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Should You Buy a JVC Camcorder?

Matthew
Updated 28 September 2020
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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 its TVs and headphones.

If you are wondering how JVC camcorders compare to other brands, our guide below collates all the key info in a single place. We've compared 790+ camcorders by objectively and impartially analysing over 2,300 user and expert reviews and 10 awards from hundreds of different review sites.

JVC are recognised for their wide selection of premium and popular camcorders and start at $399 for the GZ-R460BUS which has an optical zoom of 40x, a sensor size of 2.5MP and is a camcorder that has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) and go up to $3,912 for the GY-LS300 which has an optical zoom of 12x, a sensor size of 13.5MP and is a camcorder that has a resolution of 3840 x 2160 (4K). The average price of a new JVC camcorder is $1,527.

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%
875 reviews
#2
Japan
93%
93%
77 reviews
#3
Japan
88%
88%
5 reviews
#4
GoPro
88%
88%
223 reviews
#5
Ricoh
79%
79%
17 reviews
#6
Vivitar
78%
78%
77 reviews
#7
ION
75%
75%
11 reviews
#8
JVC
Japan
75%
75%
12 reviews
#9
Zoom
74%
74%
46 reviews
#10
Polaroid
74%
74%
170 reviews
#11
Nikon
Japan
73%
73%
27 reviews
#12
KitVision
72%
72%
90 reviews
#13
Blackmagic Design
70%
70%
1 review
#14
Veho
70%
70%
0 reviews
#15
Kodak
69%
69%
0 reviews
#16
Toshiba
Japan
66%
66%
36 reviews
#17
Xiaomi
66%
66%
44 reviews
#18
HP
United States
66%
66%
0 reviews
#19
South Korea
66%
66%
0 reviews
#20
Garmin
65%
65%
6 reviews
#21
GE
United States
63%
63%
0 reviews
#22
TomTom
63%
63%
49 reviews
#23
Midland
61%
61%
2 reviews
#24
Cobra
60%
60%
0 reviews
#25
VTech
59%
59%
0 reviews
#26
Motorola
57%
57%
0 reviews
#27
Naxa
57%
57%
0 reviews
#28
DJI
57%
57%
0 reviews
#29
360fly
56%
56%
0 reviews
#30
DataVideo
56%
56%
0 reviews
#31
Coby
55%
55%
0 reviews
#32
Memorex
53%
53%
0 reviews
#33
Praktica
52%
52%
0 reviews
#34
Olympus
Japan
52%
52%
0 reviews

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

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 US. JVC camcorders also tend to be more expensive than most other camcorder brands making them a less popular choice with consumers.

JVC have worse reviews than the typical camcorder brand, with the average rating of a JVC camcorder being 66%.

No. Of Camcorders
Average Price
$963
$0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $7,999
Price Distribution of All Camcorders
No. Of Camcorders
Average Price
$1,527
$0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $6,499
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
1
4 stars
2
3 stars
0
2 stars
0
1 star
0
JVC logo

User Reviews

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

Over 100% of expert reviews and 75% of user reviews for JVC camcorders are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 79% and 82% respectively across all Camcorder brands.

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 Polaroid Xiaomi Narrative Canon JVC
CNET.com logo
80%
5 reviews
71%
5 reviews
50%
3 reviews
69%
3 reviews
Lydogbilde.no logo
67%
6 reviews
50%
3 reviews
Les Numeriques.com logo
80%
1 review
20%
1 review
80%
1 review
CNET.co.uk logo
78%
3 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
70%
1 review
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
01net.com logo
70%
2 reviews
Techradar logo
70%
1 review
70%
1 review
parentesis.com logo
72%
2 reviews
gizlogic.com logo
85%
1 review
76%
1 review
PhotographyBlog.com logo
90%
1 review
80%
1 review
Digitaltrends.com logo
80%
1 review
70%
1 review
webnews.it logo
87%
2 reviews
Digital Versus logo
80%
1 review
20%
1 review
videotesty.pl logo
80%
1 review
100%
1 review
tuaw.com logo
88%
1 review
mobilesyrup.com logo
77%
1 review
mymac.com logo
60%
1 review
xgn.nl logo
85%
1 review
wired.com logo
70%
1 review
neowin.net logo
90%
1 review
Other Expert Sites
61%
10 reviews
74%
14 reviews
70%
12 reviews
65%
5 reviews
57%
5 reviews
82%
1 review
Average
77%
34 reviews
58%
26 reviews
79%
21 reviews
70%
11 reviews
64%
10 reviews
79%
3 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have JVC Camcorders Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we couldn't find any industry awards for JVC camcorders. The table below shows the number of awards received by the most popular camcorder brands. The largest number of awards provided by each review source is highlighted in green.

Compare all award winning camcorders

Number of Awards Sony Polaroid Xiaomi Narrative Canon JVC
PhotographyBlog.com logo
1
1
01net.com logo
1
altomdata.dk logo
1
Digitaltrends.com logo
1
Expert Reviews logo
1
gagadget.com logo
1
hardware.info logo
1
megaobzor.com/ logo
1
plusxaward.de logo
1
smartson.se logo
1
uk.hardware.info logo
1
Total
7
1
3
1

How Reliable Are JVC Camcorders?

We checked over 2,300 reviews to find comments about the reliability of JVC camcorders. 50% of reviews that mention reliability were positive. Therefore the majority of JVC camcorder owners and reviewers thought the product wasn't reliable.

Only 50% of reviewers think JVC camcorders are reliable.

So, most people think that JVC camcorders aren't good quality. Now let's take a look at some of the reviews for JVC camcorders that mention reliability:

RELIABLE

Doesn't need a lens cap as the fragile lense is safe behind a stronger outer lense
Amazon

NOT RELIABLE

seems like jvc know this unit is very fragile
Amazon

What is the Ultimate JVC Camcorder?

JVC GYLS300

$3,911.99
Overstock
JVC GYLS300
Buy Now
JVC GYLS300
13.5MP
12x
OPTICAL ZOOM
3.8kg
4K
RESOLUTION
1.38"
OPTICAL
3.5"
SCREEN SIZE

For those with an unlimited budget then the JVC GYLS300 is the best JVC camcorder out there. At $3,911.99 it's not cheap, but is excellent quality and as such we gave it Kagoo Score of 70.

Features We Love:
Big total megapixels (13.5MP)
Huge optical sensor size (1.38")
Large display diagonal (3.5")
Supports HDMI
3840 x 2160 (4K) pixels resolution (3840x2160 pixels)

A good spec but only average value for money 12x optical zoom, 3.8kg camcorder. It has an interchangeable lens and a built-in display, supports HDMI and is Full HD.

78
Features
Good Features
61
Value for Money
Good
70
Kagoo Score
Very Good

The cheapest price that we could find for the GYLS300 in the US is $3,911.99 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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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?
What is the Ultimate JVC Camcorder?

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