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JVC GZ-MG130 Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 461 reviews of JVC GZ-MG130 Camcorder. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size and image quality. The price and portability also get good feedback. Opinions about the reliability and durability are different. There are some critical reviews about the viewfinder and features.

usability, portability, price, image quality, size

battery, resolution, features, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC GZ-MG130 Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 35 user reviews of JVC GZ-MG130 Camcorder from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Opinions about the design and price are overall positive. The image quality and usability are also mentioned favorably, but many are critical about the battery.

usability, image quality, price, design


71% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: JVC GZ-MG130EK Hard Disk CamcorderJVC GZ-MG130EK Hard Disk Camcorder

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 185 user reviews of JVC GZ-MG130 Camcorder 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 People are impressed by the size and image quality. The portability and price are also appreciated, whereas many are negative about the resolution.

usability, price, portability, image quality, size


77% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: JVC Everio GZMG130 30GB Hard Disk Drive Camcorder with 34x Optical ZoomJVC Everio GZMG130 30GB Hard Disk Drive Camcorder with 34x Optical Zoom

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JVC GZ-MG130 Camcorder Review


JVC was the company that pioneered HDD camcorders on the consumer market with their Everio series, and until last year, the company had a virtual monopoly on self-contained camcorders. Enter Sony, who in 2006 entered the market aggressively with the...

After watching the camcorder industry for as long as we have, you begin to see trends that play out from year to year. Sadly, 2007 is not the year for JVC's entry-level Everios to make a break for greatness. Once again, video performance was only fair,...


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Under the hood, the GZ-MG130 looks a bit scrawny, featuring the standard entry-level specs: a 1/6-inch, 680,000 CCD. A chip this size does not generally yield the most optimal video. In fact, the GZ-MG130 produces a soft, almost blurred image, and...

Shooting in low light is a challenge for all entry-level camcorders. Fortunately, the GZ-MG130 comes equipped with shutter speed control to give it some flexibility. Though the similarly-priced Sony DCR-DVD308 produces a better image under most...

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At 3000 lux, the image is decent. The fine detail is lacking, to be sure. The resolution score (below) confirmed this – the pixel count is simply not there on the sensor. This is typically the case for camcorders in this price range, but exceptions can...

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A low price with some strong features make this a great buy

p>Image quality is good Easy to use High price</p

p>No docking station Fizzing</p

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Good HQ Camera...for back in the Day


Considering that I recently discovered the CCD optical sensor feature for this model, I am actually a bit impressed. New HD JVC Everios you find today will have a CMOS sensor, meaning that footage can become wobbly with artifacts..with the GZ-MG130,...

Simple menu navigation, lots of recording time, HUGE time lapse capability, good audio, zoom, white LED for night scenes, solid structure, no wavy jello effect footage, auto-focus

Recording format of .MOD might be confusing for some people to get onto their computer, runs into recording issues if strong strong winds blow directly onto lens (explained), strictly 29.97fps, no adjusting different frame modes

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So so video performance


This camera is great except for 2 things, low light performance and a overall soft image. The camera pretty much prefers outside daylight. Image becomes underexposed even with a decent amount of lights indoors. You can manually drop shutter speed to...

Small size ; Large storage capacity ; Can record on SDHC card as well ; 16:9 LCD screen ; Decent manual controls ; Clean looks and fits great in your hand

Soft image ; Horrible low light sensitivity ; 90 minute battery capacity

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Terrible Customer Support from JVC


I will never purchase another JVC product. Recently I purchased a new computer and needed to reinstall the driver for my camcorder. Unfortunately, I could not find my original disc that came with the camera. I looked all over the web for the correct...

Very little, lower price than most HDD camcorders, but with the lack of support and inability to transfer in standard file formats I guess you get what you pay for

Terrible Customer Support, Can olny transfer files to PC in MOD format (a proprietary format not recognized by most video software)

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it's good but it can be improved


I just got my new jvc everio mg130u camera and so far i love all of it's features except for the battery life(the battery that comes with it) and the video format that which the camcorder records in. It records in MOD. Which not to many other programs...

everything but battery life / battery that comes with it

battery life and the format which it records in

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Pretty good entry level HDD camcorder


I received this camera as a gift. It is a great camcorder for 90% of consumers out there. It is very easy to use, the video is good and you just plug in a USB cable and transfer files. JVC saves video in a .mod format, but when you transfer the files...

ease of use; does video and still imagery; SD expansion slot

MOD video format, but there is a workaround

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Just that uses Hard drive, but thats it


Dont waste your money, I am glad somebody bought from me on e-bay. Terrible video quality after finally burn DVD. Not understandable format for normal editing softwares!!!!

Good idea with Hard drive

Terrible video quality, recording in .mod formate what understandable only by JVC software

Product Specifications

JVC is one of the world's leading developers and manufacturers of sophisticated audio, video and related software products. Building upon a wealth of technologies the company is moving decisively to offer appropriate solutions for the multimedia age. To remain at the forefront of the audiovisual industry in the 21st century, JVC is marshalling its resources to create the ultimate in appealing, cost-competitive products. PRODUCT FEATURES: Multi-Language On-Screen Menu; Hard Disk Protection with Drop Detection and Floating Suspension; Auto and manual focus; Digital Image Stabilizer; Backlight/Spotlight compensation; White Balance (Auto, MWB, Fine, Cloud, Halogen); Self-Timer; Play-list Video Clip Playback and Slide Show Still Playback; In-Camera File Editing; Playback Scene Transitions.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:JVC BN-VF808

Camcorder Features

Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight


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


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:JVC Everio/JVC GZ

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.0/F/2.0-4.7
Max Focal Length:78.2mm
Min Focal Length:2.3mm
Optical Zoom:34
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:0.34Megapixel/0.3Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:340Kpix
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

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:800
Media Type:Flash card / Hard disk drive/Hard disk drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG