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JVC Everio GZ-MG30

alaTest has collected and analyzed 85 reviews of JVC Everio GZ-MG30. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the durability and zoom. The size and portability are also mentioned favorably. Views are divided on the color. Many are negative about the viewfinder and price.

usability, portability, size, zoom, durability

image quality, battery, price, viewfinder

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 76/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

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

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 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 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Opinions about the durability and image quality are generally positive. The size and portability are also appreciated, but there are some negative comments about the zoom and viewfinder.

usability, portability, size, image quality, durability

price, battery, viewfinder, zoom

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]

Jul, 2015

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

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. People really like the durability and size. The price and portability are also appreciated. There are some less positive reviews about the viewfinder and image quality.

usability, portability, price, size, durability

image quality, 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

Jul, 2015

Expert review by: Terry Sullivan (pcmag.com)

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.

Oct, 2005
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Expert review by: Easy Camcorder (easycamcorders.com)

Expert Review

 

If I were to compile a list of man's greatest follies (the Top 10, or so) there would surely be a large bag from which to choose. Who knows? Maybe the GZ-MG30 wouldn't even make the list. But trust me, this camcorder is somewhere in that bag. You'll do...

Recording Capacity, -Optical Zoom Specs

Video Performance, -Low Light, -Still Performance

Sep, 2005

Expert review by: David Kender (camcorderinfo.com)

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....

Sep, 2005

Expert review by: Denny Atkin (cnet.com.au)

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.

Sep, 2005

Consumer review by: connie5001 (pricegrabber.com)

So-so camcorder

 

I bought this camcorder on clearance for just under $200 which is a great deal for a camcorder. However, the first camcorder I received was completely dead out of the box, attempts to contact JVC were entirely fruitless. Luckily enough, I was able...

Easy to use, hard drive based, easy to transfer video to computer, small, light

Slow USB, lacks firewire, quality is not very good

Aug, 2007

Consumer review by: cookncrew (shopping.com)

JVC Hard drive camcorder, so far so good

 

I am really impressed with the ease of use and the recording time. Compact and light with a detachable battery. Lots of options for record and playback. Best news yet no storage media required (no tapes or disks).

Great zoom (optical and digital). Great battery life. Easy to download and view

Color could be a little bit better

Feb, 2006

Consumer review by: cookncrew (epinions.com)

JVC Hard drive camcorder, so far so good

 

Great zoom (optical and digital). Great battery life. Easy to download and view.

Color could be a little bit better,

Feb, 2006

Consumer review by: nubster02 (shopping.com)

hard drive camcorder

 

Hard drive will most likely be the future of camcorders. but this one is not there yet! the hard drive works well but the rest of the camera is far below standard. very poor in low light. alot of grain. color is average at best. and of course it's usb...

great idea, size, zoom, stabilizer

very poor quality video, poor low light, usb only, price

Sep, 2005

Consumer review by: Anonymous (cnet.com.au)

"A solid camcorder"

 

As mentioned in the review, the image quality isnt great and the low-light pictures are grainy, but overall, the camera has everything you need to capture your favourite moments.

Apr, 2006

Consumer review by: UK Guest (reviewstop.co.uk)

Good Recorder shame about the accessories

 

This JVC GZ MG30EK HDD is a good camcorder - easy to use with good results,BUT there is No viewfinder so you have to use the LCD s...

Jan, 2006
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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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