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JVC Everio GZ-MG36

alaTest has collected and analyzed 41 reviews of JVC Everio GZ-MG36. 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. People really like the zoom and size. The price and portability also get good reviews. The viewfinder and durability get critical views. There are some mixed views about the image quality.

usability, portability, price, size, zoom

battery, durability, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC Everio GZ-MG36 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 29 user reviews of JVC Everio GZ-MG36 from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviews about the zoom and size are overall positive. The price and usability are also mentioned favorably, but many are negative about the image quality.

portability, usability, price, size, zoom

image quality

76% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: JVC Everio GZ-MG360 60GB Hard Drive Camcorder with 35x Optical ZoomJVC Everio GZ-MG360 60GB Hard Drive Camcorder with 35x Optical Zoom

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: staff (

JVC GZ-MG36 review


Can JVC's HDD offering can match the high Everio standards?

Fantastic pictures in good, natural light ; Impressive manual options

Poor low-light performance

All of the good work that the GZ-MG36 does is let down by the low-light performance

Jan, 2007

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JVC Everlo GZ-MG36 review


The Everio's palmcorder design slips neatly to hand, has a 2.7-inch widescreen and a digitally stabilised 32x optical zoom

This Everio is a safe choice for those who want to trade up from MiniDV with the minimum of hassle

Nov, 2006

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Stuff magazine


The Everio's palmcorder design slips neatly to hand, has a 2.7-inch widescreen and a digitally stabilised 32x optical zoom

This Everio is a safe choice for those who want to trade up from MiniDV with the minimum of hassle

Nov, 2006

Expert review by: Which? (

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Sep, 2008

Expert review by: Colin Barrett (

SimplyDV Review: JVC Everio GZ-MG36 HDD camcorder


Great handling, LCD screen mounted joystick control is a plus, widescreen recording is a good feature (although not "real" 16:9) and good connectivity via USB 2.0 with PCs and Macs via supplied software application bundle. 32x zoom also a nice touch.

Images from single 1/6th inch CCD aren't that good in lower light or with fast moving objects in frame. Can't see why 800x digital zoom is included as a feature, though.

Compared to several recent single CCD MiniDV camcorders, the GZ--MG36 produces very reasonable images and sound for the spec and price. However, its single CCD could let it down in some situations. Great for casual-use home video newbies, all the same.

Expert review by: Consumer Guide (

JVC Everio GZ-MG360 Review and Prices


The JVC Everio GZ-MG360 is a midrange model in the company's 2008 range of HDD DV camcorders. While the unit boasts the same compact design and optical setup as the lower end camcorders, it packs a larger hard disk drive for storing even more video and...

Huge storage capacity, small and light, innovative laser touch operation

Average video performance in good lighting, poor low light performance

Jun, 2008

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JVC Everio GZ-MG360


If you are looking for a camcorder, but don't want the hassle of tapes, take a look at the JVC Everio GZ MG360

Consumer review by: UK Guest (

poor image


I bought this JVC GZ-MG36EK Everio Digital Media Camcorder last June mainly because of the 30 GB hard drive and the remote control...

Nov, 2006

Consumer review by: UK Guest (

better than dvd's


hard drive is the way forward - the JVC GZ-MG36EK Everio Digital Media Camcorder is a good camcorder plenty to do nice zoom, batte...

Jul, 2006

Consumer review by: UK Guest (

damn mod files


The JVC GZ-MG36EK Everio Digital Media Camcorder is good but shame about the filename they used .MOD which is not even usable for ...

Jul, 2006

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; Program AE (Sepia / Black & White / Twilight / Classic Film / Strobe / Snow / Spotlight / Fixed Shutter / Sports); Backlight/Spotlight compensation; White Balance (Auto, MWB, Fine, Cloud, Halogen); Self-Timer; Motor-Drive Shooting; Macro Shooting as close as 5cm with zoom set to Wide; Tele-macro Shooting Distance: up to 40cm; Playlist Video Clip Playback and Slide Show Still Playback; Playback Scene Transitions (White Fader, Black Fader, B&W Fader, Corner Wipe, Window Wipe, Slide Wipe, Door Wipe, Scroll Wipe, Shutter Wipe).


Audio system:Dolby Digital
Built-In Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:JVC BN-VF707U

Camera Flash

Type: None


Colour of product:Black / Grey

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disc drive

Dimensions & Weight



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


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:JVC Everio

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 6
Sensor Type:CCD

Lens System

Digital Zoom:800
Filter Size:3.05
Lens Aperture:F/2.0-4.5
Max Focal Length:73.6mm
Min Focal Length:2.3mm
Optical Zoom:32
Optical Zoom:32 / 35
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

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

Compatible operating systems:Windows XP/2000; Mac OS X 10.3.1 - 10.3.9; 10.4.2/3
Power consumption (typical):2.7

Ports & interfaces

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


Camera shutter speed:1/2 - 1/1000


Internal storage capacity:30 / 60

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:Black & White / Classic Film / Sepia / Snow / Strobe/Black & White / Classic Film / Sepia / Strobe
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Type: None

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:10.9 / 11.9
Height :6.8 / 6.9
Weight:360 / 400
Width:5.4 / 6.8