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alaTest has collected and analyzed 108 reviews of JVC GR-D20. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the zoom and size. The image quality and price are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the design and battery.

usability, price, image quality, size, zoom

battery, design

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC GR-D20 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 73/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 user reviews of JVC GR-D20 from The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers really like the size and durability. The zoom and price also get good comments. There are some less positive opinions about the color. There are some mixed comments about the reliability and image quality.

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

This summary is based on the products: JVC GR-D20 Digital Camcorder [Mini-DV 16xOptical DV-out]JVC GR-D20 Digital Camcorder [Mini-DV 16xOptical DV-out]

Oct, 2016

Consumer review by: Martinfilms (



Nice camera! Ok!

May, 2009

Consumer review by: papalazarou (

Why go analogue?.


If you are not particularly serious about your video making, but you want something that's easy to use and gives good results without spending silly money then this might be the cam for you. It uses the miniDV format, which is the universal. Several ...

Great Value, compact, easy use in 'A' mode, picture & sound great for money.

Difficult use in 'M'anual. No hot-shoe, mic-socket or focus ring. Bottom loading.

Dec, 2003

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. PRODUCT FEATURES: 1/6-inch 800,000-pixel CCD; 16x optical zoom; 520 lines of resolution with super high-band processor; Digital Color NightScope; DV output (i.LINK, IEEE1394 compliant); 2.5" amorphous silicon LCD color monitor; Power-linked operation; MiniDV format with PCM stereo sound; Picture stabilizer; 700x super digital zoom with Spline Interpolation; Digital effects and scene transitions; Playback digital zoom; Remote control provided; S-Video and A/V output terminals; LP mode for 120 min. on single cassette.

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


3 Chip Technic: No
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser


Digital Input: No
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
USB Interface: No
WiFi Connectivity: No
Wireless Interface: No

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 / Slow shutter / Sports mode / Spotlight / Twilight mode/Sand & snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Twilight mode

General Features

3D: No
Chemical System:Lithium-Ion
Handheld Position:Horizontal
Resolution:Standard Definition


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


HD Video Format:Not Applicable
Recording Format:4:3

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
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Cinema / Classic Film / Sepia / Strobe/Classic Film / Monotone / Sepia / Strobe


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