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alaTest has collected and analyzed 49 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 really like the image quality and size. The portability and usability are also appreciated. Many are negative about the reliability and color.

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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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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 People are impressed by the image quality and size. The usability and price also get good feedback, whereas there are some critical views about the color and battery.

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

This summary is based on the products: JVC GR-D290EK MiniDV Camcorder with DV in/out & SD card [25x Optical Zoom, 2.5"LCD]JVC GR-D290EK MiniDV Camcorder with DV in/out & SD card [25x Optical Zoom, 2.5"LCD]

Oct, 2016

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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 less positive about the reliability.


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This summary is based on the products: JVC GR-D290 Mini DV Digital Camcorder - 800x Digital Zoom & 25x Optical ZoomJVC GR-D290 Mini DV Digital Camcorder - 800x Digital Zoom & 25x Optical Zoom

Oct, 2016

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

Consumer review by: UK Guest (

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

Consumer review by: UK Guest (

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

Consumer review by: UK Guest (

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

Consumer review by: UK Guest (

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

Consumer review by: pegmac (



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

Consumer review by: Kenneth Watkins (



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

May, 2008

Product Specifications

JVC's compact MiniDV video camera GR-D290 offers innovative features, covering everyone's shooting needs, from beginners to the experienced users. JVC introduces the Live Slow technology with the GR-D290. This technology allows, for the first time ever, the user to record slow motion images and play them back with real-time sound. Live Slow is extremely useful for playing back precious or hard-to-see moments as the speed is slowed down to a quarter of normal playing speed. This effect is achieved by the camera recording the picture at 1/4 the normal speed, and thus showing with great clarity a slow motion effect. Slow motion images are recorded with sound on a DVC tape and played back in real time, thus allowing one to view greater detail in the image. In addition, even footage shot at normal speed can be played back with the slow motion effect. In this way precious moments become all the more enjoyable. With the GR-D cameras JVC also introduce a 25x optical zoom and 800x digital zoom. These precision lenses offer new possibilities to users. Images can be enlarged up to 25 times without encountering jagged edges or other undesirable noise in the image. The picture can further be enlarged up to 800 times when the digital zoom is employed. These zoom lenses demonstrate JVC's commitment to push existing technology to new levels. JVC's Super High-Band Processor expands the cameras signal's frequency range to raise horizontal resolution to 520 lines or more, thereby taking full advantage of the DV format's original high resolution. JVC's 3D NR (3-Dimension Noise Reduction) compares field A to field A, and field B to field B across two frames so that the scanning lines are identical and noise can be reduced more accurately. As a result, the signal-to-noise ratio is improved by 2 dB and noise is reduced by about 30%. So, flicker is eliminated and color reproduction is improved, enhancing overall picture quality. The USB interface present on the GR-D290 easily interfaces with many recent laptop and desktop personal computers. This USB port supports USB Video Class for high-speed industry standard video streaming and data transfer without the need for an IEEE 1394. With the provided "CyberLink DVD Solution", one-touch DVD burning, as well as VCD burning, is possible, allowing you to store sharp, high-quality images that can be viewed with crisp reproduction, even on a large-screen. The GR-D290's built-in Digital Still Camera function lets the user shoot HG Digital Stills with 2 image size settings (1024x768/640x480-pixel) and store them on MultiMediaCard (provided with the GR-D290). Stored data can be quickly transferred due to USB Mass Storage Class compatibility. Or, the camera's memory card can be inserted into an optional Floppy Disk Adapter or PC Card Adapter for easy transferring to a computer. The GR-D camcorders feature a 2.5" Clear LCD Monitor which provides bright and vivid images with reduced surface reflection and glare when shooting outdoors, so users enjoy shooting under the sun without the washed out image common with conventional LCDs. It's also possible to view through the viewfinder and LCD monitor simultaneously, especially convenient in situations where you want to share the view with other people.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:JVC BN-VF707U

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None


3 Chip Technic: No
Chip Type:CCD
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser


Digital Input: Yes
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
Type of Memory Stick Interface : No
Type of SD Card Interface :SD Card
USB: Yes
USB Interface: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No
Wireless Interface: No

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Twilight mode

Flash Memory

Form Factor:MultiMediaCard
Storage Capacity:8MB

General Features

3D: No
Handheld Position:Horizontal
Resolution:Standard Definition


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:JVC GR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.2
Max Focal Length:55mm
Min Focal Length:2.2mm
Optical Zoom:25
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:400Kpix
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

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Zoom:800
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 / Gain-up / Mirror / Sepia / Strobe
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor