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JVC GC-XA1

JVC GC-XA1 Camcorder

5MP 126g CMOS Jun 2012
Total Megapixels 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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20 Reasons For

Robust

A number of JVC GC-XA1 reviewers who purchased the JVC GC-XA1 concluded that it was strong and durable. Expertreviews.co.uk wrote in their review of this camcorder on expert review site Expert Reviews three years ago “The camera itself feels reassuringly robust thanks to its rubber casing; it's rated to survive a 2m drop” however they only rated the product 3 stars. Expert Reviews said “Extremely lightweight and rugged” nonetheless they rated it 3 stars.

One JVC GC-XA1 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that it was good at resisting water ingress. Expertreviews.co.uk wrote in their review of this camcorder “Is also waterproof to 5m down” yet they gave the product a rating of 60 out of 100.

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Good Size

One JVC GC-XA1 owner who reviewed the product thought it was lightweight.

Easy to Use

One JVC GC-XA1 owner wrote in their reviews that the product was easy to use the menus. Expert Reviews said “Easy menu navigation” in their review of this camcorder.

Good Connectivity

One JVC GC-XA1 reviewer thought it was wifi compatible. Expert Reviews mentioned “Builtin WiFi” in their review of the JVC GC-XA1.

JVC Video Cameras Have Good Reviews

We calculated the average reviews for all JVC video cameras and also specifically for JVC medium total megapixels video cameras and found that in both cases JVC had good reviews.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on comparable spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Full HD

Full HD

Unlike most of the other video cameras of this type and age which are not Full HD, the JVC GC-XA1 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 JVC GZ-VX715[plb_1286960_price], and the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25[plb_2167191_price] is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

Like most of the other camcorders of this age and spec, the JVC GC-XA1 has an image stabilizer.

There are a number of other video cameras with an image stabilizer currently available which you might also want to consider including the HDR-CX240[pl_3766507_price], or the HDR-CX330[pl_2206005_price] both from Sony or the JVC GZ-VX715[plb_1286960_price] which has better reviews.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

The JVC GC-XA1 has an HDMI, as do most of the other camcorders that are a similar age to the GC-XA1.

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

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The JVC GC-XA1 supports an SDXC compatible memory cards which is better than most camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. Most video cameras of this age and type support an SDHC compatible memory cards. This video camera also supports an SD compatible memory cards. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

This camcorder's memory card type (SDXC) is actually the best supported memory card type across all video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the GC-XA1.

Across comparable types of camcorder the worst supported memory card type is MicroSD (Transflash).

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

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other medium total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the GC-XA1, the JVC GC-XA1 has a built-in display.

There are a number of alternative camcorders with a built-in display currently available that you might want to look at including the Bushnell 8MP Trophy Cam[plb_1838072_price], the Sony HDR-CX240[plb_3766507_price], or the JVC GZ-VX715[plb_1286960_price] which has better reviews.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This camcorder supports a video resolutions of 848 x 480|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many video cameras of a similar age and type to it.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on camcorders of this age and type.

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H.264 Video Formats Supported

This video camera has a H.264|MPEG4 video formats supported, which is typical of many similar spec video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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JPG Image Formats Supported

This camcorder has a JPG image formats supported, which is typical of many comparable spec camcorders that came out around the same time as it.

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LCD Display

This video camera has an LCD display, which is typical of many comparable spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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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 typical of many comparable spec video cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Very Light

With a weight of only 126 grams, the JVC GC-XA1 is one of the lighter camcorders of a similar age and spec to the GC-XA1 amongst camcorders of this age. The average weight of medium total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to the GC-XA1 is 390g, and the weights range from 76g to 3.3kg.

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Has Two White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the JVC GC-XA1 is more than most video cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This video camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on camcorders that came out more than two years ago. The white balance "Manual" is also found on this JVC video camera.

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Supports One Audio Formats Supported

The number of audio formats supported by the JVC GC-XA1 is more than most camcorders of this type and age. The most frequently supported audio formats supported is AAC++, but this audio formats supported is not supported by this camcorder. The audio formats supporteds AAC are also supported by this JVC camcorder.

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7 Reasons Against

Poor Expert Reviews

This medium total megapixels video camera received an expert rating of 60% from Expert Reviews. This means that video camera experts really don't rate this video camera very highly.

Quite Small Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of only 1.5 inches, the JVC GC-XA1's display diagonal is one of the smallest amongst camcorders of a similar type and age to the GC-XA1. The average display diagonal of camcorders of a similar spec and age to the GC-XA1 is 2.8".

If you want a camcorder with a larger display diagonal then you might want to consider the HDR-CX330[pl_2206005_price] (2.7"), or the HDR-CX240[pl_3766507_price] (2.7") both from Sony or the Bushnell 8MP Trophy Cam[plb_1838072_price] (2.4") which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other medium total megapixels video cameras that have been around for more than two years, the JVC GC-XA1 does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Not 3D

Most video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the GC-XA1 are not 3D. The JVC GC-XA1 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most medium total megapixels video cameras that were launched around the same time as the GC-XA1 do not have a night mode. The JVC GC-XA1 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

The JVC GC-XA1 does not have a built-in projector, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the GC-XA1 also do not have a built-in projector.

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with a built-in projector and we think the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25[plb_2167191_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

Most medium total megapixels video cameras that have been around for more than two years are not waterproof. The JVC GC-XA1 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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3 Other reasons to consider the JVC GC-XA1

Price Has Increased by £4.03

In the last couple of weeks the GC-XA1 has increased in price by £4.03.

Released Over Four Years Ago

JVC released the GC-XA1 over four years ago.

Average Digital Zoom

At 5 times zoom factor, the JVC GC-XA1 has a fairly standard digital zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and type.

If you want a video camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to look at the HDR-CX240[pl_3766507_price] (320x), or the HDR-CX330[pl_2206005_price] (350x) both from Sony or the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25[plb_2167191_price] (10x) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Sensor Type
Lens System
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
Image Stabilizer Type
Storage
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
White Balance
White Balance
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Camera
Camcorder Type
Design
Colour of Product
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
HD-Ready
Still Image
Image Formats Supported
Audio
Audio Formats Supported
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
S-Video Out
Networking
Wi-Fi
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
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Product Identifiers

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

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