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JVC Everio GZ-MC200

alaTest has collected and analyzed 173 reviews of JVC Everio GZ-MC200. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the zoom and design. The portability and size are also appreciated, but the viewfinder and battery get negative comments.

usability, size, portability, design, zoom

price, image quality, battery, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC Everio GZ-MC200 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 30 user reviews of JVC Everio GZ-MC200 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers really like the durability and zoom. The size and usability also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the price, while there are some mixed reviews about the image quality.

portability, usability, size, zoom, durability


83% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: JVC Everio GZMC200 2MP 4GB Microdrive Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom

Mar, 2015

Expert review by: Marc Perton (

JVC Everio GZ-MC200 reviewed by Personal Tech Pipeline


It's hard not to like the JVC Everio. Between its size, its ability to handle both stills and videos and its 4GB of onboard storage, it would seem the perfect camera for the consumer on the go (the well-heeled consumer, that is; if there's one rub,...

Apr, 2005

Expert review by: Mark Spoonauer (

JVC Everio GZ-MC200


If you have the means, JVC's groundbreaking Everio should satisfy your inner Spielberg.

Thumbnail index for easy playback/deletion Compact, stylish design• Rotating grip

Slow startup Poor results in low light• Expensive

Feb, 2005

Expert review by: Matt Culler (

JVC GZ-MC200 First Impressions Camcorder Review - HDD


In September 2004, JVC announced the GZ-MC200 and GZ-MC100 as its new Everio line. Both camcorders stand as a relative breakthrough in recording media for consumer video, and shine the proverbial flashlight into the future of convenience and...

Oct, 2004

Expert review by: Alain Périvier (

JVC Everio GZ-MC200: An Hour of DVD with No Cassette!


The Everio GZ-MC200 is the first camcorder capable of recording an hour of MPEG-2 video to a Microdrive. And this little technological marvel also takes 2 megapixel still photos!

The Everio GZ-MC200 corrects the shortcomings of earlier memory-card camcorders from Panasonic and Sanyo, which had poor image quality and low recording capacity. With its ability to record one full hour of DVD-quality video, the Everio is an...

Jan, 2005

Expert review by: (

Everio GZ-MC200 Digital Camcorder

Dec, 2004

Expert review by: Good Gear (

Expert Review


Using the microdrive is a great idea and works well in this unit.

4G Microdrive, 8G CompactFlash card compatible, Compact unit, Easy to use

Must transfer footage to a PC, No allowances for external peripherals

Aug, 2005

Expert review by: Bruce Buckman (

JVC Everio GZ-MC200


With the Everio GZ-MC200 camcorder, JVC takes an interesting approach to the problem of storing large amounts of high-quality video on digital media. ...

4G Microdrive, 8G CompactFlash card compatible, Compact unit, Easy to use

Must transfer footage to a PC, No allowances for external peripherals

Using the microdrive is a great idea and works well in this unit.

May, 2005

Expert review by: Charlie Brewer (

JVC Everio Digital Media camera review


The concept of the digital media recording camera is a not a new one, although previously these have gone under a variety of names. In essence, “camera” does exactly what it says, and records direct onto a digital media format rather onto a tape. In...

Size, looks, capacity of storage

Small controls, lack of full tilt to the body segments, inaccuracy in menus and Mac incompatibility

Ultra compact design is as impressive that the 4Gb Microdrive in the box. Controls are intuitive, but tricky and accompanying software only works if your own a PC.

Mar, 2005

Expert review by: (

Stuff magazine


The MC200 can record an hour of high-quality DVD-standard MPEG2 footage, and shoot thousands of 2-megapixel stills

The MC200 can record an hour of high-quality DVD-standard MPEG2 footage on its solid-state memory, and shoot thousands of 2-megapixel stills

Sep, 2006

Expert review by: Chris Stevens (

JVC Everio GZ-MC200 review


It's largely thanks to the massive success of the iPod that microdrives have become so affordable. It was about time some great DV camcorders turned up with hard disks tucked away in their bellies, so we were pleased to find the JVC MC-200 is such a...

Incredibly small size ; Simple point-and-shoot functionality ; Image stabilisation ; Removable microdrive

Limited 60-minute record time on included 4GB microdrive ; Low-light performance could be better

The overwhelming reason to consider the MC200 is the sheer usability of a camcorder that will slip into your pocket. We found ourselves taking the MC200 out and about on a whim -- just on the offchance there might be something worth filming. That's...

May, 2005

Product Specifications

JVC's cutting edge digital media camera is a totally new way to shoot and enjoy digital video. The Everio records 60 minutes of MiniDV quality MPEG-2 video or over 5,500 1600x1200 UXGA high resolution stills on the included high capacity 4GB Microdrive card. Thanks to its 2.12M CCD imager, Super Hi-Rez Lens and JVC's exclusive Megabrid engine you're getting the latest technology for superior performance. Make digital-to-digital transfers using the USB 2.0 interface for quick downloading to a PC. Print directly from the USB to any PictBridge compatible printer. The rotating grip of the MC200 let's you comfortably transition shooting angles from the palm of your hand.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:JVC BN-VM200U

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Storage Media


Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.8in
Diagonal Size (metric):4.6cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:JVC Everio

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.2
Max Focal Length:45mm
Min Focal Length:4.5mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:2Megapixel
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:2.12Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3.6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):7.1 mm ( 1/3.6 ) / 7.1 mm ( 1/3.6" )
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:200
Media Type:Microdrive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Classic Film / Monotone / Sepia / Strobe
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Type: None