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JVC Everio GZ-MS120 Dual Flash Camcorder (Blue)

JVC Everio GZ-MS120 Dual Flash Camcorder (Blue)
JVC Everio GZ-MS120 Dual Flash Camcorder (Blue)

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JVC Everio GZ-MS120 Dual Flash Camcorder (Blue)

JVC Everio GZ-MS120 Dual Flash Camcorder (Blue)

JVC Everio GZ-MS120 Dual Flash Camcorder (Blue)

  • Dual SD card slot for dual memory continuous recording
  • 40x Dynamic Zoom with Konica Minolta lens
  • Laser-touch operation with sub-trigger and zoom
  • One-touch upload to YouTube
  • Capture video to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)

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  1. 110 of 110 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    JVC Everio MS120, April 18, 2009
    Peelers (Minneapolis, MN United States) –
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    I purchased this little camcorder about a month ago along with JVC BN-VF815US 1460 mAh battery. Overall I am very impressed with this little camcorder. I have been using a Panasonic DV Tape camcorder for 9 years and it was time to get away from those darn tapes. With the JVC there is no moving parts (no hard drives, no tapes, no DVD) just a couple of flash cards.
    In addition to the camcorder, I had to upgrade my video editing software. I was using Pinnacle Studio 10.8 for my old Panasonic but I could not import the MOD file format from the new JVC. I purchased Corel Ulead VideoSutdio 11.5 plus from Amazon for only 40 bucks and I am very impressed with it as well.
    Here are the pros of the JVC:
    1) Low cost (under $275)
    2) Solid state – no moving parts – records to flash memory.
    3) Great color and low light performance compared to equivalent Panasonic, Canon and Sony. Check out the review on camcorderinfo.com (http://www.camcorderinfo.com/content/JVC-Everio-GZ-MG670-Camcorder-Review-36240.htm). Its for a slightly higher model (MG670) than the MS120 but they share the same lens, sensor, user interface and body.
    4) Can see the screen in sunlight. With no view finder I was worried about seeing the screen outside but with this screen its not that big of an issue.
    5) 16X9 windscreen native (can also do 4X3)
    6) Auto lens cap. Lens cap automatically opens and closed with screen.
    7) Auto on and off. Along with the lens cap, the power automatically turns on and off with open and close of the screen. No more videos of the ground (or my wife’s feet) because you forgot to power off the camera after the last shot.
    8) Instant on – Once you open the screen, you can start taking video within a second or two.
    9) Low power consumption – No moving parts means less power and longer battery life.
    10) Each video is saved and managed like a file on the camera. Its easy to delete or view these files right on the camera. No more hunting through the tape.

    Cons -
    1) Difficult to hold – the hand strap is very thin and does not have much support. You need to use two hands to hold it still enough.
    2) No optical image stabilization – The digital stabilization is decent but you need to keep this one steady. Maybe that why they put that thin strap on this thing. Again two hands.
    3) Like other camcorders in this range, they take decent but not good still photos. You still need to keep you digital camera near by.
    4) MOD format. Works with most newer video editing SW but did not work with my 3 year old version of Studio 10.8. Words great with older version of Ulead VideoStudio 11.5
    5) Low light performance – while low light performance is good compared to competitors, it does not have an IR filter like my old Panasonic.
    6) No hot shoe – I never used the one on my Panasonic so not a big deal.
    7) No viewfinder – Can still see well in sunlight so not a big deal.

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  2. 47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    For the Average Consumer and Amateur Filmmakers, the Best Bang for your Buck, November 13, 2009
    This review is from: JVC Everio GZ-MS120 Dual Flash Camcorder (Blue) (Electronics)

    After my disastrous experience with Sony’s HD Webbie, I was in the market for a video camera that was both high quality and user friendly. Those who’ve read my review for that product, or who have used the product themselves, know that Sony intentionally designed the Webbie to shut down recording after 25 minutes of footage, ostensibly to retain the integrity of the Camera’s internal components. This means that footage must be recorded in 25 minute intervals, with necessary breaks in between to re-start recording. For all of its positives, this glaring drawback made the Webbie useless to me, and, I would presume, most others as well.

    In my search for a new camera that was as close to the Webbie as possible without being useless, I came across the JVC Everio. I’d never owned a JVC product before, but had heard good things; formerly a “Sony Man,” the Webbie debacle had left me willing to try out other brand names and see what they had to offer. With one drawback– the still camera option– it turned out to be a worthwhile decision.


    Image quality is probably the number-one thing people are looking for in a video camera, so I’ll address it first. The Everio is definitely not HD; if one wants to use this for professional purposes, and are bereft some high-quality video editing software, the Everio is probably not for you. The Webbie does, without a doubt, create higher-quality recordings. That being said, this is probably the highest quality video available without going HD. Think of it as “semi-HD.” The camera comes with multiple video quality settings, which permit for more recording time for lower quality or less recording time for higher quality. The lowest quality setting is analagous to a high-quality cell-phone camera or a middle-of-the-road webcam. The highest setting is that “semi-HD” category.

    Contributing to the video quality are the image stabilization feature and the superb 40x optical zoom, which loses no video quality. The Flip, for example, will rapidly degrade in video quality the further one zooms in, and is only really useful for recording about two to three feet in front of the camera. Not so with the Everio.

    In addition, the Everio comes with multiple image options– Black and white and sepia, which speak for themselves; Strobe, which simulates low-quality webcam recording (for whatever reason), and a very nifty “Old Fashioned” feature that simulates an old 1970s-1980s era film, with a grainy filter and washed out colors. For the more industrious user, JVC also makes several accessories for the camera, including a polarized filter for bright, outdoor recording, and various conversion lenses.

    The Everio’s primary drawback in video recording is that it has limited capabilities in adjusting for low-light recording. This is not to say that video recorded in low-light is of a poor quality, simply that it is lower quality than video recorded in medium or bright light. To offset this, the Everio comes with a built-in LED bulb that is pretty bright, and can light up a medium-sized room in the dark. It doesn’t quite fix the problem, but it does a lot to make sure that one’s video recorded in a darker area isn’t a lost cause. That being said, there is no night vision feature, so if that’s a necessity, this isn’t your camera.


    Like the Webbie, the Everio utilizes the SD card feature. This means that in order to record, one inserts an SD card into a slot on the camera and records onto it; it’s an identical principle to recording onto a VHS. Once the SD card has filled up, one can either save it and record on another card, or transfer the footage onto one’s computer or a DVD, then wipe the card and use it again and again.

    Unlike the Webbie, though, the Everio has TWO SD card slots which work in tandem. Say, for example, one has an SD card with an hour’s worth of recording time, but wants to record two hours of footage. Simply insert a second SD card into the camera, and when the first reaches capacity, the Everio will automatically begin recording on the second card. With two high-capacity SD cards, one could theoretically record for days without having to stop.


    The camera is made of a medium-high grade durable plastic, and should be able to stand up to a moderate amount of abuse. At the end of the day, though, this is a piece of eletronic equipment, and isn’t designed to be beaten up. It’s somewhat cumbersome in construction, but definitely easier to manage than some of the older mini-DV/DVD recorders that were only slightly smaller than a 1980s VHS camera. Imagine holding a 12oz can of soda sideways and you’ve got the idea. Those with larger hands might find it too small, those with smaller hands too big. In either case, it’s a fairly easy adjustment (I’ve got larger hands, my girlfriend has smaller…

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  3. 47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Wish I hadn’t bought it., October 8, 2009
    J. Michael (Now Born) –

    When I went to the store to buy a video camera, this seemed like the best choice. The price was right and the video quality as seen through the LCD monitor seemed crisp and sharp. However, there are problems.

    First, the still pictures it takes are garbage, so don’t think you’re going to replace your digital camera with this. That wasn’t much of a drawback for me, since I mainly intended to use it for video.

    Second problem: while recording video or when reviewing recorded video on the camera’s monitor, it always looks great. But when you watch it on a TV or upload it to your computer, it usually looks absolutely horrible, even if the video was taken in full sunlight. The Auto settings for this thing are completely worthless, and what you see in the LCD monitor is often not what you get in reality. It took me A LOT of experimentation with the settings in order to get my video quality to be any good, but it is possible.

    The third, and biggest problem is the format in which video is recorded. When you upload video to your computer, it is in MOD format. Yes, it will play in the Everio Media Browser that comes with the camera and it will even play in Windows Media Player, but if you want to edit it or put it on a DVD, you’re in for a very frustrating time. I had a simple movie I needed to edit using Windows Movie Maker, and then to put on a DVD. WMM wouldn’t recognize the MOD format. Yes, the camera comes with software that converts the MOD files into WMV files, which Windows Movie Maker recognizes, but the quality_really_suffers with the conversion. So, I spent a week searching for programs on the internet that would convert MOD files into something compatible with WMM, but which would retain the quality of the original MOD file. It was very difficult.

    So, my recommendation is to find out beforehand whether your video editing software can handle the MOD format. As I understand it, the newer (meaning within the last year or 2), higher-end programs can do it, but not everyone wants to spend the $ for that. So, do your homework before buying this, or any camera.

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