Conclusion: Much like the Panasonic DVD-S35 DVD player that I reviewed here last year, the GR-D33 is really a very basic model. There are a number of features that it lacks – accessory hot shoe, memory card for digital still photography, remote control, USB interface – but the very reasonable price and solid offering of basic features makes it a compelling option for someone looking for a budget camcorder for home videos.
Excerpt: With an MSRP of $350.00, JVC's GR-D33, the first in the company’s GR line, includes a 1/6th inch 680k CCD, zoom power to 16x, built in LED, and a 2.5 inch LCD. But these specifications aren’t what’s going to sell the camcorder, or even what’s important. The JVC GR-D33 really excels in the low light department, bounding away from its competitors like a sprightly butterfly zigzagging its way from the pernicious net of the entomologist.
Pros: - Low light performance, - S-Video port
Cons: - Ease of use, - Ports, - No analog to digital passthrough, - Mediocre manual control, - No card media, - Only 16x optical zoom