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1. JVC GRD230 MiniDV Digital Camcorder
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2. JVC GRDX95 Pocket Camcorder with
$599.99 list($799.99)
3. JVC GRDV800 MiniDV 1.33MP Camcorder
list($159.99)
4. JVC GCA50 1.3 MP Digital Camera
list($1,099.99)
5. JVC GCQX5HDU 3MP Digital Still
list($129.99)
6. JVC GCA33 VGA Digital Camera,
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7. JVC GCA55 1.3MP Digital Camera
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8. JVC GCQX3HDU 3MP Digital Still
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9. JVC GCQX3U 3.2MP Digital Camera

1. JVC GRD230 MiniDV Digital Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom
by JVC
list price: $699.99
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Asin: B0001B86G8
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: JVC
Sales Rank: 244
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Amazon.com Review

The features of the compact, versatile GRD230 are accessible right out of the box. The record button is right under yourthumb, and the digital still shutter button is exactly where your index finger comes to rest on top of the unit. Playback and mode functions are likewise clearly marked and easy to reach under the flip-out LCD screen. The camcorder's well-thought-out design manifests itself in a dozen other thoughtful details as well. One of our favorites is that closing theLCD screen turns the power off, and opening it turns it on, which facilitates quick-draw shooting and means you'll be unlikely to run down the battery accidentally.

Turn the camcorder on and off simply by closing and opening the LCD screen.
Which is all well and good, but how's the image fidelity? Decent to excellent. Daylight, of course, provides the most vibrant colors and the sharpest contours. But we found that even indoors, under the kind of fluorescent lighting you mightfind at, say, the offices of a Seattle-based online retailer, the video quality is surprisingly good. One thing the GRD230 does extremely well--and this is not a feature JVC calls out--is take sharp close-ups. We could see clear detail from as close as 5 centimeters away. Image stabilization is among the best we have ever seen: zoom in on a detail across the room, and the picture is as steady as if the camera had been mounted on a tripod.

One of the big draws of the GRD230 is the SD memory card slot that lets you take digital stills(the unit includes an 8 MB card, but you will almost certainly want to get a higher-capacity card as soon as possible).All the power of the 10x zoom lens is also available in still mode (forget about the advertised 500x "digital" zoom, whi ch is nothing but a cropping mechanism), and there is almost no shutter lag. Plus, the GRD230 does close-ups as well in still image mode as it does in video mode.

Freakishly good close-ups.
(Actual still picture taken with the GRD230 --
See full-sized image.)
The twin white LED auto-lights are a nice touch, even if their power is not overwhelming. The LEDs come on automaticallywhenever light is low (you can override this manually) but drain battery power at about a tenth the rate of conventional lights. Power management in general is something the GRD230 does very well indeed. An entire day of intermittent shooting on one charge proved to be no problem.

We do have a few complaints. Automatic mode is not as automatic as it might be; we had to manually adjust the brightness on a few occasions. Transmission to a PC via the USB cord required the installation of drivers from the included CD-ROM. (Isn't the U in "USB" supposed to stand for "universal"? Why do some cameras require a special driver and other s don't?) Also, the shape of the camera body, with its round hump, rather suspiciously makes the GRD230 look like a DVD camcorder. JVC isn't trying to fool anyone, are they? No matter: DVD or no DVD, you would be hard pressed to find anything at this price even approaching the quality and features of this tidy little unit. --David Stoesz

Pros

  • Compact, intuitive design
  • Decent image quality
  • SD card slot for digital stills
  • Excellent image stabilization
Cons
  • Shaped deceptively like a DVD camcorder
  • LED lights have a very limited range
  • USB connection requires installation of cumbersome software
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Features

  • Ultra-compact MiniDV camcorder and still camera with 1.33-megapixel CCD
  • 10x optical zoom lens (digital zoom to 500x) and 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

2. JVC GRDX95 Pocket Camcorder with 3 LCD
by JVC
list price: $799.99
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Asin: B00008I8MW
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: JVC
Sales Rank: 4964
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The GR-DX95 features a high-performance 1/6" 680,000 Pixel CCD to capture high-quality video and digital photos. It's also fitted with a 16X optical zoom and a 700X digital zoom with spline interpolation. Digital zoom is a powerful tool, but it can lead to "jaggies"--zigzag contours that reduce picture quality. JVC has adopted spline interpolation to mathematically smooth such contours, making them look more natural. And since frame signals, not field signals, are processed, vertical resolution is increased, also improving quality.

Digital Stills and MPEG Video
In addition to high-quality video, the GR-DX95 also captures digital still photos that are stored on either SD or MMC cards (8MB MMC included).You can also record small video clips for distribution to friends and family over e-mail or the Internet using the MPEG-1 format feature. Video clips can be recorded from the real-time camera image or recorded video footage and stored on a the memory card.

Inputs and Outputs
The GR-DX95comes with an i.Link Digital Input/Output (IEEE 1394 compliant, also referred to as FireWire) DV in/out, S-Video Output, USB High Speed Interface, and Analog Inputs. Additionally, the GR-DX95includes a standard A/V cable to view video footage on your TV and a USB cable for transferring digital stills to your PC.

MiniDV Format
MiniDV is the preferred format for personal and broadcast-quality video, highly regarded for its high audio and image quality. With up to 540 lines of horizontal resolution and minimum color noise, MiniDV delivers a 20-percent clearer picture than analog camcorder formats. This is all delivered on a cassette that's 1/12th the size of a standard VHS tape. A MiniDV tape offers digital recording time of 2 full hours--20 times the capacity of a CD.

What's included
Camcorder, Shoulder strap, Editing Cable, USB Compatible Cable, 8mb MMC card, ImageMixer Software included- for editing video and stills, managing files on hard disk and create a Video CD that plays on most DVD players ... Read more

Features

  • New mobile compact low-profile design
  • 1/6- inch 680,000 CCD for superb image quality
  • HG digital stills with selectable image sizes (1024 x 768/640 x 480-pixel)
  • Use as a Webcam or e-mail MPEG-4 video clips
  • 3-inch 110,000-pixel LCD view screen

Reviews (2)

4-0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect. Worth its (nice) price.
My new camcorder works as fine as expected and delivers everything I need : high-quality video, easy-to-use functions, compact design with incredible size and weight, 3" LCD color display, editing software (Pixela Image Mixer with VCD)...

However, one drawback : the quality of still images recorded on the provided memory card (8 MB MMC) is lower than I expected. But that's not a problem : I have a Canon PowerShot digital camera for this.

To sum it up :

If you want to use this camcorder as a digital still camera : don't buy it. If you want to make great videos : BUY IT.

Thanks Amazon for the fast shipping & delivery (even with Free Super Saver Shipping).(...)

A satisfied customer from France

5-0 out of 5 stars great camcorder
I have the camcorder for about a week. works great no real down falls to this cam. everything you'd except in a small compact camcorder priced nicely too. ... Read more


3. JVC GRDV800 MiniDV 1.33MP Camcorder with 3.5" LCD, 10x Optical Zoom, and 8MB MMC Card
by JVC
list price: $799.99
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Asin: B0000899YJ
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: JVC
Sales Rank: 3502
Average Customer Review: 4.14 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • MiniDV camcorder with 10x optical zoom, 300x digital zoom, image stabilization
  • 3.5-inch fold-out color LCD screen and color viewfinder
  • Takes digital stills (1600 x 1200) and stores them on MMC card (8MB card included)
  • MPEG 4 e-mail video clips, Web cam function
  • Connects to PCs and Macs via Firewire (IEEE1394) and USB (for photos)

Reviews (14)

5-0 out of 5 stars I think this is a Terrific Camcorder
I've had my JVC GR-DV800 for close to 2 months now, and I'm extraordinarily pleased. It's my first camcorder, and I don't regret in the slightest the choice I made, having tested much of the major functionality, especially interfacing with a computer. Although it appears this model is getting harder to find new, I would recommend it unequivocally to anyone considering buying it. I'd like to address some of the specific aspects I've seen downgraded by other reviews here and elsewhere on the web, as well as passing along my experiences with the more advanced capabilities, in particular, operation in conjunction with a computer.

I haven't tried using the camcorder in especially low light situations, and I guess my expectations are lower than many other users. I don't really expect to be able to take video in the dark. Without going into details, I would say the camcorder has met my expectations for shooting without a video light, although I don't doubt that some camcorders may do better in low light.

I've seen mixed reports on the supplied battery, which is a 400 mA-hr lithium, with some claiming the battery is useless after a few charging cycles. I haven't pushed it, but I seem to be able to get at least an hour of recording out of the battery (but I also bought a 2500 mA-hr model for flexibility).

Many reviewers have severely criticized the 3.5" LCD for low resolution/sharpness. It's true that it isn't "stunning", but it's extremely useable, with sort of a matte appearance, rather than the glossy appearance of, say, a Sony. Unless you're trying to do a precise manual focus, however, I don't see the LCD as a liability, and I don't assume most users sit around watching their videos on the LCD.

Most others have also criticized the still image capability of this, and all camcorders, stating that they are far inferior to digital cameras. The DV800 has a 1.3 MP CCD, and the Sony digital camera I've been using for several years is also 1.3 MP, and I've yet to be tempted to upgrade to a higher resolution camera for our family usage, since I typically don't crop and blow up my pictures. I use both the Sony and now the JVC DV at 1280 resolution, and aside from the camcorder not having a flash (standard), I've yet to notice any difference in the pictures from the two, in good light, other than a slightly different aspect ratio. Since my Sony camera only has an LCD, and no viewfinder, I'll probably tend to use the JVC DV through its viewfinder outside in bright light, where the Sony LCD is nearly impossible to see.

As far as operation of the camcorder with a personal computer, I've found the JVC to work extraordinarily well in all modes with Windows XP, after an initial intensive debugging of the FireWire (IEEE 1394/i.Link) capability. (I have a very long thread on the Dell Community Forum documenting this process.) JVC supplies Pixela USB drivers and an application (ImageMixer) that makes good use of those drivers, within the limitations of the program. JVC, like most DV manufacturers, relies on supplied Microsoft drivers for operation over the 1394 bus.

In still camera mode (Memory mode), with a memory card installed, and when connected to a computer via USB, the JVC requires no custom drivers. It looks like a removable USB disk drive, and all images are accessible as JPEG files for copying from or to the camcorder. For retrieving video or using as a webcam over USB, the Pixela drivers must be installed, and they present a separate Video Capture and Audio Capture device. With Image Mixer, I could capture 320x240 video (Video CD) from the camcorder, either by playing back a DV tape (in Video-Play mode) or as a webcam (in Video-Auto or -Manual mode). I couldn't get the camcorder to work reliably for video over USB with the other applications I had available, so I don't know if resolution above VCD is possible over USB. DVD resolution is 720x480 @ 30 frames/second, for a data rate of almost 30 megabits per second (Mbps). USB 1.1 is limited to 12 Mbps, so unless the JVC USB implementation is 2.0, DVD-quality video transfer isn't possible over USB.

Moving on to operation over the IEEE 1394 bus (FireWire), here is where the full video capabilities of the camcorder are possible. It is possible to download still images from the memory card over 1394, but it's much more convenient to use the USB disk mode for still image operations. Contrary to another review on this site, I don't believe there is any inherent limitation in the JVC 1394 implementation that limits it to working with particular 1394 interfaces. That limitation appears to be in the Windows XP drivers, and isn't particularly specific to given camcorders, as documented in many places on the web, including my thread elsewhere. After switching to using the Microsoft 1394 bus drivers, instead of those supplied by the interface manufacturer, my JVC has worked flawlessly with my 1394 interface, which has a Texas Instrument chipset, and it also worked flawlessly with a Dell laptop with a built- in 1394 interface with TI chipset, as well as with the built-in DV interface of a Macintosh iMac.

After the initial debugging cycle, I have downloaded lots of video from my camcorder's DV tape over the 1394 interface, produced video that I burned to DVD, which played back and looked great on my 27-inch TV, and copied the edited video back to a DV tape in the camcorder (all using Ulead Video Studio 8.0, which I will be reviewing in the software section of this site shortly).

In short, the JVC GR-DV800 has done everything I've asked of it thus far, and with its flexible input and output connections, and availability of useful accessories, including lenses and filters, I consider it to be a great product.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly Surprised
Compared to all the new, old-fashioned looking MiniDV and 3rd generation camcorders out there, I love the look and feel of the JVC GR-DV800. It's silver with blue trimmings and has that old-school elongated look versus the vertically built ones coming out of late.

Right out of the box it felt substantial. I thumbed through the manual while charging up the battery (can't do it off the camera) and was a little dismayed at the large amount of instructions. However, as I found out later, it's all pretty simple once you get the hang of it.

The LCD is nice and big. Others have complained that the clarity isn't great, but compared to the Sony and Cannon, I don't have a problem with it.

The controls are pretty well-oriented, although I did get a little bit of a hand cramp from using the one-finger menu dial. But that's probably just because it's new and I'm trying everything.

The 300x zoom is pretty useless above 100x. Anything that close is just too grainy. Whether that's from the lens itself or simply because things weren't intended to be viewed at 300x their normal size, I don't know. Right now, I can't imagine ever zooming that far unless I'm looking at the moon or distant landscapes.
One problem I've had is using the camera in low light using AGP or JVC's NIGHTVISION. Basically, like any camera, light collection takes time. Meaning, if you want to move the camera and you are using AGP (Automatic Gain) or the highly-vaunted NIGHTVISION, you have to move the camera very slowly to keep a focused picture. In fact, I have to use a tripod to take snapshots to prevent my pressing the button from making fuzzy pics.

I installed the included USB software on my XP system and hooked the cables up and I was able to e-mail out a picture in about 2 minutes, start to finish (including cable installation).

However, I've since tried to copy over video using the USB port and it doesn't work. I've installed the software that comes with it, but it still doesn't work. JVC website is basically no help with anything, but I've been told by some camcorder forum experts that you HAVE to (HAVE TO) use the Firewire port to txfer video instead of the USB. JVC doesn't include a FireWire cable so I've yet to try that fix out.

All in all I'm glad I bought this particular camera. It looks good, it feels good, and so far it takes good pics and video.

2-0 out of 5 stars Great Camera...But....
The JVC GR-DV800U is a lot of camera for a modest amount of money, but, as other reviewers have pointed out, it suffers in poor lighting conditions as do many other camcorders. I'm giving it two stars because 1) JVC tech support personnel are a bit numb and less than helpful; and 2) although the product is advertised as being compatible with OHCI compliant IEEE 1394 (Firewire) inputs, it will only work with Pinnacle, Belkin and Orange Micro Firewire PCI boards. Otherwise you can't transfer it to your computer. So you may have to cough up a PCI slot and another $45 to make it work. (I have an onboard Asus IEEE 1394 and a separate PCI Texas Instruments OHCI compliant board and neither would accept and install the camera connection. My wife's computer wouldn't take it, either, getting us only a big yellow question mark in Device Manager in Windows XP.

JVC is a bit dishonest in its claims to be compatible with OHCI-compliant connections, but the camera's good and (best part) it has a MIC IN jack, which is the main reason I bought it.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Inventor JVC w/ 21st Century technology
the "palm of your hand" has also mastered an amazing piece of technology here with the GR DV800U. Companies followed the lead of JVC and competition generated fantastic graphics/pixel imagery. This camcorder delivers a must in everyone's home. It picks up details you have never seen. So versatile not only is this mini-digital a camcorder it is a VCR, a Computer Cyber-Cam, a digital camera, a television, an e-mail capable device that has enough plug-in features such as s/video stereo sound 540+ lines of resolution digital still as high as 1600x1200 with a super high band processor this camcorder is thus far the most amazing one I have seen. The software and features combined will easily have you set to tape load edit and produce your own pro movies!!! This is 21st Century technology in the palm of your hand............undoubtedly underrated due to their lack of advertising. However, with such perfected leadership in the video industry there is little reason to advertise. This keeps cost low as competitors like Sony charge for their marketing costs . JVC charges you simply for the GR-DV800U technology and it is superb!!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great in good light, amazing battery life
I bought this camcorder late last year and travelled a lot over Christmas break - this camera satisfied my needs perfectly! Its charger is multi-voltage capable, the battery charges quickly and lasts forever (I still purchased a large additional battery for those situations when I didn't have access to a power plug for days!)

I agree with the reviewers saying the low-light mode is kind of strobe-like. However, it is in True Color,/b>! If you move your hand gently (use a tripod for low light!), or focus on a scene and don't move the camera much, you will like the results. I, for one, hate the fake, green tint (infraRed-based) that Sony and some other manufacturers incorporate into their night mode. Yes, it increases overall light sensitivity by absorbing more rays from outside the usual visible spectrum, but the video looks (green!) unreal and ugly. NOT an option!

The remote has a few nice features as well, and the photograph mode is quite impressive for a digital camcorder. I took over 300 pictures at the native resolution of 1.33 MegaPixels 1280x1024 (2 Megapixel photos at 1600x1200 are produced through interpolation, don't bother with it!). I got some beautiful low-light, dawn and dusk shots, including sunsets and sea shots.

The lack of a flash forcues you to use good photography principles like keeping the subject's face well lit, but the BackLight mode is a nice semi-fix for video or pictures taken with a bright backlight (eg sun behind subject).

BE AWARE that most versions of this camera do not like LARGE SecureDigital (SD) cards. You will be able to use cards over 128 MB, but can't preview the photos or the amount of space left because the camera doesn't fully support that card size (256 and above). Stick with a 128MB card, which can hold well over 250-300 photos at the highest native resolution, and you should be satisfied!

It would have been nice to have a lens with more optical zoom, because digital zoom is an absolute joke, just like any other camcorder - the graininess introduced into the video makes it quite worthless. 10X isn't bad, though, and the clarity of video and images shot with this camera rival anything I've had a chance to compare it to (mostly similar priced and similar featured cameras from other manufacturers, owned by friends). I've made a few DVDs and amny VCDs of video captured with this camcorder, and the quality is great.

The software included isn't too bad for quick and dirty image and video capture using the USB port and included cable (half resolution video) or Firewire (you need to buy a cable, but can capture full resolution video only with Firewire). However, I strongly recommend using something nicer like at least ULead Video Studio or Sonic MyDVD or Pinnacle's Studio products, or perhaps even Adobe Premiere to make truly 'prosumer' video! Its a pity a Firewire cable isn't included, but make sure you get one.

The video (composite) output cables are excellent, and dubbing video from the DV tapes to VHS or DVD/VCD recorders couldn't get easier. I haven't played with the scene transitions on the camera, because I edit in software, but I'm sure they'll be satisfactory if you want to make VHS tapes or DVD/VCDs directly using the (cable included) RCA composite AV output.

A note on DV tapes - stick to one manufacturer, because others (like Sony) use a different technique to make their tapes and camcorder heads apparently don't like frequent switching. I have had great luck with JVC tapes (duh!) which are re-labelled Fuji tapes. I bought well over a dozen.

The camera's pass through function for analog video lets you convert it to DV which you can capture on the fly (using pass-through) on a computer to convert your old VHS tapes into flawless (as good as the original VHS at least) VCDs or DVDs. I've used this a lot as well.

The large flippable LCD screen is good for those videos when you want to be in the shot but still occasionally monitor what the camera is capturing, from a distance. It doesn't get grimy or dirty and is easy to clean anyway. ... Read more


4. JVC GCA50 1.3 MP Digital Camera
by JVC
list price: $159.99
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Asin: B00007B5CP
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: JVC
Sales Rank: 6857
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Amazon.com Product Description

The GC-A50 weighs less than a pound, but it packs a lot of punch. With a built-in memory of 8 MB, you can take up to 70 pictures in standard mode. With resolutions from 640 x 480 up to 1,280 x 1,024, crisp pictures can be taken. All photos are JPEG compressed and can be easily uploaded onto your PC using the USB interface. The camera can also hold about 120 seconds of video in high resolution. All of this is powered by one AA battery (included). The camera comes with software as well as a neck strap and a stand. ... Read more

Features

  • 1.3 megapixel CCD sensor captures images up to 1,280 x 1,024pixels--perfect for e-mailing
  • Tiny camera measures just 2.3 x 1.9 x 0.8 inches and weighs 1.4 ounces
  • Captures 320 x 240 pixel video clips
  • Can also be used as a webcam
  • Connects with Macs and PCs via USB port; powered by 1 AA battery

5. JVC GCQX5HDU 3MP Digital Still Camera w/ 2x Optical Zoom
by JVC
list price: $1,099.99
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Asin: B00005LB14
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: JVC
Sales Rank: 7667
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Camera!
Fabulous camera, quite technical to use, but the automatic setting works flawlessly. One drawback is the short lifespan of the battery, but it does recharge quickly and you can use the ac cord. Another bonus is the attachment to take old negatives and scan them to digital images.

5-0 out of 5 stars Superb in it's class..
Takes 3.3 pixel. The one thing I like about this digi cam, the ordinary 35mm film can be reproduce to digital quality using the included software and accessories that came with this camera
And I got it for under $500!! no kidding..

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent home digital camera!
Perfect size and quality for a budget!

The GCQX5 has nine different qualities of pictures that can be taken. It accepts up to 64MB SmartMedia cards (which is space enough!). Simply a great product from a great manufacturer. ... Read more


6. JVC GCA33 VGA Digital Camera, Silver
by JVC
list price: $129.99
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Asin: B00006BSU1
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: JVC
Sales Rank: 6365
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The versatile JVC GC-A33 is an affordable choice for shooting pictures for online publishing. You can also use it as a PC camera (Webcam) in conjunction with video-conferencing software like Microsoft Netmeeting.

With an internal 8 MB flash memory, you have room to capture and store up to 120 digital images (in normal mode) that can then be quickly and easily downloaded to your computer for editing, posting to Web sites, and e-mailing. The built-in flash can be set to auto for low-light photography or left off when you're shooting in brighter conditions. White balance is automatically adjusted to give you accurate colors in almost any situation. There is also an LCD status display for confirmation of settings and battery level.

To use the JVC GC-A33 as a Webcam, just connect it to your PC using the included USB cable and follow the instructions given by your video-conferencing software (sold separately).

The JVC GC-A33 comes with a camera pouch, two AA alkaline batteries, tripod (flexible/adjustable table-top style), USB cable, hand strap, and CD-ROM with drivers and applications. ... Read more

Features

  • Dual-mode digital still camera and Web camera
  • Creates VGA (640 x 480) images
  • Saves up to 120 images to internal 8 MB flash memory at default mode
  • Connects to PCs via USB port
  • Uses 2 AA batteries (included)

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great camera for the price!
If you want an inexpensive digital camera and own a PC, this model is for you. No preview of photo until you load on your PC. Then, it's just as functional as the more expensive models. WEBCAM is TONS of fun, especially for the kids. Use with USB port (included), CD-ROM (included), Windows 98/98SE/Me/2000. Worked on Compaq Presario laptop. Self-timer.

3-0 out of 5 stars Cheap digital camera -- you get what you pay for
I bought this digital camera to use for a project at school -- I needed something cheap and easy to use. I didn't want to spend more than $and after looking around on the net concluded that this one was the way to go.
I received it a few days ago and have been trying it out ever since. It took the first useable picture just an hour ago!
While this camera is cute and compact, it seems to me that it takes pictures two ways: far too dark (haven't tested it out in broad daylight as it's raining here) or far too bright. The flash bounces off objects harshly and while there is supposed to be a varibale exposure value that can be set, I found that it basically doesn't make a difference. The menu display is digital but THERE IS NO ON-BOARD PICTURE DISPLAY! I was very disappointed about this!
I will say that for $ it seems to be a good value. It comes in a family-friendly package with extremely simple directions and very few cables or wires. It runs on two AA batteries (included) and stores between 60 (in Fine mode) and 120 (in normal mode -- a bit grainy usually) pictures at once. It doesn't take any discs or cartriges, which can be a good thing or a bad one, depending on your computer-savvy or computer-sloppy nature. The shutter is generally as fast as a 35mm (sometimes there is a little delay).
Included in the package is a TWAIN program to transfer pictures from the camera to your PC and a photo-editing program (and something for making 360 degree photos). I don't know how good they are -- I'm a Photoshop girl myself -- but judging from the TWAIN interface they seem to be quite user-friendly. Also packaged with this camera is a mini-tripod (to use when in the 10-second-delayed-self-timer mode?!). Oh, and while it functions as a webcam you're supposed to use your own software (apparently packaged with Microsoft Netmeeting or something -- I'm not sure, as I have no need for this feature).
All in all, I definitely stick by my statement -- you get what you pay for. It's not a great camera, but a child could use it and that is a plus for anyone who isn't very comfortable with computers. It's about the size of one of those cool APS camperas (with the drop-in film); smaller than a normal 35mm. It comes with a case (with belt loops) and hand strap, so it's portable. Don't expect to take spectacular pictures on it, but if you play around with different lights and angles you should get the hang of it. It is easy to use and definitely is in the "cute" category. Again, be warned that you can't see your pictures before transferring them to the PC, so if there is any doubt, take multiple shots!!! ... Read more


7. JVC GCA55 1.3MP Digital Camera
by JVC
list price: $169.99
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Asin: B00008X5C8
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: JVC
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Amazon.com Product Description

The GC-A55 is the double digital solution you were searching for. Thiscamera is both a digital still camera and a webcam. The GC-A55 boasts a 1.3Mega-pixel Image Sensor (CMOS), 1.5 inch TFT LCD Display, built-in 8mb flashmemory, SD/MMC card slot and a built-in flash.

The Digital Still resolution is up to SXGA (1280x1024) with the ability formoving picture (video clip) and video output. This one box solution comeswith the camera driver, instructions, Roxio Photo Suite/ Photo Vista, USBcable, video cable, 2 AA batteries, hand strap, camera pouch and a quickstart guide.especially valuable when viewing moving objects. ... Read more

Features

  • 1.3 megapixel resolution
  • 1.5 inch color TFT LCD
  • Built-in flash with red-eye reduction
  • SD/MMC card slot
  • Speedy downloading via USB 1.1 connectivity

8. JVC GCQX3HDU 3MP Digital Still Camera with 2x Optical Zoom
by JVC
list price: $899.99
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Asin: B00005LB13
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: JVC
Sales Rank: 5114
Average Customer Review: 2.86 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (7)

1-0 out of 5 stars There are better designs available...
This was our first digital camera and we were excited to unpack it on Christmas morning, but never warmed up to this one. It has a nice feel and theoretically, a nice design, but many of the features didn't match the documentation and didn't work the way they were supposed to, until three months later, the entire system just died. Fortunately, we purchased the camera from Dillards.com, and their excellent customer service allowed us to return the camera for a full refund, but we won't replace it with another JVC. The camera has some nutty little quirks, such as a warning not to turn the camera on with the lens cap on the lens, or you'll risk serious damage to the lens mechanism. Sounds like a definite design flaw, doesn't it? JVC makes great audio equipment, but buy your camera from a manufacturer known for cameras! Good luck!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Camera!
I bought this camera while I was on a ship supporting "Operation Enduring Freedom", I wouldn't have anything else ever! I have never been disappointed with it ever. it can only use up to 64 Meg memory and using the lowest resolution it gives you 690 pictures to take. it comes with a 8 meg card so you can take 84 pictures.

1-0 out of 5 stars Only Lasted one year
I purchased this camera exactly one year ago last week and the LCD screen went out. I called the local JVC repair and was told that it would be around 400.00 to repair(way not worth it). The pictures were decent while it lasted but I did not like the design and it was difficult to use.

4-0 out of 5 stars good image quality/price
This camera takes exellent pictures indoors and outdoors. I have printed out 8x10 pictures without editing, they come out very nice and with help of a photo editing software, the pictures are the best I've seen in 8x10 size. Compared to same size photos from Kodak 4900 (4 MP) the pictures from JVC are a lot better (using the same printer). I'm using Windows XP, have no problem downloading to computer (very fast).
I'm returning it though due to missing battery.

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice camera with plenty of features
This camera takes excellent photos, and has a lot of nice features, especially for manual settings. It comes with an 8 MB SmartMedia card, so plan on moving up to 32 or 64 MB (max). Also, the battery does not last very long, especially when the LCD is on. An extra battery is essential, and costs around sixty dollars. Overall, I am satisfied with the purchase. ... Read more


9. JVC GCQX3U 3.2MP Digital Camera w/ 2.3x Optical Zoom
by JVC
list price: $899.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00004TG5A
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: JVC
Sales Rank: 10377
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

With a 3.3-megapixel CCD sensor and image resolution up to 2032 x 1536,the JVC GC-QX3U digital camera produces sharp, clear pictures with excellentcolor reproduction. JVC has also added a 6 Mega Pro-Still mode that usesadvanced pixel shifting to create an even higher-resolution image equivalent toover 6 megapixels. It offers a rugged metallic body and easy-access buttons andcontrols.

Features such as automatic focus and exposure create an easy point- and-shoot experience, while others, such as manual white balance, focus, andexposure allow for great shots in many lighting situations. The JVC GC-QX3Uincludes a 2-inch color LCD for accurate picture composition and playback. Itoffers maximum creativity and convenience with collage modes, video e-mailcapability, and automatic flash with red-eye reduction, as well as a 2.3x zoomlens. This digital camera also allows you take video clips.

Downloading fromthe camera to your computer is easy--the JVC GC-QX3U includes a USB terminal andboth Windows and Mac drivers. The camera holds up to 400 KB of video movies andplays back video clips. You can also send 200 KB video clips via e-mail. ... Read more

Features

  • 3.3 megapixel sensor captures enough detail for photo-quality prints at 8 x 10 and beyond
  • 2.3x optical plus 7x digital zoom lens with autofocus
  • Included 8 MB SmartMedia card holds 10 images at default resolution
  • Connects to Macs and PCs via USB port
  • Recharcheable Lithium-Ion battery and AC adapter included

Reviews (10)

5-0 out of 5 stars Aspherical zoom lens GOOD, not bad
Just a quick clarification: an aspherical lens is a GOOD thing. The owner who complained about his camera's aspherical lens (twice, no less) is a little confused, I think.

Traditional (spherical) lenses are, as the name implies, spherical. Imagine cutting a section off of a sphere. You'd think that this lens would produce beautiful pictures, but it actually produces images with some minor flaws. I believe the flaws may be the result of different colors of light diffracting in varying degrees; I'm not sure. I DO know that lens manufacturers produce lenses with slightly aspherical designs to compensate for these flaws. Aspherical lenses are more expensive than standard lenses, and produce better images.

I believe that the reviewer who was complaining about aspherical lenses had his terms confused with digital zoom. Digital zoom is a worthless extra the marketing boys at the digital camera companies dreamed up to make their cameras sound better. But this camera doesn't have digital zoom. It has optical zoom.

I don't own this camera, but, on paper at least, it sounds like a great camera. 3+ megapixels, 2.3 x zoom, and aspherical lens all make this sound like a high-quality product.

Just trying to clear up the confusion :)

3-0 out of 5 stars Not Bad, but...
After reading quite a few reviews and speaking with several camera users, I decided to purchase this camera at a local store. At first, I was more than satisfied but quickly realized a couple of problems: Like most digital cameras, battery life is limited. With this camera though, the battery was almost empty after 12 pictures. To make matters worse, it uses a proprietary battery that is only available through their Web Site. Next, when using the viewfinder, my nose was always resting on the screen. Thus causing smudges all the time. All in all not a bad camera, but for the price there are better.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply One Of The Best Digital Camera Period!!!
This is my 4th digital camera,and its simply the best.Before i bought this i spend many hours online reseaching it and im glad i bought it, coz it even surpass my expectation of its performance...dont be fooled by other expensive camera out there...This is a top quality,super class,professional,digital camera for years to come.I use a 128mb smartmedia and it works great all the pics are all clear.And by the way one many feature of this is the Macro that i really like,but i love all about this camera.i would never trade this camera for anything...

3-0 out of 5 stars Average Product
Pluses:
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* Easy handling
* Good pictures in natural light
* Easy download

Drawbacks:
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* Color of picture (often too much saturation -not lifelike)
* Weak flash - makes night/indoor pictures too dark
* Battery does not last for more than 20-30 flashes

3-0 out of 5 stars Apparently not all GC-QX3's are alike
The GC-QX3 is my only digital camera, so I don't have much of a comparison, but I am not thrilled. It takes beautiful pictures outdoors in the bright sunlight, but it completely falls apart in low light situations. The auto mode is essentially worthless indoors. At least half the time the camera gets the white balance wrong, and the pictures are all blue. I mean REALLY blue, unfixably blue. Flash pictures, in addition to being blue, are usually severely under exposed. Even though this camera has three different sensitivities, it always takes auto mode flash pictures at the lowest sensitivity (ASA 80 equivalent). I have completely given up trying to use the camera indoors in auto mode. I set white balance, sensitivity and exposure manually. This is a real pain if I am in a point and shoot situation, and even then, I never really know what I am going to get. The display on the back is nice for previews, but it is worthless for judging picture quality.

JVC has the worst customer support that I have ever seen. I have tried to talk to them about my problems, but they refuse to answer my email. Their web site gives me the address of the JVC service center to which I can take the camera, but when I talk to the people who actually work there, they tell me that no one there knows anything about the GC-QX3, and they are sure that it is not one of the products which they service.

After reading as much as I can find about this camera, I am not at all convinced that mine is defective. It is sounding more and more like just bad design. I gave it a 3 rating because the pictures taken in plenty of light are stunning. Look somewhere else (I wish I knew where) if you plan to take a lot of indoor pictures. ... Read more


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