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The GR-DA30US is the base model in JVC's line of MiniDV camcorders.

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LCD is clear and easy to work with

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can be purchased typically for a price far below MSRP due to its age, already priced affordably

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solid construction, can take a bit of abuse and keep working

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records in widescreen 16:9 format, doesn't stretch on a typical HDTV

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difficult to see the screen if you're standing in the sun

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doesn't come with a case or with the necessary firewire cable for transferring videos

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picture quality never gets very sharp, noticeable amount of noise in any lighting

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big and bulky design, hard to stuff into a purse and can't fit it into most jacket pockets

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The GR-DA30US is the base model in JVC's line of MiniDV camcorders. The fairly low-end, inexpensive DA30 uses a single CCF sensor to capture video and stills in a resolution of up to 680K. Its 30x optical zoom is one of its main selling points. The 2.4" LCD display slides vertically over the back of the camera, for viewing from a variety of angles. Under the monitor is a 4-way stick control enabling quick access to manual settings including focus and brightness. Other features include 3D noise reduction, and a night mode for enhanced sensitivity in low light.

  • MiniDV
  • 1/6" CCD sensor
  • 30x optical zoom; 800x digital zoom
  • 680K resolution
  • Aperture: 2.0 - 4.1
  • Shutter speed: 1/60 - 1/4000
  • Focal length: 2.3 mm - 69 mm
  • 2.4" LCD viewscreen
  • Three-dimension noise reduction
  • Electronic image stabilizer
  • NightAlive
  • 5 included shooting programs
  • Special effects
  • Digital scene transitions
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