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Dixons has this JVC GZMG21 Digital Camcorder (with 20GB hard disk, 32x Optical Zoom, USB 2.0 & still photo) for £312 inc Free delivery

Use discount code "PERKZ20DIX" to lower the price to £292 delivered. Go through Quidco for 3.5% cashback (~ £9).

Main features: Upto 25hrs Recording, 20GB Memory Capacity, 32x Optical Zoom, 800x Digital Zoom, USB 2.0 Connection, Still photo facility, WEB Camera Function, Pictbridge Compatible, SD Card Slot, Image stabiliser.

This model features a 1/6-inch 680,000-pixel CCD, 32X optical zoom, Auto Illumi Light and can capture 640 x 480 stills. Thanks to new processing, the JVC MG21 also offers improved low light performance and reduced noise levels. Operation has also been enhanced with a new four-way controller mounted on the outside edge of the LCD. Pressing the four compass points on the circular control operates menu settings, manual controls and playback control.

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#1
Can't find any reviews on this. Specs look good considering that bargain price but what's the quality like?
#2
Found a review in Comparestoreprices.co.uk & I hope this helps.

I was looking for a camcorder to use primarily for holidays and family
moments. I have bought this camcorder for that use only.

when you buy the JVC Everio GZMG21EK you get the following items:-
The camcorder itself, A battery and charger, a lens cap, Shoulder strap,
instructions & guarantees, AV cables, a USB cable, a remote control (with
battery) and a disc of software. ( I bought mine over the internet so
couldnt haggle in the shop)

The camcorder is silver in colour and i cant believe how small it actually
is. It fits perfectly into my hand and is not heavy at all.

The camcorder uses a 20 gb hardrive as the recording medium rather than
the tapes or discs alot of the other types do. So one big advantage is not
having to go out and buy a load of tapes or discs to record on.
You can record up to 25hrs of recording on the Economy setting. This
shrinks to 4.5hrs on ultra (DVD) quality. This is continuous recording, so
even on the ultra high setting you can record alot more footage without
having to change discs or tapes than some of the other camcorders on the
market at the moment. The h/d (Harddrive) also has protective features on
it to prevent damage if you drop it. This can be turned off in the menu,
but unles your filming on a rollercoaster or something i would leave this
on. There is also a slot in the bottom for an SD card You can switch
easily between the two mediums or set the camcorder to store movies on the
h/d and photo`s on the sd card if that is what you want.

The camcorder has a total zoom capability of 800x. 32 x optical and the
rest digital. I took mine out onto the beach and did some filming when i
first bought it and the zoom works perfectly. When the camcorder is in
your hand the zoom lever is right by your index finger, and the
record/snap button is right by your thumb. The design is perfect for use
without having to start fiddling with your other hand to find buttons.
However i must point out that although the camera has an 800x zoom you
cant use it all whilst just filming with the camcorder in your hand. I
found that if i went past the 32x magnification i just couldnt keep the
film steady. But you can also set the maximum zoom to 64x magnification.
This does make it easier to zoom when your out and about.
There is another function called Macrozoom, This is for filming things
that are quite close. The nearest you can be is 5cm`s and that is only if
this is switched on.

There is a 2.5` lcd display which folds out. It can also rotate through
180 degrees and then fold back in to the camera. This is for watching and
editing films via the camcorder itself.
one bad point i did notice was there is no viewfinder on this camera. You
have to use the lcd display. This is bad if it is sunny outside then the
image on the display is very hard to see. I was trying to film a windfarm
that has been built about 5 miles out to sea from the beach. I couldnt
make out any of them when i was filming however when i watched it back on
the television they are as clear as a bell. There is an attachment you can
buy to block the sun but i havent got that. I must say the zoom performed
excellently there as the individual posts with the propellers on are
really clear. I couldnt see them clearly with the naked eye but the camera
got them, i could clearly see the propellers rotating.

The battery that is supplied with the camcorder is dissapointing. It is
the smallest JVC do. It reportedly lasts for an hour, and you dont get a
spare. They do put in an information leaflet that advertises the larger
batteries and the largest will record for 4hrs 55 mins. I took a peek at
the website and this costs £55.00. I find it disappointing that this is
not supplied with the camcorder as they do advertise the recording
capability of the h/d as being 4.5hrs on ultra high quality. So you do
need this in order to accomplish that. I found you also have to charge the
battery while it is attached to the camcorder which could be a bit of a
pain.

The leads that are supplied are mentioned above. The av cable allows you
to directly connect the camcorder to your television and is easy to
connect. The usb cable allows you to connect the camera to your P.C. This
is also very easy. They include set up manuals which are extremely easy to
follow in the box. The camcorder also has an S-Video connection this
allows better quality of transfer to your television. The lead is not
supplied with this camcorder though.

The software supplied allows you to download your films to the p.c, edit
the films or pictures and produce DVD`S. There is an excellent manual
which has a step by step guide to using this software. I found that i
could add voice overs or even add music to the background very easily
after playing around with it for a short time.
one worrying point was i found you do lose some of the quality when you
burn to a DVD. I noticed a slight difference watching the DVD after
watching the camera directly connected to my television. Now i dont know
if that is my computer or burner or the disc i use but there is a small
difference.
The camera can also film in 16:9 ratio. This is basically Widescreen
rather than the 4:3 ratio of most televisions. Most of the new televisions
are now widescreen so this camera has the capability to film in that
format. I havent tried this yet so i cant really comment on that part.

In conclusion i am extremely happy with this camcorder. It does exactly
what it says on the box. i am positive that the camera can do more than
enough of the things i want it and need it for. With enough that if i
wanted to experiment with more complex filming i could do.
At the £385.00 (inc delivery) i paid for it i am very pleased and would
recommend it to others of you who want it for the same reasons i do.

Reviewed by: Reever Rating:5 out of 5 Date Reviewed:03May2006
[mod]#3
Looks and sounds good edi, thanks :)
#4
Thanks, that's a great review. I wasn't expecting much for the price.
#5
Thanks Cat :thumbsup:

willdashwood: There are a few more reviews around. I chose this because this review is more balanced and as a whole, the camcorder seems to be a worthy buy. :wink:

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