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JVC GZ-R315
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JVC GZ-R315 Camcorder

2.5MP 1/5.8 288g Mar 2015
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User Reviews Are Good

GZ-R315 owners on average rated this video camera 80 out of 100.

Good Product Quality

A number of people wrote in their reviews that the product was good quality. Amazon Customer mentioned on Amazon “Great video quality.” in their review of this camcorder although they only rated it 1 stars. Amazon Customer also wrote “Great picture, good quality video”. Ms Taylor rated this camcorder 5 stars and wrote “Brilliant little camera - Great HD Quality” in their review of this camcorder.

Good Quality Lens

Some customers who purchased the JVC GZ-R315 said that it had a good zoom. Ms Taylor wrote on Amazon “This beats many action cams in that it has Zoom and it's a great zoom too” in their review of the JVC GZ-R315. One customer wrote in their reviews that the product had a good lens.

Easy to Use

A number of JVC GZ-R315 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to use. Stephen Cross mentioned on Amazon in October “Very easy to use” in his review of this camcorder.

Robust

One customer who purchased it said that it was well made. This year Cypho45 wrote in their review of this camcorder on Amazon “Doesn't need a lens cap as the fragile lense is safe behind a stronger outer lense”.

JVC Video Cameras Have Good Reviews

We calculated the average reviews for all JVC video cameras and also specifically for JVC small sensor size camcorders and found that in both cases JVC had good reviews.

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Very Large Maximum Memory Card Size

Across all the camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the GZ-R315 the maximum memory card sizes range from 32GB to 130GB. When compared to other comparable spec video cameras that came out around the same time as the GZ-R315, the GZ-R315's maximum memory card size of 128 gigabytes is one of the largest.

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Full HD

Full HD

The JVC GZ-R315 is Full HD. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released more than a year ago also are Full HD.

There are a number of alternative Full HD video cameras currently available which you might also want to look at including the Panasonic HC-V270[plb_2960127_price], or the Sony HDR-PJ410[plb_2697188_price] which has better reviews; or the JVC GZ-R310[plb_2860334_price] which is cheaper.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The JVC GZ-R315 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other video cameras that came out around the same time as the GZ-R315.

There are a number of other video cameras with an image stabiliser currently available which you might want to consider including the Panasonic HC-W570[plb_2749244_price] which is cheaper; or the Sony HDR-PJ410[plb_2697188_price], or the Canon Legria HF R66[plb_2848576_price] which has better reviews.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The GZ-R315 has an HDMI port. Most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to the GZ-R315 also have an HDMI port.

Other camcorders with an HDMI port currently available which you might want to look at include a cheaper camcorder such as the JVC GZ-R310[plb_2860334_price] or you might consider a better rated camcorder such as the Panasonic HC-V270[plb_2960127_price], or the Sony HDR-PJ410[plb_2697188_price].

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Fairly Big Optical Zoom

At 40 times zoom factor, the JVC GZ-R315 has a quite big optical zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and type. The optical zooms of camcorders of a comparable age and type to the GZ-R315 range from 10x to 50x.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 40x (optical) camcorders currently available including the JVC GZ-R310[plb_2860334_price] which is cheaper.

If you would prefer a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to consider the Panasonic HC-V270[plb_2960127_price] (50x) which also has a higher rating.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The JVC GZ-R315 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SD memory card supported by most video cameras of this age and spec. 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).

This camcorder's memory card type (SDXC) is actually the best supported memory card type across all small sensor size camcorders that have been around for more than a year.

An SD memory card is the worst supported memory card type across similar types of camcorder.

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

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Has a Built-In Display

The GZ-R315 has a built-in display, as do most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

There are a number of alternative camcorders with a built-in display currently available which you might also want to look at including a cheaper camcorder such as the JVC GZ-R310[plb_2860334_price] or you might consider a better rated camcorder such as the Panasonic HC-V270[plb_2960127_price], or the Sony HDR-PJ410[plb_2697188_price].

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Very High Battery Capacity

With a battery capacity of 5,200 milliamperes * hour, the GZ-R315 has a very high battery capacity compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the GZ-R315. The average battery capacity of small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the GZ-R315 is 2,400mAh.

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1080p Video Mode

This camcorder has a 1080p video mode, which is typical of many similar spec video cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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Has Two White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the GZ-R315 is more than most small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to it. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on video cameras that have been around for more than a year. The white balance mode "Manual" is also found on this JVC camcorder.

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Has One Capture Mode

The JVC GZ-R315 has a greater number of capture mode than most camcorders that are a comparable age to it. The most commonly found capture mode is MXP, but this capture mode is not found on this JVC camcorder. The capture modes UXP,XP,EP are also found on this video camera.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camcorder has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is the most commonly found focus adjustment on video cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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Very Small

Across all the camcorders that have been on the market for more than a year the depths range from 59mm to 270mm. With a depth of only 59.5 millimeters, the GZ-R315 is quite small compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that came out around the same time as the GZ-R315.

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1920 X 1080 Still Image Resolution

This camcorder supports a still image resolution of 3680 x 2760| 1440 x 1080| 1920 x 1080| 640 x 480, which is typical of many camcorders of this spec and age.

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10 Reasons Against

Poor Battery Life

One person who reviewed it concluded that it did not have a good battery life. Mr N C Maingay wrote on Amazon in October “The battery doesn't seem to be affected in the cold at all” in his review of this camcorder however despite that he still scored it very highly.

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The JVC GZ-R315 does not have an interchangeable lens, although this is within the context that most of the other camcorders that were released around the same time as the GZ-R315 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Not 3D Compatible

The JVC GZ-R315 is not 3D compatible, although it is worth noting that most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for more than a year are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other video cameras of this spec and age, the GZ-R315 does not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

The GZ-R315 is not waterproof, although this is within the context that most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the GZ-R315 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most video cameras of a similar age and spec to the GZ-R315 do not have a built-in projector. The GZ-R315 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

We compared all the other camcorders which also have a built-in projector to this camcorder and we think the Sony HDR-PJ410[plb_2697188_price] which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Very Small Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution

The smallest bitrate at maximum video resolution of camcorders that have been on the market for more than a year is 17 Mbit/s and the biggest is 50 Mbit/s. At only 24 megabits per second, the JVC GZ-R315 has a fairly small bitrate at maximum video resolution compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the GZ-R315.

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Only AVC Video Format

This camcorder has an AVCHD|H.264|MPEG4 video format, which is the most frequently found video format on camcorders of this age and spec.

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Very Low Display Resolution

Across all the camcorders that were released around the same time as the GZ-R315 the display resolutions range from 230,000 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels. With a display resolution of only 230,000 pixels, the GZ-R315 has a fairly low display resolution compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that were released one year ago.

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Very Small Internal Storage Capacity

Comparable spec camcorders that were released around the same time as the GZ-R315 have internal storage capacities of between 8GB and 32GB, and the average internal storage capacity is 16GB. The GZ-R315 has a fairly small internal storage capacity (only 8 gigabytes) compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released one year ago.

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9 Other reasons to consider the JVC GZ-R315

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 video cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Released Over a Year Ago

This camcorder was released over a year ago.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the JVC GZ-R315 has a pretty average screen size compared to most of the other video cameras that came out more than a year ago.

Other 3" screen size video cameras currently available which you might want to look at include the Canon Legria HF R66[plb_2848576_price] which has better reviews; or the Panasonic HC-W570[plb_2749244_price], or the JVC GZ-R310[plb_2860334_price] which is cheaper.

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Average Battery Life

At 5 hours, the JVC GZ-R315 has a fairly average battery life compared to most of the other video cameras of this spec and age.

Alternative 5h battery life camcorders currently available that you might also want to consider include cheaper video cameras such as the JVC GZ-R310[plb_2860334_price].

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 200 times zoom factor, the GZ-R315 has a pretty average digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders that have been around for more than a year.

Camcorders with a bigger digital zoom that might be worth considering include the Canon Legria HF R66[plb_2848576_price] (1,140x), or the Panasonic HC-V270[plb_2960127_price] (3,000x) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 288 grams, the GZ-R315 has a pretty average weight compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the GZ-R315.

We compared all the other 288g weight video cameras to this camcorder and we think cheaper camcorders such as the JVC GZ-R310[plb_2860334_price] is also worth considering.

Camcorders with a heavier weight that might be worth looking at include the Sony HDR-PJ410[plb_2697188_price] (235g and higher rated) or the Panasonic HC-W570[plb_2749244_price] (266g and cheaper).

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Average Video Recording Time

With a video recording time of 11.5 hours, the JVC GZ-R315 has a fairly average video recording time compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on small sensor size camcorders that were released more than a year ago.

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1/5.8" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is the most commonly found optical sensor size on camcorders of a similar age and spec to it.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Interchangeable Lens
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Aperture Value
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Maximum Memory Card Size
Internal Storage Capacity
Memory Card Slot
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Disc Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Aspect Ratio
Self-Timer
On Screen Display Language
Design
Colour
Shock Proof Height
Waterproof Depth
Protection Feature
International Protection Code
Video
HD Type
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Capture Mode
Video Mode
Video Format
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Still Image
Image Format
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
USB 2.0 Port
Component Video Out Port
S-Video Out Port
PictBridge
Mini HDMI Port
Battery
Battery Life
Video Recording Time
Battery Type
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Charging Source
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Cable Included
Other Features
Technical Details
Power Consumption

User Reviews

(6)
Reviewed 9 July 2016 by Stephen cross
(Verified Purchase)

Very easy to use. Good quality images. Easy to transfer to PC for storage. Came with the necessary software. Only minor complaint is that you can hear the zoom being used when it is played back on... Read more…

Reviewed 3 July 2016 by CyPho45
(Verified Purchase)

Product itself is excellent. Good zoom, picture, and easy to use. Doesn't need a lens cap as the fragile lense is safe behind a stronger outer lense. Haven't tested its hardiness to full ability... Read more…

Reviewed 22 March 2016 by MR N C MAINGAY
(Verified Purchase)

A great camera, particularly for the price. Bought for filming sports outside so I needed something to use in all weathers. The battery doesn't seem to be affected in the cold at all and I've used... Read more…

Reviewed 19 January 2016 by Peb
(Verified Purchase)

Good value for money,arrived in time for xmas.

Reviewed 2 October 2015 by Ms Taylor
(Verified Purchase)

Brilliant little camera - Great HD Quality. All the basic essentials that you need plus it's waterproof. Great for the beach or around the pool. This beats many action cams in that it has Zoom and... Read more…

(Verified Purchase)

Great picture, good quality video but it does what it does, no versatility, no lens cap, little in the way of accessories and most of the user guide is spent telling the user not to do this or... Read more…

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