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JVC Everio GZ-MG 21

alaTest has collected and analyzed 271 reviews of JVC Everio GZ-MG 21. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the zoom and price. The size and portability also get good feedback. There are some less positive reviews about the viewfinder and image quality.

usability, portability, size, price, zoom

image quality, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC Everio GZ-MG 21 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 75/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for JVC Everio GZ-MG 21

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 158 user reviews of JVC Everio GZ-MG 21 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. People are impressed by the design and zoom. The price and portability are also appreciated, but some have doubts about the durability and image quality.

usability, portability, price, zoom, design

image quality, durability

81% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: JVC Everio GZMG21 20GB HDD Digital Media Camcorder with 32x Optical ZoomJVC Everio GZMG21 20GB HDD Digital Media Camcorder with 32x Optical Zoom

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: Will Greenwald (cnet.com)

JVC Everio GZ-MG21 review:

 

main content Hard drive camcorders seem like a great idea. A tiny hard drive in a small camcorder case can record hours upon hours of video without having to switch out a tape or a DVD. Unfortunately, JVC's execution falls short; just like its nearly...

Light and tiny; many hours of recording time.

Poor video quality; awkward control scheme; image stabilization is a joke; not for big hands.

The JVC GZ-MG21 is a nice idea, but its poor video quality and irritating control scheme make conventional camcorders seem a lot more appealing.

May, 2006

Expert review by: About.com (about.com)

JVC Everio-G GZ-MG21 Hard Drive Digital Camcorder Review

 

No Viewfinder I am always a huge advocate of using the viewfinder on your camcorder. Viewfinders cut down on battery power, and can make it easier to see what you’re recording in bright light situations. The GZ-MG21 does not have a viewfinder, making...

May, 2008

Expert review by: Which? (which.co.uk)

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Jan, 2008

Consumer review by: cris (shopzilla.com)

Not recommended

 

Good pics

trouble focusing, shakey, bad night time camcorder

Nov, 2006

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

Was still broke

 

I am sending back to newegg for a replacement. I will report back on how this goes.

Did not work

When I got this camera it would not charge the battery. I called JVC and they it needs sent back to them to be fixed

Jul, 2007

Consumer review by: Steven Ha (newegg.com)

Lowest Price Ever

 

Am loving it - maybe am gonnna buy 1 more for my relatives :-D

I just got it today , i try on it rite out from work ... picture was fine video was super

the remote had scrash on it and no battery for the remote and other was in good condiction

Jun, 2007

Consumer review by: majcmortenson (epinions.com)

My cold weather camcorder

 

First, let me preface this review by telling you why I went looking to buy a new camcorder in the first place. My son is a figure skater...a very good figure skater. I am at the arena a lot (and I really mean A LOT!!). Dad can't be there most of ...

small, good quality recording, good price, doesn't freeze up in cold environments

not terribly intuitive, provided software is useless

Jul, 2008

Consumer review by: majcmortenson (shopping.com)

My cold weather camcorder

 

First, let me preface this review by telling you why I went looking to buy a new camcorder in the first place.

small, good quality recording, good price, doesn't freeze up in cold environments

not terribly intuitive, provided software is useless

Jul, 2008

Consumer review by: tawb (epinions.com)

Dubious Video Quality

 

Because of it's cheap price (then) for new technology, I impulsively bought it. Which I should have known better. When buying a camcorder make sure you have the biggest lens. The biggest chip or CCD. And watch out for compression of how that info ...

Small

HDD drive. HDD compression

Jan, 2008

Consumer review by: tawb (shopping.com)

Dubious Video Quality

 

Because of it's cheap price (then) for new technology, I impulsively bought it. Which I should have known better.

Small

HDD drive. HDD compression

Jan, 2008

Product Specifications

JVC is one of the world's leading developers and manufacturers of sophisticated audio, video and related software products. Building upon a wealth of technologies the company is moving decisively to offer appropriate solutions for the multimedia age. To remain at the forefront of the audiovisual industry in the 21st century, JVC is marshalling its resources to create the ultimate in appealing, cost-competitive products. 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 and 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 5cm with zoom set to Wide; Tele-macro Shooting Distance: up to 40cm; Playlist Video Clip Playback and Slide Show Still Playback; Playback Scene Transitions (White Fader, Black Fader, Corner Wipe, Window Wipe, Slide Wipe, Door Wipe, Scroll Wipe, Shutter Wipe).

Audio Input

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

Battery

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

Configuration

3 Chip Technic: No
Chip Type:CCD
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser

Connectivity

Digital Input: No
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
HDMI: No
HDMI PORT: No
Type of Memory Stick Interface : No
Type of SD Card Interface :SD Card
USB: Yes
USB Interface: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No
Wireless Interface: No

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.3in
Height:2.7in
Weight:12oz
Width:2.7in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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

General Features

3D: No
Format:HDD
Handheld Position:Horizontal
Product Type:TRAD. CAMCORDER
Resolution:Standard Definition
Type:Camcorder

Header

Manufacturer:JVC
Model:GZ-MG21/GZ-MG21US
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:JVC Everio

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.0-4.5
Max Focal Length:73.6mm
Min Focal Length:2.3mm
Optical Zoom:32
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:0.4Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:400Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:680Kpix/800Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6 ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Recording

HD Video Format:Not Applicable
Recording Format:16:9 / 4:3

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:800
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