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JVC Everio GZ-MG255

alaTest has collected and analyzed 166 reviews of JVC Everio GZ-MG255. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the price and size. The image quality and portability also get good feedback. Views are divided on the color. There are some negative comments about the memory and viewfinder.

usability, portability, image quality, size, price

viewfinder, memory

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 78/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

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. Reviewers really like the size and price. The image quality and portability also get good feedback. There are some mixed views about the design. There are some less positive reviews about the memory and viewfinder.

usability, portability, image quality, price, size

color, viewfinder, memory

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

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Aug, 2015

Expert review by: Will Greenwald (cnet.com)

JVC Everio GZ-MG255 review: JVC Everio GZ-MG255

 

JVC Everio GZ-MG255 At a glance info

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.

May, 2007

Expert review by: Michael Perlman (camcorderinfo.com)

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...

Aug, 2007
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Expert review by: Michael Perlman (washingtonpost.com)

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...

Nov, 2007

Expert review by: Michael Perlman (reviewed.com)

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...

Aug, 2007

Consumer review by: James (newegg.com)

Great little camcorder

 

Bought this after *MUCH* research, and it has most of the features I wanted. Used it on a trip to the Florida Keys with my daughter and in daylight, the video was EXCELLENT! Close up shots were bright and clear, far away was better than expected....

Heavy movie manipulation can be cumbersome. Rename to .MOD to .MPG and you have workable files :) Windy, outdoor settings can cause noise in the mic, which is very sensitive. Photos aren't the best, but that's what a Digital Camera is for ;)

Mar, 2008

Consumer review by: kc8kod (newegg.com)

Works better than expected

 

I had realistic and informed expectations of this camera before purchase based on the reviews at camcorderinfo.com

I was looking for a good quality camcorder that wouldn't give me a fight using Ubuntu Linux or break the bank and the JVC GZ-MG255 was it. Video quality looks nice, does better than I expected in low light. Can record video directly to the SD card. Can...

The lack of a dedicated microphone-only input which I knew before purchase

Mar, 2008

Consumer review by: Martoof (newegg.com)

Good for family recordings but inspect it upon delivery!

 

My order arrived with a damaged internal CCD unit causing a bright green spot to show up on any video or viewing through the camera. Newegg quickly assigned a RMA and gave me a full return. I plan to purchase another one when in stock again.

small, compact, lightweight ; very easy to transfer videos to PC ; easy menu to navigate through ; good battery life

no viewfinder other than LCD screen ; Must have a steady hand or a tripod; sensitive to any movement ; Poor low-light recording

Jan, 2008

Consumer review by: Not for me (newegg.com)

Review not for this camera

 

This review is not for this camera. I bought from New Egg a JVC GZ-MG77 Digital Camcorder 10X Optical Zoom 300X Digital Zoom 1/3.9" 2.2M CCD 16:9 Widescreen LCD fr $659.99, which I don't see offered here any longer. But I want to make a comment about...

I thought a hard drive camera would be more stable than inserted media. I was wrong. Tried sight seeing from my battery operated wheel chair. If the camera is on, in my hand and I hit an uneven joint on a sidewalk or street, I loose what I have been...

Dec, 2007

Consumer review by: Dirty D (newegg.com)

Fantastic camera!!!

 

Dont think twice. This is a sweet camera. Newegg ROCKS as usual. Fastest shipping anywhere.

Small. Very nice LCD screen. Great picture, great zoom, easy to use, built in lens cover. NO MINI DV OR OTHER MEDIA TO PURCHASE OR CHANGE!!! For recording our live gigs, we plug it in and let it record 5 hours straight. Awesome. Well done JVC. This is...

Doesnt come with a case. Thats the only thing I can think of

Oct, 2007

Consumer review by: annajolin (viewpoints.com)

Good camcorder for average user ”

 

The JVC Everio GZ-MG330 HDD Camcorder has a 30 GB hard disk drive and is available in blue, red, or silver. You can get one for about $340-$400 online. For the price, it's a pretty good camcorder overall. It's very easy to use and it's compact so you...

Jan, 2011

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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