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Should You Buy a JVC Camcorder?

Updated 15 August 2019 by Matthew
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should you buy a JVC Camcorder?

JVC is one of the most popular camcorder brands as well as being well known for it's TVs and headphones.

If you are thinking about buying a JVC camcorder then our handy guide provides you with all the key info at a glance. Our objective, impartial comparison of camcorder brands is compiled by analysing over 28,000 user and expert reviews and 180+ awards from hundreds of different review sites on 790+ camcorders.

JVC are recognised for their wide selection of premium and popular camcorders and start at £203 for the GZ-R435 which has an optical zoom of 40x, a sensor size of 2.51MP and is a camcorder that has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) and go up to £5,749 for the GY-HM890 which has an optical zoom of 20x, a sensor size of 6MP and is a camcorder that has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD). The average price of a new JVC camcorder is £966.

JVC are recognised for their wide selection of premium and popular camcorders.

Is JVC the Best Camcorder Brand?

So are JVC camcorders any good? We give every camcorder a Kagoo Score by analysing its specs, reviews and prices and comparing this to its competitors. By aggregating this data across all camcorders we are able to impartially rank all the camcorder brands.

JVC is ranked the No. 8 best camcorder brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that JVC is the 8th best camcorder brand out there.

#1
Japan
95%
95%
1,908 reviews
#2
Japan
93%
93%
5,689 reviews
#3
Japan
90%
90%
166 reviews
#4
GoPro
88%
88%
2,227 reviews
#5
Ricoh
87%
87%
453 reviews
#6
Veho
82%
82%
407 reviews
#7
KitVision
79%
79%
93 reviews
#8
JVC
Japan
79%
79%
31 reviews
#9
Zoom
77%
77%
117 reviews
#10
ION
74%
74%
74 reviews
#11
Blackmagic Design
72%
72%
52 reviews
#12
Nikon
Japan
72%
72%
43 reviews
#13
DJI
71%
71%
438 reviews
#14
Vivitar
71%
71%
80 reviews
#15
Transcend
71%
71%
642 reviews
#16
Bushnell
71%
71%
146 reviews
#17
Garmin
70%
70%
7 reviews
#18
Polaroid
70%
70%
414 reviews
#19
ACTIVEON
70%
70%
6 reviews
#20
South Korea
68%
68%
93 reviews
#21
EZVIZ
67%
67%
0 reviews
#22
HTC
65%
65%
159 reviews
#23
Kaiser Baas
64%
64%
13 reviews
#24
Kodak
64%
64%
75 reviews
#25
360fly
63%
63%
7 reviews
#26
Midland
61%
61%
2 reviews
#27
Lexibook
60%
60%
1 review
#28
Motorola
60%
60%
0 reviews
#29
HP
United States
60%
60%
6 reviews
#30
isaw
60%
60%
0 reviews
#31
Rollei
60%
60%
2 reviews
#32
VTech
59%
59%
0 reviews
#33
Tactus
57%
57%
0 reviews
#34
Coby
55%
55%
1 review

Let's look at how JVC camcorders compare to the other camcorder brands across each of the key facets that make up the Kagoo Score.

Reviews Value for Money Features Popularity Selection
All camcorder Brands
JVC Camcorders

JVC have better reviews than the typical camcorder brand, with the average rating of a JVC camcorder being 60%. JVC also have a number of great features including Time Lapse which sets them apart from the competition.

There's a smaller selection of JVC camcorders available compared to other camcorder brands, with only 7 JVC camcorders currently on the market in the UK. JVC camcorders also tend to be cheaper than most other camcorder brands however they are still a less popular choice with consumers.

No. Of Camcorders
Average Price
£1,216
£0 £500 £1,000 £1,500 £2,000 £2,500 £3,000 £3,500 £4,000 £4,500 £11,499
Price Distribution of All Camcorders
No. Of Camcorders
Average Price
£966
£0 £500 £1,000 £1,500 £2,000 £2,500 £3,000 £3,500 £4,000 £4,500 £11,499
Price Distribution of JVC Camcorders

What Do the JVC Camcorder Reviews Say?

We've added up all the reviews for every JVC camcorder to work out the average distribution of reviews for JVC and then compared this to the other camcorder brands.

JVC logo

Expert Reviews

5 stars
2
4 stars
5
3 stars
0
2 stars
0
1 star
0
JVC logo

User Reviews

5 stars
9
4 stars
4
3 stars
1
2 stars
0
1 star
4
JVC has a higher proportion of 4 and 5 star expert reviews for its camcorders than most other camcorder brands. However the proportion of 4 and 5 star user reviews are actually lower.

Over 100% of expert reviews and 72% of user reviews for JVC camcorders are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 85% and 85% respectively across all Camcorder brands.

Looking at just the expert reviews, in the table below we compare the average review score given to JVC camcorders by some of the most popular technology review sites against their reviews for other camcorder brands. The best review score from each review source is highlighted in green.

Average Review Score Sony Canon GoPro Cisco Ricoh JVC
CNET.com logo
77%
19 reviews
73%
12 reviews
88%
5 reviews
80%
6 reviews
73%
5 reviews
parentesis.com logo
71%
14 reviews
68%
10 reviews
Lydogbilde.no logo
69%
14 reviews
83%
2 reviews
100%
4 reviews
50%
3 reviews
tecnozoom.it logo
80%
3 reviews
76%
16 reviews
80%
1 review
Les Numeriques.com logo
85%
8 reviews
68%
5 reviews
87%
3 reviews
67%
3 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
83%
4 reviews
84%
9 reviews
75%
2 reviews
60%
1 review
80%
1 review
PC Mag logo
58%
5 reviews
77%
3 reviews
80%
2 reviews
60%
2 reviews
70%
2 reviews
Expert Reviews logo
88%
5 reviews
84%
5 reviews
90%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
stuff.tv logo
100%
4 reviews
100%
3 reviews
95%
4 reviews
80%
1 review
Digital Versus logo
85%
8 reviews
70%
4 reviews
Digitaltrends.com logo
73%
2 reviews
78%
2 reviews
70%
2 reviews
75%
1 review
70%
2 reviews
macworld.co.uk logo
80%
4 reviews
80%
3 reviews
80%
1 review
Techradar logo
85%
2 reviews
70%
1 review
87%
3 reviews
60%
2 reviews
digitalfoto.dk logo
85%
2 reviews
86%
4 reviews
85%
2 reviews
Pocket Lint logo
90%
1 review
80%
1 review
87%
3 reviews
70%
2 reviews
M3.idg.se logo
60%
1 review
80%
1 review
75%
2 reviews
40%
1 review
75%
2 reviews
Chip.de logo
85%
2 reviews
86%
2 reviews
85%
2 reviews
53%
1 review
Good Gear Guide.com.au logo
77%
3 reviews
70%
1 review
78%
2 reviews
digitalfotoforalla.se logo
86%
1 review
84%
3 reviews
85%
1 review
91%
1 review
camcorderinfo.com logo
95%
1 review
87%
5 reviews
Other Expert Sites
71%
97 reviews
69%
57 reviews
79%
57 reviews
73%
52 reviews
76%
40 reviews
65%
5 reviews
Average
80%
198 reviews
79%
147 reviews
84%
94 reviews
69%
74 reviews
74%
61 reviews
75%
7 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have JVC Camcorders Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 1 industry award for a JVC camcorder. The table below compares the number of awards given to JVC to other popular camcorder brands. The largest number of awards provided by each review source is highlighted in green.

JVC has won 1 award for its camcorders.

Compare all award winning camcorders

Number of Awards Sony Canon GoPro Cisco Ricoh JVC
Lydogbilde.no logo
3
2
3
reviewed.com logo
2
4
1
camcorderinfo.com logo
1
6
Trusted Reviews logo
2
5
Digitaltrends.com logo
2
2
2
Expert Reviews logo
3
2
1
Digital Versus logo
4
altomdata.dk logo
2
1
gadgetgear.nl logo
1
2
Les Numeriques.com logo
3
M3.idg.se logo
1
1
1
stuff.tv logo
1
1
agdlab.pl logo
2
pcactual.com logo
1
1
gagadget.com logo
1
1
CNET.com logo
2
chip.com.my logo
2
Pocket Lint logo
1
1
macworld.co.uk logo
1
1
vido.com.ua logo
1
1
Other Expert Sites
10
7
10
6
3
1
Total
40
34
22
7
8
1

How Reliable Are JVC Camcorders?

We checked over 28,000 reviews to find comments about the reliability of JVC camcorders. 60% of reviews that mention reliability were positive. Therefore the majority of JVC camcorder owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

60% of reviewers think JVC camcorders are reliable.

So, most people think that JVC camcorders are good quality. Now let's take a look at some of the reviews for JVC camcorders that mention reliability:

RELIABLE

you're getting a waterproof (to certain depths) device
Amazon

NOT RELIABLE

seems like jvc know this unit is very fragile
Amazon

Features to Look Out For On JVC Camcorders

There's a number of great features to look out for on the latest range of JVC camcorders that set them apart from the competition. These include Time Lapse.

JVC Time Lapse

JVC camcorders that feature Time Lapse include the JVC GZR495BEK (£250).

What is the Best Mid-Range JVC Camcorder?

JVC GYHM250E

£1,769.00
Wex Photo Video
JVC GYHM250E
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JVC GYHM250E
12.4MP
12x
OPTICAL ZOOM
1.6kg
1"
OPTICAL
4K
RESOLUTION
24x
(DIGITAL)
3.5"
SCREEN SIZE

A great mid range choice, priced at £1,769 is the JVC GYHM250E, which has a Kagoo Score of 78.

Features We Love:
Big total megapixels (12.4MP)
Large optical sensor size (1/2.3")
Image stabilizer
Large display diagonal (3.5")
Supports HDMI

A new and fully featured 12x optical zoom, 1.6kg camcorder, good for recording high-quality video. It has an image stabilizer and a built-in display, supports HDMI and is Full HD.

88
Features
Fully-Featured
67
Popularity
A Less Popular Choice
64
Value for Money
Good
90
Age
14 Months Old
78
Kagoo Score
Very Good

The cheapest price that we could find for the GYHM250E in the UK is £1,769.00 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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What is the Best High End JVC Camcorder?

JVC GYHM850E

£5,149.00
Wex Photo Video
JVC GYHM850E
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JVC GYHM850E
2.2MP
20x
OPTICAL ZOOM
4kg
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
1"
OPTICAL
20x
(DIGITAL)
4.3"
SCREEN SIZE

If you're looking for a high end JVC camcorder then the JVC GYHM850E takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 73, but is a bit more expensive at £5,149.

Features We Love:
Image stabilizer
Large display diagonal (4.3")
Supports HDMI
Interchangeable lens
Full HD

A fully featured but 3 year old 20x optical zoom, 4kg video camera. It has an image stabilizer and an interchangeable lens, supports HDMI and is Full HD.

80
Features
Fully-Featured
60
Value for Money
Good
77
Age
3 Years Old
73
Kagoo Score
Very Good

The cheapest price that we could find for the GYHM850E in the UK is £5,149.00 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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What is the Ultimate JVC Camcorder?

JVC GYHM890CHE

£5,749.00
Wex Photo Video
JVC GYHM890CHE
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JVC GYHM890CHE
6MP
20x
OPTICAL ZOOM
4.8kg
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
HD

For those with an unlimited budget then the JVC GYHM890CHE is the best JVC camcorder out there. At £5,749 it's not cheap, but is excellent quality and as such we gave it Kagoo Score of 71.

A good spec but 3 year old 20x optical zoom, 4.8kg camcorder.

71
Features
Good Features
60
Value for Money
Good
79
Age
2 Years Old
71
Kagoo Score
Very Good

The cheapest price that we could find for the GYHM890CHE in the UK is £5,749.00 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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What is the Best Budget Choice JVC Camcorder?

JVC GZR495BEK

£249.99
Amazon UK
JVC GZR495BEK
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JVC GZR495BEK
2.5MP
40x
OPTICAL ZOOM
301g
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
1"
OPTICAL
5h
BATTERY LIFE
60x
(DIGITAL)
1440 X 1080
STILL IMAGE
RESOLUTION
3"
SCREEN SIZE
128GB
MAXIMUM

At only £249.99 and with a Kagoo Score of 82 the JVC GZR495BEK makes a great budget choice.

Features We Love:
Time Lapse
Big optical zoom (40x)
Long maximum battery life (5h)
Image stabilizer
Supports HDMI

A fully featured and fairly new 40x optical zoom, 301g video camera, great for shooting underwater. It has an image stabilizer and an interchangeable lens, supports HDMI and is waterproof.

87
Features
Fully-Featured
71
Popularity
Quite Popular
77
Value for Money
Very Good
89
Age
17 Months Old
82
Kagoo Score
Excellent

The cheapest price that we could find for the GZR495BEK in the UK is £249.99 and in total we found 3 prices for it.

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Find the best JVC camcorder for you by checking our complete list of over 169 camcorders
In This Guide
Should You Buy a JVC Camcorder?
Is JVC the Best Camcorder Brand?
What Do the JVC Camcorder Reviews Say?
How Many Industry Awards Have JVC Camcorders Received?
How Reliable Are JVC Camcorders?
Features to Look Out For On JVC Camcorders
JVC Time Lapse
What is the Best Mid-Range JVC Camcorder?
What is the Best High End JVC Camcorder?
What is the Ultimate JVC Camcorder?
What is the Best Budget Choice JVC Camcorder?

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