- Above average video performance, cheap price tag
- Lacking in extra features, ugly design
The GR-D750 is a solid little performer that punches well above its weight; offering impressive image quality for entry-level users. If you're on the lookout for a cheap miniDV camera, you could certainly do a lot worse than this.
Price$ 499.00 (AUD)
On paper at least, the GR-D750 is the unmistakable runt of the JVC litter. With its low image resolution, rudimentary feature set and cheap looking design, we certainly weren't expecting much; yet it turns out that looks can be very deceiving. From its attractive price tag to its above average video performance, this is one of the best budget offerings we've seen in quite a while. It represents excellent value for money and is a perfect introduction to digital video -- provided you can live without the bells and whistles.
The GR-D750 is a standard-definition camcorder that records video to miniDV tapes. While it might not be as fancy as some of the newer JVC models, it remains a perfectly adequate format for a variety of purposes. (It is particularly suited to non-linear editing, making it an ideal choice for those who want to spruce up their holiday videos with a minimum of fuss.)
In stark contrast to its 'cute and trendy' brethren, the GR-D750 is one of the largest (and ugliest) cameras in the JVC catalogue. With its dull silver-grey colour scheme and bulky, elongated shape, it looks about as cheap as it costs -- which is unfortunate considering the super-low asking price. Its build quality is also rather questionable; particularly the rickety side-compartment for housing batteries. It also lacks a retractable, in-built lens cap, leading to annoying 'clacking' sounds during recording. Of course, you could always remove the cap from the shoulder strap, but then you run the risk of losing it.
As with other JVC cameras, the directional stick is located beside the LCD screen, which can make menu navigation more complex than necessary. While intuitively laid out, the menu's appearance is as ugly as the camera (hey, at least it's consistent). Annoyingly, the menu cannot be accessed when the camera is in Auto mode, yet it gives no indicative message to alert you of this fact. This may cause novice users to think the menu button is broken, when in fact they merely have the camera in Auto mode.
Happy-snappers will also be disappointed by the lack of an SD memory card slot for storing their digital photos. While it does let you record still images to DV tape, this is obviously a poor substitute. Those after a hybrid device -- however rudimentary -- will therefore need to look elsewhere. Otherwise, the GR-D750 offers a fair array of modes and features for the asking price, including a 34x optical zoom, 16:9 and 4:3 recording modes, digital effects and transitions, adjustable exposure and shutter speeds, manual white balance, five AE modes and macro recording -- not bad for a sub-$500 camera.
One of the areas which most impressed us about the GR-D750 is its above average image quality. Coming equipped with a 0.8-megapixel CCD sensor, we were quite surprised by the sterling effort it put in, with footage remaining crisp and vibrant throughout the majority of our testing. Noise only became evident in dim and shadowy environments, where the image remained relatively discernable despite the lack of light (this is just as well, because the night mode is terrible). All up, budget shoppers will have very little to complain about when it comes to the quality of their video, especially during sunny outdoor shooting.
As you can probably tell by now, we were quite pleased with the GR-D750. Despite its numerous quirks, it offers high quality video at a price that practically anyone can afford, making it a highly recommended purchase. Keep your expectations low and you'll be pleasantly surprised.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Review: TCL C1 series 4K TV
- 2 Sony 75-inch UHD TV (X9400C) review: Sony and Android are a winning duo
- 3 LG 55EG960T OLED UHD TV
- 4 Panasonic Viera UHD TV review: good hardware, fragmented software
- 5 Microsoft Lumia 640 review: Honouring Nokia's legacy
Best Deals on Good Gear Guide
Latest News Articles
- Nvidia's pricey Shield Android TV adds some value with 4K YouTube and Netflix HDR in US
- Netflix's Fast.com download tester takes its war against slow ISPs directly to the user
- Nearly 100 classic NFL games headed to YouTube
- Netflix isn’t big on virtual reality for the obvious reasons
- Netflix loosens up streaming video, letting users choose their cellular speed limit
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- CCSenior Change AnalystNSW
- CCContract Programmer (MS SQL Server/SQL/Web) 160518/P/626Asia
- FTPermanent Defence network engineer - career progression & flexible conditionsACT
- CCPEGA Developer / ConfigurerACT
- FTService Desk AnaylstNSW
- CCAWS Developer/LeadNSW
- CCMicrosoft System Engineer - NV1ACT
- FTData Feeds Developer | Financial Services | C# & SQLNSW
- CCTechnical Specialist - IP Network Design - Juniper MXNSW
- CCSecurity Clearances Vetting Services OfficerACT
- FTNV1, NV2 Network Engineers | Permanent role with diverse Defence projectsACT
- CCSr. Windows Server Administrator- Financial Institution BckgNSW
- CCDelivery Manager - Integration SpaceVIC
- CCContract Analyst Programmer (MS SQL Server/C#.NET)160520/AP/vmtAsia
- FTPerformance Test AnalystNSW
- FTDynamics Project ManagerNSW
- CCEnd to End Project Manager - PMO and GovernanceVIC
- CCCCB & MDM ConsultantNSW
- CCMobility SpcialistACT
- FTSenior Java Developer / Technical LeadACT
- FTNV2 Defence Project Manager | Major exciting White Paper projectsACT
- FTTechnical WriterACT
- CCOracle Siebel Administrator - JULY STARTACT
- CCLMS Administrator and e- Learning Development Project OfficerSA
- CC12 months + 2x12 months | $80/hr | NV1 Project Manager | Large govt departmentACT