I waited a while before writing my review to really experience this camera. I went through some trial and error in the beginning but i really am enjoying the camera. I am not a professional videographer so this camera is fine for me. I have been taping all my son’s basketball games and after a few times, i finally found a sports mode which works great. The camera is a perfect size. The convenience of not using tapes is incredible. I would suggest downloading your film often. It takes 11 minutes to download about an hour worth of filming. Since the camera can hold over 30 hours of information, i would not suggest downloading all the material at once.
That’s the only drawback that i find with this camera. 640×480 still pictures means you still have to lug the old digital still camera along as well. As for the ‘proprietary’ mod file format, don’t be fooled – simply transfer the files to your pc and rename the extension to mpg. The files will open & display just fine in whatever video software you already have. No need to buy ridiculous add-on software.
JVC Everio GZ-MG30 30 GB Hard Disk Drive Camcorder w/25x Optical Zoom (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- 30 GB hard-drive camcorder; high-quality MPEG-2 recording
- F1.8 lens, 680K CCD, 25x optical zoom, 800x digital zoom
- 2.5-inch clear LCD monitor, power linked operation
- USB 2.0 high-speed interface
- Three-dimensional noise reduction for clear picture
I am a bit perplexed by the odd reviews this camcorder has gotten. Personally, i am very happy with mine. Of course, i don’t profess to be a geek.
I read all the reviews and have to say i have no idea what they are talking about. Sure you need a computer thats not 3 years old and up to date software like anything thats new these days. But just imagine never having to buy tapes or cd’s again. And the picture is always prefect.I am in love with this camcorder. Its like my forth one and i had the best dvd camcorder, there is just no way to compair them. Inside, outside, in the sun, in the dark are all a great picture. My sister used it for her sons birthday , now she bought one of her own and loves it as much as i do. And all the people having issues transfering video files or pictures to anything, hmmm, i dont know but it takes me 5 to 10 minutes to sort and then i just burn them. You have to buy this camcorder, you’ll love it.
The image quality, small form-factor, small size, large hard drive, and battery life make this a winner. Mod files are a pain in the butt. The only thing that you can view these with is the powerdvd viewer. In order to convert these files to avi or mpeg i had to by something called power producer, and let the computer work for an hour to convert a large file to mpeg. The camara should have an option to compress to mpeg. This is similar to what the early kodak digital camaras, such as the dc-120, did in saving images to the proprietary. Hopefully generation 2 will have mpeg conversion built in. Anyhow, better and easier than converting from tape. A buy if you need a camcorder now.
JVC Everio GZ-MG30 30 GB Hard Disk Drive Camcorder w/25x Optical Zoom (Discontinued by Manufacturer) : After buying this product i found out the hard way that the only way this works as advertised is with a fairly new computer, preferable with a media center. I spent many, many, many frustrating hours trying to get the system to work on my 3 year old machine (windows xp with plenty of memory). In the meantime i loaded the cyberlink software into my old machine (with windows 98) just to print out the docs, and the software completly fried the computer. So, we replaced the old computer with a new hp and voila, the camera and software now run as easy as the ads claimed. I think this camera is great, but most likely ahead of the general public’s access to the hardware to make it function as it is intended. Unless you have a new system with a media center or are ready to upgrade, i would not recommend purchase.
The only thing that gives me pause is its propensity to physically generate heat to the point of becoming uncomfortable to hold. This is a well known problem within the jvc line itself. (much like honda cars and bikes having bad rings. They’ve known forever – but they just never correct it. )for all the reviews that we read and write, nothing is ever gonna replace actually holding the equipment and shooting with it. You can have the best camera on the planet and if it’s uncomfortable to you, then you’re simply not going to get the most out of it. I’m a workin’ newsmedia junkie and actually have nearly 20 separate video cameras – and nearly as many digital still cameras. Cause no company is ever gonna make the ‘perfect’ camera. In fact, they go to great lengths not to. So it’s up to me to know which voodoo combination of cameras i’ll need to coax the best work out under whatever the conditions. In fact, the old ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’ thing is fully in play here. Some folks actually like the block/blended foilage look – or a special off green saw ii tint.
In regards to whether or not you should keep your old camera, that’s up to you. Really, most people are turning their video into digital anyways, so it’s really not a question anymore. This just facilitates that process. However, keep in mind one thing: digital items fail. Then again, so does analogue. But now instead of having 7 tapes and only 1 failing, you have 7 hours in one spot. Personally, i’d rather this than the old tapes. Also note, this is the first release of a hdd based video camera. Either a, the price will come down and you’ll kick yourself in the butt, or they’ll keep coming out with better versions quickly for a while. But this is mostly based off the ipod frenzy.
I’ve just bought my everio g last saturday(april 1, 2006). The exterior design is really nice coz it’s small and when my family saw it they were surprised, in a good way. I’ve been checking out the everio g site for quite sometime before i bought one so i’m pretty much aware of its features and stuff. Well, i didn’t know the difference between the ultra fine mode, the fine mode, and the eco mode. For me, there’s no difference at all, maybe because i’m just 14 so i still dunno how to distinguish their differences. The everio g is really easy to use. And the best things about this are (1)the playlist function coz it lets you sort out your videos depending on the event or whatever it is you’re filming. Before, in my old videocam, when i zoom in like 25x, this huge pixels appear but with my everio, zooming 25x above still produces clear images. The only problem is the battery. I’m spending much more time on charging it than using it.That’s the worst part of this camera.
I brought this cam at an extremely low price ($80. I had already seen the camera at stores and was already interested in the no need to buy recording media feature. I must admit that and the fact tht it transfer to the pc was a strong selling point. However once i got the camera and began using it i saw the problems i was having with it. I was having problems with finding software to burn it to disc. The power producer did not do the trick. It froze several times and so did power dirctor. I was having nooooo luck with adobe premiere 2. I even tried doing a capture first then seeing if i could saveit as a mpeg and use a different program. It would not read the camera. However becasue i’m a stubborn s. I kept messing arond with it and found out that nero premium 7 (which i already had on my pc)did the trick. The only error i found with the program was my fault and i learned from it. That mistake was to not compress the files. Try to burn the files at their actual file size (even if you have to make it a 2disc burn).