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181 of 182 people found the following review helpful
on 28 September 2008
I did some research on hard drive camcorders as I was fed up with tapes and I didn't imagine DVD would be straightforward. I was off to USA for the first time so wanted to ensure I had sufficient storage. I also didn't want to spend a fortune as I had no ambition to be a movie director. Out of the box I didn't need to read right through the manual to be able to use it straight away. I used standard quality but wish I had used the ultrafine mode to get that extra quality. The only niggle is that you switch it on by opening the screen and this hides the shutter control - so you have to close it again to open the shutter - until you remember (hard at my age). Zoom is controllable either by using a hand through the strap (with 3rd finger (traditional method) or by holding the camera in the hand and looking down on the screen and then fiddling the zoom with the thumb - lazy but easy. Its size makes it easy to control. It also has a stable, flat base so can be left on a table, wall etc. Controls on the screen are easy to use and playback and slide shows are easy. It plugs into a TV easily and I have recently downloaded the movies onto my computer hard drive. The software provided allows you to download, edit, make movies and DVDs. However you can just access the camera like a hard drive or pen drive without the software if you just want to copy the movie files. I like using Moviemaker and writing onto DVDs so I probably won't bother with the packaged software. This is a neat piece of kit for those who want to do easy videos. Budding Spielbergs might turn up their nose a bit but for us mortals this provides a clever, compact camcorder which fits in a pocket or a generic camera bag. Anyway how do they fit a hard rive into such a small space????
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65 of 65 people found the following review helpful
on 26 November 2008
First off let me say that I have never written a review on here, ever!

But I've seen some bad reviews of this camera and THEY ARE NOT JUSTIFIED! So much so ime writing this review.

I didn't want much, just to video tape family events and competitions I attend (martial artist) and for £200 I wasn't expecting alot.

However this little camera impressed me straight out of the box.
Charging time (for the small battery) is very quick, the controls are so simple a child could operate them; the quality on ultra fine is well fine!

Furthermore the optical zoom is amazing, I live in a large valley and I managed to zoom in on a house wayyyyy down and on the other side (it looked like a white spec in the distance to me!), and if it wasn't for my hands shaking because of the cold wind it would of been a fantastic quality shot!

It's dead easy to transfer files to the computer and very easy to find low cost accessories for it on eBay.

The only thing that really is not that great is the still photo quality, but then who wants to take stills when you can video it and extract the exact second of video you want to turn into a still??

All in all this is a superb little camera that I would recommend to anyone!

Thanks JVC :-D
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 14 December 2008
I bought this camcorder for our next family holiday and because the old one finally had its day. The reviews already posted were very useful and after a bit more research I decided to purchase.
It is very simple to use out of the box. Instructions are clear and the battery charge up time was not long (for the standard battery). The quality of the video is very good for home use from standard to ultra fine mode. The battery usage isn't fantasic but good enough for our purposes, i.e. about 30 mins to 1 hour use at a time. Its easy to view files from cam to PC. Please don't buy it for the camera option as the 1.3 MP is not that great and you'll get better pictures from your mobile phone. The camcorder is small (about the size of your hand) and compact.
By way of accessories, I have since bought a spare battery (standard again) which came as part of a starter kit and included a carry case. It also include a mini DV tape as the kit was for an older model. I also bought a Kingston 8GB micro SD card (class 4), which adds a bit more memory. If you are buying a memory card, don't forget to look out for the "class" rating - for video recording then class 4 or above is better due to transfer rates or something like that!
I paid £192 and I've seen the price increase since I bought it a few weeks ago, so look around before buying. The spare batteries do cost a fair bit so be prepared to pay around £40 (I got it with a starter kit which came with the bag)
Overall, a very good product and ideal for family use.
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99 of 115 people found the following review helpful
on 23 August 2008
I bought this camcorder after doing a lot of research. It's absolutely brilliant. All the functions are very easy to use. It literally has everything you would want in a camcorder. I could go into all the technical details, but I won't.

I highly recommend it!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 4 January 2009
JVC GZ-MG330A Slim HDD/microSD Hybrid Camcorder With Konica Minolta Lens (35x Optical Zoom)

The camera will deliver superb movies in daylight but in low light the quality is poor. I use Magix, Pinnacle and/or Ulead for editing. Downloading from this camera is not easy so if you are into proper editing as opposed to using the software supplied think again about this camera.
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on 6 January 2015
excellent item and been though a lot
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 August 2010
I have a JVC Evio MS-90ek but have used this model. Try using Serif Movie X3 or above. My copy automatically fetched a plug-in from SERIF website when I edited footage and have had no problems. JVC software is usable but very basic.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 16 February 2009
I got the camera for my boyfriend for christmas, great wee camera, easy to use and shows a great picture, brilliant for catching all the happy moments such as christmas and its going to mexico this year with us on holiday, perfect size, love it!!
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 5 February 2009
Excellent product, having lots of fun with this well priced HDD.
Would have been even better if remote control was included?
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