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JVC GZ-EX515 Camcorder

2.5MP 1/5 250g Feb 2013
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Good technical features
Expert reviews are poor
Plastic-y look and feel to body, standard entry level option

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Reviews

Expert Reviews Are Poor

Expert review site macworld.co.uk scored this video camera 60%. That puts this JVC video camera in the bottom 21% of all the camcorders of a similar age and spec.

JVC Has Good Camcorder Reviews

We checked the reviews from experts and owners of hundreds of video cameras to determine an average rating for each video camera manufacturer. On average JVC video cameras have good ratings from experts and users.


Features

Good Technical Features

One customer said in their reviews that this camcorder had good features. Expert review site Macworld.co.uk mentioned four years ago “The latest generation GZ-EX515 features a re-designed Wi-Fi antenna, yet the headline functions, build” in their review of this camcorder.


Good Quality Lens

One customer said in their reviews that the product had a good zoom.


Price

Wi-Fi Built In, Intutive to Use Via Flip-Out Touchscreen LCD, Affordable Price

One owner who reviewed this camcorder reckoned that it was good value for money. Macworld.co.uk said in their review of this camcorder “Wi-Fi built in, intutive to use via flip-out touchscreen LCD, affordable price” .


Weight & Dimensions

Plastic-Y Look and Feel to Body, Standard Entry Level Option

One customer who bought the product considered that it was not a good body shape. Macworld.co.uk wrote in their JVC GZ-EX515 review “Plastic-y look and feel to body, standard entry level option” .

Average Weight

At 250 grams, the JVC GZ-EX515 has a pretty standard weight compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to this video camera.

We compared all the other 250g weight camcorders to this video camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Legria HF R38, and the Legria HF R36 both from Canon or the Sony HDR-CX130E + 16GB SD is also worth considering.

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Design

Easy to Use, Quiet and Silkily Smooth Zoom Action, Longer Lens Range Than Rivals Here

One person who bought it considered that it was smooth. Macworld.co.uk wrote in their review of this camcorder “Easy to use, quiet and silkily smooth zoom action, longer lens range than rivals here”.

Robust

One owner concluded that the product was well made.

Easy to Use

Two people said in their reviews that it was easy to use.


Other

Released Over Four Years Ago

This small total megapixels camcorder has been on the market since April 2017.


Storage

Fairly Large Maximum Memory Card Size

Small total megapixels camcorders that were launched around the same time as this video camera have maximum memory card sizes of between 8GB and 130GB, and the average maximum memory card size is 64GB. At 128 gigabytes, the JVC GZ-EX515 has a quite large maximum memory card size compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to this camcorder.

We compared this video camera to all the other 128GB maximum memory card size video cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Zoom Q4 (£199.99), the Canon XF105 (£1,999), and the JVC GZ-E105BEU is also worth considering.

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Battery

Quite Long Battery Life (max)

The shortest battery life (max) of similar spec video cameras that were launched more than two years ago is 0.083h and the longest is 150h. With a battery life (max) of 92.6667 hours, the GZ-EX515 has a quite long battery life (max) compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that came out around the same time as this camcorder.

We compared all the other 92.6667h battery life camcorders to this camcorder and we think because of it's better review score, the JVC GZ-E105BEU is also worth considering.

If you want a video camera with a longer battery life (max) then you might want to look at the Canon Legria HF R56 (£100) (145h) which also has a higher rating.

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Image Sensor

Only 1" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is typical of many similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to it.

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Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

One customer who purchased the JVC GZ-EX515 considered that it was quiet.

Has a Wind Filter

The GZ-EX515 has a wind filter, as do most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to this video camera.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The JVC GZ-EX515 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other camcorders of this spec and age.

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Lens System

Average Optical Zoom

The JVC GZ-EX515 has a fairly standard optical zoom (38 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to this camcorder.

We compared all the other 38x (optical) camcorders to this camcorder and we think because of it's better review score, the Panasonic HC-V500 is also worth considering.

If this small total megapixels camcorder optical zoom is too small for you then you might also want to look at the GZ-RX110 (40x), or the GZ-R310 (£267.99) (40x) both from JVC or the Panasonic HC-V250 (50x) which is also higher rated.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The JVC GZ-EX515 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other video cameras of this type and age.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other video cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including the Canon Vixia HF M40, the Panasonic HC-V250, or the Sony HDR-PJ230/B which has better reviews.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 200 times zoom factor, the GZ-EX515 has a fairly typical digital zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of this type and age.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 200x (digital) camcorders currently available including because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40, or the Legria HF G10 both from Canon or the JVC GZ-E100.

If this small total megapixels camcorder digital zoom is too small for you then you might want to consider the HDR-PJ270 (320x and higher rated), the HDR-CX405 (350x and higher rated), or the HDR-PJ620 (350x and higher rated) all from Sony.

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

The GZ-EX515 has a relatively average display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that came out around the same time as this video camera.

We compared all the other 3" screen size video cameras to this video camera and we think the HDC-SD90, and the HC-V510 both from Panasonic or the Canon Vixia HF M40 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

Video cameras with a larger display diagonal that might also be worth considering include the XF105 (£1,999) (3.5"), or the XF200 (3.5") both from Canon or the Sony HXR-NX3 (£3,086.34) (3.5") which is also higher rated.

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Has a Touchscreen

The JVC GZ-EX515 has a touchscreen, as do most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to this video camera.

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Quite Low Display Resolution (numeric)

The JVC GZ-EX515 has one of the lower display resolutions (numeric) (only 230,000 pixels) amongst small total megapixels camcorders of this age. Across all the video cameras of a similar age and spec to this camcorder the display resolutions (numeric) range from 23,000 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 360,000 pixels.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The GZ-EX515 is Full HD, as are most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to this camcorder.

It may also be worth considering one of the other Full HD video cameras currently available including the Vixia HF M40, or the Vixia HF R500 both from Canon or the Panasonic HC-V110 which has better reviews.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolutions of 960 x 540|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolutions on video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Small Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution

The GZ-EX515 has one of the smaller bitrate at maximum video resolutions (only 24 megabits per second) amongst small total megapixels camcorders of this age. Small total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as this video camera have bitrate at maximum video resolutions of between 2.5 Mbit/s and 50 Mbit/s, and the average bitrate at maximum video resolution is 26 Mbit/s.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The GZ-EX515 supports HDMI. Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago also support HDMI.

We compared this camcorder to all the other camcorders which support HDMI and we think the Vixia HF M40, and the Vixia HF R40 both from Canon or the Panasonic HC-V250 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has a Microphone in

The JVC GZ-EX515 has a microphone in, as do most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were released around the same time as this camcorder.

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Does Not Support PictBridge

Like most of the other camcorders of this spec and age, the JVC GZ-EX515 does not support PictBridge.

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Has a Headphone Outputs

The JVC GZ-EX515 has a headphone outputs, as do most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that were launched around the same time as this video camera.

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Focusing

Features Smile Detection

The JVC GZ-EX515 features smile detection. Most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to this video camera also feature smile detection.

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Has a Face Detection

The GZ-EX515 has a face detection, as do most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to this camcorder.

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Camera

Features Progressive Scan

The GZ-EX515 features progressive scan, as do most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to this video camera.

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Supports On Screen Display (OSD)

The JVC GZ-EX515 supports On Screen Display (OSD), as do most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

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Other Features

Features Photo Mode

The JVC GZ-EX515 features photo mode, as do most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to this video camera.

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Networking

Features Wi-Fi

The GZ-EX515 features wi-Fi. Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to this video camera also feature wi-Fi.

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Flash

Has a Built-In Light

The JVC GZ-EX515 has a built-in light. Most of the other camcorders of this age and spec do not have a built-in light.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The GZ-EX515 does not have a built-in flash, although keep in mind that most of the other similar spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago also do not have a built-in flash.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The GZ-EX515 has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

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Has a Batteries Included

The JVC GZ-EX515 has a batteries included. Most of the other camcorders of this age and type also have a batteries included.

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Still Image

3840 X 2160 Still Image Resolution

The JVC GZ-EX515 supports a maximum still image resolution of 3840 x 2160. That's over four times the still image resolution of the most frequently found still image resolution(s) of 1920 x 1080 (which is also supported by this video camera). In addition, this JVC camcorder support a still image resolution(s) of 640 x 480 and 1440 x 1080. The best still image resolution of all camcorders of this age and type is 4224 x 2376 and the worst is 640 x 360.

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Image Resolution

The JVC GZ-EX515 has a maximum maximum image resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels. That's over four times the maximum image resolution of a 1920 x 1080 pixels camcorder, which is the most frequently found maximum image resolution. The maximum image resolution of all small total megapixels camcorders that are a comparable age to this camcorder ranges from 640 x 480 pixels (worst) to 4224 x 2376 pixels (best).

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers jvc gzex515bus, gzex515beu
Barcodes 04975769406966, 04975769430725

JVC GZ-EX515 Review Sources

To prepare this JVC GZ-EX515 review we compared this camcorder to 575 other models. For each camcorder that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 138,449 product attributes, 23,573 camcorder reviews and 1,484,300 historical camcorder prices from 164 camcorder retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this camcorder compared to the other models as well as any areas where this camcorder is lacking.

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Fourty-Four Times Shorter Battery Life (max)
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