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Jvc-gz-mg57.51900
5.1 out of 10

JVC GZ-MG57

30 GB hard drive camcorder, high-quality MPEG-2 recording F1.2 l Read more

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Overall 8
8.0

Good but battery is a problem

Chitrak Gupta, Amazon
31 October 2008
  • Summary: Only complaint I have is with the battery that does not last more than 60 mins. So have a replacement battery always.
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Overall 10
10

Fun to use this camera

Bill S., Amazon
31 October 2008
  • Summary: I haven't used a camcorder for quite a while. I wanted to capture some of my granddaughter's finer moments. This camera is light and convenient to use. It was easy to pick it up and start using with minimal setup. I'm really glad I bought this camcorder.
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Overall 8
8.0

HD is versatile, but sometimes not the best

J. Lewis, Amazon
31 October 2008
  • Summary: Being able to record 8 hours at a time is great. The only drawback to the hard drive type of recording is that a new file is created each time. The positive to that is that it makes for ease of transfer. You can record to DVD with the software they include and it's very easy. The battery life is awful, so get an extended or extra battery.
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Overall 8
8.0

Decent for Windows, not as good for Macs

J. Ginsberg "Tech Specialist", Amazon
31 October 2008
  • Summary: I work in a Mac school, and it is a pain to bring the videos in to the included software, and then convert them so I can alter them in iMovie. Besides that, the camera is excellent, good harddrive (i got the 30G version) and the transfers are amazingly fast. The drop protection has also already saved us.
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Overall 8
8.0

Good Value

Salsquatch "Dagnapit", Amazon
31 October 2008
  • Summary: It's a nice product for the price. Very compact. Good quality video for my purposes. The battery life is a problem. I've been using it to tape portions of my son's baseball games, recording for about 10 seconds at a time and pausing (when he's batting or pitching) and it barely makes it through the game.
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Overall 10
10

Excellent camcorder. Excellent value.

J. Hann, Amazon
31 October 2008
  • Summary: JVC's G-series camcorders are an excellent value. The GZMG57 is no exception. I bought this for my wife and she is thrilled. She likes the point-and-click simplicity, the millions of features, the simple video browsing (playback) mode, and the quality of the video. Some professional reviewers rate the JVC lens technology lower than the Sony, because in theory the Sony's lens is superior. In practice, there is no difference.
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Overall 10
10

Pleasantly surprised

Cheezr, Amazon
31 October 2008
  • Summary: After reading all the "professional" reviews, i decided to try the MG57 anyway and i am completely pleased. It may not be a top of the line, pro video / coffee maker but it is a very competent video camera. The manual is actually useful although you dont need it. The menus are easy to use and on "auto" the camera takes very good video or stills. I chose this over the MG77 because it has a video light (vs.
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Overall 8
8.0

Great Camcorder Overall

Shane Lems, Amazon
31 October 2008
  • Summary: This is a great camcorder. It is very small, compact, easy to run, and even looks nice. It actually fits in most average size digital camera cases. I've not had it all that long, but so far I am pleased with it. Let me just list the pros and cons; hopefully it is helpful. Pros: *30G Hard Disk Drive is massive. *Recharges in less than 2 hours. *Can be used while pluged in to the AC adapter/charger. *Relatively easy to use--self explanatory manual and on-screen display.
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Overall 10
10

great for concerts

Kris Miranda, Amazon
31 October 2008
  • Summary: Sure, the low-light isn't fantastic, but the gain-up does help, and the sound quality is excellent. I've used it for concerts by a cappella groups, a jazz band, and more, and haven't yet been disappointed. The DVD-making software is also fun, although it took me a lot of trial and error to finally put together something I could be remotely proud of. Definitely buy another, longer-lasting battery, though.
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Overall 10
10

Can you say... AWESOME?!

J. Breneman, Amazon
31 October 2008
  • Summary: The size of my hand, literally. It is so light weight that you hardly notice it, and as such have no problem holding it for a long period of time. It packs a ton of features, and I love to play with the manual modes, as the auto can sometimes add precious time to focus, ending up in a possible missed shot or wasted recording time. BUT considering all of the video is saved onto the onboard hard disk, there really is no wasted recorded time, is there?
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