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JVC GZ-V515
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JVC GZ-V515 Camcorder

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3.32MP 1/4.1 230g Feb 2012
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28 Reasons For

One Industry Award

The editor of Trusted Reviews endorse this video camera and have given it their "Recommended" award.

Expert Reviews Are Excellent

Expert review website Trusted Reviews scored this JVC camcorder 90%. This means that video camera experts think this medium sensor size camcorder is one of the very best camcorders of a similar spec and age.

Good Product Quality

A number of customers wrote in their reviews that it was good quality. Trustedreviews.com mentioned “The HD Everio GZ-V515 produces better image quality than you might expect” in their review of this camcorder and gave the JVC GZ-V515 a score of 5 stars. Trusted Reviews wrote “Good image quality” in their review.

Reasonably Priced

One JVC GZ-V515 owner thought it was good value for money. Trusted Reviews wrote “Good value” in their review of this camcorder.

Nice Design

One JVC GZ-V515 owner who reviewed it considered that it was good looking.

Good Size

One JVC GZ-V515 owner who purchased the product reckoned that it was compact. Trusted Reviews said in their JVC GZ-V515 review four years ago “Stylish, compact chassis” .

Good Technical Features

One JVC GZ-V515 reviewer who bought this camcorder thought it had good features. Four years ago Trustedreviews.com rated this camcorder 5 stars and said on expert website Trusted Reviews “Both had plenty to offer other than their wireless facilities, which is fortunate, because in many ways the H” in their JVC GZ-V515 review.

Good Connectivity

One JVC GZ-V515 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder was wifi compatible.

JVC Has Good Reviews for Its Video Cameras

Average reviews across all JVC video cameras are good, however average reviews across just JVC's medium sensor size video cameras are only ok.

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Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on video cameras of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Fairly Large Screen Size

The average screen size of video cameras of this spec and age is 2.8". At 3 inches, the GZ-V515 has a fairly large screen size compared to most of the other video cameras that came out around the same time as the GZ-V515.

If you want a larger screen size then you might want to consider the Canon EOS C100 (£2,391.00) (3.5") which also has a higher rating.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The GZ-V515 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other similar spec video cameras that came out more than two years ago.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other camcorders with an image stabiliser currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-PJ530 (£473.68).

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Full HD

Full HD

The GZ-V515 is Full HD. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been around for more than two years also are Full HD.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative Full HD camcorders currently available including because of it's better review score, the Contour Design Contour+ (£21.31), the Sony HDR-PJ530 (£473.68), or the Canon EOS C100 (£2,391.00).

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The JVC GZ-V515 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to the GZ-V515.

We compared this video camera to all the other camcorders with an HDMI port and we think because of it's better review score, the Contour Design Contour+ (£21.31), the Sony HDR-PJ530 (£473.68), and the Canon EOS C100 (£2,391.00) is also worth considering.

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1/4.1" Optical Sensor Size

The GZ-V515 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/4.1". That's 41% more optical sensor size than a 1/5.8" camcorder, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size. Across all video cameras of a similar type and age to the GZ-V515 the best optical sensor size is 1/3" and the worst is 1/5.8".

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Optical Image Stabiliser

This camcorder has an optical image stabiliser, which is the most commonly found image stabiliser on video cameras of this age and type. Optical image stabilisation is hardware based. Digital cameras with optical IS typically have a built-in gyro sensor and microprocessor that detects camera shake as it occurs. The stabiliser compensates for any camera movement.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The JVC GZ-V515 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SD memory card supported by most video cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This JVC camcorder also 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 actually the best supported memory card type amongst all similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

The worst supported memory card type across 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 GZ-V515 has a built-in display. Most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that were launched around the same time as the GZ-V515 also have a built-in display.

We compared this video camera to all the other camcorders with a built-in display and we think the Sony HDR-PJ530 (£473.68), and the Canon EOS C100 (£2,391.00) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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1080p Video Mode

This camcorder has a 1080p video mode, which is typical of many camcorders of this spec and age.

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H.264 Video Format

This video camera has an AVCHD|H.264|MPEG4 video format, which is typical of many medium sensor size video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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Has Two White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the GZ-V515 is more than most medium sensor size video cameras that are a similar age to it. This JVC camcorder has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on medium sensor size video cameras that came out more than two years ago. The white balance mode "Manual" is also found on this camcorder.

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Quite Low Minimum Aperture

At only 1.2, the GZ-V515 has a quite low minimum aperture compared to most of the other camcorders of this type and age. Across all the comparable spec video cameras that were released around the same time as the GZ-V515 the minimum apertures range from 1.1 to 6.8, and the average minimum aperture is 2.2.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many medium sensor size video cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Has Three Cables Included

The JVC GZ-V515 has a greater number of included cables than most medium sensor size video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. This JVC video camera has a USB cable included, which is the most commonly found cable included found on video cameras of a similar type and age to the GZ-V515. The cables included "AV" and "HDMI" are also found on this video camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camcorder has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many medium sensor size video cameras that are a similar age to it.

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LCD Display

This camcorder has an LCD display, which is the most commonly found display on comparable spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as it.

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Very Small

The widths of camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the GZ-V515 range from 17mm to 270mm, and the average width is 69mm. The GZ-V515 is one of the smaller video cameras that are a similar age to the GZ-V515 (only 36 millimeters) amongst medium sensor size video cameras of this age.

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6 Reasons Against

Poor Support

One JVC GZ-V515 owner thought this camcorder did not have good technical guidance. Trustedreviews.com said on expert review site Trusted Reviews “It does lose a few points because its manual features are rather buried in the menu system.”.

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the GZ-V515 do not have an interchangeable lens. The GZ-V515 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

We think you might also be interested in alternative camcorders which also have an interchangeable lens including the Canon EOS C100 (£2,391.00) which is also higher rated.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most medium sensor size video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the GZ-V515 are not 3D compatible. The JVC GZ-V515 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most medium sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to the GZ-V515 do not have a night mode. The GZ-V515 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that were released around the same time as the GZ-V515, the JVC GZ-V515 does not have a built-in projector.

Alternative camcorders which also have a built-in projector that you might want to consider include the Sony HDR-PJ530 (£473.68).

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the GZ-V515, the GZ-V515 is not waterproof.

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5 Other reasons to consider the JVC GZ-V515

Released Over Four Years Ago

This video camera has been on the market for over four years.

Average Maximum Memory Card Size

At 64 gigabytes, the GZ-V515 has a pretty standard maximum memory card size compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to the GZ-V515.

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 200 times zoom factor, the JVC GZ-V515 has a relatively typical digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the GZ-V515.

If you want a camcorder with a bigger digital zoom then you might want to consider the Sony HDR-PJ530 (£473.68) (350x) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 230 grams, the GZ-V515 has a fairly typical weight compared to most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the GZ-V515.

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Average Optical Zoom

The GZ-V515 has a pretty standard optical zoom (18 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the GZ-V515.

If you want a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to consider the Sony HDR-PJ530 (£473.68) (30x and higher rated).

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Image Stabiliser
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Aperture
Minimum Focal Length
Maximum Aperture Value
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Maximum Memory Card Size
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Mode
Exposure Mode
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
On Screen Display Language
Design
Colour
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
HD-Ready
Still Image
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Built-In Speaker
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
HDMI Port
DC-In Jack
USB 2.0 Port
S-Video Out Port
PictBridge
USB 3.0 Port
Battery
Battery Type
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Included Battery
Cable Included
AC Adapter Included

1 Award

Trusted Reviews Recommended

Expert Reviews

(1)
26 August 2012

Like so many JVC camcorders around the £300 mark, the HD Everio GZ-V515 produces better image quality than you might expect. It does lose a few points because its manual features are rather...

Trusted Reviews

Good image quality
Good value
Stylish, compact chassis
Manual settings buried in main menu
Almost no discrete control buttons

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers gzv515, gzv515b, gzv515b8, gzv515be, gzv515beu
Barcodes 04975769400148

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