JVC Everio GZ-MG175EK

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JVC Everio GZ-MG175EK

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Review of "JVC Everio GZ-MG175EK"

published 03/02/2008 | Vickijake
Member since : 16/12/2007
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Pro Lightweight, Easy to use, Lots of built in memory
Cons None so far
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"JVC MG142E - What a cracker"

I have just brought the JVC MG142E and wanted to let you all know what a great little camcorder it is!

First I should probably give you the technical stuff!!

40GB Inbuilt Hard Drive
34 x Optical Zoom
800 x Digital Zoom
2.7" Widescreen LCD Screen
Memory Card slot for SD card
Includes Image Stabiliser
Night Vision

Now, I am not exactly what you call an expert in technology but I found this little machine so great to get started with, after charging the battery for the first time, which takes about 1 1/2 hours, it is very easy to get to a point where you are recording.

The first time you switch it on it starts up in Auto mode, meaning the focus, screen brightness etc is correctly selected for you. You can easily switch to manual mode but I have not been brave enough yet!!
It prompts you to enter the date/time setting using the "joystick" type controller on the LCD screen and that is it, you can start recording.

The controls are very simple to get the hang of. At the front of the camera is a built in lens cover, with a slide up and down switch for opening and closing. There is also an LED light and the camera sensor. And at the bottom is the USB connector.

If you point the camera away from you the "Power/Mode" switch is on the right and the "Record Start/Stop" button next to that. The "Zoom Lever" (which is also the volume control in playback mode) is on the top, easily reached during filming.

There are some controls on the LCD screen. An index button, which among other things shows you remaining space available and how much battery life is left. A Function button, for when changing options in manual mode. This is also where the "joystick type" button is, used for selecting playback images, fastforwarding/rewinding etc.

On the inside of the camera, underneath the LCD screen you will find the play/record button for switching between recording and playback, a menu button, for navigating around options and files and buttons for copying to DVD etc.

If you want to record to SD card at any point, the slot is on the underneath of the camera.

I was very impressed with the playback function, it stores each video clip as a seperate file and shows a snapshot of each on the LCD screen when you want to view anything back, meaning you can scroll through the clips and easily find the one you want. These slips can be sorted in a number of ways, including by date taken.

I brought this last week from Currys, for £250, and also got a case and spare battery for £30 (although the battery they supplied is the smallest one you can get - cheapskates!!). Which I think is a very reasonable price for a 40GB camera.

I have yet to use the snapshot mode (as I have a digital camera for such things!!) and I have not yet transferred data on to my computer, but as soon as I have I will update this review.

So far, so good - Very light and easily fits in your hand and a very quick start up, meaning you won't miss any classic moments messing around with getting it all turned on and ready to go!! I would recommend this camera.

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Product Information : JVC Everio GZ-MG175EK

Manufacturer's product description

JVC is one of the world's leading developers and manufacturers of sophisticated audio, video and related software products. Building upon a wealth of technologies the company is moving decisively to offer appropriate solutions for the multimedia age. To remain at the forefront of the audiovisual industry in the 21st century, JVC is marshalling its resources to create the ultimate in appealing, cost-competitive products. PRODUCT FEATURES: Gigabrid Engine; Stick Control for easy operation; Auto Illumine. Light; Data Battery; Quick Restart; Direct DVD Button/Direct Backup button; USB2.0 High-Speed Transfer; Everio Dock provided; DV Out (i.LINK) on Everio Dock; 1/6-inch 1.07 Megapixel CCD; Up to 50 hours of recording; 32x Optical Zoom / 800x Digital Zoom; Memory Card Slot for SDHC/SD; Remote Control provided.

Product Details

Product Description: JVC Everio GZ-MG175EK - camcorder - hard disc drive

Product Type: Camcorder - widescreen

Media Type: Hard disc drive

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Internal Storage: 40 GB HDD

Sensor Resolution: 1.07 Mpix

Effective Sensor Resolution: Video: 690 Kpix - Photo: 1.0 Mpix

Lens System: 32 x zoom lens - 2.5 - 80 mm - f/1.8-4.5

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Digital Zoom: 800 x

Image Stabiliser: Electronic

Display: LCD display - 2.7"

Supported Battery: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio

Dimensions (WxDxH): 6.6 cm x 11 cm x 7.1 cm

Weight: 330 g



Product Type: Camcorder

Camcorder Sensor Resolution: 1.07 Mpix

Effective Video Resolution: 690 Kpix

Effective Photo Resolution: 1.0 Mpix

Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Camcorder Media Type: Hard disc drive

Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Optical Sensor Size: 1/6"

Optical Zoom: 32 x

Digital Zoom: 800 x

Image Stabiliser: Electronic

Digital Video Format: MPEG-2

Image Recording Format: JPEG

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio

Exposure & White Balance

Exposure Modes: Programme, automatic

Shooting Programs: Spotlight, sports mode, twilight mode, snow

White Balance: Automatic, presets

Lens System

Type: 32 x zoom lens - 2.5 - 80 mm - f/1.8-4.5

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Zoom Adjustment: Motorised drive

Filter Size: 30.5 mm

Features: Built-in lens shield

Additional Features

Self Timer Delay: 10 sec, 2sec

Built-in Light: Yes

Additional Features: USB 2.0 compatibility, digital noise reduction, DPOF support, PictBridge support


Type: 2.7" LCD display

Resolution: 112,000 pixels

Display Features: Rotating


Connector Type: 1 x USB ¦ 1 x composite video/audio output ¦ 1 x DC power input ¦ 1 x docking station

Memory Card Slot: SD card


Software: Drivers & Utilities, Cyberlink DVD Solution


Included Accessories: Docking station, camcorder shoulder strap, power adapter, USB cable, audio / video cable, IR remote control


Battery Type: JVC BN-VF808

Details: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )

Memory / Storage

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Internal Storage: 40 GB HDD

Image Storage: JPEG 1152 x 864 ¦ JPEG 640 x 480

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 6.6 cm

Depth: 11 cm

Height: 7.1 cm

Weight: 330 g


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