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JVC Everio GZ-MG20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 175 reviews of JVC Everio GZ-MG20. The average rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the price and zoom. The portability and size also get good comments. Some have doubts about the reliability and battery.

usability, size, portability, zoom, price

image quality, battery, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC Everio GZ-MG20 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for JVC Everio GZ-MG20

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 42 user reviews of JVC Everio GZ-MG20 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the portability and zoom. The image quality and size also get good feedback.

usability, size, image quality, zoom, portability

60% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: JVC Everio GZ-MG20 20 GB Hard Disk Drive Camcorder w/25x Optical ZoomJVC Everio GZ-MG20 20 GB Hard Disk Drive Camcorder w/25x Optical Zoom

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Denny Atkin (cnet.com)

JVC Everio GZ-MG20 review

 

JVC Everio GZ-MG20

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-MG20U's amazing recording capacity and tiny size still make it an enticing device.

Oct, 2005

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

JVC Everio GZ-MG20

 

Though the short battery life and mediocre image quality are frustrating, the JVC Everio GZ-MG20'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.

Oct, 2005

Consumer review (shopping.com)

The best Day-After-Thanksgiving purchase I've made

 

I bought this in 2006, so I've had it for a while. I love this camcorder. It takes decent video - we watch it on a 46 inch screen and it seems to be fine. I mean, obviously we're not talking newscast quality here, but it can take a pretty good picture.

Good video, easy to use, easy to transfer video, nice software included

Short battery life, trouble focusing in dim light

May, 2008

Consumer review (epinions.com)

The best Day-After-Thanksgiving purchase I've made

 

I bought this in 2006, so I've had it for a while. I love this camcorder. It takes decent video - we watch it on a 46 inch screen and it seems to be fine. I mean, obviously we're not talking newscast quality here, but it can take a pretty good ...

Good video, easy to use, easy to transfer video, nice software included

Short battery life, trouble focusing in dim light

May, 2008

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Great in Great light. Poor in poor light

 

I bought this camera about 2 years ago. I loved the fact that there was no tapes or DVD's to worry about. I loved the fact that you can pick it up and shoot without worrying about recording over anything. The zoom is great. It could also be used a ...

Great zoom, no tapes, never record over anything

Poor quality in low light,hard to figure out software

Feb, 2008

Consumer review (shopping.com)

Great in Great light. Poor in poor light

 

I bought this camera about 2 years ago. I loved the fact that there was no tapes or DVD's to worry about. I loved the fact that you can pick it up and shoot without worrying about recording over anything. The zoom is great. It could also be used a...

Great zoom, no tapes, never record over anything

Poor quality in low light,hard to figure out software

Feb, 2008

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Very poor quality pictures and video. Don't buy!

 

Is small.

VERY, VERY poor quality video and pictures,

Jun, 2006

Consumer review (photographyreview.com)

JVC GZ-MG20 - (Digital Camcorders)

 
Jun, 2006

Consumer review (shopping.com)

Very poor quality pictures and video. Don't buy!

 

This is the worst quality I have ever seen from a video camera ever. Even my Vhs camcorder from 15 years ago took WAY better video than this thing. The still pictures are also WAY worse than my very first 1 megapixel digital camera. Mostly because it...

Is small

VERY, VERY poor quality video and pictures

Jun, 2006

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Nice concept, but poor video quality

 

Lightweight and easy to handle.No tapes.

Menu buttons are on the inside of the screen.Software is too basic.

May, 2006

Product Specifications

Don't tape it. Don't worry about reloading discs either, because the palm sized GZ-MG20 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
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:7.2V
Manufacturer Battery Name:JVC BN-VF707U

Camera Flash

Type: None

Design

Color of product:Grey

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.3in
Height:2.8in
Weight:0.7lbs
Width:2.6in

Display

Display:LCD
Display Diagonal:2.5

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-MG20/GZ-MG20US
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:JVC Everio

Image Sensor

Total megapixels:0.8

Lens System

Digital Zoom:800
Filter size:1.06
Focal length range (f-f):0.0866 - 2.17
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.2
Max Focal Length:50mm
Min Focal Length:2.2mm
Optical Zoom:25
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

Other Features

Focus:F1.8 - F3.2
Power consumption (typical):4.5

Ports & interfaces

S-Video out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/2 - 1/4000

Storage

Compatible memory cards:SD

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

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:4.29
Height:2.76
Weight:13.4
Width:2.64