Monday, October 20, 2008

JVC GR-X5US Minidv

This boxy camcorder has three CCD sensors, but lacks a viewfinder and suffers from low battery life. Most camcorders go for a curved look, but the JVC GR-X5US ($1300 as of 5/2/06) has a boxy case that breaks the rules of camcorder design. The swiveling LCD screen is on the back, which gives it a wider viewing angle than the side-mounted LCD on most camcorders. This positioning also makes waist-level and over-the-head shooting easier. However, this placement leaves no room for a viewfinder. And while the LCD screen is adequate for most uses, it can be hard to see in direct sunlight.Nonetheless, the GR-X5US is comfortable to hold, and the main control buttons are easy to reach without moving your hand, which is good for steady video capture. At 1 pounds, 2 ounces, this camcorder is also pretty light.

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