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JVCGC-XA2 ADIXXION Action Camera
 
4.5

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (13)
  • Durable (12)
  • Easy to use (9)
  • Highly compatible (9)
  • Produces high quality film (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Shooting outdoors (11)
  • HD shooting (10)
  • Home movies (6)
  • Travel (6)
  • Documentaries (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Tech savvy (5), Film professional (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (14)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I love this camera!

I don't see the grainy quality another reviewer mentioned.I use this camera on a boom mounted to my snow board and it is taking all I can throw at it.I just shot a video in...Read complete review

I don't see the grainy quality another reviewer mentioned.I use this camera on a boom mounted to my snow board and it is taking all I can throw at it.I just shot a video in which I played with flip screen mode and it worked very well.I like the 1080x60p and have used it to edit in good slow motion clips.The buttons have turned out to be more responsive than I was led to believe by others as well.While battery life is not the greates,it does not keep me from being very satisfied with this camera and it's great form factor and toughness.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great Size & Weight, Picture is Grainy

After much research I opted for the JVC over the Hero because of the included screen, waterproof out of the box, and the standard mounting options (there are 2!). Despite seeing the...Read complete review

After much research I opted for the JVC over the Hero because of the included screen, waterproof out of the box, and the standard mounting options (there are 2!). Despite seeing the first generation for considerably less, I went with the new one due to the updated image sensor. This doesn't seem to matter as the picture is grainy in all situations. Inside, outside, night, day, underwater...it doesn't seem to matter. I went through all the settings and couldn't find a way to change the ISO. It's a great little camera, just wish the picture was a bit more crisp.

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5.0

Better than I hoped for

By Ken

from Superior, WI.

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Convenient back-of-head adjustment
  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Nice fit system/pads

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about JVC GC-XA2 ADIXXION Action Camera:

      Am using this on a helmet while on the ATV. The colour is good, the picture is clear, and when I looked up towards the sun I didn't see and lens flare. Even with the ATVs running you could still hear nice clear speech from the mic. After thirty miles very dusty trail the camera body itself was covered in dust but the lens stayed clear and clean. To top it all off the battery lasted well past the time for recharge.

      • Sizing:
      • Feels true to size
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      my second review after using the Adixxion for a long time

      By TH

      from Omaha

      Comments about JVC GC-XA2 ADIXXION Action Camera:

      After a couple of years, I still love this thing! Bolted it to my cap when I was hiking Rocky Mountain Natl Park last fall, got 2+ hours per battery (I have four batteries) and captured all of those beautiful sights to enjoy again and again! Small and light, I forgot it was on my head until others would ask about it (and a lot of people were curious). Also have a windshield mount and captured those beautiful mountain drives (which you really can't enjoy when you're behind the wheel). I keep hoping they upgrade it with stereo audio one of these days. I LOVE THIS CAMERA!

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      4.0

      Does Just What it Says

      By JB

      from KC

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Lightweight
      • Nice fit system/pads

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • BMX
        • Cold-weather riding
        • Everyday riding
        • Mountain biking
        • Road cycling
        • Warm Weather

        Comments about JVC GC-XA2 ADIXXION Action Camera:

        Good vivid color. Ready to use right out of the box. The WIFI and the app are pretty good, but it rips through the battery. The only bads are bad color in low light. Really grainy at night and the screen is on the wrong side. I inevitably cant see what Im doing unless I use the app. Time lapse function works great, and it composites to a video.

        • Sizing:
        • Feels true to size
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Used on a Road bike and shallow water

        By Setwalker

        from Los Angeles, CA

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy Operation
        • Form Factor Tripod Mount
        • Nice fit system/pads
        • Uses Standard Sd Cards

        Cons

        • Need Lens Protector

        Best Uses

        • Everyday riding
        • Mountain biking
        • Road cycling
        • Shallow Underwater

        Comments about JVC GC-XA2 ADIXXION Action Camera:

        I bought a Minoura handle bar mount that has the standard Tripod screw for this or any other camera (not Go Pro) and it works great doing rides, very solid mount. Using the flip function I mount it upside down on my handle bars so it is out of the way and it does awesome video and sound as is. I tried this with a Go Pro earlier and the only sound the Go Pro recorded was a dull rattling but the Adixxion not being in a plastic case was able to record decent sound even with the wind going by it. I bought two additional batteries and was able to get an hour and 45 out of one before having to switch out, which is easy to do without having to unmount the cam. I did some side by side videos with a go Pro that I rented and I see no difference in quality for my uses and the Adixxion was certainly way cheaper and looks less obtrusive while mounted on my bike, most people don't even notice it in fact. Go Pro of course has the name recognition and lots of special mounts but since the Adixxion uses a standard tripod mount it can use whatever is available for normal cameras. I mounted it to a windshield of a car with one of the supplied sticky bases and took some awesome travel videos up the coast of California, the camera didn't budge after hours of traveling. Also the built in shake reduction is an asset on my bike and on some pretty rough roads the video was very steady.
        I would highly recommend this camera, the only thing I would change about it would be having built in GPS.

        Also for those not technically inclined, I found the menu easy to learn without having to study much and was able to set it up quickly and the many functions are easy to make out on the screen.

        Worked well for some shallow underwater video and the color correction worked great for this, and no need for added underwater housing.

        Get the add on clear lens protectors if your using this outside in rough conditions just to protect the original lens, they just snap on and off.

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        4.0

        Great burst shooting

        By artmalarky

        from Provincetown, Massachusetts

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Good Audio
        • Highly Compatible
        • Intuitive Interface
        • Lightweight
        • Produces High Quality Film
        • Rugged

        Cons

        • Tricky Door Mechanism

        Best Uses

        • HD Shooting
        • Outdoor
        • Shooting Outdoors
        • Travel

        Comments about JVC GC-XA2 ADIXXION Action Camera:

        I do underwater tours and classes in salt water tidal pools. I bought this camera after comparing it to the Drift, and the Go Pro models. I had used Go Pros before, so I had a good comparison on that. I like this much better. Beautiful video and photo quality. Rugged little camera. Because of its versatile shape, able to balance well underwater. Great burst shooting.Cool timelapse feature. Great menu, very intuitive. Good for wide shots, not as good for closeups. Cons: be careful of the little door, it's tricky. While it seals well, the mechanism to shut the door is tricky to close. That's my only gripe, but be careful of that.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great Picture Quality

        By Pure Trophies

        from Missoula, MT

        About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Film Professional, Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Great Picture Quality
        • Highly Compatible
        • Lightweight
        • Produces High Quality Film
        • Streaming With Wifi

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Documentaries
          • Fishing
          • HD Shooting
          • Hunting
          • Shooting Outdoors

          Comments about JVC GC-XA2 ADIXXION Action Camera:

          Easily the best point of view camera on the market. I use this to mount on my truck and pole for underwater when catching a fish. The fact that I can sync to my smartphone is even better to see what I'm looking at without being underwater. I wish the camera had come with a SD card with the price I'd paid for. Overall I'm please with the camera. Battery lasts along time.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Amazing Camera

          By rednecktechnician

          from Alberta, Canada

          About Me Tech Savvy

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Highly Compatible
          • Lightweight
          • Produces High Quality Film

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • HD Shooting
            • Home Movies
            • Shooting Outdoors
            • Travel

            Comments about JVC GC-XA2 ADIXXION Action Camera:

            The picture quality and the image stabilizing is amazing. I mount this camera on the handle bars of my Honda Foreman and with all the vibrations and shaking, it shoots amazing videos. I use a Sandisk 32GB Extreme SDHC UHS-1/class 10 card that is capable of 80 MB/s. There is no graininess as another reviewer has posted. He may have a mediocre card in his camera that is not capable of the data transfer that comera needs. I am also impressed with the battery life. I seems to be way better than all of my buddies' Go Pro cameras.

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            • No

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            5.0

            I love this camera!

            By Stevepro65

            from Spanish Fork,Utah

            About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Parent, Snowboarder, Snowboard Mount Develop, Snowboard Mount Maker

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Highly Compatible
            • Lightweight
            • Produces High Quality Film

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • HD Shooting
              • Shooting Outdoors

              Comments about JVC GC-XA2 ADIXXION Action Camera:

              I don't see the grainy quality another reviewer mentioned.I use this camera on a boom mounted to my snow board and it is taking all I can throw at it.I just shot a video in which I played with flip screen mode and it worked very well.I like the 1080x60p and have used it to edit in good slow motion clips.The buttons have turned out to be more responsive than I was led to believe by others as well.While battery life is not the greates,it does not keep me from being very satisfied with this camera and it's great form factor and toughness.

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              • No

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              (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Great Size & Weight, Picture is Grainy

              By Buster

              from Tampa, FL

              About Me Film Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Highly Compatible
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Grainy

              Best Uses

              • Documentaries
              • HD Shooting
              • Home Movies
              • Shooting Indoors
              • Shooting Outdoors
              • Travel
              • Underwater

              Comments about JVC GC-XA2 ADIXXION Action Camera:

              After much research I opted for the JVC over the Hero because of the included screen, waterproof out of the box, and the standard mounting options (there are 2!). Despite seeing the first generation for considerably less, I went with the new one due to the updated image sensor. This doesn't seem to matter as the picture is grainy in all situations. Inside, outside, night, day, underwater...it doesn't seem to matter. I went through all the settings and couldn't find a way to change the ISO. It's a great little camera, just wish the picture was a bit more crisp.

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              • No

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great Action Cam

              By Peter

              from Charlotte, NC

              About Me Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Shooting Outdoors

                Comments about JVC GC-XA2 ADIXXION Action Camera:

                Very easy to handle and operate. Intuitive menu structure.I had a GoPro before and I definitely prefer the Adixxion.Used mostly for Mountain Biking and Kayaking.Cons: the included mounts are flimsy, the ball mount is nice for adjustment but it does not stay in position when biking on rough terrain. I sandblasted the ball to create more friction. It got better but still not perfect. The GoPro mounts are far superior. JVC needs to do some work here.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Size does matter!

                By Machechie

                from Illinois

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Poor In Low Light

                Best Uses

                • HD Shooting
                • Home Movies
                • Shooting Outdoors

                Comments about JVC GC-XA2 ADIXXION Action Camera:

                So small you can carry it or mount it anywhere; bicycle, motorcycle, skydiving, etc. Very lightweight and easy to use. Very wide angle lens. Not the best in low light though. Video quality is excellent in brighter lighting. Photo burst is really cool!

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                • No

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                5.0

                Nice camera in a nice package

                By seven11 Productions

                from Rockford, IL

                About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Highly Compatible
                • Lightweight
                • Produces High Quality Film

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • HD Shooting
                  • Shooting Outdoors

                  Comments about JVC GC-XA2 ADIXXION Action Camera:

                  I've had the JVC GC-XA2 for about 2 weeks and have performed several shoots with it. My first impressions are very favorable overall: the camera is solidly built and has a rubber exterior with gorilla glass covering the monitor screen. Navigating through the menu to set up the camera is easy but the buttons are a little hard to push- not a bad thing. image quality was fantastic in both the 1080 60fps mode and the time lapse mode. I did my research before buying this camera and am very glad I went with the Adixxion. I like not having to worry about putting the camera into a protective case just to mount it to a tripod like the GoPros. I would recommend this camera to anyone looking for a good POV or second camera on a shoot.

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                  • No

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                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great product

                  By None

                  from Santa Barbara, CA

                  About Me Parent, Technically Challenged

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Highly Compatible
                  • Lightweight
                  • Produces High Quality Film

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • HD Shooting
                    • Home Movies
                    • Shooting Outdoors
                    • Travel

                    Comments about JVC GC-XA2 ADIXXION Action Camera:

                    So much easier to use than competition. You immediately see what you are shooting and what you have videoed.

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                    • No

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                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    screw GoPro...

                    By pkripper

                    from POrtland, OR

                    About Me Film Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Highly Compatible
                    • Lightweight
                    • Produces High Quality Film

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Documentaries
                      • HD Shooting
                      • Home Movies
                      • Shooting Outdoors
                      • Travel

                      Comments about JVC GC-XA2 ADIXXION Action Camera:

                      awesome camera for the price

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                      • No

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                      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Just about perfect

                      By TH

                      from Omaha

                      About Me Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Highly Compatible
                      • Lightweight
                      • Produces High Quality Film

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Documentaries
                        • HD Shooting
                        • Home Movies
                        • Shooting Indoors
                        • Shooting Outdoors
                        • Travel

                        Comments about JVC GC-XA2 ADIXXION Action Camera:

                        This model has several improvements to the first, and I am glad I spent the money for it. About the only thing it needs now is stereo audio, since its video and photo capabilities are as good if not better than the newest offerings from Hero and Contour. JVC has been making camcorders for a long time, and it's nice to see them take their rightful place at the top of the heap!

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                        • No

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