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JVC Everio GZ-MG 21

alaTest has collected and analyzed 324 reviews of JVC Everio GZ-MG 21. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the battery and image quality. The price and portability also get good comments. Some have doubts about the viewfinder.

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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 73/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for JVC Everio GZ-MG 21

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 51 user reviews of JVC Everio GZ-MG 21 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the battery and image quality. The price and portability also get good comments. Some have doubts about the durability.

usability, portability, price, image quality, battery

durability

67% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: JVC GZ-MG21EK Everio Digital Media Camcorder

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

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 107 user reviews of JVC Everio GZ-MG 21 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Views about the design and size are generally positive. The portability and price also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the image quality, while there are some mixed views about the battery.

usability, price, portability, size, design

image quality

85% 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

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JVC Everio GZ-MG21

 

The first thing you'll notice about the JVC Everio GZ-MG21 is that it's small--really small, about the size of a large fist. It's light, too, weighing less than 14 ounces with its battery. We like tiny devices, but the GZ-MG21 just doesn't feel...

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.

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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...

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"expensive, with poor battery and hard disc capacity"

 

a very poor experience

handy size and easy to operate.

poor battery life.

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"Great small hdd camcorder"

 

Great camera for on the go recording. Menu setup works really well in my opinion. For the $500 price range you can definitely find a better camera but these can be had for $300 and under now. I think the bad wrap comes from people trying to compare it...

Size and good video quality

Low light video quality is so-so as with most all hdd camcorders and still pics.

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Great small hdd camcorder

 

Great camera for on the go recording. Menu setup works really well in my opinion. For the $500 price range you can definitely find a better camera but these can be had for $300 and under now. I think the bad wrap comes from people trying to compare it...

Size and good video quality

Low light video quality is so-so as with most all hdd camcorders and still pics

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JVC Everio GZ-MG21

 

Great camera for on the go recording. Menu setup works really well in my opinion. For the $500 price range you can definitely find a better camera but these can be had for $300 and under now. I think the bad wrap comes from people trying to compare it...

Size and good video quality

Low light video quality is so-so as with most all hdd camcorders and still pics

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Waste of my money.

 

After a couple successful uses I tried to connect it back to my computer again and it gave me the "error usb device not recognized". Through much extensive troubleshooting and contact with the JVC corporation's technical department, there appears to be...

Okay video camera if you have money to burn

New technology isn't always better

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"Waste of my money."

 

After a couple successful uses I tried to connect it back to my computer again and it gave me the "error usb device not recognized". Through much extensive troubleshooting and contact with the JVC corporation's technical department, there appears to be...

Okay video camera if you have money to burn.

New technology isn't always better.

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JVC Everio GZ-MG21

 

After a couple successful uses I tried to connect it back to my computer again and it gave me the "error usb device not recognized". Through much extensive troubleshooting and contact with the JVC corporation's technical department, there appears to be...

Okay video camera if you have money to burn

New technology isn't always better

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

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

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

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