The JVC Everio GS-TD1 is capable of shooting in 3D and does so slightly better than competing camcorders, but its drawbacks lie mostly in its design. With a fairly bulky overall body and a slow startup time, it also lacks a viewfinder. You have to use the LCD screen to frame your shots.
Bulky body makes for difficult grip. The GS-TD1 is a larger-size camcorder, making it a bit difficult to hold onto comfortably, but it does come equipped with a hand strap. However, Camcorderinfo.com's Jeremy Stamas says that this doesn't compensate for the lack of secure grip on the camcorder.
Impressive 3D low-light performance. The GS-TD1's 3D performance under low light is found to be fairly impressive, particularly in James Morris' test for TrustedReviews.com. He states that the color fidelity and detail are noticeable on objects more than a meter (3.28 feet) away.
Bulky body. The GS-TD1's body is fairly hefty, due to its rather large battery. The dual lens design (for shooting in 3D) also makes the camera slightly larger. Unlike some similar models, the cover for the lens is manual, rather than an automatically operated one that opens when powered up.
Review Credibility: Very Good Jeremy Stamas lauds the GS-TD1 for its automated 3D lens calibration and says the 2D sharpness and motion are impressive. He finds, however, that for the price, the drawbacks in 3D recording are cause for concern.
Review: JVC GS-TD1, Jeremy Stamas, April 6, 2011
Review Credibility: Very Good James Morris' review is favorable, and he gives the camcorder a Recommended award. After conducting a thorough test, the only drawback he sees is the high price.
Review: JVC Everio GS-TD1 Review, James Morris, June 1, 2011
Review Credibility: Good More than a dozen customers rate the JVC GS-TD1 at this retail website, awarding it an overall score of 4.5 stars out of 5. At the top of the page, editors round up the common pros (including great image quality and ease of use) and cons (limited zoom) that owners cite.
Review: JVC GS-TD1 Full HD 3D Camcorder, Contributors to BHPhotoVideo.com, Un Dated