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JVC Everio GZ-MG30

JVC Everio GZ-MG30
alaScore 75

104 reviews

Sep, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 104 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the design and size are overall positive. The portability and image quality also get good feedback, whereas there are some mixed comments about the value for money and battery. Many are less positive about the color and resolution.

usability, image quality, portability, size, design

resolution, color

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC Everio GZ-MG30 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 75/100 = Good quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 104 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

User Reviews  

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Consumer review by:

Amazon.co.uk review summary for JVC Everio GZ-MG30

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 13 user reviews of JVC Everio GZ-MG30 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk.

usability, image quality, battery, size, viewfinder

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

This summary is based on the product: JVC GZ-MG30EK HDD Camcorder [1MP, 25x Optical Zoom, 2.5" LCD]

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Amazon.com review summary for JVC Everio GZ-MG30

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 37 user reviews of JVC Everio GZ-MG30 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

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

viewfinder

70% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: JVC Everio GZ-MG30 30 GB Hard Disk Drive Camcorder w/25x Optical ZoomJVC Everio GZ-MG30 30 GB Hard Disk Drive Camcorder w/25x Optical ZoomJVC Everio GZ-MG30US - Camcorder - 680 Kpix - optical zoom: 25 x - HDD : 30 GB

Expert review by:

JVC Everio GZ-MG30U

 

CCDType: Single CCD

Great size. Very usable menu system.

Too expensive given its mediocre video quality. Compatibility issues with video-editing tools.

The Everio GZ-MG30 has some innovative features, especially the ability to record to the hard drive, but the video quality is disappointing.

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Expert review by:

JVC Everio GZ-MG30U

 

Review: As the battle heats up between DVD, SD, and MiniDV camcorders, JVC has entered the market with a fourth media option that borrows as much technologically from the iPod as it does from competing cameras. The JVC Everio GZ-MG30U eschews removable...

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-MG30U's amazing recording capacity and tiny size still make it an enticing device.

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JVC GZ-MG30 Camcorder Review - HDD

 

The JVC Everio Series is banking on the future of camcorders. Most manufacturers have begun to move towards non-tape recording, but JVC has taken the biggest step into the consumer market. The GZ-MG30 represents one of four models in the G Series....

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JVC Everio GZ-MG30

 

Though the short battery life and mediocre image quality are frustrating, the JVC Everio GZ-MG30'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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Good camera

 

Has anybody found a third party that this camera will download to besides cyberlink power producer?

Small, rugged,with larger battery great

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Consumer review by:

"Good camera"

 

Has anybody found a third party that this camera will download to besides cyberlink power producer?

Small, rugged,with larger battery great.

Download limit.

Consumer review by:

JVC Everio GZ-MG30U

 

Has anybody found a third party that this camera will download to besides cyberlink power producer?

Small, rugged,with larger battery great

Download limit

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This is of the 007 Class!!! A Gorgeous camera !!!

 

I love the camera... it is sexy.... and the pictures are a lot better than it gets a hit on. I would recommend this to anyone.. it is an ELECTRONICS MARVEL....

Very neat and the pro aspect is above average

Had to buy a larger capacity battery

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"This is of the 007 Class!!! A Gorgeous camera !!!"

 

I love the camera... it is sexy.... and the pictures are a lot better than it gets a hit on. I would recommend this to anyone.. it is an ELECTRONICS MARVEL....

Very neat and the pro aspect is above average

Had to buy a larger capacity battery

Consumer review by:

"DO NOT BUY THIS CAMERA!"

 

The JVC Everio GZ-MG30U is the absolute worst camera I have ever seen. The resolution is terrible and the picture is grainy. Bought the camera and recorded some video. The playback was horrible. Called JVC and ended up sending the camera to the factory...

There are no pros

Camera is absolutely terrible! Support isn't any better.

Product Specifications

Don't tape it. Don't worry about reloading discs either, because the palm sized GZ-MG30 records over 30 hours of video on its high-capacity 30 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 7 hours of almost DVD movie quality. The FINE mode will record at DVD camcorder quality for 10.5 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. EveryEverio 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-MG30/GZ-MG30US
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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