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Review of "JVC GR-D240"

published 12/10/2005 | angeleyes1802
Member since : 07/05/2005
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Pro Small build, comfortable to hold, great picture quality in normal daylight.
Cons Bad picture quality in low lighting situations, tape-loading can be tricky if using a tripod.
Ease of use
Range & quality of features
Recording quality
Picture quality

"Easy to use, handy little camcorder"

I bought this camcorder 7 months ago and have now got several tapes full of memories.

Lightweight and designed to sit comfortably in your hand, this camcorder seems to be well built and is perfect for carrying with you on holidays and family days out. Mine has sustained a few knocks and bumps as all do - but I was surprised to find that the silver-grey paintwork did not scratch or chip.
Even so, I would still recommend using a padded case when taking this camcorder out and about - if nothing else it saves on the worrying if you do drop it or knock it about.
I especially like the Velcro grips on this camcorder - easily adjustable they help to provide a good grip and make it easier to use.

The controls are clearly labelled and easy to use, and are accessed from the side panel.
Unlike a lot of the Sony models that are touch screen, this camcorder has a single button to open the menu and then a number of fixed controls to operate it. I found this much easier to use.
The zoom controls are to the left and the right rather than the normal forwards and backwards ones, but I found that once I had used the camcorder a couple of times it was easy to remember.

The 25x optical zoom is very good, giving a great clear picture, however I found the 800x digital zoom somewhat lacking - giving a very grainy appearance.

Daylight picture quality is bright and clear - the only problems I found where in very strong sunlight when I found I seemed to get a rather washout look on the screen. I particularly liked the different effects that can be used for creating the picture (ie. Black-and white, sepia, classic film, strobe, spotlight and cinema). Very low light conditions produce a rather blurry slow-motion effect.

Mini-DV tapes are loaded at the bottom of this camcorder - making tape loading rather awkward when using a tripod.

The battery clip is situated at the rear of the model - and battery life seems to be exceedingly long - I have managed over 4 hours using standard batteries.

The firewire port is very useful - designed to allow easy transfer of video footage from the camcorder to the pc, I have found this works very quickly and is again easy to use.

Very quick to use, you can start filming 15 seconds after the camcorder has been turned on - whereas my previous camcorder used to take 2-3 minutes.

Prices for this camcorder seem to range from £200 up to £400 plus. I would recommend trying either Amazon.co.uk (prices from £201) or Comet. Currys and Tesco also sell this product, but the prices seem higher with these two merchants.

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  • THE_ELITE13 published 27/05/2006
    Sound's good needs a bit more information and some of your personnel experience and opinion.
  • rosebud10 published 30/12/2005
    i just got this for my partner for xmas! paid £299 sob sob! julie xx
  • nemo183 published 17/11/2005
    Great review - very helpful.
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Product Information : JVC GR-D240

Manufacturer's product description

The GR-D240 compact MiniDV video camera offers innovative features, covering everyone's shooting needs, from beginners to the experienced users. With the GR-D cameras JVC introduces a 25x optical zoom and 800x digital zoom. These precision lenses offer new possibilities to users. Images can be enlarged up to 25 times without encountering jagged edges or other undesirable noise in the image. The picture can further be enlarged up to 800 times when the digital zoom is employed. These zoom lenses demonstrate JVC's commitment to push existing technology to new levels. The GR-D240 is provided with the Data Battery and Power-Linked Operation functions. The user can check the remaining battery and recording time by simply touching a button, even with the power turned off. It is useful to check these before shooting to prevent the battery from dying during a shoot. With the popular and convenient Power-Linked Operation, the camera automatically turns on when the LCD monitor is opened or the viewfinder is pulled out so users can start shooting immediately, and automatically turns off when the LCD is closed or viewfinder is pushed back in to save battery drain. JVC's Super High-Band Processor expands the camera signal's frequency range to raise horizontal resolution to 520 lines or more, thereby taking full advantage of the DV format's original high resolution. JVC's 3D NR (3-Dimension Noise Reduction) compares field A to field A, and field B to field B across two frames so that the scanning lines are identical and noise can be reduced more accurately. As a result, the signal-to-noise ratio is improved by 2 dB and noise is reduced by about 30%. So, flicker is eliminated and color reproduction is improved, enhancing overall picture quality. In addition, the Digital Color NightScope and Auto Illumi. Light (Auto Illumination Light) functions have the ability to shoot in extremely low light situations. Digital Color NightScope boosts picture brightness using slow-shutter and digital signal processing, with full color reproduction and no distance limitation like infrared-based systems. The Auto Illumi. Light brightens up the subject, providing a brilliant full-color picture using energy-efficient LEDs to reduce battery drain. Since this light automatically turns off in bright environments, battery power won't be needlessly wasted. The GR-D camcorders feature a 2.5" Clear LCD Monitor which provides bright and vivid images with reduced surface reflection and glare when shooting outdoors, so users enjoy shooting under the sun without the washed out image common with conventional LCDs. It's also possible to view through the viewfinder and LCD monitor simultaneously, especially convenient in situations where you want to share the view with other people. The GR-D240 provides customers looking for their first video camera, or people wishing to replace their old analogue camcorder, many convincing reasons to choose JVC MiniDV. The high fundamental image quality as well as unique features and various interfaces make a great base for image capture and editing on a personal computer, and are sure to be a favorite with the digital generation.

Product Details

Product Description: JVC GR-D240 - camcorder - Mini DV

Product Type: Camcorder

Media Type: Mini DV

Sensor Resolution: 800 Kpix

Effective Sensor Resolution: Video: 400 Kpix

Lens System: 25 x zoom lens - 2.2 - 55 mm - f/1.8-3.2

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Digital Zoom: 800 x

Image Stabiliser: Electronic

Viewfinder: LCD monitor - 0.16" - colour

Display: LCD display - 2.5"

Supported Battery: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )

AV Interfaces: Composite video, S-Video

Dimensions (WxDxH): 5.6 cm x 11.2 cm x 9.4 cm

Weight: 0.4 kg


MPN: GR-D240

Product Type: Camcorder

Camcorder Sensor Resolution: 800 Kpix

Effective Video Resolution: 400 Kpix

Camcorder Media Type: Mini DV

Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Optical Sensor Size: 1/6"

Optical Zoom: 25 x

Digital Zoom: 800 x

Video Recording Modes: SP, LP

Faders: White fader, slide wipe, door wipe, black & white fader, scroll wipe, window wipe, corner wipe, shutter wipe, black fader

Image Stabiliser: Electronic

Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection

AV Interfaces: Composite video, S-Video

Exposure & White Balance

Exposure Metering: Spot, matrix

Exposure Modes: Programme, automatic

Shooting Programs: Spotlight, sports mode, twilight mode, snow

Special Effects: Black & White, Sepia, Cinema, Classic Film, Strobe

White Balance: Custom, automatic, presets

White Balance Presets: Fine, cloudy, halogen

Max Shutter Speed: 1/4000 sec

Min Shutter Speed: 1/50 sec

Lens System

Type: 25 x zoom lens - 2.2 - 55 mm - f/1.8-3.2

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Zoom Adjustment: Motorised drive

Filter Size: 27 mm

Additional Features

Built-in Light: Yes

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Additional Features: Built-in speaker, backlight compensation, auto power save, digital noise reduction, display brightness control


Viewfinder Type: LCD monitor

Viewfinder Colour Support: Colour

Viewfinder Diagonal Size: 0.16"


Type: 2.5" LCD display

Display Features: Rotating


Microphone Operation Mode: Stereo

Microphone Features: Wind noise reduction


Connector Type: 1 x microphone ¦ 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire/i.LINK) ¦ 1 x composite video/audio output ¦ 1 x S-Video output ¦ 1 x DC power input


Included Accessories: Camcorder shoulder strap, lens cap, power adapter, S-Video cable, audio / video cable


Battery Type: JVC BN-VF707U

Details: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 5.6 cm

Depth: 11.2 cm

Height: 9.4 cm

Weight: 0.4 kg

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C


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