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JVC GZ-HD3

alaTest has collected and analyzed 61 reviews of JVC GZ-HD3. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the size and price. The image quality and portability also get good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the memory and viewfinder.

usability, portability, image quality, price, size

viewfinder, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC GZ-HD3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for JVC GZ-HD3

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of JVC GZ-HD3 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the usability. The price also gets good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the design.

price, usability

design

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

This summary is based on the products: JVC GZ-HD3EK HD Everio CamcorderJVC GZ-HD3EK HD Everio Camcorder

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for JVC GZ-HD3

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of JVC GZ-HD3 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the color and size. The image quality and portability are also appreciated, whereas the memory and viewfinder get less positive opinions.

usability, portability, image quality, size, color

viewfinder, memory

60% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: JVC Everio GZHD3 3CCD 60GB Hard Disk Drive High Definition Camcorder with 10x Optical Image Stabilized ZoomJVC Everio GZHD3 3CCD 60GB Hard Disk Drive High Definition Camcorder with 10x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: TechRadar (techradar.com)

JVC GZ-HD3 review

 

A robust combi-cam that employs both SD and HDD storage

Mostly strong performance ; Sturdy build ; Great lens

Not very lightweight ; Not Full HD

Puts in a truly great performance, this HD cam ticks most boxes

Apr, 2008

Expert review by: James Morris (trustedreviews.com)

JVC Everio GZ-HD3EK HD Camcorder

 

JVC's latest hard disk based HD camcorder looks like it could be a real bargain.

The HD3 has a 60GB hard disk built in, again the same as the HD7, which is enough for five hours of recording in XP mode. There are two other recording modes on offer - a 1440CBR mode with the same data rate as XP but using a constant data rate for...

Feb, 2011

Expert review by: PC Advisor staff (pcadvisor.co.uk)

JVC GZ-HD3 review

 

The JVC GZ-HD3 is a quality camcorder built around a hard disk and three charge-coupled devices (CCDs).

A quality camcorder which produces good picture quality, we had a couple of gripes with the JVC GZ-HD3, but were generally impressed.

May, 2008

Expert review by: PC Advisor staff (techworld.com)

JVC GZ-HD3 review

 

The JVC GZ-HD3 is a quality camcorder built around a hard disk and three charge-coupled devices (CCDs).

A quality camcorder which produces good picture quality, we had a couple of gripes with the JVC GZ-HD3, but were generally impressed.

May, 2008

Expert review by: best4reviews.com (best4reviews.com)

JVC HD Everio GZ-HD3 camcorder review

 

With picture quality closer to more expensive competitors than those in its immediate class, the JVC GZ-HD3 suggests itself as a good HD option for those on a budget, though the need to buy additional cabling and removable storage media to fully...

Built-in 60GB hard drive, full sounding stereo audio, footage clearer and cleaner than competing AVCHD devices, solid and well built with unusual features at a consumer level, including lens hood

HDMI lead and SD cards are optional yet (relatively) essential extras

Apr, 2008

Expert review by: James Morris (alphr.com)

JVC Everio GZ-HD3EK

 

JVC's Everio GZ-MC100 (web ID: 67022) brought the hard disk camcorder to the masses back in 2005. But the company has been a bit late to the party with high definition. Sony was already on its second generation when JVC released its first foray, the...

A great value camcorder that's capable of some decent results.

Feb, 2008

Expert review by: Gavin Stoker (macworld.co.uk)

JVC GZ-HD3 [Mac]

 

Whether you're in the market for a new camcorder for that trip of a lifetime or are a newcomer thinking of getting into video blogging, there's plenty of choice when it comes to how (and in which format) you record your home movies.

Jun, 2004

Expert review by: Chris Jager (goodgearguide.com.au)

JVC Everio GZ-HD3

 

The GZ-HD3 is a relatively affordable entry into the high-definition HDD camcorder market. With an RRP of just $1849, it is certainly a lot cheaper th...

External mic jack, 'professional' design, image quality should impress most users

Minor performance issues, a bit bulky

The GZ-HD3 is a solid HDD camcorder that will satisfy in most of the areas that count. Despite a few design issues, it offers a respectable performance for the asking price.

Dec, 2007

Expert review by: Mat Honan (wired.com)

Review: JVC Everio GZ-HD3

 

JVC has been cranking out tapeless camcorders for almost three decades now (well, in dog years at least) and that experience shows in the long...

Disgustingly good variable speed zoom focuses fast to shoot action like Michael Bay. Front-side light switches on in the dark for hot lights-out action. 5 hours video recording at max resolution. Loaded with outputs: HDMI, USB 2, i.Link (FireWire), and...

Dull HD video; we’ve seen pears that were crisper. We’d prefer one CMOS to three CCDs. Semi-proprietary MOD file-format a pain to use with many common video-editing apps. Just over one hour of battery life? We’re gonna need at least twice that to...

Oct, 2007

Expert review by: Philip Ryan (cnet.com.au)

JVC Everio GZ-HD3

 

As a scaled-down version of JVC's GZ-HD7, the GZ-HD3 ditches some of the fancier features, but its price is still higher than we'd like for this camcorder.

Good-looking design ; High quality audio ; Low levels of noise in low light video

Low-resolution video ; Needs built-in neutral density (ND) filter ; No viewfinder

The Everio GZ-HD3 is significantly cheaper than the GZ-HD7 -- AU$1,999 versus AU$2,799. And while we bemoan the loss of the focus ring and the other button-based manual controls, the HD7's image-stabilisation and battery troubles, as well as its...

Oct, 2007

Product Specifications

The HD Everio GZ-HD3 offers HD (High Definition) recording with 1440x1080i resolution. These HD pictures are extremely fine and detailed, containing 4.5 times the visual information of conventional SD (Standard Definition) pictures. With a 60GB built-in hard disk drive you can record up to seven hours of HD video (SP mode), plus you get two additional recording modes to select according to your requirements.

Audio

Built-In Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:JVC BN-VF815

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080i
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture

Camera

On Screen Display (OSD): Yes

Design

Colour of product:Black

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disc drive

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:15.4cm
Height:7.5cm
Weight:0.59kg
Width:8.2cm

Display

Display diagonal:7.11
Display Resolution:207000

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.8in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.1cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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

Flash

Built-in Flash: Yes

Header

Manufacturer:JVC
Model:GZ-HD3/GZ-HD3EK/GZ-HD3EX/GZ-HD3EY
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:JVC Everio

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 5
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:0.43

Lens System

Digital Zoom:200
Filter Size:4.6
Focal length range (f-f):3.2 - 32
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-1.9/F/1.8-2.4
Max Focal Length:32mm
Min Focal Length:3.2mm
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:0.53Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:430Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:570Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):5.1 mm ( 1/5" ) / 5.1 mm ( 1/5 )
Optical Sensor Type:3CCD
Sensor Qty:3CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic

Other features

Audio recording formats:MPEG-1 Layer2
Auto Focus: Yes
Compatible operating systems:Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition/XP Professional, Windows VistaTM Home Basic/Home Premium
Interface:USB2.0/1.1
Minimum processor:Intel Pentium 4, 2.4GHz. Pentium 4, 3.0GHz, Intel Pentium M, 1.6GHz
Minimum RAM:512
Power consumption (typical):6.7

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
DC-in jack: Yes
HDMI: Yes
S-Video Out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/2 – 1/4000

Storage

Internal storage capacity:60

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:200
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400
Media Type:Hard disc drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Classic Film / Monotone / Sepia / Strobe
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:15.4
Height :7.5
Weight:670
Width:8.2