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JVC GC-XA1 Camcorder

£179.44
5MP 126g CMOS Jun 2012
Total Megapixels Full HD Weight Sensor Type Release Date
Poor expert reviews
Short battery life (about one hour per charge
Small 1.5inch LCD screen
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Design

Extremely Lightweight and Rugged

Two customers who reviewed it thought it was strong and durable. Expert Reviews said “Extremely lightweight and rugged” in their review of this camcorder. Expert website Expertreviews.co.uk wrote “The camera itself feels reassuringly robust thanks to its rubber casing; it's rated to survive a 2m drop” in their review of this camcorder.

One owner reckoned that the product was good at resisting water ingress. Expertreviews.co.uk wrote on Expert Reviews “Is also waterproof to 5m down” in their review of the JVC GC-XA1 and rated it 79.549304121986 out of 100.

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Easy Menu Navigation

One owner said in their reviews that the JVC GC-XA1 was easy to use the menus. Three years ago Expert Reviews said “Easy menu navigation” but they only gave it a score of 1 stars.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

One customer concluded that the JVC GC-XA1 was lightweight.

Very Light

The weights of medium total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to this video camera range from 50g to 3.3kg. With a weight of only 126 grams, the JVC GC-XA1 is one of the lighter medium total megapixels camcorders that came out around the same time as this video camera amongst medium total megapixels camcorders of this age.

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Reviews

JVC Video Cameras Have Good Reviews

Video cameras built by JVC generally have good ratings compared to other brands.

Poor Expert Reviews

Expert review site Expert Reviews scored this camcorder 60 out of 100. Experts aren't convinced by this JVC camcorder.


Video

Full HD

Full HD

The JVC GC-XA1 is Full HD. Most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that were released around the same time as this camcorder also are Full HD.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other Full HD video cameras currently available including the HDR-AS30VE (£199.99), or the HDR-PJ240 (£209.99) both from Sony or the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25 (£201.44) which has better reviews.

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HD-Ready

The JVC GC-XA1 is HD-Ready, as are most of the other camcorders that are a similar age to this camcorder.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

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 comparable spec and age to 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 typical of many similar spec camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

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Lens System

Has an Image Stabilizer

The JVC GC-XA1 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this video camera also have an image stabilizer.

We compared this camcorder to all the other camcorders with an image stabilizer and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-PJ240 (£209.99) is also worth considering.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of only 5 times zoom factor, the JVC GC-XA1 has a fairly small digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders that have been around for more than two years. The average digital zoom of video cameras of this age and type is 160x.

If this JVC video camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might also want to look at the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25 (£201.44) (10x), or the Sony HDR-PJ240 (£209.99) (320x) which also has a higher rating.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The JVC GC-XA1 supports HDMI, as do most of the other video cameras of this age and spec.

Alternative camcorders which support HDMI currently available that you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25 (£201.44), or the Sony HDR-PJ240 (£209.99).

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Other Features

Has a Wireless Connection

The JVC GC-XA1 has a wireless connection, as do most of the other similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to this camcorder.

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Networking

Features Wi-Fi

The JVC GC-XA1 features wi-Fi. Most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to this camcorder also feature wi-Fi.

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Power

Short Battery Life (about One Hour Per Charge

One owner who reviewed the JVC GC-XA1 considered that it did not have a good battery life. Expert Reviews mentioned three years ago “Short battery life (about one hour per charge” in their review of this camcorder.


Small 1.5inch LCD Screen

One customer mentioned in their reviews that it did not have a good screen. Expert Reviews wrote in their review of this camcorder three years ago “Small 1.5inch LCD screen”.


Display

Very Small Display Diagonal

Across all the medium total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago the display diagonals range from 1.5" to 4". At only 1.5 inches, the JVC GC-XA1 has a fairly small display diagonal compared to most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that are a comparable age to this camcorder.

If you want a video camera with a larger display diagonal then you might want to look at the Sony HDR-PJ240 (£209.99) (2.7"), or the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25 (£201.44) (3") which also has a higher rating.

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Other

Released Over Five Years Ago

It was April 2017 when JVC released the GC-XA1.

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers offers gcxa1eu, jvc gcxa1beu, jvc gcxa1eu
Barcodes 04975769404504

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