Summary: Although hard disk is inevitably the future for camcorders, the MG77 fails to delight. Casual enthusiasts who can put aside the problems with image quality and have little interest in editing might find that the small chassis is enough to convince.
Pros: Small scale, Easy operation
Cons: Sluggish response during autofocus and autoexposure, Poor quality footage
Summary: The small size and massive video storage capacity of the JVC Everio GZ-MG77 make it a tantalising choice, but poor video quality keeps this hard-disk-based camera from being a tape- or DVD-killer.
Pros: Supersmall and light, Stores as much as 37 hours of video, Easy and fast video transfer to your computer
Cons: Subpar video quality, Aspect-ratio issues with third-party programs when shooting wide-screen, No video light, No provisions for external microphone or accessories