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JVC Everio GZ-MG30

alaTest has collected and analyzed 107 reviews of JVC Everio GZ-MG30. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the durability and zoom. The size and portability also get good feedback, but there are some mixed comments about the price and image quality. Many are negative about the finish and viewfinder.

usability, portability, size, zoom, durability

battery, viewfinder, finish

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC Everio GZ-MG30 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for JVC Everio GZ-MG30

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 13 user reviews of JVC Everio GZ-MG30 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the durability and image quality. The size and portability also get good feedback, but there are some negative reviews about the zoom and viewfinder.

usability, portability, size, image quality, durability

price, battery, viewfinder, zoom

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: JVC GZ-MG30EK HDD Camcorder [1MP, 25x Optical Zoom, 2.5" LCD]JVC GZ-MG30EK HDD Camcorder [1MP, 25x Optical Zoom, 2.5" LCD]

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for JVC Everio GZ-MG30

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 58 user reviews of JVC Everio GZ-MG30 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. Views about the durability and size are overall positive. The price and usability also get good opinions, whereas there are some negative reviews about the finish and viewfinder.

portability, usability, price, size, durability

image quality, viewfinder, finish

74% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: JVC Everio GZ-MG30 30 GB Hard Disk Drive Camcorder w/25x Optical ZoomJVC Everio GZ-MG30 30 GB Hard Disk Drive Camcorder w/25x Optical Zoom

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Terry Sullivan (pcmag.com)

JVC Everio GZ-MG30U

 

CCDType: Single CCD

Great size. Very usable menu system.

Too expensive given its mediocre video quality. Compatibility issues with video-editing tools.

The Everio GZ-MG30 has some innovative features, especially the ability to record to the hard drive, but the video quality is disappointing.

Oct, 2005

Expert review by: Denny Atkin (cnet.com)

JVC Everio GZ-MG30U review:

 

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-MG30U's amazing recording capacity and tiny size still make it an enticing device.

Sep, 2005

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

JVC Everio GZ-MG30

 

Though the short battery life and mediocre image quality are frustrating, the JVC Everio GZ-MG30'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.

Sep, 2005

Expert review by: Easy Camcorder (easycamcorders.com)

Expert Review

 

If I were to compile a list of man's greatest follies (the Top 10, or so) there would surely be a large bag from which to choose. Who knows? Maybe the GZ-MG30 wouldn't even make the list. But trust me, this camcorder is somewhere in that bag. You'll do...

Recording Capacity, -Optical Zoom Specs

Video Performance, -Low Light, -Still Performance

Sep, 2005

Expert review by: David Kender (camcorderinfo.com)

JVC GZ-MG30 Camcorder Review - HDD

 

The JVC Everio Series is banking on the future of camcorders. Most manufacturers have begun to move towards non-tape recording, but JVC has taken the biggest step into the consumer market. The GZ-MG30 represents one of four models in the G Series....

Sep, 2005

Consumer review by: UK Guest (reviewstop.co.uk)

Good Recorder shame about the accessories

 

This JVC GZ MG30EK HDD is a good camcorder - easy to use with good results,BUT there is No viewfinder so you have to use the LCD s...

Jan, 2006

Consumer review by: UK Guest (reviewstop.co.uk)

JVC GZ-MG30EK

 

Just had a great present from my family, a JVC GZ-MG30EK video / stills camera, it's fantastic, & NO messing with tapes & the...

Dec, 2005

Consumer review by: UK Guest (reviewstop.co.uk)

Small but perfectly formed...

 

The JVC GZ MG30EK HDD is a 30Gb Hard Disk CamCorder which is simplicity itself. It's very light and easy to use. I didn'...

Dec, 2005

Consumer review by: Anonymous (cnet.com.au)

"A solid camcorder"

 

As mentioned in the review, the image quality isnt great and the low-light pictures are grainy, but overall, the camera has everything you need to capture your favourite moments.

Apr, 2006

Consumer review by: mumtoone (productreview.com.au)

Excellent

 

We bought this camera for our trip to the USA a few years ago. Its easy to use, has good video quality and is small and compact enough to fit in almost any bag. When we bought it we were told the still shots would be good too but they're not as good as...

Light, compact, easy to use.

Photot's aren't the best but it is a video camera after all.

Sep, 2010
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Product Specifications

Don't tape it. Don't worry about reloading discs either, because the palm sized GZ-MG30 records over 30 hours of video on its high-capacity 30 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 7 hours of almost DVD movie quality. The FINE mode will record at DVD camcorder quality for 10.5 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. EveryEverio 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

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disc drive

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:10.9cm
Height:7cm
Weight:0.3kg
Width:6.7cm

Display

Display:LCD
Display diagonal:6.35
Display Resolution:112000

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-MG30/GZ-MG30EK
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:JVC Everio

Image sensor

Total MegaPixels:0.8

Lens System

Digital Zoom:800
Filter Size:2.7
Focal length range (f-f):2.2 - 55
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 Effective Video Resolution:340Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:800Kpix
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

Cable Type:AV/USB
Focus:F1.8 - F3.2
I/O ports:USB 2.0/1.1, AV Out, S-Video Connector Out, DC In.
Lens system:Super Hi-Resolution Lens
Power consumption (typical):4.5
Power requirements:AC 11V

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Digital Photo Navigator (Win); \nPowerProducer (Win);\nPowerDirector Express (Win);\nPowerDVD (Win);\nCapty MPEG Edit EX (Mac);

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/2 - 1/4000

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
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 :7
Weight:380
Width:6.7