The Good Light and tiny; many hours of recording time.
The Bad Poor video quality; awkward control scheme; image stabilization is a joke; not for big hands.
The Bottom Line The JVC GZ-MG27 is a nice idea, but its poor video quality and irritating control scheme make conventional camcorders a lot more appealing.
JVC Everio GZ-MG27
Hard drive camcorders seem like a great idea. A tiny hard drive in a small camcorder case can record hours upon hours of video without having to switch out a tape or a DVD. Unfortunately, JVC's execution falls short; while the Everio GZ-MG27 may seem like a nifty camcorder, its video quality and design leave a lot to be desired.
The first thing you'll notice about the JVC Everio GZ-MG27 is that it's small--really small, about the size of a large fist. It's light, too, weighing less than 14 ounces with its battery. We like tiny devices, but the GZ-MG27 just doesn't feel right in large hands. If you have tiny mitts, though, this camcorder will probably fit just right.
Even with its tiny size, the GZ-MG27 is built like most consumer camcorders: a strap handle on the right side, a flip-out LCD on the left side, the battery pack in the back. The bottom side of the camera holds a tripod mount and a Secure Digital card slot. Since the camcorder uses a hard drive rather than tapes or DVDs, the entire case is solid, with no pop-out door for video media as in most camcorders.
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