JVC GZ-R70 Quad-Proof HD Camcorder (Black)

JVC GZ-R70 Quad-Proof HD Camcorder (Black)

JVC GZ-R70 Quad-Proof HD Camcorder (Black)

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Product Highlights

  • Waterproof Down to 16.4'
  • Shockproof for Drops up to 4.9'
  • Freezeproof Down to 14°F
  • Dustproof Under IPX58 Specification
  • 1/5.8" 2.5MP CMOS w/ Back-Illumination
  • 40x Optical / 60x Dynamic Zoom
  • Records AVCHD at 1080i/60
  • Accepts SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Cards
  • 3" Frameless LCD Touchscreen
  • 32GB Internal Flash Memory
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JVC GZ-R70 overview

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The black GZ-R70 Quad-Proof HD Camcorder from JVC is designed to combine the ruggedness of many of your typical action cameras with features, such as a zoom lens and flip-out LCD, more commonly found on camcorders. To justify being dubbed a "quad-proof" camera, the GZ-R70 boasts a waterproof body that can be safely submerged down to 16.4', an impact resistance rating stating it will survive drops from up to 4.9', the ability to withstand freezing temperatures down to 14°F, and finally an IP58 dustproof rating. Features that distinguish it from an everyday action camera, on the other hand, include a 40x optical zoom lens that supports up to 60x dynamic zoom, a 3" "frameless" flip-out touchscreen LCD display with a 230,000 dot resolution, and a full size SD card slot that can accept SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards. The camera records Full HD (1920 x 1080) video, and can take up to 2MP still photos at the same time as recording video.

At the heart of the imaging system on the GZ-R70 is a 1/5.8", 2.5MP CMOS sensor that is back-illuminated to help reduce the space between photosites for better low-light performance. To help allows as much light as possible to pass the lens, the camera features an f/1.8 maximum aperture when the lens is zoomed out to its widest setting.

Once done filming for the day, you can simply remove the card from the camera and place it in a card reader on your computer or even connect the camera directly to your computer via USB. Included with the camera is basic solutions software for Windows. In addition, the 24 Mbp/s AVCHD format the camera records in is supported by many popular editing programs found on both Windows and Apple, including Apple Final Cut X, and later versions of Apple iMove.

Camera Features
  • FALCONBRID image processor
  • Konica Minolta HD lens
  • Time-lapse recording
  • Intelligent AUTO
  • Super LoLux low-light mode
  • Face Detection
  • Auto Wind Cut
  • Zoom microphone
  • K2 audio restoration technology in record mode
  • In-camera editing
  • Fixed lens protector
  • Silent Mode
SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card recording and 32GB built-in flash memory
Up to 10 MP Still Photos
The camera features a 2.5MP native resolution sensor; in addition, it is possible to shoot still photos up to 10 MP using the camera's FACLONBRID processor to interpolate (up-res) the images
In Camera Effects
To add visual enhancements to your movies the camcorder features a number of in-camera effects, including Rough Monochrome, Food Mode, and Baby Mode
The GZ-R10 features a mini HDMI output as well as an AV output so you can enjoy your home movies right from the camera
USB Powering and Quick Charge
Video can be shot while charging to go beyond the internal battery's 4.5 hours. Additionally, by connecting the camera to an external battery or power source for one hour you can gain an extra 1.3 hours of recording time if the portable battery current is over 1.0A
Included Software
For Windows users, the camera includes Pixela Everio MediaBrowser 4 solutions software to help you choose the clips you want and transfer them to your computer
In the Box
JVC GZ-R70 Quad-Proof HD Camcorder (Black)
  • AC-V11U AC Adapter
  • Charging Adapter Cable
  • USB Cable (Type A to Micro Type B)
  • Core Filter
  • QAM1322-001 AV Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    JVC GZ-R70 specs

    Sensor 1-Chip 1/5.8" CMOS
    Backside Illumination Yes
    Sensor Resolution 2.51 MP
    Effective Pixels 1.28 MP (16:9 Video / Image Stabilizer On)
    2.29 MP (16:9 Video / Image Stabilizer Off)
    2.29 MP (16:9 Photo)
    1.71 MP (4:3 Photo)
    Focal Length 2.9 - 6.3mm
    35mm-Equivalent Focal Length 40.5 - 1620 at 16:9 Video mode; image stabilizer OFF
    40.5 - 1620 at 16:9 Photo mode
    49.5 - 1980 at 4:4 Photo mode
    Maximum Aperture f/1.8 - f/6.3
    Zoom Optical: 40x
    Dynamic: 60x
    Digital: 200x
    System NTSC
    Recording Media x SD/SDHC/SDXC
    x Internal Flash Memory (32 GB Maximum)
    Recording Time SDHC 16 GB
    1920 x 1080 1 hour, 20 minutes in UXP
    1920 x 1080 1 hour, 50 minutes in XP
    1920 x 1080 7 hours in EP
    SDHC 32 GB
    1920 x 1080 2 hours, 40 minutes in UXP
    1920 x 1080 3 hours, 50 minutes in XP
    1920 x 1080 14 hours in EP
    SDXC 64 GB
    1920 x 1080 5 hours, 40 minutes in UXP
    1920 x 1080 8 hours and 10 minutes in XP
    1920 x 1080 28 hours, 50 minutes in EP
    Video Format 1920 x 1080i at 60 fps (24 Mb/s AVCHD)
    1920 x 1080i at 30 fps (17 Mb/s AVCHD)
    1920 x 1080i at 30 fps (4.8 Mb/s AVCHD)
    Aspect Ratio 16:9
    Still Image Resolution JPEG: 10 Megapixel
    JPEG: 2 Megapixel, 1920 x 1080 (19:9)
    JPEG: 1.5 Megapixel, 1440 x 1080 (4:3)
    JPEG: .3 Megapixel, 640 x 480 (4:3)

    2 MP possible during video recording

    Channels 2.0-ChannelStereo
    Audio Format Dolby Digital 2ch
    Sampling Frequency Dolby 2-Channel: 48.0 kHz
    Bit Rate Dolby 2-Channel: 256.0 Kb/s
    Display Type LCD
    Touchscreen Yes
    Screen Size 3"
    Screen Resolution 230,000 Dots
    Image Stabilization Digital
    Shockproof Rating 4.9' / 1.5 m
    Waterproof Depth Rating 16.4' / 5.0 m (Camera)
    IP Rating IP58
    White Balance Modes Auto
    Creative Effects Yes
    Built-In Mic Yes
    Tripod Mount 1/4" - 20
    Input/Output Connectors
    Outputs 1 x Mini-HDMI (Type C)
    1 x A/V
    1 x USB Micro-AB
    Microphone Input No
    Headphone Jack No
    Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
    Max Runtime: 4.8 Hours per Charge

    Internal battery

    Charging Method USB
    Power Adapter 5.2 VDC
    Power Consumption Operating: 2.2 W
    Operating: 2.4 W

    Monitor brightness level 3; monitor brightness level 4 respectively

    Operating Temperature 14 to 104°F / -10 to 40°C
    Humidity: 80%
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 2.4 x 2.3 x 4.8" / 61.0 x 58.4 x 121.9 mm
    Weight 0.62 lb / 281.23 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.35 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.1 x 5.6 x 3.1"

    JVC GZ-R70 reviews

    GZ-R70 Quad-Proof HD Camcorder (Black) is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 4.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Update Review (7/08/2015) Camera was initially purchased for an ocean kayak trip off the north coast of Vancouver Island (BC). Between the rainy weather and being able to shoot underwater the camera performed pretty close to flawlessly - autofocus was a little slow and the interlaced video made it somewhat difficult to make stills frame grabs bring a microfiber cloth if you want to shoot above the surface after shooting underwater, water will remain on the lens and fog the image. The camera is buoyant but floats just at the water surface so I added some extra buoyancy with closed cell foam, velcro and some orange duck tape to help with visibility (see pic below). As noted in another review there is no lens cover etc - my solution to this is a neoprene can cozy - fits like a glove (see below). It's now a standard piece of gear on my local kayak trips - and it's good for a few gasps among the group when I drop it in the water. Also expect to be using it with my students, when teaching skiing, to do video analysis of their technique.
    Date published: 2016-01-30
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ring light for macro use Just recieved the camera so I can't give a full review, but thought that I would pass this tidbit on. For those that may be considering this camera for macro/close focus use, the 49mm adapter ring for the Neewer Ring 48 LED light gives a nice tight friction fit on the metal(?) bezel around the lens. There is no flash shoe on the camera to attach the power pack to so that means hand, pocket or velcroing it to the camera.
    Date published: 2015-07-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Overall - One of my Favorite Cameras I use the camera outdoors. The rain and Dust proof features were only in my dreams before the GZ-R70 (haven't had need to go under water yet). The 40X Optical Zoom is excellent, as is the High Definition Format. Battery life has met my critical needs, but I hope for future improvements there. No lens cover (or protection) is the biggest drawback. I had a scratch on my lens within the first month of use (however it has yet to be seen during playback). I had contacted JVC Customer Care when I first got the camera, asking why no lens protection? I was told, It is built for use, under normal care. My GZ-R70 has been under normal care along with my other ($) HD camcorder, but I have a UV filter protecting that lens, under a lens cap! Two protections that are fairly simple to incorporate. This camera cannot be charged with a USB port, although its physical design is set up for such that is just an inconvenience. The Manual Focus does not fit my needs. The icon (on screen) is too small for easy control, when you are trying to keep a steady camera, and desired composition. I did not find the Media Browser software (provided for file management) as useful. For the few extra pages it would have taken, a complete user's guide to the GZ-R70 (camera) with all the features covered would have been nice. It can't be a tree saving goal, since I don't use the Spanish or French guides included. Sound quality is okay, but I can see where an external mike would be difficult in a water/dust proof camera. The GZ-R70 is a keeper!
    Date published: 2014-12-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exactly what was advertised! Have used product and found easy to operate and simple to download footage. We would purchase another JVC camcorder if necessary!
    Date published: 2014-08-03
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