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3.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly a "new and improved" version of the MS120, February 18, 2010
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This review is from: JVC GZ-MS110B Camcorder (Electronics)
I've just received my JVC MS110. I was looking at the MS120 about 6 weeks ago, but saw this newer version was coming out, so I pre-ordered it for $229. At the time the MS120 was selling on Amazon for $209. Before I received the MS110 (but after it shipped) Amazon was selling the MS110 for $207, and the MS120 for $260!
I did some research on them before I bought, but unfortunately missed the following differences:

1. The MS110 doesn't take still pictures.
2. It doesn't have the MS120's filter threads, needed to add a wide-angle lens.
3. Unlike the MS120, it doesn't close the lens protector when you close the LCD to shut off the camera. You have to locate and move a lever on the side. A small point, yes, but its seems like they had to go out the their way to remove this feature.

Pros
-It has a great 45x(or more)zoom lens.
-It comes with time-lapse recording and a motion detection-record feature.
-Low-light capability is good. Whatever you can see in dim light it can record.
-Using an SD card, it has a rapid start-up to catch those sudden photo opportunities.
-Lightweight at 7.6oz, including battery (weighed on my postal scale).

Cons
-The previously mentioned "missing" features.
-The slowest time lapse setting is still pretty fast, with each minute zipping by in 2 seconds.
-It is too small for its side-strap configuration. This makes it difficult to hold easily, my hand is in awkward positions and cramps-up trying to curve my fingers over the top.
-The video played back on my HDTV looked terrible. It looked better played back on a computer, using either the supplied software or Windows (Vista) Media Player. Still, using the "ultrafine" setting, the computer playback was not as good as watching old standard TV. More like watching a VHS tape, for those who remember VHS. Comparing the monitor image to the camera LCD, there was only slightly more detail noticable on my 20" screen than I could make out on the small LCD.
-Outdoors on a sunny day the LCD washes out, even with brightness set on max. You will still get a vague image to help you point your camera, but no real detail until you play it back.

The reason I gave it three stars is because it was relatively cheap and, as they say, you get what you pay for. I'm thinking I might trade this in for an HD model.
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Initial post: Nov 25, 2010 11:59:21 PM PST
The missing features are quite easy to "explain away". While the MS110 may have been released after the MS120, it is a step down in the rank and does not have as many features. Apparently you did little research and based your decision on cost alone as being indicative of which had more features. Bad move.

Posted on Dec 12, 2010 9:19:56 AM PST
Owen Simmons says:
even though the 110 doesn't have filter threads, how well do you think it would work if you maybe crazy glued an adapter to the cam and then attached a fisheye...?

Posted on Nov 10, 2011 1:10:47 PM PST
C. Gross says:
Pleeease, somebody reply to this. I have been searching for a video camera that is cheap and I am a young director, how would this work?

Posted on Nov 27, 2011 4:50:32 PM PST
If you take a video with this camera, can you pause the video and turn that image into a picture?

Posted on May 20, 2012 3:27:07 PM PDT
burn2457 says:
I got a gz-ms230bu for amazon today and I like it a lot for a fair price only thing is I didn't get no cd with it I wish people that trade in there things would give back the software CD TOO OTHER WILL NEED IT.
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