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JVC Camcorder Everio GZ-MG77

alaTest has collected and analyzed 180 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and size. The value for money and portability are also appreciated, whereas there are some negative comments about the features and viewfinder.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC Camcorder Everio GZ-MG77 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for JVC Camcorder Everio GZ-MG77

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 26 user reviews of JVC Camcorder Everio GZ-MG77 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk.

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73% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: JVC GZ-MG77EK Everio Digital Media Camcorder

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Amazon.com review summary for JVC Camcorder Everio GZ-MG77

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 56 user reviews of JVC Camcorder Everio GZ-MG77 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

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77% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: JVC Everio GZMG77 2.0MP CCD 30GB HDD Camcorder with 10x Optical ZoomJVC Everio GZMG77 2.0MP CCD 30GB HDD Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom

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JVC Everio GZ-MG77U

 

CCDType: Single CCD, Video Recording Format: Hard Drive

Drop detection worked well. Good video quality.

No viewfinder. Autofocus could be better. Mediocre night mode. Expensive.

Although not the best in its class and a bit overpriced, the JVC Everio GZ-MG77U is a good hard drive camcorder.

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JVC Everio GZ-MG77

 

The GZ-MG77 sports relatively few buttons. The camcorder's exterior has just three switches: a power/mode control, the record button, and the zoom rocker. Beneath the LCD are four more buttons and the still/video switch. Most adjustments are made using...

Supersmall and light; stores as much as 37 hours of video; easy and fast video transfer to your computer.

Subpar video quality; aspect-ratio issues with third-party programs when shooting wide-screen; no video light; no provisions for external microphone or accessories.

The small size and massive video storage capacity of the JVC Everio GZ-MG77 make it a tantalizing choice, but poor video quality keeps this hard-disk-based camera from being a tape- or DVD-killer.

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JVC GZ-MG77 Camcorder Review

 

The GZ-MG77 (MSRP ($900) was JVC's top model in their Everio line of hard disk drive camcorders until the GZ-MG505 was finally released, after much delay, a few weeks ago. Since last year's GZ-MG70, the major changes have occurred in the imager (which...

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JVC GZ-MG77

 

The JVC Everio GZ-MG77 features a 1/3.9" CCD (2.18 gross MP), which is considerably larger than the 1/6" 680K CCD in the GZ-MG37. This upgrade should increase all around performance: from bright light video to low light video to still performance. Even...

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JVC Everio GZ-MG77

 

The GZ-MG77 is one of JVC's mid range hard disk based camcorders and with a 30GB hard drive, 2.2 megapixel CCD and true 16:9 video, this machine is no...

Compact frame, easy to use, solid construction, storage space

Compression artefacts evident on rapid pans, ghosting, poor quality still images

The GZ-MG77 is an above average camcorder, but it's let down on occasion by poor video quality.

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JVC Everio GZ-MG77 review

 

Although hard disk is inevitably the future for camcorders, the MG77 fails to delight. Casual enthusiasts who can put aside the problems with image quality and have little interest in editing might find that the small chassis is enough to convince....

Small scale ; Easy operation

Sluggish response during autofocus and autoexposure ; Poor quality footage

The overwhelming reason to consider the MG77 is the sheer usability of a camcorder that will slip into your pocket. For video quality, you're better off looking elsewhere

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JVC Everio GZ-MG77

 

The small size and massive video storage capacity of the JVC Everio GZ-MG77 make it a tantalising choice, but poor video quality keeps this hard-disk-based camera from being a tape- or DVD-killer.

Supersmall and light ; Stores as much as 37 hours of video ; Easy and fast video transfer to your computer

Subpar video quality ; Aspect-ratio issues with third-party programs when shooting wide-screen ; No video light ; No provisions for external microphone or accessories

The JVC Everio GZ-MG77's stills are decent, suitable for small snapshot prints if you don't need to crop or zoom. Colour came out well, but our indoor shots were blurry, and the flash's red-eye reduction was completely ineffective.

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SimplyDV Review: JVC Everio GZ-MG77 HDD camcorder

 

It provides sturdy, robust handling. Clip management and accessibility to controls is good. Widescreen, DIS, G-sensor and 7 hours record capacity in HQ mode are major plus points.

Some users will miss a viewfinder, and picture quality slides slightly in darker corners and also with fast(ish) movement on camera.

Given the market, and accepting the technological limitations inherent in MPEG-2 / HDD recording and playback, we have to give a cautious "recommended" verdict for casual home users!

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"Great camera, small, light, and takes good video."

 

I have this camera and really like it. It is so lightweight and easy to use. The video quality, in my opinion, is good. I have taken movies on some vacations and burned them to DVD and they came out great. The software that comes with the camera is not...

Small, lightweight, nice menu system. 2MP camera comes in handy.

Included editing software not that easy to use, wish it had more zoom.

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Great camera, small, light, and takes good video.

 

I have this camera and really like it. It is so lightweight and easy to use. The video quality, in my opinion, is good. I have taken movies on some vacations and burned them to DVD and they came out great. The software that comes with the camera is not...

Small, lightweight, nice menu system. 2MP camera comes in handy

Included editing software not that easy to use, wish it had more zoom

Product Specifications

Don't tape it, just take it. Don't worry about reloading discs either, because the palm sized Everio G Series camcorders record hours and hours of video on a high-capacity internal hard disk drive. So when you leave on a trip, lighten your load, pack your little Everio and that's it! No cassettes or discs to fill up your luggage or maybe even lose! Direct random access makes it easy to delete or rearrange your footage even while on the go. And when you're back, you'll have so many ways to get connected and share all your memories. Everio G Series from JVC. It's the long time recording and all the other great features of its hard disk drive that makes it the easy choice. PRODUCT FEATURES: Multi-language on-screen menu; Hard Disk Protection with Drop Detection and Floating Suspension; Auto and manual focus; Digital Image Stabilizer; Program AE (Sepia / Black & White / Twilight / Classic Film / Strobe / Snow / Spotlight / Fixed Shutter / Sports); Backlight/Spotlight compensation; White balance (Auto, MWB, Fine, Cloud, Halogen); Self-timer; Motor-Drive shooting; Macro Shooting as close as 2" (5cm) with zoom set to Wide; Tele-macro Shooting Distance: up to 2 feet (40cm); Playlist Video Clip Playback and Slide Show Still Playback; Playback Scene Transitions.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:JVC BN-VF707U

Camcorder Features

Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.3in
Height:2.7in
Weight:13oz/15.2oz
Width:2.7in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Twilight mode

Header

Manufacturer:JVC
Model:GZ-MG77U/MG77
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:JVC Everio/JVC GZ

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.2-2.0
Max Focal Length:38mm
Min Focal Length:3.8mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:2Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.23Mpix/1.2Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:2.18Mpix/2.2Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3.9"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.5 mm ( 1/3.9 ) / 6.5 mm ( 1/3.9" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Black & white fader / Black fader / Corner wipe / Door wipe / Scroll wipe / Shutter wipe / Slide wipe / White fader / Window wipe
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:300
Media Type:Hard disk drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Classic Film / Sepia / Snow / Strobe
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None
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