JVC Everio GZ-MG130 Digital Camcorder - 2.7" LCD - CCD

16:9 - 34x Optical Zoom - 800x Digital Zoom - Electronic IS - 30 GB Hard Drive - MPN: GZMG130US
Product Details
Description
Everio GZ-MG130 with a built-in 30GB hard drive. GZ-MG130 is compact and exceptionally lightweight, and offers 16:9 recording and are equipped with a 2.7 widescreen LCD for real-time viewing of 16:9 aspect ratio video while shooting, and an SD card slot.
Quick Glance
Recording Media Hard Drive, Memory Card
LCD Screen Size 2.7 in
Interface Connection 1 x USB, 1 x Audio/Video Out, 1 x DC Power In
Maximum Video Capture Resolution 640 x 480 (VGA)
Image Stabilization Electronic
Product Type Palm Held Camcorder
normalized-Optical Zoom 34
normalized-Weight 11.29
Expert Reviews
Jvc Everio Gz-mg130
2.5 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Jul 16, 2008

Jvc Everio Gz-mg130 receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS score of 2.12 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #21 Flash camcorder of all time. The overall rating represents an intelligent balance of features, value as a function of price to features, and a summary of reviews from a variety of sources. The TopTen REVIEWS' formula gives a picture of important consumer features, market value, and a product's acceptance and track record as it relates to similar products.

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JVC Everio GZ-MG130
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 22, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 7 expert reviews for JVC Everio GZ-MG130 and the average expert rating is 77 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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ReviewGist for JVC Everio GZ-MG130 Camcorder
3 Star Review  reviewgist.com - Apr 30, 2010

Video is Average according to 5 Camcorder experts. -- "Image stabilisation is impressive."-techradar.com -- "The purples and reds of the flowers are vibrant, and the bold contrast makes for a very dynamic image."-techradar.com -- "Image quality is good."-tech.co.uk Read more to find expert opinions on more features like Optics, Battery, Interface, etc.

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User Reviews
Great camcorder!
4 Star Review   By member shanlivingston21 - Dec 12, 2012   

Strengths: Hard Drive (30GB too, not just 20GB - means more space)

Weakness: so far, I don't find

I think for the money, this is one heck of a camera. I've read other posts about 3CCD cameras, and battery life. If you want 3CCD, buy a 3CCD. No camera I've found comes with a decent battery, I've always had to buy an extended cap battery. I shoot/edit video on a daily basis for TV commercials and events, and I'm definitely using this camera as a primary or secondary shot. Kudos JVC, nice product.

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never again
2 Star Review     

Strengths: lightweight,compact

Weakness: Can't download software form jvc,Low mic quality

I can clearly state right here that I will never buy another jvc product.They have the worst service possible.Sent in for mic repair, took 61 days to get back and still didn't work had to return again. I will be trying to trade this camera in for something else.

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NICE SHOT
4 Star Review     

Strengths: VERY SMALL AND GOOD ZOOM

Weakness: DID,T GET YET

I LIKE THIS CAMCORDER! I ONLY PAY $190.00 FOR THIS CAM. CUZ I BOUGHT IT FROM STORE CLOSING SALE. IT BEEN 1YEAR AGO. AND I M USING IT & I GOT VERY GOOD REGULTS EVEN ON PICTURE,S TOO I NEVER HAD ANY PROBLEM WITH THIS CAMCORDER.

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Horrible support from JVC
1 Star Review   By member president21us - Jan 24, 2010   

Strengths: good picture

Weakness: you can't really transfer any files without their "special" software which happens to be a "third party supplier" which produces them

I bought this camcorder and the software CD was missing but I didn't look into that because I was told that I can get the files in order using another program. Balony. Doesn't work. No audio. And JVC has crappy support and tries to rip off by selling parts after you buy a 500 dollar camera

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Terrible Customer Support from JVC
1 Star Review   By member tflora - Feb 1, 2009   

Strengths: small and light design

Weakness: Cannot download driver if lost or currupted, can only save files to your computer in .mod format (a proprietary format not recognized by most video software).

I will never purchase another JVC product. Recently I purchased a new computer and needed to reinstall the driver for my camcorder. Unfortunately, I could not find my original disc that came with the camera. I looked all over the web for the correct driver so that my computer would recognize my camera, but could not find it. Finally I contacted JVC support and was told that the driver was a third party software, provided by cyberlink, and that they did not offer it for download. I would need to purchase a copy of the original disc for $29.95. After spending about $500.00 for the camcorder, I am shocked that JVC cannot offer more support for its consumers. To sell a product that you do not own the rights for the necessary driver is incredible. I would advise anyone against buying a JVC product. If you already have, be prepared to receive zero customer support.

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Good bang for the buck
4 Star Review   By member JayDanielz - Aug 8, 2008   

Strengths: MPEG2 recording, 34x optical zoom, manual features, lightweight, ease of menu operations, "drop detection".

Weakness: manual lens cover, low-quality front mounted light

I think for the money, this is one heck of a camera. I've read other posts about 3CCD cameras, and battery life. If you want 3CCD, buy a 3CCD. No camera I've found comes with a decent battery, I've always had to buy an extended cap battery. I shoot/edit video on a daily basis for TV commercials and events, and I'm definitely using this camera as a primary or secondary shot. Right alongside my Panasonic 3CCD DVC30 camera. Kudos JVC, nice product.

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Nice little camera to fit in your pocket
4 Star Review   By member batti19 - Feb 23, 2008   

Strengths: 30 gb hd, small and compact, no need to buy tapes or cds

Weakness: this camera does not take great stills pictures

After looking and comparing to other camera this camera is just as good as the high def camera out there and a whole lot cheaper. It has a 30gb hard drive as well as it has the capability to use memory cards if you want to. The software that comes with the camera makes it easier to move the data from the camera to pc without that software if may become a burden to try and figure out on your own. The program sorts out the movies and picture by date. The zoom on this camera is far and you will need to keep a steady hand in order to get a stable picture or an un-fuzzy view. The controls have been easy to master. Don't get the camera if you are looking for a camera that takes great video and great still pictures. It's a still compared to other brands of the same type

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NO MIC JACK!!!!
4 Star Review     

Strengths: Excelent quality picture, amazing zooming, camera is decent

Weakness: very sensitive to shaky hands the slightest movement and it blurs photos and shows up on video so a tripod is a must

Like i said above it has excelent picture quality amazing zooming 32x 800x if you tweak around with settings, and it dosn't need tapes or discs which means you can easily edit. Some downfalls though, very sensitive to shakiness. almost imediatly after i got the camera i made a tripod (im not paying $200 for a camera stand...) but THERE IS NO MIC JACK!!!!! NO!!!!! i literaly have to have a laptop with me to get decent around room sound. another down is there's no head phone jack so you cant hear your audio quality. light is decent but then again lighting is a bear with film making.

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Light-weight tapeless Camcorder
4 Star Review   By member abharati - Feb 22, 2008   

Strengths: Light weight, Tapeless/HDD, Good price

Weakness: Worst Still Picture quality, Low battery life, Timestamp vanishes when video downloaded to PC

I love this camcorder. Low weight and no tape increases its usability. There is no Hub / Port for adding external light. I was not able to edit the video on the camcorder, I had to download to PC to edit it. It is worth for the money. If you don't worry about still picture, timestamp and want to spend some money for spare battery, then go for it.

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Very nice for the price
4 Star Review   By member ggruetze - Jan 9, 2008   

Strengths: Amazing zoom. Compact size. Very user friendly. No tapes.

Weakness: No viewfinder. Terrible still shot.

So far I am very pleased with this camcorder. It is extremely user friendly. No special software needed to view your movies instantly on your computer. This is probably not the best bet for someone who uses their camcorder extensively on trips where they can't get to a computer due to the fact that it only holds about 7.5 hours of video (I say only but that is more than enough for us) The battery that comes with it lasts about 1.5 hours. A backup battery is recommended. I love not having to dub movies off of a tape to get them to play back on my computer. Not having a viewfinder was a little wierd for me. I prefer to use it to save battery power at times but definitely not a big minus. Also the still photo shot is not worth beans but I didn't buy it for that feature so again, not a big minus in my opinion. The video itself is sharp and clear. I have not had any lighting problems using it around the house and the sheer instant gratification of being able to watch the movies without hassle means this has already gotten almost as much use in this short period of time as our old one did in the couple of years that we had it.

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Product Details
Description
Everio GZ-MG130 with a built-in 30GB hard drive. GZ-MG130 is compact and exceptionally lightweight, and offers 16:9 recording and are equipped with a 2.7 widescreen LCD for real-time viewing of 16:9 aspect ratio video while shooting, and an SD card slot.
Quick Glance
Recording Media Hard Drive, Memory Card
LCD Screen Size 2.7 in
Interface Connection 1 x USB, 1 x Audio/Video Out, 1 x DC Power In
Maximum Video Capture Resolution 640 x 480 (VGA)
Image Stabilization Electronic
Product Type Palm Held Camcorder
normalized-Optical Zoom 34
normalized-Weight 11.29
Summary
Product Title JVC Everio GZ-MG130 Digital Camcorder - 2.7" LCD - CCD
Manufacturer JVC
Power Score 3.6 | 22 Reviews
Image Processor
Image Sensor: CCD
Image Sensor Quantity: 1
Image Sensor Size: 1/6"
Lens Features
Optical Zoom: 34 X
Digital Zoom: 800x
Filter Diameter: 30.50 mm
Video Recording
Video Capture Format: DV
General Features
Additional Features: Built-in Light, Built-in Speaker
Hard Drive Capacity: 30 GB
Power
Battery Life: 1.58 Hour
Power Source: Lithium Battery
Dimensions
Dimensions: 2.80" Height x 2.60" Width x 4.33" Depth - Approximate
Weight: 11.29 oz, 12.87 oz
Warranty
Warranty Information: 1 Year Limited Warranty
More Info
URL: Manufacturer Link
Additional Specifications
Image Format: JPEG
Built-in Memory: 30 GB
Product Line: Everio
White Balance: Auto
Focus Features: Auto Focus
Total Camcorder Resolution: 0.8 Megapixel
Product Model: GZ-MG130
Effective Image Resolution: 0.3 Megapixel
Brand Name: JVC
Maximum Image Resolution: 640 x 480
Parent Product Type: Camcorder
Included Components: Battery, Cables - Audio/Video, Cables - USB, Carrying Strap, Editing Software
Audio Support: Stereo
Exposure Control: Program AE
Maximum Video Lines: 625
Green Compliance: Yes
Parent Retsku: B000MAFS7S
Max Horizontal Image Resolution: 640 pixels
Frequency Band: Multi-Language On-Screen MenuHard Disk Protection with Drop Detection and Floating SuspensionBacklight/Spotlight compensationSelf-TimerPlaylist Video Clip Playback and Slide Show Still PlaybackIn-Camera File EditingPlayback Scene Transitions
Exposure Settings: Auto Exposure, Multiple Program Modes
Max Vertical Image Resolution: 480 pixels
Expert Reviews
Jvc Everio Gz-mg130
2.5 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Jul 16, 2008

Jvc Everio Gz-mg130 receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS score of 2.12 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #21 Flash camcorder of all time. The overall rating represents an intelligent balance of features, value as a function of price to features, and a summary of reviews from a variety of sources. The TopTen REVIEWS' formula gives a picture of important consumer features, market value, and a product's acceptance and track record as it relates to similar products.

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JVC Everio GZ-MG130
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 22, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 7 expert reviews for JVC Everio GZ-MG130 and the average expert rating is 77 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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ReviewGist for JVC Everio GZ-MG130 Camcorder
3 Star Review  reviewgist.com - Apr 30, 2010

Video is Average according to 5 Camcorder experts. -- "Image stabilisation is impressive."-techradar.com -- "The purples and reds of the flowers are vibrant, and the bold contrast makes for a very dynamic image."-techradar.com -- "Image quality is good."-tech.co.uk Read more to find expert opinions on more features like Optics, Battery, Interface, etc.

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User Reviews
Great camcorder!
4 Star Review   By member shanlivingston21 - Dec 12, 2012   

Strengths: Hard Drive (30GB too, not just 20GB - means more space)

Weakness: so far, I don't find

I think for the money, this is one heck of a camera. I've read other posts about 3CCD cameras, and battery life. If you want 3CCD, buy a 3CCD. No camera I've found comes with a decent battery, I've always had to buy an extended cap battery. I shoot/edit video on a daily basis for TV commercials and events, and I'm definitely using this camera as a primary or secondary shot. Kudos JVC, nice product.

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never again
2 Star Review     

Strengths: lightweight,compact

Weakness: Can't download software form jvc,Low mic quality

I can clearly state right here that I will never buy another jvc product.They have the worst service possible.Sent in for mic repair, took 61 days to get back and still didn't work had to return again. I will be trying to trade this camera in for something else.

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NICE SHOT
4 Star Review     

Strengths: VERY SMALL AND GOOD ZOOM

Weakness: DID,T GET YET

I LIKE THIS CAMCORDER! I ONLY PAY $190.00 FOR THIS CAM. CUZ I BOUGHT IT FROM STORE CLOSING SALE. IT BEEN 1YEAR AGO. AND I M USING IT & I GOT VERY GOOD REGULTS EVEN ON PICTURE,S TOO I NEVER HAD ANY PROBLEM WITH THIS CAMCORDER.

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Horrible support from JVC
1 Star Review   By member president21us - Jan 24, 2010   

Strengths: good picture

Weakness: you can't really transfer any files without their "special" software which happens to be a "third party supplier" which produces them

I bought this camcorder and the software CD was missing but I didn't look into that because I was told that I can get the files in order using another program. Balony. Doesn't work. No audio. And JVC has crappy support and tries to rip off by selling parts after you buy a 500 dollar camera

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Terrible Customer Support from JVC
1 Star Review   By member tflora - Feb 1, 2009   

Strengths: small and light design

Weakness: Cannot download driver if lost or currupted, can only save files to your computer in .mod format (a proprietary format not recognized by most video software).

I will never purchase another JVC product. Recently I purchased a new computer and needed to reinstall the driver for my camcorder. Unfortunately, I could not find my original disc that came with the camera. I looked all over the web for the correct driver so that my computer would recognize my camera, but could not find it. Finally I contacted JVC support and was told that the driver was a third party software, provided by cyberlink, and that they did not offer it for download. I would need to purchase a copy of the original disc for $29.95. After spending about $500.00 for the camcorder, I am shocked that JVC cannot offer more support for its consumers. To sell a product that you do not own the rights for the necessary driver is incredible. I would advise anyone against buying a JVC product. If you already have, be prepared to receive zero customer support.

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Good bang for the buck
4 Star Review   By member JayDanielz - Aug 8, 2008   

Strengths: MPEG2 recording, 34x optical zoom, manual features, lightweight, ease of menu operations, "drop detection".

Weakness: manual lens cover, low-quality front mounted light

I think for the money, this is one heck of a camera. I've read other posts about 3CCD cameras, and battery life. If you want 3CCD, buy a 3CCD. No camera I've found comes with a decent battery, I've always had to buy an extended cap battery. I shoot/edit video on a daily basis for TV commercials and events, and I'm definitely using this camera as a primary or secondary shot. Right alongside my Panasonic 3CCD DVC30 camera. Kudos JVC, nice product.

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Nice little camera to fit in your pocket
4 Star Review   By member batti19 - Feb 23, 2008   

Strengths: 30 gb hd, small and compact, no need to buy tapes or cds

Weakness: this camera does not take great stills pictures

After looking and comparing to other camera this camera is just as good as the high def camera out there and a whole lot cheaper. It has a 30gb hard drive as well as it has the capability to use memory cards if you want to. The software that comes with the camera makes it easier to move the data from the camera to pc without that software if may become a burden to try and figure out on your own. The program sorts out the movies and picture by date. The zoom on this camera is far and you will need to keep a steady hand in order to get a stable picture or an un-fuzzy view. The controls have been easy to master. Don't get the camera if you are looking for a camera that takes great video and great still pictures. It's a still compared to other brands of the same type

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NO MIC JACK!!!!
4 Star Review     

Strengths: Excelent quality picture, amazing zooming, camera is decent

Weakness: very sensitive to shaky hands the slightest movement and it blurs photos and shows up on video so a tripod is a must

Like i said above it has excelent picture quality amazing zooming 32x 800x if you tweak around with settings, and it dosn't need tapes or discs which means you can easily edit. Some downfalls though, very sensitive to shakiness. almost imediatly after i got the camera i made a tripod (im not paying $200 for a camera stand...) but THERE IS NO MIC JACK!!!!! NO!!!!! i literaly have to have a laptop with me to get decent around room sound. another down is there's no head phone jack so you cant hear your audio quality. light is decent but then again lighting is a bear with film making.

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Light-weight tapeless Camcorder
4 Star Review   By member abharati - Feb 22, 2008   

Strengths: Light weight, Tapeless/HDD, Good price

Weakness: Worst Still Picture quality, Low battery life, Timestamp vanishes when video downloaded to PC

I love this camcorder. Low weight and no tape increases its usability. There is no Hub / Port for adding external light. I was not able to edit the video on the camcorder, I had to download to PC to edit it. It is worth for the money. If you don't worry about still picture, timestamp and want to spend some money for spare battery, then go for it.

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Very nice for the price
4 Star Review   By member ggruetze - Jan 9, 2008   

Strengths: Amazing zoom. Compact size. Very user friendly. No tapes.

Weakness: No viewfinder. Terrible still shot.

So far I am very pleased with this camcorder. It is extremely user friendly. No special software needed to view your movies instantly on your computer. This is probably not the best bet for someone who uses their camcorder extensively on trips where they can't get to a computer due to the fact that it only holds about 7.5 hours of video (I say only but that is more than enough for us) The battery that comes with it lasts about 1.5 hours. A backup battery is recommended. I love not having to dub movies off of a tape to get them to play back on my computer. Not having a viewfinder was a little wierd for me. I prefer to use it to save battery power at times but definitely not a big minus. Also the still photo shot is not worth beans but I didn't buy it for that feature so again, not a big minus in my opinion. The video itself is sharp and clear. I have not had any lighting problems using it around the house and the sheer instant gratification of being able to watch the movies without hassle means this has already gotten almost as much use in this short period of time as our old one did in the couple of years that we had it.

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Very Dissappointing
1 Star Review   By bikekadude on Buydig.com - Dec 22, 2007   

Strengths: Small. Relatively easy to use

Weakness: No time/date stamp on downloaded video. Image quality so-so

I bought this camera for surveylance. After I tried it out, I found out that the time/date stamping does not download to a PC with the video. You can only get this feature by buying the prorietary "Share Station" DVD recorder ($200). I spent half an hour on the phone with a JVC Technician to find out why. He said "thats the way we make'em" (what??). This seems like a no-brainer to me. JVC support is dismal. I would avoid this one or any other JVC.

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No Time/Date Stamp on Downloaded Video
2 Star Review   By Bikeka on Buydig.com - Dec 17, 2007   

Strengths: Compact and relatively easy to use.

Weakness: No time/date stamping on video downloaded to a PC.

I spent half an hour on the phone with a JVC Tech on why this camera does not include the time/date stamping on video downloaded to a PC! You must buy the separate "Share Station" DVD recorder which is propietary. This is a function that should be a no brainer! The only explaination I got from JVC was that "this is the way we've always done it". (WHAT??). I needed this feature for video surveillance and to show in a court room.

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bundle does not worth
2 Star Review   By fanxing on Buydig.com - Dec 16, 2007   

Strengths: the camcorder deserves its price

Weakness: all accessories suck.The bag looks like 4 or 5 dollars. The battery is over three times thicker than the original one.

I really regret to buy this buddle, I'd rather buy the camcorder without any accessories. If possible, I would like to return all the accessories.Buydig really sucks for charging a 10% refunding fee even if the product is defective.

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Great camcorder!
5 Star Review   By member neotieland - Dec 11, 2007   

Strengths: Low media cost as it uses the hard drive. Easy to use.

Weakness: Wish it had 3 CCDs like my other camcorder.

This is my first hard disk camcorder I own. So far I have been really pleased with it. I don't have to worry much switching the tape in between of the important event as I can record hours of hours of recording time. The quality is good but I wish the color is more like my other camera which has 3 CCDs. Other than than, everything is great. The battery life last much longer than I expected, however, I would recommend to get the spare battery just in case.

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tapeless/disc less compact camcorder
3 Star Review   By laheri on Buydig.com - Nov 9, 2007   

Strengths: compact light weight,price wise cheapest HDD camcorder

Weakness: low battery life,poor picture quality in low light,video light not too effective,still picture not good,even in cell phone you can get good picture than this camcorder.

Overall price wise below $ 500 this HDD camcorder is ok but picture quality is not so good,Image stabilisation is electronic/digital and not optical image stabilisation so use of Tripod is must.Still photo is merely ok.

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could be a first digital camcorder..
3 Star Review     

Strengths: no disks or tapes...great advantage, easy to use

Weakness: the picture quality is not that good

Bought it yestrerday..and tested it. Not supremely satsfied !! It could be your first digital camcorder...but you are in for disappointment if you want sharper video or still image quality.

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very good, I like it
4 Star Review   By member qianlaohan - Sep 2, 2007   

Strengths: slight & small enough, it's cool!!!

Weakness: so far, I don't find

without installing special driver , I can see the 30G hd and get the movie files from pc, that's very convenient, it really took me a little time to learn how to operate the camcorder before I am ready to use it. when I play the movie file in my laptop, the image quality (720x480, fine mode) is totally accepted as well. The 34x optical zoom does give me an shock impression!!!

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Good value for money
4 Star Review     

Strengths: Good entry level camcorder, easy to use, decent video quality, low price

Weakness: Audio picks up everything, no external mike jack, tiny zoom button,

Overall a very decent camcorder, especially for the price paid (about $400). No aftermarket batteries yet,, and the JVC batteries are overly expensive. Will wait another few weeks to get the aftermarket ones. The recording is fairly simple and video quality is adequate for this level camcorder. The buttons are awfully small though, and it's rather tough to hold such a small camcorder stable. Even the noise of my fingers moving over the camcorder or twiddling with the zoom is picked up by the mike. I guess this is noticeable only in a very quiet environment, whilst is a regular noisy family situation it would be much less obvious. Bottom line, This is not a professional camcorder, and thus has none of the features available in a professional camcorder. But the price isn't of a professional camcorder, so we get very decent quality for our money. Overall I love it, and don't regret my purchase.

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Love this camcorder - GZ-MG130U
5 Star Review   By member ric_santos - Mar 22, 2007   

Strengths: Hard Drive (30GB too, not just 20GB - means more space), NO MORE TAPES (Thank you)!!!!!

Weakness: Limited capabilities (see below), but not nearly enough to change how I feel about this product--really am HAPPY with it.

Limited capabilities such as, and by the way, to me these are just very minor compared to the great advantages of this video recorder: 1)No (tape or video) counter during playback--closest thing is actual time stamp on-screen. I'm used to seeing during playback how much time I took in recording my videos 2)No memory function during playback so when you play your recorded footages you always have to start from the beginning of that particular footage taken; but this is countered by (if I'm not mistaken) 4x speeds of rewind and fast forward so it's fairly easy to get back to where you left off 3)No real editing features available on the recorder itself. I was expecting that there would at least be a "cut" and possibly "paste" feature to at least trim the footages and retain only what I really need; there is, however, software for this which has to be installed on your PC, though I haven't really had time to get too familiar with it. I'm not the heavy video editing type so I'm not real fussy about this 4)Low light image visibility is not real good, but acceptable (kind of obvious though because low light, so get more light or record in places with more light). Overall, I really DO LOVE this camcorder. I am so happy I bought this. Price was much lower than I would have expected for this new kind of technology for camcorders too (less than $500, but I actually got this as a gift so even better). I had bought for my first camcorder a Sony mini-DV that cost much more than a thousand ('nuff said, huh?)

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