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JVC Everio GZMG255 2MP 30GB Hard Disk Drive Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom (Includes Docking Station)

JVC Everio GZMG255 2MP 30GB Hard Disk Drive Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom (Includes Docking Station)
JVC Everio GZMG255 2MP 30GB Hard Disk Drive Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom (Includes Docking Station)


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JVC Everio GZMG255 2MP 30GB Hard Disk Drive Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom (Includes Docking Station)


JVC Everio GZMG255 2MP 30GB Hard Disk Drive Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom (Includes Docking Station)

The GZ-MG255 Everio Hard Drive Camcorder you can record all the stuff that makes life more fun. Whether you’re recording the family football game or your child’s first play, the 1/3.9-inch 2.1 MegaPixel CCD gets every part of the action. The 10x optical & 300x Digital Hyper Zoom lets you record every event, and the 2.7-inch LCD monitor lets you preview while you record. The built-in 30GB hard drive lets you record everything without having to carry tapes or memory cards> You can then transfer directly to a computer through the USB port, at an incredible 12x transfer rate. Share the highlights of your life more easily with the GZ-MG255 Everio Hard Drive Camcorder. 30GB hard drive 540 lines of resolution 16 – 9 video mode (high-quality) Digital still capture (1600×1200) Built-in DVD control (share station) SD card slot USB 2.0 12x transfer rate Auto illumination light Power-linked operation Includes remote control Built-in flash PictBridge compatible Data batte

  • Shoot up to 37 hours of video with a built-in 30GB hard disk drive; No tape or disc required
  • Gigabrid engine for high-quality video and stills
  • Features hybrid HDD/SD card dual storage; SDHC memory card is also supported
  • High quality MPEG-2 data compression for ability to record DVD-movie quality video
  • Utilize data battery to check the remaining battery power by percent and remaining recording time

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  1. 212 of 218 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    JVC GZ-MG255 Takes The Best Low Light Videos Because It Has The Largest F1.2 Lens, April 14, 2007
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    This review is from: JVC Everio GZMG255 2MP 30GB Hard Disk Drive Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom (Includes Docking Station) (Electronics)

    Customer Video Review Length:: 0:11 Mins

    In 2007, I have compared the three camcorders side by side: JVC GZ-MG255, Sony DCR-SR82, and Sony DCR-SR80. I compared for the ability to videotape in low light or natural night light conditions, and without video lights, and in Automatic mode. The JVC GZ-MG255 is the winner and takes best low light videos because it has the largest F 1.2 lens, and largest 1/4 inch CCD. I still have the videos to prove this.

    JVC GZ-MG255 has largest F1.2 lens, and the CCD is the largest 1/4 inch, and 2.18 MP Gross Pixels, 1.23 MP Effective Pixels. Bright light videos are great, and low light videos are the best. I still enjoy using my JVC GZ-MG255 to record in low light.

    This is a short video clip from my JVC GZ-MG255 camcorder that I took in April 2007 at a dimly lighted nightclub at closing time, and this is a great low light video.

    Zoom: Do not get fooled by the manufacturer’s current optical zoom “game” or “contest”. The better, more expensive, camcorders will have 10X zoom (and that is fine with me).

    JVC GZ-MG255 GOOD THINGS:

    – JVC GZ-MG255 has the largest F1.2 lens which captures two times more light than the other smaller F1.8 camcorders, and larger 1/4 inch, 2.1 MP CCD for great low light video recordings.

    – JVC GZ-MG255 has a built-in great very bright white light Flash for taking still pictures. And with a 10 second Flash self-timer. (The Sony DCR-SR80 and SR82 do not have a built-in Flash for still pictures.)

    – JVC “Mod” files are no problem. “Mod” files are actually newer, but are still standard MPEG format, but which some older software may not recognize.

    I rank my JVC GZ-MG255 camcorder as #1 and the best because it takes great low light videos due to its largest F 1.2 lens, and large 1/4 inch CCD. Here below is a comparision of 20 other camcorders,

    My Rank # 1: Best, Superior Low Light Performance.
    – JVC GZ-MG255: Zoom 10X. F1.2 lens; 1/4 inch CCD, Effective 1.23 MP = 1280×960, (Gross 2.18 MP).

    Rank # 2:
    – Sony DCR-SR200: Zoom 10X. F1.8 lens; 1/3″ CMOS, Effective 1.08 MP = 1200×900, (Gross 2.1 MP).

    Rank # 3:
    – Panasonic SDR-H200: Zoom 10X. F1.8 lens; 1/6″ Three-CCDs, Effective 0.64 MP X 3CCDs, (Gross 0.80 MP X 3CCD).

    – JVC GZ-MG155: Zoom 32X. F1.8 lens; 1/6″ CCD, Effective 0.69 MP = 690KP = 960×720, (Gross 1.07 MP).
    – Sony DCR-SR85: Zoom 25X. F1.8 lens; 1/6 inch CCD, Effective 0.69 MP = 960×720, (Gross 1.07 MP).
    – Sony DCR-SR65: Zoom 25X. F1.8 lens; 1/6″ CCD, Effective 0.69 MP = 960×720, (Gross 1.07 MP).
    – Sony DCR-SR82: Zoom 25X. F1.8 lens; 1/6″ CCD, Effective 0.69 MP = 960×720, (Gross 1.07 MP).
    – Sony DCR-SR62: Zoom 25X. F1.8 lens; 1/6″ CCD, Effective 0.69 MP = 960×720, (Gross 1.07 MP).
    – Sony DCR-SR80: Zoom 12X. F1.8 lens; 1/5.5″ CCD, Effective 0.69 MP = 960×720, (Gross 1.07 MP).
    – Sony DCR-SR60: Zoom 12X. F1.8 lens; 1/5.5″ CCD, Effective 0.69 MP = 960×720, (Gross 1.07 MP).

    – JVC GZ-MG365: Zoom 35X. F1.8 lens, 1/6″ CCD, Effective 0.34 MP = 640×480, (Gross 0.68 MP).
    – JVC GZ-MG360: Zoom 35X. F1.8 lens, 1/6″ CCD, Effective 0.34 MP = 640×480, (Gross 0.68 MP).
    – JVC GZ-MG335: Zoom 35X. F1.8 lens, 1/6″ CCD, Effective 0.34 MP = 640×480, (Gross 0.68 MP).
    – JVC GZ-MG330: Zoom 35X. F1.8 lens, 1/6″ CCD, Effective 0.34 MP = 640×480, (Gross 0.68 MP).
    – Panasonic SDR-H18: Zoom 32X. F1.8 lens; 1/6″ CCD, Effective 0.34 MP = 640×480, (Gross 0.68 MP).
    – Sony DCR-SR45: Zoom 40X. F1.8 lens; 1/8″ CCD, Effective 0.34 MP = 640×480, (Gross 0.68 MP).
    – Sony DCR-SR42: Zoom 40X. F1.8 lens; 1/6″ CCD, Effective 0.34 MP = 640×480, (Gross 0.68 MP).
    – Sony DCR-SR40: Zoom 20X. F1.8 lens; 1/6″ CCD, Effective 0.34 MP = 640×480, (Gross 0.68 MP).

    – JVC GZ-MG130: Zoom 34X. F2.0 lens; 1/6″ CCD, Effective 0.34 MP = 640×480, (Gross 0.68 MP).
    – Panasonic SDR-H60: Zoom 50X. F2.0 lens; 1/6″ CCD, Effective 0.40 MP = 640×480, (Gross 0.80 MP).
    – Panasonic SDR-H40: Zoom 42X. F1.9 lens; 1/6″ CCD, Effective 0.40 MP = 640×480, (Gross 0.80 MP).

    My footnotes for these Technical Specifications Facts:
    – “Effective MP” is an industry “standard” used for comparision; and is the actual pixels through lens for recording.
    – For fair comparison, only listed “Effective MP” for 4:3 Aspect Ratio. ( And not 16:9 Aspect. )
    – “MP” = Mega Pixels = 1,000,000 pixels = 1,000 Kilo Pixels (KP).
    – “Gross MP” is total pixels on CCD sensor, but all used for lens recording, and should not be used for standard comparisons.
    – F1.2 lens is larger aperture hole than F1.8 lens. F1.2 lens captures two times the light than F1.8 lens.
    – Only comparing video recording in full “Automatic” mode; and not using any “Manual” or “low light” settings.
    – Only comparing mid-priced hard disk drive camcorders in “Standard Definition”; and not…

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  2. 89 of 91 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent camera with just a few flaws, May 24, 2007
    By 
    Robert Santa (Bronx, NY USA) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

    This review is from: JVC Everio GZMG255 2MP 30GB Hard Disk Drive Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom (Includes Docking Station) (Electronics)

    Let’s start off with the good.

    GOOD
    —-
    1) Easy to use. The learning curve for the menus and actual operation is pretty shallow. 15-20 minutes tops.
    2) Solid AV quality.
    3) Compact and sturdy construction.
    4) Joystick-based menu controller. None of the fears of LCD breaking that’s associated with touch screens.
    5) Easy to download any video files to your PC, with or without the software
    6) Included Dock
    7) Still camera flash
    8) MOD video files are simply renamed MPGs, which makes editing easy as pie.
    9) Lots of space to record
    10) Built-in USB
    11) No recorded noise (that I could detect) coming from either the HDD or the zoom.
    12) 16:9 widescreen recording. Great feature to have access to even if its not hi-def.

    An now for the bad…

    BAD

    1) Included battery only lasts 1hr 15min. You’ll definitely need to shell out $150-$200 more for a longer lasting battery and a separate charger.
    2) Flash for stills, but no persistent light for video.
    3) Low light shooting enhancements come at a price, mainly aperture speed.
    4) No viewfinder.
    5) MOD files have a small bug that improperly sets the 16:9 flag. The widescreen tag can be easily fixed by a free 3rd party tool though.
    6) Placement of the power knob makes turning the unit on or off awkward. The problem stems from an inset push button lock in the knob. Simultaneously pushing the lock and turning the knob is usually best done with your free hand. It’s just easier that way.
    7) Somewhat flimsy feeling to the AC adapter.
    8) Digital zoom is pretty much a waste of time. Compared to the optical, why bother? Way too grainy and over-processed. Then again, what would you expect from digital zoom?
    9) Image stabilization for handheld shooting could be better. The jumping becomes more noticeable as you zoom in. A good tripod or monopod is a must.
    10) 10x optical zoom is nice, but some people might wish for more – without investing in a telephoto lense.
    11) It’s small. REALLY small. Almost toy-like in size actually. Imagine stacking 3 or 4 iPods. =) Some newbies might be scared of breaking it, even if it is quite sturdy feeling.
    12) Only 1 CCD.

    With as many drawbacks as I mentioned, you’d think I’d rate the camera lower. Nah. It’s a good product. The drawbacks are relatively small and easily forgiven in the grand scheme.

    As far as price is concerned, for what you do get, the GZMG255 is actually worth the full list price of $700. So, at the sub-$550 price that many resellers are charging, the GZMG255 is a steal.

    Not a pro camera, but definitely not a budget camera either. Spec-wise, it performs nicely in the mid-range. If this is your first camcorder then you could do far worse than the GZMG255.

    One particular online review (cnet) was harsh on this camera (6.4/10). I firmly disagree. The GZMG255 is not meant to be a pro-level camera and shouldn’t be judged by those standards. Based on a simple price to feature ratio, I’d give it a solid 4/5 (8/10 on their scale.) I might even give it a 4.5/5 or 8.5/10 based solely on practical use.

    The GZMG255 offers a high degree of bang for the buck, more so at the recently discounted prices. Not an average cam.

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  3. 40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Mac Users Rejoice, June 3, 2007
    By 
    W. Nilsson (Maryland) –
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    This review is from: JVC Everio GZMG255 2MP 30GB Hard Disk Drive Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom (Includes Docking Station) (Electronics)

    Although missing from the product description, this camera (via the included dock) has Firewire. So I got a 4-pin to 6-pin firewire cable, hooked up to my Mac, and iMovie instantly recognized the camera and imported the clips. No conversion or intermediate steps required. This capability also comes standard with the GZMG155, but the 255 has superior resolution and a flash instead of the light. I started with the GZMG130, but the still camera was worthless. The 255 has great capability for video and stills. The USB port is still available for file transfer, and iPhoto opens right up when you connect.

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