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JVC Everio GZ-MG50

alaTest has collected and analyzed 167 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the image quality and value for money. The size and portability also get good feedback, but some have doubts about the battery.

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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 81/100 = Very good quality.

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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.

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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...

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"light and portable but problem with audio"

 

I purchase this when it first came out for cls to 700 and rarely use it and now there is no sound all all, I called JVC and they informed me it would be around 300, plus 65 consultation fee. Crazy, for another 50, you can get a new one…..last time I'm...

light - small

NO Audio at all, zoom not the best, inital cost very expensive

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JVC Everio GZ-MG50

 

I purchase this when it first came out for cls to 700 and rarely use it and now there is no sound all all, I called JVC and they informed me it would be around 300, plus 65 consultation fee. Crazy, for another 50, you can get a new one&..last time Im...

light - small

NO Audio at all, zoom not the best, inital cost very expensive

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"Disappointing experience"

 

Recording in a mixed lighting environment is poor. Color quality is average. Zoom pixilates dramatically. Software provided is unreliable at best and has lost edited material multiple times. I'd return it in a minute if the opportunity was available.

Small size, large HHD capacity

poor lighting compensaton, poor software, pixilated zoom

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"Performed well but now have serious problems"

 

Purchased 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 not work...

Small, great storage, great video, easy to convert to DVDs

Short battery life. Now experiencing distorted video screen and camera is unresponsinve to controls. Must pull battery to turn off camera. Resest option does not resolve problem

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"The big battery gives this great stamina, but look out there's more to lose!"

 

I received this camera at the end of October and began filming two sons football games immediately with said filming becoming more important as one team just kept winning. After each game the results were reviewed with several players to great effect,...

usable dvd quality, optional battery gives 2-3 hours, fast content transfer, convenient size

your content can disappear-download often, autofocus hunts abit, limited software

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"Small harddisk consumer video camera."

 

Thankyou JVC for setting the bar at such a relatively high level with what I think is your first venture into this soon to be hot direct to harddisk video camera market.

Compact size, long record times, good quality picture and sound.

In manual mode, small menu based push button controls for focus and exposer.

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JVC Everio GZ-MG50

 

Thankyou JVC for setting the bar at such a relatively high level with what I think is your first venture into this soon to be hot direct to harddisk video camera market.

Compact size, long record times, good quality picture and sound

In manual mode, small menu based push button controls for focus and exposer

Consumer review by:

JVC Everio GZ-MG50

 

I received this camera at the end of October and began filming two sons football games immediately with said filming becoming more important as one team just kept winning. After each game the results were reviewed with several players to great effect,...

usable dvd quality, optional battery gives 2-3 hours, fast content transfer, convenient size

your content can disappear-download often, autofocus hunts abit, limited software

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
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-MG40/GZ-MG40US/GZ-MG50/GZ-MG50US
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:JVC Everio

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.2-2.8
Max Focal Length:45mm
Min Focal Length:3mm
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

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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