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alaTest has collected and analyzed 70 reviews of JVC GR DVL 505. The average rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the size and image quality. The price and portability are also appreciated, but many are less positive about the viewfinder and reliability. There are mixed comments on the battery and memory.

usability, portability, price, image quality, size

reliability, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC GR DVL 505 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 68/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 55 user reviews of JVC GR DVL 505 from The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People are impressed by the design and price. The image quality and portability also get good feedback, but many are negative about the reliability.

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67% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: JVC GR-DVL505U Digital CamcorderJVC GR-DVL505U Digital Camcorder

Oct, 2016

Consumer review by: cue (

Bad Camera



too many error messages, with no easy fixes. don't buy this

Sep, 2003

Consumer review by: (

Bad choice


Easy to use

Unreliable, bad design

Feb, 2003

Consumer review by: Ackbar Ickbar (

Great for most.


Light, easy to use.


Aug, 2002

Consumer review by: michaelmgz (

Not bad for the price


nice size, simple controls, works best in full auto mode.

no memory stick. stabilizer doesn't seem to be very stable!

Mar, 2006

Consumer review by: duckphreak (

Great camera for its price!!


I bought the DVL505U because I was looking for a digital camcorder for a good price. I was a bit skeptical at first because it was such a cheap price for the product highlights it offered.

Cheap price, size & weight, looks.

Poor digital picture resolution.

Apr, 2002

Consumer review by: mrpink1138 (

Good for getting into video


I bought this camera a while ago and have used it extensively. Overall I've been satisfied with it. It's great for your average home movies, vacations, special events, etc. With only 1 CCD and no microphone input (its biggest drawback) I...

Inexpensive, compact, easy to use, good quality video

B/W viewfinder, no microphone input, still images are sub-par

Nov, 2001

Consumer review by: GaryD (

When The Twins Come to Town


Occasionally you may meet a set of twins. At first introduction they may appear to be identical. But as you endeavor to learn more via exploration. You soon uncover they are not identical twins. Then distinguishing them from one another later is a...

Compact, light-weight, easy to use. Has good solid feel.

Small viewfinder and the zoom needs much to be desired.

Apr, 2001

Consumer review by: ktnr (

Stuck in the Middle



Video quality, Easy to operate, Built-in light helps

Mediocre low-light ability, Recorded motor whine, Few inputs, Poor still shots

Mar, 2001

Consumer review by: NateK53 (

Bang for your Buck


The major con for this camcorder is that you get a bunch of great features at a cheap price. I got mine for about $600 at, but I wouldn't suggest buying there because it took them 4 months to get me the extra battery that I ordered....

Small size, built in still capture, good day time shooting.

Bad shooting in non-perfect conditions, read the review for other info.

Feb, 2001

Consumer review by: wpgjets (

All I want for Xmas is: The JVC GR-DVL505U Digital Camcorder


Ladies and gentleman of the jury, I stand before you today to plead my case, to implore you to read and rate this epinion so that I can use the funds to buy the JVC GR-DVL505U Digital Camcorder!! I did not buy this product rather I used it for a week...

great picture, easy to use

none to report

Dec, 2000