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JVC Everio GZ-MG27

alaTest has collected and analyzed 88 reviews of JVC Everio GZ-MG27. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the zoom and size. The price and portability also get good opinions. Many are critical 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 Everio GZ-MG27 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 75/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for JVC Everio GZ-MG27

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 53 user reviews of JVC Everio GZ-MG27 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the design and image quality. The price and portability also get good views, but there are some less positive opinions about the reliability and battery.

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size, battery, reliability

81% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: JVC Everio GZMG27 20GB HDD Digital Media Camcorder with 32x Optical ZoomJVC Everio GZMG27 20GB HDD Digital Media Camcorder with 32x Optical Zoom

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Will Greenwald (cnet.com)

JVC Everio GZ-MG27 review: JVC Everio GZ-MG27

 

main content Hard drive camcorders seem like a great idea. A tiny hard drive in a small camcorder case can record hours upon hours of video without having to switch out a tape or a DVD. Unfortunately, JVC's execution falls short; while the Everio...

Light and tiny; many hours of recording time.

Poor video quality; awkward control scheme; image stabilization is a joke; not for big hands.

The JVC GZ-MG27 is a nice idea, but its poor video quality and irritating control scheme make conventional camcorders a lot more appealing.

May, 2006

Consumer review by: Krank (newegg.com)

Back to Black and White era

 

Stay away from this model. Wait another two years until these companies figure this out. Seems like nobody makes a good harddrive based camcorder according to all the reviews online.

The harddrive based camcorder is the best idea single the USB flash stick design, but this model really kills that notion

Horrible video quality results in almost black and white imagery ; Nasty, crude, unfinished menus

Jul, 2007

Consumer review by: john (newegg.com)

Inferior picture quality

 

Very good feature set. HDD recording is a great concept. Size is perfect

I was surprised by the poor quality video. I tried many different options, lighting - even in daylight - it is not below par

Sep, 2006

Consumer review by: bluefriday (pricegrabber.com)

worth the price

 

I bought this camcorder two weeks ago for the purpose of recording some scenes of my coming son. I feel like satisfied with it, overall. The only downside is that the image quality becomes poor after daytime. I heard the accompanied software is not...

samll and light camcorder cool menu funciton overall it is a good hard drive one for the price

poor image quality especially at night

Dec, 2007

Consumer review by: flemns (pricegrabber.com)

JVC GZ-MG27US HDD Camcorder

 

This is the first HDD camcorder I have ever had. It is very small and easy to carry when you are traveling. It is very convenient to transfer files to PC and burn DVDs. The video quality was ok for me since I just use it my family videos. What's...

very compact, easy to transfer files to pc and burn DVDs

short battery life

Sep, 2007

Consumer review by: bluefriday (pricegrabber.com)

JVC GZ-MG27 20GB Hard Drive Digital Camcorder (.68MP, 32x Opt, 800x Dig, 2.7

 

I bought this camcorder two weeks ago for the purpose of recording some scenes of my coming son. I feel like satisfied with it, overall. The only downside is that the image quality becomes poor after daytime. I heard the accompanied software is not...

samll and light camcorder cool menu funciton overall it is a good hard drive one for the price

poor image quality especially at night

Jun, 2007

Consumer review by: flemns (pricegrabber.com)

JVC GZ-MG27US HDD Camcorder

 

2007-09-29 17:10:09 This is the first HDD camcorder I have ever had. It is very small and easy to carry when you are traveling. It is very convenient to transfer files to PC and burn DVDs. The video quality was ok for me since I just use it my family...

very compact, easy to transfer files to pc and burn DVDs

short battery life

May, 2007

Consumer review by: jcandme (pricegrabber.com)

Excellent Camcorder for the family!

 

This camcorder is great for several reasons. We like it most because it is light weight and easy to use. In addition to this it will replace your digital camera too. You can take video and still pictures with the flip of a button with out film,tapes,...

Light weight and east to use

Low light level causes picture to be dull and fuzzy

May, 2007

Consumer review by: missy (reviewstream.com)

JVC GZ-MG27 DV Camcorder

 

When you talk about a normal Camcorder, what comes to mind? To me, the most important thing I would be asking would be after recording effects and adjustable functions or special effects. Also, the zooming part, or focus.

Apr, 2007

Consumer review by: alexkakis (pricegrabber.com)

jvc hard disk camcorder

 

compact, tha hard drive

the battery

Nov, 2006
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Product Specifications

Just Keep on Shooting! Nothing to load, nothing to eject, nothing to finalize. Everio is designed to eliminate your worries. Just keep on shooting, because the built-in large capacity hard drive easily stores hours and hours of your video inside a lightweight compact camcorder. Plus shoot thousands of digital still images. So whether you're at home or on the go, you'll always be ready to record or playback your memories. PRODUCT FEATURES: Up to 25 Hours of Recording with 20GB Internal Hard Disk Drive; 4.5 Hours of High-Quality MPEG-2 Video Recording (Average 8.5Mbps, 720x480/60i in ULTRA mode) with Dolby Digital Audio (MOD file); 32x Optical Zoom / 800x Digital Zoom; 2.7" 16: 9 Widescreen Clear LCD Monitor; USB2.0 High-Speed Transfer (up to 12x real time).

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Camera Flash

Type: None

Design

Colour of product:Grey

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disc drive

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:10.9cm
Height:6.9cm
Weight:340g
Width:6.8cm

Display

Display:LCD
Display diagonal:6.86

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

Header

Manufacturer:JVC
Model:GZ-MG27
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:JVC Everio

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (movie):0.4
Optical sensor resolution:800000
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 6
Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:0.8

Lens System

Digital Zoom:800
Filter Size:3.05
Focal length range (f-f):2.3 - 73.6
Lens Aperture:F/2.0-4.5
Max Focal Length:73.6mm
Min Focal Length:2.3mm
Optical Zoom:32
Optical Zoom:33
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

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 Stabiliser:Electronic

Other features

Additional accessories:Y
Auto Focus: Yes
Cable Type:USB
Focus:Manual
Lens system:F2.0 - F4.5
Photo mode: Yes
Power consumption (typical):3.9
Recording speed:1.5 - 8.5Mbps

Ports & interfaces

DV port: No
PictBridge: Yes
S-Video In: No
S-Video Out: Yes

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:Video: 1/2 - 1/4000, Still: 1/2 - 1/500

Storage

Camcorder tape type:Digital 8
Compatible memory cards:SD
Internal storage capacity:20

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:800
Faders:Black & white fader / Black fader / Corner wipe / Door wipe / Scroll wipe / Shutter wipe / Slide wipe / White fader / Window wipe
Media Type:Hard disc 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:10.9
Height :6.9
Weight:340
Width:6.8