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JVC GRD33 MiniDV Digital Camcorder w/16x Optical Zoom (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • 16x optical zoom lens (700x digital zoom) and digital image stabilizer
  • Crystal View rotating 2.5-inch High Resolution LCD, to reduce glare and reflections from the LCD screen
  • Illumi-Light: Built-in Auto light using twin LED lights for 1/10th the power consumption
  • BN-V408U 800 mAh Lithium-ion, high-capacity, rechargeable battery pack; camera has built-in battery charger

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Product Description

This newly styled JVC VHS-C Camcorder is designed for those who are searching for a fun, slimline and convenient camcorder. Features 10x optical (16x optical hyper) and 700x digital hyper zoom; 2.5" crystal-view LCD to eliminate glare and reflections; built-in auto illumi-light; color viewfinder; 520 lines of horizontal resolution; Night Alive for low-level recording; built-in AC power adapter/battery charger; and more. Includes shoulder strap; AC adapter; image mixer software; AV output cables; rechargeable battery pack; and remote control. 3-19/32Hx2-51/64Wx4-19/32D". 1.1 lbs.

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Product Dimensions 1 x 1 x 1 inches
Item Weight 1 pounds
Shipping Weight 3 pounds
ASIN B0001B7VMI
Item model number GRD33US
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4.0 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #16,600 in Camera & Photo
#873 in Camera & Photo > Camcorders
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Date first available at Amazon.com June 29, 2004

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By R. K. Prasad on August 3, 2004
I bought this as an upgrade from my VHS-C camcorder. I tested it against my roommates' Canon ZR80 and Panasonic GS9.

The video quality in low-light situations was suprisingly good, given what I had heard about most digital camcorders' abilities. The video quality in outdoor situations was even better. It's not up to spec with a Sony, but it's way cheaper, and it outdoes the more expensive Canon ZR. The GS9 was about the same in quality.

However, the camcorder didn't seem to handle combined bright/low-light situations all that well. While it had no problem filming dark regions (shaded/indoors) from a brightly lit area, when filming brightly-lit regions from indoors, the camcorder recorded white streaks that partially obscured whatever was being filmed. I had this problem with the ZR80 and the GS9, so it may just be an issue with low end camcorders in general.

The camcorder had no problem focusing when zooming below 20x magnification, though above 24x, it had noticeable difficulty focusing in low light. It couldn't focus at all above 40x in either bright or low light even with highly contrasting backgrounds and scenery. It shares this problem with the GRD73 and GRD93. The GS9 and ZR80 were noticeably better at focusing at these magnifications.

Though it offers the option to record photos as "stills", the quality wasn't very good. It was also difficult and time-consuming to retrieve these "stills" because the camcorder doesn't use a flash card to store them. I ended up sticking with my digital camera for taking pics; the low quality setting was better than the high quality setting on the camcorder.

I had no problems with audio.
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I spent some time trying to find a Minidv camcorder under $400 that had great low light capabilities. I ended up with JVC's GR-D33, and here's what I found after shooting some test footage and making a DVD:

The picture quality of footage shot outside was outstanding and never looked digital. The low light capabilities are in fact impressive. Footage shot in my basement (less light than a "low light situation") was clear and wasn't too pixilated. There is a neat backlight feature that cancels out background light to record detail of the subject in the foreground. The motor noises from the camera and the zoom can be heard on tape only when recording in quiet situations, but this shouldn't be a problem under any normal circumstances. My Windows XP system saw the camera when I Firewire'd it to the computer. I captured footage in the native DV format, edited it, made a DVD to watch on TV, and was extremely impressed by the quality of the picture. This is a fantastic no-frills camera with great low light performance, and is a steal at the price.
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I was looking for an inexpensive digital camcorder (i do own a very good digital camera) and this fit the budget perfectly. Its very easy to use on auto mode (it does have a manual mode for savvy users) and the video quality is great even indoors on dim light situations. The audio quality is good (though the mic is not external) and there is no motor noise that i've seen people complain about in other camcorders.
Pros:
Great quality, incredible value, easy to use.
Cons:
Remote control for play back.
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highest rating possible, i need this item to review some older mini tapes and it was just perfect, if you have old mini tapes around and you need to transfer them, then this is where you should start...
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The camcorder is not working... never works!!! I could not even open the cassette loader. The camcorder suposed to be refurbish but it is not working at all... very disappointing... I am planning to send it back and get my money back...
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I can tell you from personal experience with JVC mini camcorders that purchasing one is an expensive mistake. Even with a protection plan from Circuit City, Best Buy, etc., the units are EXTREMELY fragile (esp. the cassette loading/ejecting apparatus) and the now infamous "E04 Safeguard Mode" (go ahead, Google it) message will eventually appear and that will be the end of recording digital videos with a JVC mini DV camera. Further, JVC support is nonexistent with regard to these error messages and how to correct them.
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I was very happy with this camcorder....until it died on me after 10 months. I bought this for the basketball team I coach (to tape games). It was used a total of 25 times, and then it started getting error codes. It irrepairable, and I'm stuck buying a new one. Invest in a slightly more expensive model (by a DIFFERENT company). It well worth the money.
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By sam on August 26, 2011
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Received camera within 1 week.Looked very presentable.Tried it out in 1 week.Looked at the video a week later.Was very clear. Got a good working unit. Seller was honest
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