JVC Everio GZ-MG680

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JVC Everio GZ-MG680

The JVC Everio GZ-MG680BEK is an ultra-compact HDD/microSD hybrid camcorder with Konica Minolta lens, 35x optical zoom, and HD up-convert with HDMI fo...

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Review of "JVC Everio GZ-MG680"

published 25/09/2009 | hollowayrich
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Pro Very good size and quite easy to use at an excellent price.
Cons Pixmania inefficiency
Ease of use
Range & quality of features
Recording quality
Picture quality

"JVC Everio GZ-MG680 BEK HDD camcorder"

Overall this is an excellent product at a very good price of £301.00 delivered by Pixmania on time. However, the first hurdle to overcome is the ordering system on the Pixmania web site. This insisted on keeping in our basket a previous camcorder we had purchased from Pixmania (and was stolen) a few years ago. It took a phone call to their customer service department to sort this out - when we finally managed to find a telephone number to call.
The second hurdle we have still to overcome. The camcorder should have arrived with a Micro SD card, but this was missing. Another phone call told us we should return everything in its original packaging and await a replacement. This was impractical and very inconvenient as my wife wanted to take the camcorder to Spain for a wedding, and in two weeks time to China. After a lot of persuasion the customer service department agreed to ask 'Head Office' to try and waive this standard procedure and ring or email us back. We are still waiting! We spent about £9.00 on a new SD card from Lowpricememory.com to solve our problem. If Pixmania ever get back to us I will update this review. All told, if you can put up with the inefficiency at Pixmania then you can get products at a very good price. As for durability, we don;t know yet but I can't publish without ticking the box.

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  • TheHairyGodmother published 26/09/2009
    nice review
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Product Information : JVC Everio GZ-MG680

Manufacturer's product description

The JVC Everio GZ-MG680BEK is an ultra-compact HDD/microSD hybrid camcorder with Konica Minolta lens, 35x optical zoom, and HD up-convert with HDMI for 1920 x 1080/50P output.

Product Details

Lens System / Optical Zoom: 40

Optical Sensor / Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Optical Sensor / Optical Sensor Size: 1/6

Digital Zoom: 800, 800 x

Recording Format: HDD; MicroSD Memory Card; SDHC Memory Card

Manufacturer: JVC

Product Description: JVC Everio GZ-MG680BEK - camcorder - hard disc drive, storage: flash card

Weight: 305 g

Colour: Onyx black

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio, HDMI

Display: LCD display - 2.7"

Image Stabiliser: Electronic

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Lens System: Konica Minolta 35 x zoom lens - 2.2 - 77 mm - f/1.8-4

Sensor Resolution: 800 Kpix

Memory Card Slot: microSD card

Dimensions (WxDxH): 5.3 cm x 11.3 cm x 6.8 cm

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

Internal Storage: 120 GB HDD

Product Type: Camcorder - widescreen

Media Type: Hard disc drive, flash card


Included Accessories: Power adapter, USB cable, IR remote control

Dimensions & Weight

Weight: 305 g

Height: 6.8 cm

Depth: 11.3 cm

Width: 5.3 cm

Environmental Parameters

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C


Software: Drivers & Utilities, PIXELA Everio MediaBrowser

Exposure & White Balance

White Balance: Custom, automatic, presets

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

Exposure Modes: Programme, automatic, aperture-priority, shutter-priority


Microphone Operation Mode: Stereo

Microphone Features: Wind noise reduction

Additional Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Additional Features: USB 2.0 compatibility, backlight compensation, auto power save, histogram display, Dolby Digital AC-3 (2 channel) recording, takes photos while film recording, YouTube capture mode, automatic display brightness adjustment

Built-in Light: Yes

Self Timer Delay: 10 sec, 2sec

Lens System

Features: Built-in lens shield

Filter Size: 30.5 mm

Type: Konica Minolta 35 x zoom lens - 2.2 - 77 mm - f/1.8-4

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Zoom Adjustment: Motorised drive


Display Features: Rotating

Resolution: 123,000 pixels

Type: 2.7" LCD display


Connector Type: 1 x USB ¦ 1 x composite video/audio (input/output) ¦ 1 x DC power input ¦ 1 x HDMI output

Memory Card Slot: microSD card

System Requirements for PC Connection

Peripheral Devices: USB port, CD-ROM Drive

Operating System Support: MS Windows XP, MS Windows Vista


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

Battery Type: JVC BN-VF808

Memory / Storage

Memory Card Slot: microSD card

Image Storage: JPEG 640 x 480 ¦ JPEG 832 x 624 ¦ JPEG 640 x 360

Internal Storage: 120 GB HDD


Product Type: Camcorder


AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio, HDMI

Optical Zoom: 35 x

Digital Zoom: 800 x

Image Stabiliser: Electronic

Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection

Optical Sensor Size: 1/6"

Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Camcorder Media Type: Hard disc drive, flash card

Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Camcorder Sensor Resolution: 800 Kpix

Enclosure Colour: Onyx black

Image Recording Format: JPEG

Digital Video Format: MPEG-2


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