JVC EVERIO 20HDD CAMCORDER.
Ive had the JVC camcorder over a month and up to now havent found anything i dont like about it.the picture quality is excellent, ease of use is excellent, even my small grandson doesnt have a problem using it.A close friend of ours saw it picked it up, never seeing this model before and wasnt told by any one how to use it, and took some lovely footage with out a single instruction.The menu is also easy to use, and is no problem finding your way around the extras this camcorder has to offer.The camcorder also is able to tell you how much charge is in the battery and expected video usage in minutes.Which is very handy,10 minutes video usage isnt any good when you need 20 minutes,so a charge is required, better then going out and the battery dieing on you.
Its light and compact and fits easily into the palm of you hand, with the controls easy to reach.with so much memory 20GB I use it on best quality, and never have to worry if im going to run out. it comes with a memory card slot also so incase you need it, but ive never had to use it.
The software on first inspection seems to be a nightmare, but given patience and some thought is realy is quite easy to use. it comes in two parts. I use one part to view/edit the footage, and then decide on wether it is a DVD quality, web streaming using real player/windows media, and select the one i require. The second part burns the footage, and has a handy "add to DVD disc" function. so even a month later its possible to add your new footage to the DVD. No longer stuck with 10 minutes of footage on one DVD and 10 minutes on another DVD. Edit the DVD using cyberlink software and add them all together (with chapters) on one DVD disc.without any reduction in DVD size or quality, some software does the same but you lose 50% of the DVD, ie 2GB not the usual 4GB but cyberlink allows you to add 4GB of video as normal.
Ive heard complains that it doesnt fuction to well in low light, but up to now i havent experienced this, ive videoed indoors, but not partially low light, and havent had a problem.It does come with an external light for dark situations but i havent used that at the moment, maybe in the winter months it may come in handy.
One down side, its only 0.3 mega pixel when using still photography, which as most will know is email quality. not the usual 3-7 mega pixel that digial still cameras have, but thats not a problem with me as i only use the JVC for video and my Olympus 4 mega camera for stills.
So all in all id say ease of use 100%, quality of video 100%, compact 100%, software 100%. still photography doesnt get a % as i dont use the JVC for stills.
One other thing i will mention, the memory card camcorder i had, the screen would "white out" in sunny conditions, and make it impossible to know what you were actually pointing the camcorder at, but the JVC doesnt.ive used it in Lanzarote on a bright summers day 28C and its never "white out" on me, ive always seen what i was videoing.
25 of 25 people found this review helpful.
JVC HDD Camcorder
Bought this camera on the spur of the moment as I was travelling to New York with a Brass Band for the St.Patricks Day parade and I was tasked with recording the event.
What a great little camera... Did "exactly what it said on the tin"
Small and compact it fits in the palm of your hand and neatly into your jacket pocket.
Video quality was excellent and a quick flick of a switch allows you to take still pics.
It was a doddle to use,the controls were simple and like a Nokia phone you know you like them because you don't need the manual to operate them, everything is there in front of you and straightforward to use.
Great zoom on it and recorded great long shots from the Empire State.
Having had the usual Camcorders over the years with various discs, tapes etc,
the built in 20GB HDD was a Godsend.... no more loading of tapes or mini discs.
As anyone who had experience of the old formats will understand the wait for the tape or mini disc to start up and record seemed to take forever,
With the JVC it was very quick,
Over the course of our trip we took hours of recording and it never filled the HDD.
Because there is no tapes or discs spinning there is less of a load on the battery thus you can get a huge amount of recording done before the battery starts to weaken.
A quick charge will restore it to its former glory.
I loved the fact that you had a standby facility so the moment you opened the screen door it would start up and be ready to record.
The usual leads and software discs made downloading to a PC no problem.
The movie maker software seems quite good but will take some practise to perfect.
Cant really say anything bad about this camcorder,for the money its a great little compact item, easy to carry and give great results with ease of use.
The 20 HDD is more than adequate for most trips.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
My everio cam
Out of the box this camera is real easy to work . Like most video camera's it is real bad at night and in the dark , But its relay for well lit or outdoor use . Zoom is unreal ---fantastic ....Battery not the best you need to carry spare charged battery but are cheap ....the SD is really for direct record as if you put it in to the camera and need to copy vidio to it you cant . the only copy is for still photos and these are real low res pics even set to fine . But im getting great use for vidio and can have in on pc in mins to edit ....that what i wanted and this is what its good for ....
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
JVC Hard Drive Camcorder
This is a compact camcorder with a large viewing screen. The main reason I purchased it was the 20gb hard drive and the fact you can also take still pictures with the camera. I find the results very good, hard to fault and the 32x zoom very useful indeed. The only downside is that the movies do not appear to be transferable to CD/DVD as the format is different. You can watch them on a TV or store them on cards if the hard drive gets full at some future date. However, 20gb is a very large capacity. I would also suggest purchasing an additional battery (the one with the camera lasts 1 hour).
13 of 13 people found this review helpful.
JVC Everio GZ-MG21 Flash Media Camcorder
I decided to buy this camera, as I had lost my prevoious one, which was the same make and model. I like this camera as it is very compact and very user friendly, the menu and instrutions are very clear. One asset is the remote control, as this enables the camera to be set up and has all the controls that can be attained manually. I have taken quite a few movies of mysself working in the garden, also of friends and myself playing bowls, whih we were able to replay and find what we were doing wrong. The zoom is very good as one can zom in whilst shooting a movie. One thing that I have a little gripe about is the sound, on replay the volume cannot be altered, and is difficult to pick up sounds at a distance.