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Actually, there IS a tradeoff on image on most cameras with digital stabilization. The exceptions are rare, depending on the particular brand. You would need to check at JVC, or read the specs that came with your camera, to determine if your model uses ONLY digital stabilization/zoom, etc. or if it incorporates stablization of which Canon and certain models of Sony are famous for.
Digital usually enlarges and compensates for some movement by digitally shifting or expanding the frame, and this technology does ill-effect the image quality, sometimes by an inperceptible degree, sometimes very noticeable. Stabilization that does not compensate digitally, but rather actually shifts the sensors or lens to compensate for slight handshake or camera movement, usually does not cause ANY change in the image quality recorded.
In some Panasonic models, Cannon, Sony and others, the system incorporates “Optical” stabilization whereby the lens itself moves to compensate for hand shake and manufacturers claim there is NO image quality degradation. Each calls it something different, with Panasonic it is O.I.S., with Sony it is Supersteadyshot.
But, yes, there IS a difference in the resulting image quality.