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JVC GZ-MG130 Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 276 reviews of JVC GZ-MG130 Camcorder. 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 really like the size and image quality. The portability and price also get good feedback, but many are negative about the reliability and battery.

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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 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for JVC GZ-MG130 Camcorder


alaTest has collected and analyzed 33 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 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the design and image quality. The portability and price also get good feedback, whereas there are some less positive reviews about the battery. Opinions are divided on the size.

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67% 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

Feb, 2019

Consumer review ( review summary for JVC GZ-MG130 Camcorder


alaTest has collected and analyzed 28 user reviews of JVC GZ-MG130 Camcorder from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People are impressed by the durability and image quality. The size and portability are also appreciated, but the price and reliability get less positive views.

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reliability, price

89% 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

Feb, 2019

Expert review by : John Neely (

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,...

May, 2007

Expert review by : Michael Perlman (



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...

Oct, 2007

Expert review by : John Neely (



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...

May, 2007

Expert review by : staff (

JVC GZ-MG130 review


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

Image quality is good ; Easy to use ; High price

No docking station ; Fizzing

This camcorder is well priced and has some truly excellent features, however the lack of a docking station and some image quality issues mean it is not for the professional

Apr, 2007

Consumer review (

Bad software


Good camera, bad software.

Light, no tape

Weak battery about 60-70min of recording. The software is complete trash. Change the file extension to .mpg from .mod so you can edit it with other softwares. If you do want to make dvds or edit your vidoes. you must pay extra money for the software...

Dec, 2007

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Great Buy!


If you considering a camcorder don't focus in on pixel rates for stills since IMO the most important thing for a camcorder is optical zoom and ease of use not taking picture like a camera. Its main purpose is to make movies!

I've had this camcorder for over a week and so far its lived up to my expectations regarding ease of use and picture quality. I thoroughly researched many HDD camcorders and decided on the JVCMG130 since it offered a great optical zoom which IMO is...

Wish the battery that came with it lasted longer but i knew that already from that research

Dec, 2007

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JVC GZ-MG130 1/6" CCD 2.7" 112K LCD 34X Optical Zoom HDD/Flash Memory Camcorder


The included software is very basic. For better editing and production you may want to invest in a richer product.

So far all the features work fine. I really liked the fact that you can shoot in different video qualities from LOW to Very Fine. Easy to handle. Good battery life

No Firewire port

Dec, 2007

Consumer review (

GZ-MG130 Not a good camcorder


Overall, not a very good camcorder for what is advertised.

The memory storage and sound are good. A lot easier to download these videos to computer than hooking up an 8MM. Sound is Dolby Stereo, which is good

Everything about the picture. Very grainy in dark settings. Tried to adjust brightness, but still very poor. Even poor picture outside during the day. Don't plan on any sudden movements, colors pixilate. Still pictures not great, but thats what cameras...

Dec, 2007

Consumer review (

Fun camcorder


Hard drive is the only way to go. It is so easy to use that I have been video recording all kinds of stuff that I did not bother with before. This is a great camera for home use. Get the higher capacity batteries.

Lightweight anc compact. Hard drive holds 7 hours of DVD-quality widescreen video. Very easy to use, with onscreen menu. USB connection to PC gives direct access to files on your camera, allowing you to download JPG pictures and MPEG2 videos directly...

Supplied software will run only in Windows XP or Vista. Will not run in Win 2000. You can, however, download directly and burn to DVD's with Roxio or Nero in Win 2000. Camera is so light that handheld with telephoto is difficult, even with image...

Nov, 2007

Consumer review (

JVC GZ-MG130 1/6" CCD 2.7" 112K LCD 34X Optical Zoom HDD/Flash Memory Camcorder


Changing the .MOD to .mpg can be made easy by writing a simple .bat file or downloading one of many freely available utilities that can do it for you.

Lightweight, small, easy to use, great zoom and sound pickup. 1 touch backup to PC means you can set it up for less tech savvy people to use easily, tons of hard drive space

If you are away from a charger, the shortish battery life can be a bummer, a battery with 3x the life can be had, but not enough change from a c-note to buy a happy meal

Nov, 2007

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.


Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery life (max):37.5
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BN-VF808
Manufacturer Battery Name:JVC BN-VF808

Camcorder Features

Widescreen Video Capture: Yes


Color of product:Black, Silver / Silver

Digital Camera

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

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight



Display Diagonal:2.7

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

Image Sensor

Optical sensor size:1 / 6
Sensor Type:CCD
Total megapixels:0.68 / 0.8

Lens System

Digital Zoom:800
Filter size:1.2
Focal length range (f-f):0.0906 - 3.08
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/2.0/F/2.0-4.7
Max Focal Length:78.2mm
Min Focal Length:2.3mm
Optical Zoom:34
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

Other Features

Audio recording formats:AC3
Auto focus: Yes
Flash memory:4096
Internal memory:30000 / 30720
Manual focus: Yes
Minimum processor:800 MHz
Minimum RAM:128
Photo mode: Yes
Power Requirements:3.0W
Sports: Yes
Spotlight: Yes
Twilight: Yes

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
DV port: No
S-Video in: No
S-Video out: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Compatible memory cards:SD
Internal storage capacity:30

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

Weight & Dimensions

Weight:11.3 / 12.9