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JVC Everio GZ-MG27

JVC Everio GZ-MG27
alaScore 74

86 reviews

Sep, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 86 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the size and value for money are overall positive. The image quality and portability also get good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the features and resolution.

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

battery, resolution, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC Everio GZ-MG27 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 74/100 = Good quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 86 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

User Reviews  

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Amazon.com review summary for JVC Everio GZ-MG27

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 32 user reviews of JVC Everio GZ-MG27 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

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

features, battery

88% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: JVC Everio GZMG27 20GB HDD Digital Media Camcorder with 32x Optical Zoom

Expert review by:

JVC Everio GZ-MG27

 

The first thing you'll notice about the JVC Everio GZ-MG27 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-MG27 just doesn't feel right...

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-MG27 is a nice idea, but its poor video quality and irritating control scheme make conventional camcorders a lot more appealing.

Consumer review by:

Good camcorder when gotten at a used price

 

I recently had a chance to pick up the JVC GZ-MG27US on ebay at a bargain price of just under $200. I'd read the review of this camera here on CNET, but felt like it was worth giving it a try anyway. Apparently the CNET reviewer either just didn't want...

compact, good picture quality, quality construction

still picture quality terrible

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"Good camcorder when gotten at a used price"

 

I recently had a chance to pick up the JVC GZ-MG27US on ebay at a bargain price of just under $200. I'd read the review of this camera here on CNET, but felt like it was worth giving it a try anyway. Apparently the CNET reviewer either just didn't want...

compact, good picture quality, quality construction

still picture quality terrible

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"Not very good"

 

I got this camcorder for $900 with warrenties becaus the salesman told me it was the best HDD camera out there. Well he was wrong. The video can be so bright in a well lit room that the floors are white looking. The camcorder video is almost black at...

Lots of hours of recording time, Light, Easy to use

Terrible video indoors, OIS is bad, AutoFocus , Zoom makes video worse,PRICE!

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Not very good

 

I got this camcorder for $900 with warrenties becaus the salesman told me it was the best HDD camera out there. Well he was wrong. The video can be so bright in a well lit room that the floors are white looking. The camcorder video is almost black at...

Lots of hours of recording time, Light, Easy to use

Terrible video indoors, OIS is bad, AutoFocus , Zoom makes video worse,PRICE

Consumer review by:

JVC Everio GZ-MG27

 

I recently had a chance to pick up the JVC GZ-MG27US on ebay at a bargain price of just under $200. I'd read the review of this camera here on CNET, but felt like it was worth giving it a try anyway. Apparently the CNET reviewer either just didn't want...

compact, good picture quality, quality construction

still picture quality terrible

Consumer review by:

JVC Everio GZ-MG27

 

I got this camcorder for $900 with warrenties becaus the salesman told me it was the best HDD camera out there. Well he was wrong. The video can be so bright in a well lit room that the floors are white looking. The camcorder video is almost black at...

Lots of hours of recording time, Light, Easy to use

Terrible video indoors, OIS is bad, AutoFocus , Zoom makes video worse,PRICE

Consumer review by:

Worked well not serious problems

 

Purchased GZ-MG50U camera in 11/05. Took hours and hours of video without problem. In June, I had first experience with problem. On start-up, the view screen is only grainy distortions. It looks like a TV with bad reception. The camera controls will...

Small size, great video, easy to use, easy to convert to DVD

Short battery life. Now camera will not respond to controls on start-up. Screen is only grainy static and distortions. Will not turn-off unless battery is pulled

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"Worked well not serious problems"

 

Purchased GZ-MG50U camera in 11/05. Took hours and hours of video without problem. In June, I had first experience with problem. On start-up, the view screen is only grainy distortions. It looks like a TV with bad reception. The camera controls will...

Small size, great video, easy to use, easy to convert to DVD

Short battery life. Now camera will not respond to controls on start-up. Screen is only grainy static and distortions. Will not turn-off unless battery is pulled.

Consumer review by:

Pretty Decent Camera

 

I settled and purchased the Everio after fondling many other cameras. After purchasing I came home and read c|net's review and thought I had made a horrible chose. I don't know if the reviewer was shooting video in the highest quality mode because the...

Small and easy to use

Poor low light video, Poor still photo resolution

Product Specifications

Just keep on shooting. Built-in large capacity hard drive easily stores hours and hours of your video and thousands of digital still images inside a lightweight compact camcorder. So whether you're at home or on the go, you'll always be ready to record or playback your memories. PRODUCT FEATURES: Up to 25 Hours of Recording with 20GB Internal Hard Disk Drive; 4.5 Hours of High-Quality MPEG-2 Video Recording (Average 8.5Mbps, 720x480/60i in ULTRA mode) with Dolby Digital Audio (MOD file); 32x Optical Zoom / 800x Digital Zoom; 2.7" 16: 9 Widescreen Clear LCD Monitor; USB2.0 High-Speed Transfer (up to 12x real time); 16: 9 Wide Mode; High-Value Software for Windows / Macintosh (Data Management, Editing, and DVD Creation); Easy Direct DVD allows DVD creation via USB connection without a PC; Stick Control on LCD for easy operation; Auto Illumi. Light.

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 Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.3in
Height:2.7in
Weight:12oz
Width:2.7in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
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-MG27/GZ-MG27U/GZ-MG27US
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 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:800
Media Type:Hard disk drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Classic Film / Sepia / Snow / Strobe/Classic Film / Monotone / Sepia / Strobe
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None
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