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alaScore 73

18 reviews

Dec, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 18 reviews of JVC GRPD1EK Mini DV Cam. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the price. The image quality also gets good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the size and battery.

usability, image quality, price

design, viewfinder, battery, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC GRPD1EK Mini DV Cam is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 73/100 = Good quality.

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JVC GR-PD1 review and test from Computer Video Magazine


The world's first prosumer camcorder aimed at High-Resolution widescreen holds two surprises - it's single chip and it's from JVC. Oh, and it records to MiniDV tape!

The PD1 is a curious device, and a very bold move from JVC. Anyone not intending to shoot in widescreen will find budget three-CCD models, such as Sony's TRV950, much better value for money. However, the High-Resolution footage is of considerably...

Mar, 2004

Expert review by : Colin Barrett (

SimplyDV Review: JVC GR-PD1 DV/MPEG2 Camcorder


Great images in all modes from a single CCD camcorder, easy access to manual controls, good handling and ergonomics, rotating hand grip / tape compartment a great design touch

No manual audio control is a downer, as is the position and design of the viewfinder which, even when used fully extended, isn't that comfortable to use due to the large battery position.

Good overall design, controls are generally accessible, progressive scan, MPEG-2 recording, rotating hand-grip, manual zoom, manual focus, image quality in video and stills modes, AV and DV connectivity, variable shutter and aperture modes. Let down by...

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Widescreen Perfect


Initially, I bought this because Peter Jackson inadvertently made it popular. But since then, I have come to love it and treasure it. I have in my heart the great features that it gives me as I try my take into new heights of "seriousness" my hobby in...

Professional grade

the price

Apr, 2007

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THE GOOD: Small and light yet a very powerful video camera. THE BAD: Could have been great if it was 3ccd, but the 1ccd is also quite good. OVERALL: I use the JVC GRPD1 is a great lightweight camera. I use this as a second camera next to my Sony FX1....

Oct, 2006

Product Specifications

See what you've been missing. Progressive scanning displays the whole picture at once, so there's no interline blur. JVC's highly efficient MPEG-2 encoding technology delivers this superior picture, with 16:9 widescreen cinematic impact. Home videos look like real movies. Scenes offer more realism. Get the whole picture with the GR-PD1EK from JVC.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

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 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:Built-in / Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Zoom:200
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
Special Effects:Black & White / Classic Film / Sepia / Strobe
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor