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JVC Everio GZ-MG330 30 GB Hard Disk Drive Camcorder with 35x Optical Zoom (Blue)

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  • Internal high-capacity HDD allows up to 37.5 hours of recording time
  • Equipped with a high-performance Konica Minolta lens
  • Enlarge images up to 800x with this full quality 35x optical zoom
  • Pack efficiently with one of the world's smallest and lightest hard disk camcorders
  • View remaining battery power by percent and remaining recording time in minutes with the data battery
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Technical Details

Color: Blue
  • Brand Name: JVC
  • Model: GR-D850US
  • Media Type: SD
  • Optical zoom: 35 x
  • Display Size: 2.7 inches
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Product Details

Color: Blue
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 4.7 x 2.7 inches ; 12.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001284A7S
  • Item model number: GR-D850US
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,059 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Product Description

Color: Blue

From the Manufacturer

Everio has been redesigned to offer more satisfaction in a smaller, lighter body. It's one of the world's smallest and lightest hard disk camcorders, so you can shoot actively without fatigue, and travel with lots of space left over when you pack your bags.

The elegant and slim HDD/micro SD Hybrid camcorder comes with a Konica Minolta Lens, 35x optical zoom, easy to navigate Laser Touch Operation and 30GB HDD for up to 37.5 hours of recording.

JVC Everio GZ-MG330 Highlights

Super slim, lightweight design Everio has been redesigned to offer more satisfaction in a smaller, lighter body. It's one of the world's smallest and lightest hard disk camcorders, so you can shoot actively without fatigue, and travel with lots of space left over when you pack your bags.

JVC Everio GZ-MG330 Highlights
Konica Lens
Konica Minolta lens All Everio models have been equipped with a high-performance lens developed by camera specialist, Konica Minolta. It captures clear and bright images.

Gigabred Engine Six digital noise reduction systems improve the S/N ratio by about 30 percent (3dB) over previous models, while the integrated MPEG-2 encoder helps reduce block noise and mosquito noise. It's assurance that all of those Gigabytes of video and photos you shoot will offer the best picture quality available for each recording mode.

Up to 37.5 hours recording Internal high-capacity HDD allows extremely long recording times. With the 30GB model, you can store up to 37.5 hours of video. You can choose the picture quality from four modes, from high-quality video equivalent to DVD Movie to small-sized clip ideal for uploading to the Web.

JVC Everio GZ-MG330 Highlights
35x optical zoom Everio is equipped with an industry-leading 35x optical zoom for incredible magnification with full optical quality. Digital zoom takes you up to 800x.

HDD/microSD hybrid design In addition to a built-in hard disk drive, Everio also has a slot for microSD Card so you can store videos and stills on this commonly available memory card (not supplied). Now copy video and stills from the built-in HDD to the microSD card. Sharing is even easier.

Auto LCD backlight control Automatically adjusts brightness of the LCD backlight for comfortable viewing whether indoors or outdoors.

Auto power on/off With Everio, you don't have to use the power switch each time you operate because the power is linked to the LCD's opening and closing. Just open the LCD and the camera turns on. Close the LCD to turn the power off and avoid wasting battery power. Operation has never been easier!

Quick restart In combination with Auto Power ON, you're ready to shoot in about 1 second when the LCD is re-opened. Never miss a crucial moment.

Auto Illumi. Light Turns on automatically so you can shoot brilliant images even in low light situations.

Laser touch operation The scroll bar and buttons are touch-sensitive so you just glide your finger up or down the bar to choose menu items while its cool blue light follows your movements. You don't touch the LCD screen itself, so it won't get dirty or smudged. No fingerprints.
JVC Everio GZ-MG330 Highlights
Laser touch operation


Image stabilizer Built-in digital image stabilizer effectively compensates for "camera-shake", enabling stable image shooting.

Built-in lens cover Slide it shut to protect the lens when the camera's not in use. It's integrated, so there's no risk of losing it like a separate lens cap.

Data battery Allows you to check the remaining battery power by percent and remaining recording time in minutes. Optional larger capacity batteries are available for purchase. Please note: This product includes patented and other proprietary technology and will operate only with JVC Data Battery.

Remote control Provided remote control to operate Everio from a distance for playback, DVD burning, etc., just like a DVD deck.

HDD protection and stability To safeguard the hard disk drive from shocks and vibrations, the Everio has a Floating Suspension System that effectively dampens vibrations through polymer shock absorbers. Also incorporated is a Gravity Sensor System that automatically senses sudden acceleration such as in a free fall situation, and turns off the power to defend the hard disk so that a head crash can be avoided even when the unit is dropped.

DV output The DV out terminal (Firewire, i.LINK, IEEE1394) on the Everio Dock enables easy dubbing to an external DVD/HDD recorder, and also allows digital-to-digital dubbing of Everio footage to a computer for advanced non-linear editing using third party software.

JVC Everio GZ-MG330 Highlights
Simple A/V connection Just hook-up to a TV using the provided AV cable and enjoy Everio's DVD-quality picture on a large-screen TV. Or connect directly to a VCR or DVD recorder for easy copying of Everio movie clips to a VHS tape or DVD disc.

Easy sorting with event icons To make it easier to manage and search for the video clip you want to see, you can assign the appropriate category icon to it while you shoot or afterwards. It also helps when you just want to watch footage based on a certain theme, like Vacation, Birthday, Sports, etc., or when you want to burn just those scenes to a DVD.

One-touch DVD burning With an optional Share Station DVD burner or with your PC, you can burn a full-sized DVD-Video disc at the touch of a button. Just press the Direct DVD button, and the DVD burning process starts automatically. It's smart so you can even use it to automatically transfer only newly-recorded data to the burner, just the scenes you manually select, or pre-select using the Playlist.

JVC Everio GZ-MG330 Highlights
Playlist function
Playlist function Playlist function lets you easily select the scenes you want in the order you want. Convenient for playback or for archiving to DVD.

Pre-installed picture titles When viewing or burning a DVD, you can insert a Picture Title pre-installed in the camera. With a wide selection of professionally designed title images, you can easily transform your footage into a professional looking video--without a PC!

One-touch data backup to PC Data archiving has never been easier. Just press the DIRECT BACK UP button, and data that has not yet been backed up can be transferred to a PC automatically.

Creative, convenient software included
  • PowerCinema NE: Makes it easy and simple to browse scenes in the camera, and enables the Direct DVD/Direct Backup function.
  • PowerProducer 3 NE: Offers easy authoring of video clips in any order you choose to DVD, even right from a USB-connected camera, so you can share your original DVDs with anybody who owns a DVD player.
  • PowerDirector 5 NE Express: Offers feature-rich, non-linear editing so you can flex your creative muscle with titles, effects, and even mix stills with videos. Also converts to a variety of file formats including DV-AVI, Windows-AVI, MPEG-1 and MPEG-2, Windows Media Video and RealVideo.
  • Digital Photo Navigator: For organizing still images, easy image re-sizing, Web file (HTML) creation and slideshows, as well as movie file (.AVI) creation.

Product Description

RE)JVC GZMG330 Blue 30GB HDD Camcord

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

It is so easy to use and small and compact.
LaRae
Great product, very easy to use, decent picture quality, software good enough for editing home videos.
Delbar
I have historically only owned Canon and JVC camcorders, and recommend both lines.
M. Koch

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

322 of 336 people found the following review helpful By M. Koch on February 27, 2008
Color Name: Blue Verified Purchase
3/15/08 UPDATE (read initial review below) - I have now bought 3 different JVCs - the initial GZMG330 (rated below), the upgraded GZMG730, and last year's GZMG255. I bought the latter two after I was not 100% satisfied with the 330's video.

After buying all three from Amazon and testing side-by-side/same video events, there is a CLEAR hands-down winner of these 3. The 330 (about $450) is the bottom end of JVCs new lineup, but only has a 680k pixel CCD (effective is actually 340k, and it shows), and a f1.8 lens. The 730 (about $730) is the top of the new JVC line, with a 7+ MP CCD, BUT a very small f3.5 lens (no idea why). The smaller the f-stop, the less light will be available for filming. Between these 2, the 730 definitely took overall better video, but the 7+ MP CCD really does not improve it that much. Plus the smaller f3.5 lens on the 730 makes it near impossible to film in very low light conditions. JVC would have hit a home run if they simply would have used the f1.2 lenses on the new lineup, no idea why they failed to do this.

Then I did more research and read about the JVC GZMG255, last year's jewel. It essentially has ALL the same functionality of the new 330/730 line, except a toggle button on the side of the screen vs. the cool laser-touch menu system on the 330/730. HOWEVER, the 255 has a HUGE f1.2 lens, which officially lets in 2x the light of a f1.8 lens (330 has that), and 4x more than a f3.5 lens (730 has that, still don't know why). The end result is a FAR SUPERIOR low-light brilliance on the video, and resolution on the 255 is as good as or better than the top of the line 730, and DEFINITELY better than the new 330. The 255 can be had for about the same price as the new 330.
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98 of 100 people found the following review helpful By MindCreations on April 10, 2008
Color Name: Blue
Pros:

* Convenient small size.

* Lens cover button helps protect lens from debris and scratches.

* Easy navigational controls.

* Direct record to 30GB hard-disk-drive save is pretty awesome- no worrying about tapes!

* Easy navigation to review everything that has been shot on camera.

* USB connection to computer makes super-fast transfer.

* Bundled software allows you to create DVDs very quickly.

* Video recorded saves into a .MOD file that plays in any Windows Media Player.

* Can play over 7 hours of "high quality" video and 37 hours in lowest quality setting.

* Displays battery life in special menu feature as well as how much space is on your hard disk.

* Can zoom up to 30X and still be very detailed.

* Snapshot capability (low resolution) for quick image stills of video.

* Micro-card slot in the bottom will allow even more recording. In Best Buy, a 4GB micro-card will run you about $60, probably less on Amazon, haven't checked.

* LCD screen is very sharp and works well in daylight unlike older camcorders which washed out the video during the day, forcing you to use the eyepiece (please note this camera does not have a viewfinder/eyepiece).

* The price.

Cons:

* Video quality is pretty poor, they could have done a lot better.

* Small size makes it hard to keep camera from shaking when you are zoomed out past 10x.

* Battery it comes with only lasts a maximum of 110 minutes.

* Snapshots are very low resolution, but ideal for small presentations or emails.

* Look closely at the photos, there is no viewfinder (eyepiece) for you to look through if you prefer that method...
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on February 18, 2008
Color Name: Blue
If you are looking for a camcorder for an easy home video recording. This review might be helpful to you.

I purchased JVC Everio GZMG330 one week ago. I thought about buying a SONY DCR SR42 at first, but the model is discontinued. I thought SONY SR42 was the smallest among the HDD camcorder, but this is even smaller than SONY SR42. This is much slimmer than SR42. This is really small to fit in my small hand very well. I got a sapphire blue one. It's really cool. I wonder why most camcorders are in the silver color only. It looks really pretty in the bright sunlight outdoors.

The HDD camcorder is the right decision I made. I used to have dozens of tapes for the old SONY camcorder (well organized though). After I used this for couple of days, I realized that HDD is the perfect solution for camcorders. You can record video all day long without worrying about the tape recording time. In fact, battery life is your only limit for recording. ^^ I recorded my son's soccer game for about an hour. It spent about 3 GB of the storage. Not bad.

35x zoom is great. I didn't pay too much attention to the optical zoom, but it turned out to be very important for various shootings. You can zoom in and see objects which you cannot distinguish well with your bare eyes. It's a good idea to use a tripod if you spend much time in the zoom recording.

The connection to the computer is easy and intuitive. However, the bundled software to organize the video files runs very slowly and its GUI looks pretty simple and ugly. The video editing S/W has better GUI though.

The image quality is okay. I didn't have a chance to compare the image quality of all the camcorders. It looks better than the old tape camcorder or VHS tape recorded video on TV.
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