but some have doubts about the durability and zoom. Views are divided on the image quality.

price, portability, usability, design, memory

size, zoom, durability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC GR-DX97 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 72/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for JVC GR-DX97


alaTest has collected and analyzed 15 user reviews of JVC GR-DX97 from The average user rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers are impressed by the design and usability. The portability and price also get good reviews, whereas some have doubts about the size and durability.

price, portability, usability, design

zoom, durability, size

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

Sep, 2019

Expert review by : Robert Ellis (



Three-inch LCD

No shoe ; Worst still quality ; Automatic exposure problems

Oct, 2004

Expert review by : Easy Camcorder (

Expert Review


At exactly one pound, the JVC GR-DX97 sells for a suggested $699.95 or a not-so-suggested street price of about $400. This camcorder comes with the basics: a 1/6-inch 680K CCD, a 12x optical zoom and a 700x digital zoom. What makes the JVC GR-DX97...

700x digital zoom, - Low light, video performance, - Spot exposure control

Mic input, with no headphone input, - No accessory shoe, - Manual control

Oct, 2004

Expert review by : Mark Bassett (

JVC GR-DX97 First Impressions Camcorder Review - JVC MiniDV Camcorders


JVC introduced a totally new line of matchbook or vertical style camcorders at the 2004 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV. Dubbed the Celebrity Series in a nod to paparazzi and star usage (wait for the commercials), the official model names...

Mar, 2004

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JVC GRDX97 is a MiniDV Digital Camcorder with a 12x Optical Zoom.

Low-Profile MiniDV digital camcorder and still camera with 1/6-inch 680,000-pixel CCD

Consumer review (

Not bad for the money


I bought this product about 8 months ago to replace an old GR DVM-90 I had (also from JVC). My old camera performed very well (until I started getting strange error messages), which was why I chose another compact DV camcorder from JVC. I was really ...

compact, good battery life, reasonable low light performance and quality video

Video quality could be better. Lacking firewire cord needed to transfer video to computer

Jan, 2006

Consumer review (

Adoiv this camcorder!


I recently bought a JVC mini camcorder that broke after limited use. So I went to one of their factory authorized repair places only to find that JVC will not allow anyone to repair my model but themselves. (God only knows if your model falls into this...

Nice size and good video quality

Less features than the competition, and repairs are too expensive

Jan, 2006

Consumer review (

Great DV terrible PC support (USB model)


I received this camcorder as a birthday gift and I was really exited. The device is very compact, has pretty good quality (both build and picture) supports stills on SD card and video. The part I was the most happy about was the posibility to transfer ...

Compactease of useFirewire works well.Stills to sd memory card

Terrible PC support (USB version)Image quality could be better

Mar, 2005

Product Specifications

JVC is one of the world's leading developers and manufacturers of sophisticated audio, video and related software products. Building upon a wealth of technologies the company is moving decisively to offer appropriate solutions for the multimedia age. To remain at the forefront of the audiovisual industry in the 21st century, JVC is marshalling its resources to create the ultimate in appealing, cost-competitive products.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Run Time (Up To):85min

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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

Flash Memory

Form Factor:MultiMediaCard
Storage Capacity:8MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:JVC GR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.2
Max Focal Length:31.2mm
Min Focal Length:2.6mm
Optical Zoom:12
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

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:MPEG-4
Digital Zoom:700
Faders:Black & white fader / Black fader / Corner wipe / Door wipe / Scroll wipe / Shutter wipe / Slide wipe / White fader / Window wipe
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Classic Film / Sepia / Strobe
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor

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