Summary: it does a lot of amazing things, you wont need any special cables just the only cable to transfer everything to your computer, it is a camera and a cam-corder, it has great pictures and i've made a lot of good quality short films with it. Good editing system.
Summary: I brought this cam at an extremely low price ($80.shhhhhhh). 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.
Summary: Frankly, I like my MG30. 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.
Summary: 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.
Nice camera, but TERRIBLE video format - not recommended
J. D. Hoover, Amazon
1 April 2006
Summary: The camera itself is simple to use right out of the box and takes very nice still pictures. The video, however, leaves a lot to be desired. For whatever reason, JVC has decided to use a proprietary "MOD" format and no programs (3rd party or stock) on my media rich macintosh can play these files. Go figure, but my little Palm Treo can create video files that are easily uploaded and viewable, so why can't JVC? Very poor showing from JVC in my opinion.
Summary: hey there! 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. it's very light too. 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.
Consider your computer hardware carefully before purchase
J. Sieverding, Amazon
1 April 2006
Summary: 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.
Summary: Other people have covered the good aspects of this camcorder - light weight, no tapes/discs to mess with, pretty good menu. However, these are easily outweighed by the lack of thought by JVC's engineers; and to add insult to injury, the downfall of this camcorder hinges on the very feature that is supposed to be it's selling point - storing video files on a hard drive (and not other media).