JVC GRDVM90U MiniDV Digital Camcorder – Two drawbacks

For the past 10 years i’ve always had to lug both my nikon slr and the camcorder on vacations and to events. I’ve been waiting for a camera with enough quality to cover both my motion and still photo needs. The jvc 90 did the trick and it’s smaller than both my slr and previous camcorder.The quality of the stills when set to xga fine is good enough to make an excellent 5×7 and pretty decent 8×10. The 8meg mem card will allow you to take ~24 pictures at this level. Even better, you can video and then take snapshots off the video. This allowed me to get some awesome hockey shots during games this winter. The camera has tons of features i’m still trying to figure out, and leaves plenty of room to grow your skills. I’d recommend an extended warrantee though as the internals of this thing are microscopic mechanical parts that would prabably set you back and arm and leg to repair.

1-if you’re planning to use this camcorder in dark places forget it. Even in low light situations, this camcorder won’t see a thing. 2-battery is short, probably 25 minutes with the lcd screen and about 45 min using the color viewfinder. You’ll need to buy an extra battery. Other than that this is a nice camcorder.

For all those with the dreaded cleaning error, i can sympathize – my experience has been somewhat better – i used a panasonic cleaning tape and that pretty much solved the error problems – we bought the camcorder back in july of 2002 i think for roughly $400. 00 off of ebay – looking back i probably would have gone with a sony minivhs recorder – whatever it’s called (the type that takes the small vhs tapes) – anyway i use only sony dv tapes and that seems to have saved me. I really feel bad for alot of people who had problems with this thing – customer service person said eventually it will need a new drum head – for 250. Again i can’t emphasize using a/the panasonic cleaning tape – take care folks – jvc is wrong for putting out this product with out testing it thoroughly -the good points – nice photo’s – people say otherwise but it works pretty well -the only thing that bothers me the most is the anti-shaking/ vibrating software whatever it’s called – here this thing is pretty lame and focus – is good if you don’t ever move the camera –software package pretty good – but will work with most movie editing software -take care all -.

The dvm 90 is a very good camcorder:i liked its ease of use and the combo of video and sensible stills;it is short on battery time and i needed to buy an extra batt. Which gives me 2 more hours. ,but no 6-8 hours batteries like you can find in other models. The other shortcoming is dark photography,which is practicalyy impossible. Nevertheless,it is perfect for home use,both indoors and outdoors,and it is not a bad substitute for a still camera,that is if you are not keen on having big printed albums but settle for digital ones. 2 sum it up:full hearted recommendation.

This camcorder although small and easy to carry works poorly in room light. The digital camera (xga) photographs are good in close ups where detail is less critical. The resolution is insufficient to make distant (small) objects/detail clear and is quickly spotted in all photographs. The transfer rate from camcorder to pc of photographs took me over 45 mins for 32 mg of xga. There are other devices available however to bypass this step.

I just purchased this camera and love all but one of the features that i was most interested in. Jvc advertises that you can capture a short video clips to email friends and relatives. Well, this is true, but what they do not tell you is that the format is in jmm format, which is some kind of jvc proprietary format. I have yet to find anyone who supports or has a converter for this format. Jvc has partnered with a web service that allows you to store these images for people to come view. This is a free service until you what more space. I just think this is another gimmick to make money at the expense of the consumer. You will also find out when you play back these clips with the supplied viewer that the quality is very pooranother issue i had was that the menus and buttons associated with the memory card were not very intuitive or easy to follow. Overall, i would recommend this camera with the exception of.

  • Well This Review should have been in 2002
  • Nice, but Beware!
  • Finally I only have to take one camera to events!

Features of JVC GRDVM90U MiniDV Digital Camcorder with Built-in Digital Still Mode (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • MiniDV digital camcorder with progressive scan CCD
  • 10x optical, 200x digital zoom with digital image stabilization
  • 2.5-inch color LCD monitor and color EVF
  • Digital still mode records 1024 x 768 stills onto included 8 MB MMC card
  • Uses an included lithium-ion battery; includes dock for connecting camcorder to your television

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MiniDV digital camcorder with progressive scan CCD

10x optical, 200x digital zoom with digital image stabilization

2.5-inch color LCD monitor and color EVF

Digital still mode records 1024 x 768 stills onto included 8 MB MMC card

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JVC GRDVM90U MiniDV Digital Camcorder with Built-in Digital Still Mode (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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4.4 of 5 stars, based on 25 reviews