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JVC Everio GZ-MG50

alaTest has collected and analyzed 144 reviews of JVC Everio GZ-MG50. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the design and image quality. The size and portability also get good comments. Some have doubts about the viewfinder and battery. There are some mixed opinions about the price.

usability, portability, size, image quality, design

battery, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC Everio GZ-MG50 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 57 user reviews of JVC Everio GZ-MG50 from 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 Reviewers really like the image quality and price. The size and portability are also mentioned favorably, but there are some critical opinions about the viewfinder.

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74% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: JVC Everio GZ-MG50 1.33 MP 30 GB Hard Disk Drive Camcorder w/15x Optical ZoomJVC Everio GZ-MG50 1.33 MP 30 GB Hard Disk Drive Camcorder w/15x Optical Zoom

Dec, 2017

Expert review by: Denny Atkin (

JVC Everio GZ-MG50 review


JVC Everio GZ-MG50

Stores tons of video; very small; fast transfer of video to your computer.

Terrible battery life; inconsistent microphone performance; subpar video quality; requires a computer or stand-alone DVD burner for video transfer.

A mediocre camera in many respects, the JVC Everio GZ-MG50 is nevertheless worth consideration due to its small size and massive video storage capacity.

Oct, 2005

Expert review by: (

JVC Everio GZ-MG50 1.33 MP 30 GB Microdrive Camcorder w/15x Optical Zoom


The palm-sized Everio GZ-MG50 has a 30GB hard drive which allows you to record up to seven hours of...

Nov, 2005

Expert review by: Good Gear (

Expert Review


A very reasonable alternative for those who want a digital camcorder without the hassle of carrying around spare media.

Lots of recording space, solid still photo functions

MPEG-2 file format, no headphone or mic connections

May, 2009

Expert review by: Andrew Kliem (

JVC Everio GZ-MG50


Lots of recording space, solid still photo functions

MPEG-2 file format, no headphone or mic connections

A very reasonable alternative for those who want a digital camcorder without the hassle of carrying around spare media.

Oct, 2005

Expert review by: stuffmagazine (

JVC Everlo GZ-MG50


JVC's Everio GZ-MG50 has a 1.3MP sensor and a voracious light sucking F1.2 lens. With its 1.8-inch hard drive it's as light as a feather too

1.8-inch hardrive makes it very light. Quick start-up. Can capture images on hard-drive or SD card

You'd be wise to cart around spare batteries. Lack of proper viewfinder

Sep, 2006

Expert review by: (

Stuff magazine


JVC's Everio GZ-MG50 has a 1.3MP sensor and a voracious light sucking F1.2 lens. With its 1.8-inch hard drive it's as light as a feather too

The GZ-MG50 gets us foaming at the mouth for all the right reasons: an easy handler with top pictures

Sep, 2006

Expert review by: James Morris (

JVC Everio GZ-MG50EK


The JVC Everio started off targeting the gadget-loving early adopter. The GZ-MC500EK had desirability written all over it. But it's still around £750, and yet only records an hour of best-quality video out of the box. So JVC has come up with the Everio...

There are cheaper Everio MGs, but low-light performance lets them down. The MG50 is stronger in this respect. You're paying a premium for the hard disk technology, but if you hate lugging a bagful of tapes around with you, the GZ-MG50 could be right up...

Jan, 2006


Expert review by: James Morris (

JVC GZ-MG50EK - Digital Camcorder


Tired of carrying loads of DV tapes around with you? JVC has the answer to your prayers.

The JVC GZ-MG50EK won’t appeal to enthusiasts. Instead, for those with more serious videomaking itentions we’d recommend Sony's amazing HDR-HC1E. But for a general-purpose holiday camcorder, the JVC has a lot to commend it. With so much storage...

Jan, 2006

Expert review by: Robert Dubbin (

JVC Everio GZ-MG50


Tired of buying camcorder media? Try the JVC Everio GZ-MG50's 30GB internal hard drive on for size.

Jun, 2005

Expert review by: D-Photo (

JVC Everio GZ-MG50 review – 011


Until now, video cameras have meant hours of post-production editing. The new Everio range from JVC helps make movie-making simpler by organising your video into clips that are ready to write to DVD (it records in MPEG2 format). This means that if you...

Connections on the camera are S-video, USB2, AV out and DC mains power. For the seasoned videographer, there is no Firewire socket, but the USB2 cable quickly downloads the MPEG2 data.

Sep, 2008

Product Specifications

Don't tape it. Don't worry about reloading discs either, because the palm sized GZ-MG40 records over 24 hours of video on its high-capacity 20 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 4.5 hours of almost DVD movie quality. The FINE mode will record at DVD camcorder quality for over 7 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. Every Everio 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


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:7.2V
Manufacturer Battery Name:JVC BN-VF707U

Camera Flash

Type: None


Color of product:Grey

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight



Display Diagonal:2.5
Display Resolution:112000

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


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:JVC Everio

Image Sensor

Total megapixels:1.33

Lens System

Digital Zoom:700
Filter size:1.2
Focal length range (f-f):0.118 - 1.77
Lens Aperture:F/1.2-2.8
Max Focal Length:45mm
Min Focal Length:3mm
Optical Zoom:15
Optical Zoom:15
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:1Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:690Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1.33Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):5.6 mm ( 1/4.5 ) / 5.6 mm ( 1/4.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Other Features

Cable type:AV/USB
Focus:F1.2 - F2.8
I/O ports:USB 2.0/1.1, AV Out, S-Video Connector Out, DC In.
Lens system:Super Hi-Resolution
Power consumption (typical):4.5
Power Requirements:AC 11V

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Digital Photo Navigator (Win); \nPowerProducer (Win);\nPowerDirector Express (Win);\nPowerDVD (Win);\nCapty MPEG Edit EX (Mac);

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
S-Video out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/2 - 1/4000

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


Viewfinder Type: None

Weight & Dimensions

Weight:11.3 / 13.4