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JVC GZ-R15
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JVC GZ-R15 Camcorder

10MP 1/5.8 286g CMOS May 2014
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"Quad Proof" Camcorder with 4.5H long-life internal battery. Features a 2.5M Back-illuminated CMOS Sensor for superior low-light performance, 3.0" Touch Panel LCD, Optical 40x Zoom, and Advanced... More
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17 Reasons For

Good Product Quality

A few people said in their reviews that it was good quality. Last year Andrew B. wrote “In our case - there's no point having a slightly better (and barely noticeable) video quality, if you're going to be using it our”. Andrew B. also said “If you're looking for really high quality recording (i.e”.

Easy to Use

A number of JVC GZ-R15 owners who reviewed this camcorder agreed that it was easy to use. Peter G. said “Just what I wanted and easy to use plus I ordered this item on Friday”.

Reasonably Priced

One person considered that the product was a bargain for the price. Andrew B. scored the product very highly and he said on Amazon “This is a relatively cheap camcorder”. One JVC GZ-R15 owner who purchased it thought it was good value for money. Andrew B. said “Camera's will suffer from, unless you want to spend a really good chunk of money” in his review.

Robust

A few people concluded that this camcorder was good at resisting water ingress. Andrew B. he wrote “Good piece of kit - great all rounder and waterproof too” in his review. Andrew B. also wrote “You're getting a waterproof (to certain depths) device”.

Good Battery Life

One customer who bought this camcorder concluded that it had a good battery life. Andrew B. said on Amazon “If you want a good all-rounder with good storage capacity, great battery life and the assurance that it can go pretty much anywhere then this is great”.

JVC Has Good Video Camera Reviews

JVC has good average ratings for its big sensor size video cameras as well as across its entire video camera range compared to other manufacturers.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The JVC GZ-R15 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been available for a similar time to the GZ-R15 also have an image stabiliser.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with an image stabiliser and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony NEX-VG20[plb_1137845_price] is also worth considering.

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Very Big Optical Zoom

Camcorders of a similar type and age to the GZ-R15 have optical zooms of between 1x and 40x, and the average optical zoom is 14x. The JVC GZ-R15 has a quite big optical zoom (40 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Full HD

Full HD

Like most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the GZ-R15, the JVC GZ-R15 is Full HD.

We compared this camcorder to all the other Full HD video cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the HDR-PJ650[pl_1610617_price], and the HDR-PJ810[pl_2109575_price] both from Sony is also worth considering.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The JVC GZ-R15 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the GZ-R15.

We compared all the other video cameras with an HDMI port to this video camera and we think because of it's better review score, the HDR-PJ650[pl_1610617_price], and the HDR-PJ810[pl_2109575_price] both from Sony is also worth considering.

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 200 times zoom factor, the JVC GZ-R15 has a quite big digital zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to the GZ-R15. The average digital zoom of big sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to the GZ-R15 is 160x.

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Waterproof

Unlike most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to the GZ-R15 which are not waterproof, the JVC GZ-R15 is waterproof.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The JVC GZ-R15 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than most camcorders that were released more than two years ago. Most big sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago support 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 actually the best supported memory card type across all camcorders of this age and type.

Across similar types of camcorder the worst supported memory card type is MS Pro-HG.

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

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Has a Built-In Display

The JVC GZ-R15 has a built-in display. Most of the other video cameras that came out around the same time as the GZ-R15 also have a built-in display.

There are a number of alternative video cameras with a built-in display currently available that you might also want to consider including the HDR-PJ650[pl_1610617_price], or the HDR-PJ810[pl_2109575_price] both from Sony which has better reviews.

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Has Two White Balance Modes

The JVC GZ-R15 has a greater number of white balance modes than most big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on video cameras that came out more than two years ago. The white balance mode "Manual" is also found on this JVC camcorder.

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Has Three Cables Included

The number of included cables found on the JVC GZ-R15 is more than most big sensor size video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. This video camera has a USB cable included, which is the most frequently found cable included found on video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the GZ-R15. The cables included "AC" and "AV" are also found on this JVC video camera.

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Very Small

Similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to the GZ-R15 have heights of between 22mm and 240mm, and the average height is 100mm. With a height of only 59.5 millimeters, the JVC GZ-R15 is fairly small compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the GZ-R15.

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7 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most camcorders of a similar age and spec to the GZ-R15 do not have an interchangeable lens. The JVC GZ-R15 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

Alternative camcorders which also have an interchangeable lens that you might want to consider include the NEX-VG20[pl_1137845_price], the HDR-PJ810[pl_2109575_price], or the NEX-VG30[pl_1543923_price] all from Sony which is also higher rated.

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Only 1/5.8" Optical Sensor Size

The JVC GZ-R15 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/5.8". That's 33% less optical sensor size than the most common optical sensor size of 1/3.91". The optical sensor size of all video cameras of a comparable age and type to the GZ-R15 ranges from 2/3" to 1/1.3".

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Not 3D Compatible

Most video cameras of this age and type are not 3D compatible. The JVC GZ-R15 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

If you want a camcorder that is 3D compatible then you might want to look at the Panasonic HC-V707[plb_1350701_price].

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the GZ-R15, the JVC GZ-R15 does not have a night mode.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most big sensor size video cameras that came out around the same time as the GZ-R15 do not have a built-in projector. The JVC GZ-R15 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

Alternative video cameras which also have a built-in projector that you might also want to look at include the HDR-PJ650[pl_1610617_price], or the HDR-PJ810[pl_2109575_price] both from Sony which is also higher rated.

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Very Low Display Resolution

At only 230,000 pixels, the JVC GZ-R15 has a quite low display resolution compared to most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the GZ-R15. Comparable spec video cameras that were released around the same time as the GZ-R15 have display resolutions of between 91,000 pixels and 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 610,000 pixels.

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Very Low Movie Megapixel Count

With a movie megapixel count of only 2.5 megapixels, the JVC GZ-R15 has one of the lower movie megapixel counts amongst camcorders of this age. Video cameras of a similar type and age to the GZ-R15 have movie megapixel counts of between 1.1MP and 17MP.

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6 Other reasons to consider the JVC GZ-R15

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on similar spec camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when JVC released the GZ-R15.

Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 3 inches, the JVC GZ-R15 has a pretty typical screen size compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that were released around the same time as the GZ-R15.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 3" screen size video cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony NEX-VG20[plb_1137845_price].

If you would prefer a larger screen size then you might want to consider the Panasonic HC-X1000[plb_2561788_price] (3.5") which is also higher rated.

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Average Battery Life

At 4.5 hours, the JVC GZ-R15 has a relatively typical battery life compared to most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the GZ-R15.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 286 grams, the JVC GZ-R15 has a fairly typical weight compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and type.

Other video cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the JVC GZ-VX815[plb_1885721_price] (235g).

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on big sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Specification

User Ratings
Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Interchangeable Lens
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
Auto Focus Lock
Light Exposure
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
On Screen Display
Aspect Ratio
Self-Timer
On Screen Display Language
Design
Colour
Shock Proof Height
Waterproof Depth
Protection Feature
Video
HD Type
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
USB 2.0 Port
Networking
Battery
Battery Life
Operational Conditions
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cable Included
AC Adapter Included
Other Features
Waterproof
Projector
Technical Details
Technical Details

Expert Reviews

30 September 2014

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User Reviews

(2)
(Verified Purchase)

Just what I wanted and easy to use plus I ordered this item on Friday afternoon and it arrived the following morning (Wow).

Reviewed 2 February 2015 by Andrew B. "Drew"
(Verified Purchase)

Despite the fact that our phones and even our Sony camera have high res video recording, we always said that when we had children we'd buy a standalone camera.

I naturally defaulted to... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers gzr15w, gzr15r, gzr15we, gzr15re, gzr15reu, gzr15weu, gzr15white
Barcodes 04975769420368, 04975769420375, 04975769422621

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