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152 reviews

Feb, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 152 reviews of JVC GR-D30. The average rating for this product is 2.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC GR-D30 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 66/100 = Good quality.

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(Based on 152 reviews)

2 expert reviews

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 127 user reviews of JVC GR-D30 from The average user rating for this product is 2.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on

43% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: JVC GRD30 MiniDV Camcorder with 2.5" LCD and 16x Optical ZoomJVC GRD30 MiniDV Camcorder with 2.5" LCD and 16x Optical Zoom

Feb, 2018

Consumer review by: tatia (

Nice Camera

Apr, 2005

Consumer review by: cal (

Its a Good Camcorder


Small Size, Great zoom, good picture

doesnt work very well at night

Sep, 2004

Consumer review by: appleseed (

good vedio camera


small and easy to use

haven't found out yet

Aug, 2004

Consumer review by: manny (

Good for the dollar - Bad for the bought it-- shot n Go.


The size - The picture it can take if you like to adjust

this cam can be tricky in the - adjusting area -Sound sucs

Jun, 2004

Consumer review by: elpmore (

Don't buy it!


Easy to use

Breaks, gives a ER-1 message and stops working

May, 2004

Consumer review by: johnnywalker (

camera from hell


snapshot capability

Night Alive is a joke, short battery and so much more

Apr, 2004

Consumer review by: mud (

A simple pleasure in a small package......


Easy to use, great picture, fabulous value for the money.

None that I can say, given what I paid.....

Dec, 2003

Consumer review by: belladessa (

Condensation error code!


After a year it quits working because of a condensation error code. $300 down the tubes! Thanks a lot JVC! Many other reviews I've read have the same problem. So frustrating!!! By the way, I have owned this camera for 4 years and every time I turn it...

It works great for about a year.

Only works for 1 year.

May, 2008

Consumer review by: mikeanike (

JVC GR-D30 MiniDV Digital Camcorder


I am warning all of you out there who are looking to buy a camera. DO NOT BUY THIS CAMERA!! If you currently own this camera, I would return it immediately if possible. Although it may seem great in the beginning, this camera is a complete scam. Take...

For the first 11 months this camera was amazing... do not let this fool you.

This camera renders itself completely useless after about a year. A warning about condensation in the camera appears, and this leads to having to buy a new camera.

Nov, 2005

Consumer review by: johnv_hotmail (

Grainy & terrible looking video. Period.


I purchased the gr-d30. After owning it for 3-1/2 months with very little use, the unit refused to operate or eject the tape. It is displaying an e04 error code. In researching this on the internet, there are a number of folks dealing with this issue...



Sep, 2004

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-DV30E boasts a 680, 000-Pixel CCD Super High Band Processor for 520 lines of horizontal resolution. 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. The GR-DV30E features the PAL format and an 800.000k sensor.

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 (270
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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


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
Media Type:Mini DV
Special Effects:Black & White / Cinema / Classic Film / Sepia / Strobe


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