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JVC GC-XA1 Camcorder

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5MP 126g CMOS Jun 2012
Sensor Size Full HD Weight Sensor Type Release Date
Quad-Proof DesignADIXXION is waterproof to a depth of 5m (16.4 ft), shockproof to withstand a 2m drop (6.5 ft), and is resistant to dust and freezing temperatures. Compact & Easily... More
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22 Reasons For

Robust

A few customers wrote in their reviews that it was strong and durable. Expertreviews.co.uk said on Expert Reviews two years ago “The camera itself feels reassuringly robust thanks to its rubber casing; it's rated to survive a 2m drop”.

One customer who reviewed this camcorder reckoned that it was good at resisting water ingress. Expert review site Expertreviews.co.uk mentioned two years ago “Is also waterproof to 5m down” in their review of this camcorder.

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Easy to Use

One customer who reviewed it thought it was easy to use the menus. Expert Reviews said two years ago “Easy menu navigation” in their review but even so they scored the product 3 stars.

Good Size

One JVC GC-XA1 reviewer who reviewed it wrote that it was lightweight. Expert Reviews mentioned “Extremely lightweight and rugged” in their review yet they only rated it 60 out of 100.

Good Connectivity

One customer who reviewed it concluded that it was wifi compatible. Expert Reviews mentioned “Builtin WiFi” in their JVC GC-XA1 review.

JVC Has Good Reviews for Its Camcorders

JVC has only ok ratings for its medium sensor size video cameras, however it has good average ratings when measured across its entire camcorder range.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many video cameras of this type and age.

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Recent Price Drop of £6.01

The GC-XA1 has dropped in price by £6.01 in the last 44 days.

Has an Image Stabiliser

The JVC GC-XA1 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to the GC-XA1 also have an image stabiliser.

There are a number of other video cameras with an image stabiliser currently available which you might want to consider including the JVC GZ-VX715[plb_1286960_price], or the Sony HDR-CX240[plb_3766507_price] which has better reviews.

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Full HD

Full HD

The JVC GC-XA1 is Full HD, as are most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to the GC-XA1.

There are a number of other Full HD camcorders currently available that you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the JVC GZ-VX715[plb_1286960_price], or the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25[plb_2167191_price].

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The JVC GC-XA1 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other camcorders that came out more than two years ago.

It may also be worth considering one of the other camcorders with an HDMI port currently available including the JVC GZ-VX715[plb_1286960_price], the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25[plb_2167191_price], or the Sony HDR-CX240[plb_3766507_price] which has better reviews.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The JVC GC-XA1 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SD memory card supported by most video cameras that have been available for more than two years. In addition, this JVC camcorder supports an SDHC memory card. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

An SDXC memory card is in fact the best supported memory card type amongst all video cameras of a comparable type and age to the GC-XA1.

The worst supported memory card type amongst similar types of video camera is MicroSDXC.

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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Has a Built-In Display

The JVC GC-XA1 has a built-in display, as do most of the other camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative camcorders with a built-in display currently available including because of it's better review score, the JVC GZ-VX715[plb_1286960_price], the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25[plb_2167191_price], or the Sony HDR-CX240[plb_3766507_price].

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H.264 Video Format

This camcorder has a H.264|MPEG4 video format, which is the most frequently found video format on video cameras of a similar age and spec to it.

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Has Two White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the JVC GC-XA1 is more than most medium sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to it. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on medium sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago. The white balance mode "Manual" is also found on this camcorder.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolution of 848 x 480|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many video cameras of this type and age.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many medium sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This video camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum video resolution on medium sensor size video cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

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JPG Image Format

This camcorder has a JPG image format, which is the most frequently found image format on video cameras of this spec and age.

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LCD Display

This video camera has an LCD display, which is typical of many medium sensor size video cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Very Light

The JVC GC-XA1 is quite light (only 126 grams) compared to most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to the GC-XA1. The weights of similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to the GC-XA1 range from 76g to 2.8kg.

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Small

The JVC GC-XA1 is fairly small (only 53 millimeters) compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to the GC-XA1. The heights of camcorders of a comparable age and type to the GC-XA1 range from 17mm to 240mm.

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Very Small

The average depth of medium sensor size video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the GC-XA1 is 110mm. With a depth of only 35 millimeters, the JVC GC-XA1 is fairly small compared to most of the other video cameras that were launched around the same time as the GC-XA1.

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8 Reasons Against

Poor Expert Reviews

This JVC video camera received a rating of 60% from expert review site Expert Reviews. That puts this medium sensor size camcorder in the bottom 11% of all the medium sensor size video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

Quite Small Screen Size

The JVC GC-XA1 has one of the smallest screen sizes (only 1.5 inches) amongst video cameras of this age. The screen sizes of comparable spec camcorders that were released around the same time as the GC-XA1 range from 1.5" to 4", and the average screen size is 2.8".

If you want a video camera with a larger screen size then you might want to look at the Sony HDR-CX240[plb_3766507_price] (2.7"), or the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25[plb_2167191_price] (3") which also has a higher rating.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

The average digital zoom of video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the GC-XA1 is 180x. The JVC GC-XA1 has a fairly small digital zoom (only 5 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other camcorders of this spec and age.

If this video camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might also want to look at the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25[plb_2167191_price] (10x), or the Sony HDR-CX240[plb_3766507_price] (320x) which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The JVC GC-XA1 does not have an interchangeable lens, although keep in mind that most of the other video cameras of this spec and age also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most camcorders that are a similar age to the GC-XA1 are not 3D compatible. The JVC GC-XA1 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the GC-XA1, the JVC GC-XA1 does not have a night mode.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other video cameras of this spec and age, the JVC GC-XA1 does not have a built-in projector.

Alternative video cameras which also have a built-in projector that you might want to look at include the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25[plb_2167191_price] which is also higher rated.

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Not Waterproof

The JVC GC-XA1 is not waterproof, although this is within the context that most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years are also not waterproof.

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1 Other reason to consider the JVC GC-XA1

Released Over Four Years Ago

JVC released the GC-XA1 over four years ago.

Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Lens System
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Interchangeable Lens
Image Stabiliser
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
Design
Colour
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
HD-Ready
Still Image
Image Format
Audio
Audio Format
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
S-Video Out Port
Networking
WiFi
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Other Features
Wireless Connection

Expert Reviews

(1)
20 October 2014

The camera itself feels reassuringly robust thanks to its rubber casing; it's rated to survive a 2m drop, and is also waterproof to 5m down. Compared to some scuba-proof action cameras this is... Read more…

Good highdef video capture at 1080p
Easy menu navigation
Builtin WiFi
Uses standard SDHC memory card
Extremely lightweight and rugged
Don't use it to shoot still images
Short battery life (about one hour per charge)
Small 1.5inch LCD screen
Ikke undervandshus
Sidemonteret sger

User Reviews

(1)
Reviewed 5 July 2013 by Zetan
(Verified Purchase)

I had been wanting a pair of MEElectronic headphones since I first see another model get good reviews a few years back. Having gone through various different headphones over the last few years,... Read more…

Very useful little adapter. Just as fast as an internal Wi-Fi card. Latency is perfectly fine. Simple technology, same basic hardware found in phones, tablets, other gadgets
Comes with great software
It was very inexpensive
Works as advertised Mini and handsome design. Complete driver (mini) CD included
Since it sits on the end of USB cable, you can move it around for best reception
Not sure
If you put it directly on your laptop's USB port, it will probably seem a bit in the way. Not tiny for that spot
Cheap plastic molding around the usb connector, breaks easy if the slightest bit of pressure is put in the wrong place, mine is currently being held together with tape
The software that comes with it is a control freak, i find myself having to uninstall the software each time i want to use any wireless hardware other than this device, the software also sucks with it
A little bulky

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers jvc gcxa1, jvc gcxa1b, jvc gcxa1bu, jvc gcxa1bus
Barcodes 04975769404504, 04975769404528

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