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JVC Everio GZ-MG255

alaTest has collected and analyzed 159 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the battery and image quality. The value for money and portability are also appreciated, but there are some critical views about the features and reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC Everio GZ-MG255 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for JVC Everio GZ-MG255

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 76 user reviews of JVC Everio GZ-MG255 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.

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84% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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JVC Everio GZ-MG255

 

Size matters, and both big and small camcorders have their own places in the world. A huge expensive camcorder like the Panasonic AG-HVX200 will produce amazing footage, but it's just not the best choice for every occasion. If you're shooting home...

Decent video quality; compact, easy-to-tote-around design; hard drive is convenient for both playback and editing.

No viewfinder; terrible for low-light shooting.

This compact camcorder offers decent video quality in adequate lighting, plus it offers the convenience of a hard drive.

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JVC GZ-MG255 Camcorder Review

 

The JVC GZ-MG255 is the middle child in this year's Everio hard disk drive camcorder line. In the style of classic middle child syndrome, the camcorder sits meekly in the back of the classroom, ignored and forgettable. It's not that JVC has done...

The JVC GZ-MG255 has some inherent contradictions that make it difficult to recommend for a wide audience. On many levels, it's a point-and-shoot camcorder. Yet it lacks the most fundamental strength that a point-and-shoot must posses: great auto...

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JVC GZ-MG255

 

In terms of video performance, the GZ-MG255 produces an image that is highly saturated in color. The GZ-MG255's 1/3.9-inch 2,180,000 pixel CCD is definitely an upgrade from a standard 1/6-inch chip found on any entry-level camcorder, yet it fails to...

For those who wish to take the reins, the JVC GZ-MG255 features a fairly decent set of manual controls. It includes aperture priority, exposure compensation, Spot Metering, Shutter Priority, focus, white balance, and auto gain control. The GZ-MG255...

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JVC GZ-MG255

 

The JVC GZ-MG255 is the middle child in this year's Everio hard disk drive camcorder line. In the style of classic middle child syndrome, the camcorder sits meekly in the back of the classroom, ignored and forgettable. It's not that JVC has done...

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JVC Everio GZ-MG255 review

 

The GZ-MG255 compact camcorder offers decent video quality in adequate lighting, plus it offers the convenience of a hard drive

Decent video quality ; Compact, easy-to-carry-around design ; Hard drive is convenient for both playback and editing

No viewfinder ; Terrible for low-light shooting

While it does well in brightly lit environments, the MG255 fares horribly in low light. The camcorder doesn't have a video light and your only real low-light shooting choices are its gain-up function and night mode. Gain-up only slightly brightens dark...

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Great Camcorder!!!"

 

OK...no brainer. This camcorder is better the... 

It takes great movies, and great pictures with a SD card installed. Very easy to use, but takes a little to get used to the controls. The DVD burning process is a walk in the park; as is the transfer of video or still images

The only thing I dont like but works well is the drop detection, it is designed to protect the hard drive is case it is dropped...so don't turn it off

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"Great Camcorder!!!"

 

OK...no brainer. This camcorder is better then many of the newer models JVC came out with. [If it aint broke...] I have come to this conclusion after much use and I also have read where other more people have said the same thing in different reviews.

It takes great movies, and great pictures with a SD card installed. Very easy to use, but takes a little to get used to the controls. The DVD burning process is a walk in the park; as is the transfer of video or still images.

The only thing I dont like but works well is the drop detection, it is designed to protect the hard drive is case it is dropped...so don't turn it off.

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JVC Everio GZ-MG255

 

OK...no brainer. This camcorder is better then many of the newer models JVC came out with. [If it aint broke...] I have come to this conclusion after much use and I also have read where other more people have said the same thing in different reviews.

It takes great movies, and great pictures with a SD card installed. Very easy to use, but takes a little to get used to the controls. The DVD burning process is a walk in the park; as is the transfer of video or still images

The only thing I dont like but works well is the drop detection, it is designed to protect the hard drive is case it is dropped...so don't turn it off

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"Great camera for the average user."

 

Now that I have had this camera for one weekend with the family I can say I am very happy with the purchase so far. So happy that I felt compelled to give back to the site that I used so much to do my research.

Easy to use. Compact. Above average video quality. Hard drive storage.

Low light. Digital zoom.

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JVC Everio GZ-MG255

 

Now that I have had this camera for one weekend with the family I can say I am very happy with the purchase so far. So happy that I felt compelled to give back to the site that I used so much to do my research.

Easy to use. Compact. Above average video quality. Hard drive storage

Low light. Digital zoom

Product Specifications

The GZ-MG255 is equipped with an F1.2 lens that allows the camera to take bright and clear pictures with low light conditions.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:JVC BN-VF808

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.3in
Height:2.8in
Weight:12.5oz
Width:2.6in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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

Header

Manufacturer:JVC
Model:GZ-MG255
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:JVC Everio

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.2-2.0
Max Focal Length:38mm
Min Focal Length:3.8mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:1.5Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:2.2Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3.9"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.5 mm ( 1/3.9 ) / 6.5 mm ( 1/3.9" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:200
Media Type:Hard disk drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder
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