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JVC Everio GZ-MG20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 209 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the zoom and design. The size and portability also get good feedback. There are some critical opinions about the features and viewfinder. Views about the value for money and image quality are different.

usability, portability, size, design, zoom

battery, 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 77/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for JVC Everio GZ-MG20

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 7 user reviews of JVC Everio GZ-MG20 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.

image quality, size

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: JVC Everio GZ-MG20EK Digital Media Camera [0.8MP, 25 x Optical Zoom]

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Amazon.com review summary for JVC Everio GZ-MG20

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 26 user reviews of JVC Everio GZ-MG20 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

usability, battery, image quality, value for money, portability

size

58% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: JVC Everio GZ-MG20 20 GB Hard Disk Drive Camcorder w/25x Optical Zoom

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Einsteigercam mit Festplatte: JVC Everio GZ-MG20

 

'Obwohl der MG20 auf dem Markt f\xfcr Festplatten-Camcorder als Einsteigermodell positioniert ist, hat er eine Menge zu bieten. Lange Aufnahmezeiten und eine f\xfcr einen 1-fach-CCD-Camcorder gute Bildqualit\xe4t sind interessante Eigenschaften f\xfcr...

'kompaktes Design, au\xdfergew\xf6hnlich lange Aufzeichnungszeit (25 Stunden bei niedriger Qualit\xe4t)'

'man kann nur die d\xfcrftige mitgelieferte Bearbeitungssoftware verwenden'

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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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JVC Everio GZ-MG20 review

 

Though the MG20 sits at the entry-level of the hard-disk camcorder market, it's an impressive beast indeed. Long record times and good image quality for a single CCD camcorder make this a very tempting buy if you're looking for simplicity and convenience

Compact size ; Exceptional recording time (25 hours at low quality)

You have to use the poor editing software

Though the MG20 can't match the colour balance and low-light performance of a 3CCD camcorder, footage has an impressive appearance when shot in good light. For casual use on family holidays, birthdays or school plays, the MG20's portability and...

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JVC Everio GZ-MG20

 

Though the short battery life and mediocre image quality are frustrating, the JVC Everio GZ-MG20's amazing recording capacity and tiny size still make it an enticing device.

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

Still-image quality is terrible. The VGA-resolution images lack detail and are grainy no matter what the lighting conditions.

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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

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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