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JVC Everio GZMC100 2MP 4 GB Microdrive Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom

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  • The first camera to use Microdrive technology
  • Includes a 4GB Microdrive card that can hold 60 minutes of DVD-quality video or more than 5000 high resolution still images
  • Completely tapeless format for a ultra-compact, lightweight body
  • Includes software for easy video editing and DVD creation
  • Also supports CompactFlash and SD Memory Cards, USB2.0, DV-AVI,Windows-AVI, MPEG-1 and MPEG-2, Windows Media Video, and RealVideo
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: JVC
  • Model: GZMC100U
  • Optical zoom: 10 x
  • Display Size: 1.8 inches
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 2.12 MP
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 14.6 x 14.6 inches ; 5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item can only be shipped to the 48 contiguous states. We regret it cannot be shipped to APO/FPO, Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico.
  • ASIN: B0002X7V4I
  • Item model number: GZMC100U
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,246 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 14, 2004

Product Description

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Amazon.com Product Description Still images or video--capture either 60 minutes of DVD-quality MPEG-2 movies or thousands of super-high resolution UXGA-size JPEG pictures with the Everio--the first camera to use Microdrive technology. The included 4GB Microdrive card, though it is the same size as Compact Flash card, has such unprecedented capacity because it is has its own built-in HDD (hard disk drive).

The completely tapeless Microdrive format lets you choose higher video quality or longer shooting times.
Store more photos than you ever thought possible on the included 4GB Microdrive card.

Until now, tapeless formats have been severely limited in the length and quality of video capacity, but the Everio's Microdrive lets you shoot up to 60 minutes of high quality MPEG-2 video--and even more in lower resolution modes. A selection of recording modes lets you choose more quality or more shooting time. The highest quality ULTRA mode records at a constant bit rate of 8.88 Mbps with AC 3 audio -- comparable to the DVD data rate (average 4 Mbps video/9.8 Mbps maximum). Essentially what you get is DVD quality, with the same video and audio format as a movie DVD. And the number of still photos that will fit on the Microdrive card is nothing less than awe-inspiring: More than 5000 of the highest resolution images (1600x1200 fine).

2.12 Megapixel CCD
This 1/3.6" CCD with a total of 2.12 million pixels (effective: 1.23 million for moving pictures, 2 million for still pictures) offers the high resolution capabilities needed for high quality digital videography and photography. And the Megabrid Engine applies separate, optimized processing to moving and still images, for videos with a high signal-to-noise ratio, and high-resolution still pictures.

Versatile, Lossless Data
Store what you've shot on the provided Microdrive card, optional CompactFlash or SD Memory Cards. size as a CompactFlash card, but with many Gigabytes of capacity. You can eject the Microdrive card, just as you would a CompactFlash or SD Memory Card, and load data into your PC via optional card adapter. Or simply connect the camera via its USB2.0 interface for quick downloading to a PC. All transfer is digital-to-digital, so you won't lose any quality in the process.

DVD Creation & Sharing

Three advanced applications are provided:
  • Power Producer offers easy saving (authoring) of your video clips in any order to DVD, even right from a USB-connected camera, so you can share your original DVDs with anybody who owns a DVD player.
  • Power Director offers feature-rich non-linear editing so you can flex your creative muscle with titles, effects, and even mix still with videos.
  • Power DVD for easy video clip and DVD playback with AC 3 audio.

Multi-Format Support
In addition to making it easy to create DVDs, the supplied software converts to a variety of file formats for distribution via the Web or by e-mail. Supported formats include DV-AVI, Windows-AVI, MPEG-1 and MPEG-2, as well as Windows Media Video and RealVideo that can be streamed over the Internet.

Product Description

Everio uses the high-quality MPEG-2 data compression format and JVC's original codec chip for moving picture recording and a Microdrive, CF card or SD card as media to save these images. A shock absorption mechanism for the hard disk has been newly developed for reliable portability. In addition, Everio has a Super Hi-Resolution Lens, a 2.1 Megapixel CCD and a processor for high-resolution images with optimal color production. All these factors make Everio a new style of camera. Speaker - Monaural Interfaces - Microdrive (CF) slot, SD Memory card slot, USB 2.0 / 1.1, AV/S-Video, Multi-connector cable Out, Headphone Out, DC In Unt Dimensions (W x H x D) - 1-5/8 x 4-1/8 x 2-13/16 inch

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Good picture quality.
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And the quality is only slightly worse than the highest setting!!
Allan H. Chadwick
Colors are pale in weak light.
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80 of 81 people found the following review helpful By D. J. Van Soye on December 18, 2004
I recently purchased my JVC Everio MC100 at Fry's for $999.99 plus tax. It is the first camcorder I have owned in ten years. So, I wouldn't call myself a camcorder expert. This said, I travel a lot and have stuck to stills mostly because of weight. When I saw the MC100, I was intrigued. Could I really have DVD quality and a lightweight device? My answer is yes; but it will cost you.

Because Fry's has a 14 day return policy, I've really put the MC100 through its paces over the last 12 days. I first went out in the backyard to take a few test stills and movies. The stills were fine. But, because the MC100 takes 8 seconds to power up, I wouldn't recommend it as a replacement for your still camera. I wife continues to enjoy still photography, so between the two of us, we have both covered. Again, the quality of the stills are fine (for a 2 megapixel camera). If the power up speed doesn't bother you, you should be OK. The MC100 has a flash.

The movies? At first, I was underwhelmed. When I played the movie back on my PC, it looked like it was dropping frames. This was especially noticeable when I panned (moving the camera from left to right or right to left quickly). I became worried. Since the MC100 comes with a S-Video/Audio cable, I plugged it into the front of my 60" Sony big screen. The dropped frames problem went away! The problem was my computer (1 GHz with 512MB of memory and an onboard video card). I burned a DVD with my clips from the backyard and played them back on my DVD player. Honestly, I couldn't tell the difference between Interlaced (through the S-Video cable) and Progressive (though the DVD player). Most of the pictures were solid.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By TJS on December 14, 2004
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Pros:

Tiny, take-anywhere size. Smaller than my palm, just fits in my front pants pocket.

Controls well-positioned, intuitive, and one's not apt to accidently invoke unwanted functions.

The Microdrive - works well here (and the 2 GB versions have been working well for laptop backups for awhile now).

Built-in multi-mode flash for stills.

Dual media: one slot holds one Microdrive or Compact Flash card, and another holds one SD card - you can direct video, pix, or voice recordings to specific slots.

Video quality under normal conditions is good, handles lighting and focus transitions well.

Quiet operation, no noise when zooming, good sound pick-up, special wind-noise reduction feature.

Transfer to PC with USB cable or just swap the Microdrive (btw, you'll need a Compact Flash adapter that can handle the thicker Type II format).

Cons:

Start-up: takes a few extra seconds (longer than our Sony DCR PC100 MiniDV tape cam).

Faded colors in low light conditions (not as capable as the Sony for video, but better with stills).

For us older types, you'll need your reading glasses - but that comes with the tiny form factor.

File naming: each video produces two files, one with extension .MOD and a small file of type .MOI. Rename the .MOD file on your PC to .MPG and Windows Media Player will handle it fine. Don't know if/how the bundled applications use the .MOI files.

Conclusions:

Overall, I'm pleased with the gadget's performance. I find I'm using it more than our previous machine - now five years old and small for that time, but twice the size of the JVC. Won't be shooting video in the dark or even when the light gets dim with the JVC, though. If convenience is a high priority then this machine is a good choice.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Mat on December 11, 2004
I have purchased 3 digital recorders in the past 10 months - the Fisher FVD C1, the Panasonic SV-AV100, and now the JVC. My goal was to find a small, compact camera that provided me with decent photos and decent video quality. I purshased the Fisher for $700 (on sale) and while the size was great, it quickly became its only redeeming factor. Video was terrible - they claim DVD quality, no way, it was very poor. If you were capturing video to transmit via email, fine, but for any events you would like to watch on TV forget it. In addition, the photo quality was sub par with little flexibility (no red eye altering for example) and the slightest movements would yield blurry photos. I sold the camera privately and took a chance with the Panasonic.

I found an SV-AV100 online for $650 and was pleased with the results. Video quality was far better - this is closer to DVD quality - perhaps not an exact match but close. And for the size of the camera, I was quite happy. The downsides include poor photo capabilities (<1 megapixel), and the fact that you need additional SD card memory - and lots of it (each 512 card holds 10 min of highest quality video). Costs of SD cards have decreased substantially, but the costs certainly do add up.

While online a few weeks ago I noticed this new JVC camera, and as soon as it was released I placed my order. I have only had it for a few days, and I am still experimenting, but thus far, I have been very pleased with the results. Although the video capability closely matches the Panasonic, I have found the resulting video to be better. It is crisper and reacts better to low light situations. The 2 MP photos are as good as can be expected for a 2 MP camera and I have been very pleased with the results.
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