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JVC Everio GZ-MG20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 201 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the zoom and design. The size and portability also get good comments. There are some mixed reviews about the value for money. Some have doubts about the features and viewfinder.

usability, portability, size, design, zoom

battery, image quality, viewfinder, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC Everio GZ-MG20 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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Review analysis

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JVC Everio GZ-MG20

 

Review: Editor's note: This review is based on our evaluation of the JVC Everio GZ-MG30, an identical camcorder except for its larger 30GB hard disk.

Stores tons of video; excellent zoom reach; very small

Terrible battery life; mediocre video quality; grainy low-light footage; requires a computer or stand-alone DVD burner

Though the short battery life and mediocre image quality are frustrating, the JVC Everio GZ-MG20U's amazing recording capacity and tiny size still make it an enticing device.

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One of the worst Camcorder

 

I bought it two years ago from Argos in London. There was no return policy on this camcorder. I became bit suspicious that something might be wrong with camcorder but then I took a chance, as my opinion about JVC products was good, but it changed when...

A 3Mega pixel mobile phone is better than this Camcorder

Very bad for video recording and photos as well

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JVC Everio GZ-MG20

 

I bought it two years ago from Argos in London. There was no return policy on this camcorder. I became bit suspicious that something might be wrong with camcorder but then I took a chance, as my opinion about JVC products was good, but it changed when...

A 3Mega pixel mobile phone is better than this Camcorder

Very bad for video recording and photos as well

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Great Camcorder small size

 

The jvc gz-mg20 is a great little camcorder and has great video quality but lacks battery life the battery is supposed to last 40 minutes and only lasts realistically 15 or 20 minutes if this where better i would have given it a 9 but the battery life...

Great Video quality and hours of video

terrible battery life

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JVC Everio GZ-MG20

 

The jvc gz-mg20 is a great little camcorder and has great video quality but lacks battery life the battery is supposed to last 40 minutes and only lasts realistically 15 or 20 minutes if this where better i would have given it a 9 but the battery life...

Great Video quality and hours of video

terrible battery life

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Great once you learn how to adjust the settings

 

I've had this for about a year. The picture is grainy indoors, but that's only with the default setting. You need to change the setting so it'll let in more more light--the downside is that quick movement leaves streaks. Outdoor shooting in the highest...

Small, hardy, decent quality, easy to transfer to dvd/vcr recorder

Hassle to make dvds with computer,indoor filming not too good

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It's....Okay!!!

 

I suggest that you use small events with this camera and your subject should be well-lighted when using this camera. I recorded our church anniversary with it. The small light on the camera doesn't shine that well in low-lighted rooms and therefore...

The hard drive is great; downloading excellent, 4.5 hours running time

It gets hot

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JVC Everio GZ-MG20

 

I've had this for about a year. The picture is grainy indoors, but that's only with the default setting. You need to change the setting so it'll let in more more light--the downside is that quick movement leaves streaks. Outdoor shooting in the highest...

Small, hardy, decent quality, easy to transfer to dvd/vcr recorder

Hassle to make dvds with computer,indoor filming not too good

Consumer review by:

JVC Everio GZ-MG20

 

I suggest that you use small events with this camera and your subject should be well-lighted when using this camera. I recorded our church anniversary with it. The small light on the camera doesn't shine that well in low-lighted rooms and therefore...

The hard drive is great; downloading excellent, 4.5 hours running time

It gets hot

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Not worth the price

 

I had to have this camera when I saw it advertised. I admit it was the HDD that attracted me cause I didn't want to mess with tapes. It is impossible to keep a moving subject in view if you are zoomed at all. An eye piece would alleviate that problem....

Hard drive, light, easy to xfer files with USB cable

OEM battery very limited , HD battery expensive, no viewfinder, LCD screen impossible to see in bright light, video light is an insult

Product Specifications

Don't tape it. Don't worry about reloading discs either, because the palm sized GZ-MG20 records over 24 hours of video on its high-capacity 20 GB hard disk drive. So when you are on the go, vacationing or at a family event, pack your lightweight Everio and go. There are four recording modes allows you to record the way you want. The ULTRA mode will record over 4.5 hours of almost DVD movie quality. The FINE mode will record at DVD camcorder quality for over 7 hours. Either way, the high quality MPEG-2 recordings are the same format used as a DVD. There will be no quality loss when burning to DVD. Plus, no cassettes or discs to lose. Every Everio camcorder is designed to simplify your life. The built-in hard disk drive allows you to easily delete unwanted scenes and rearrange your footage even on the go. This Everio's multi-connectivity allows you to get connected and share all your memories. Your own portable video scrapbook - from JVC. Long recording time and easy to use features in a palm sized hard disk drive solution.

Audio Input

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

Battery

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

Camera Flash

Type: None

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.3in
Height:2.8in
Weight:0.7lbs
Width:2.6in

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-MG20/GZ-MG20US
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:JVC Everio

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.2
Max Focal Length:50mm
Min Focal Length:2.2mm
Optical Zoom:25
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Sensor Resolution:680Kpix
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:700
Media Type:Hard disk drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Classic Film / Monotone / Sepia / Strobe
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None
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