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Look and feel like a pro with the Jvc Grh-d1 high definition MiniDV camcorder. This HD camcorder looks high end without the high price tag. It produces excellent quality video, natively records in widescreen aspect ratio and allows for both auto and manual control.
The Jvc Grh-d1 has a 3.5 LCD display, image stabilizer, 10x optical zoom and comes bundled with its own software. Like some camcorders with only one image sensor the Jvc Grh-d1 only responded so-so in low light. While the battery life is ok, you can buy compatible batteries with extended life. A unique feature on the Jvc Grh-d1 is a rotating hand tilt, instead of turning your body or whole hand up and down you simply tilt the camera, your hand stays in the same place.
Some found the size of the camcorder at 3.3 pounds to be a little heavy and clunky, but the detachable handle was met with rave reviews. More professional users found the Jvc Grh-d1 didn’t present them with the best manual adjustment options, but average users weren’t put off by this. When the camcorder was released some users had difficulty transferring the HD data to their computer; however, the Jvc-Grh-d1 format MPEG2 should work with most video editing software.
This is a great camcorder for amateur videographers just cutting their teeth or those that want just a little more manual control than the compact HD camcorders offer.