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

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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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Color: Blue

Product Description

RE)JVC GZMG330 Blue 30GB HDD Camcord

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 Information

Product Dimensions 2.1 x 4.7 x 2.7 inches
Item Weight 12.6 ounces
Shipping Weight 2.3 pounds
ASIN B001284A7S
Item model number GR-D850US
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
Customer Reviews
4.1 out of 5 stars 153 customer reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #13,148 in Camera & Photo
#662 in Camera & Photo > Camcorders
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Date first available at Amazon.com October 2, 2001

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By M. Koch on February 27, 2008
Color: 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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* 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.


* 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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Our previous camcorder died about a year ago, and I finally was able to start looking into purchasing a new one recently. I dove right into researching and comparing the options out there for a decent-but-cheap camcorder. I wanted something with a good zoom level, a large LCD screen, and was hoping to find something digital (either DVD or hard drive) so we wouldn't have to hassle with tapes anymore and could copy video directly to our computer.

I started off by looking at the Sony camcorders since that's what our previous one was and I do trust the brand in general. But I was quickly swayed toward the JVC camcorders when I read the reviews for both brands on Amazon and on [...]. I ended up deciding on the JVC Everio GZ-MG330 camcorder with a 30GB hard drive and 35x optical zoom. And I'll tell you exactly why this camcorder works for us.

* First of all - it's tiny! I couldn't believe when I received it and opened the box. It's honestly not that much larger than our point-and-shoot digital camera and it weighs about the same as well. Which is incredibly convenient when you're trying to hold a camcorder up with one hand (usually with a 2-year-old in the other arm) for extended periods of time. The 'official' size is listed as 5 x 3 x 4.4 inches and a total of 2 pounds.
* The quality of the video and audio is excellent. Even when new, our old camcorder never recorded nearly this clearly, especially in low light. See below for a couple of samples of video that I've recorded with this camcorder.
* The zoom quality is amazing. The lens is a Konica Minolta with a maximum aperture range of F/1.8-4 (which may mean something to you photography buffs out there - it doesn't really to me).
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