Summary: We have had this unit for a year now and are pretty disappointed for the money we paid. We upgraded to this JVC hd model from a Panasonic minidv that was great. First indoors the camcorders light is nearly useless at more than three feet. The video picture qualty is terrible unless you turn the frame rate down. I think basicaly this is a good unit for the bright outdoors. The camera is well thought out functionally has great controlls.
Summary: I purchased this a few months ago, and am not very happy with it. Operationally and functionally it works fine. However, I'm not at all happy with the quality of the videos/pictures. I had a small digital I bought for $125 and the video quality is the same. Also, even after making the adjustments and settings recommended for low-light and indoor photography, it is not very good. And then, you have to reset for outdoors, then reset for indoors, etc.
Summary: I actually read all of the reviews posted here about this camera before I bought it. I noticed that there were some serious issues right out of the box with the "Low Light" quality. Then I noticed that the "Fix" offered by one of my fellow reviewers didn't do anything... in fact made it so that I can't see ANYTHING at all because it's so dark. (The "Gain Up" being turned off made it so that I couldn't see across a small room with all the lights on.
Summary: We got this camera on sale . . . now I know why. The software is slowly ruining our Gateway. It removed a decoder feature we had connected to one program and now we can't get it back w/o calling a hardware specialist. The video is grainy. Shooting in doors is terrible. We have an old camera that works better than this.
Summary: When I first saw this camera on Amazon I honestly thought I'd found the dream camera. The price was good for the features that were offered. However, I soon realised that the JHV GZ-M21E was far from a dream-like... As you'll have read in other reviews, Amazon messed up and like many other customers I was sent a European version. The plug didn't fit with any of the voltage converters I tried, but luckily I had access to a shaver socket and used that to charge.
Excerpt: I just brought my JVC Everio GZ-MG21 HDD Camcorder because I want to use it to film my boy birthday party. I had film non stop over one and half hour. I downloaded into my PC and follow the sample instruction to edit the footage and burn to the DVD. I found the quality of my DVD was very good. It was a bargain because I brought it just under £245 in Currys . I also brought a spare battery from USA for £18 "compatible", and it last over two and half hour.
Pros: Small and compact size. Easy to use. Stylish and look business.