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      17.08.2008 19:03
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      a best buy

      Although I am no expert I have just bought the GZ-MG575 as my first video camera. I searched on the web for the lowest price and took the plunge. However the saying " you get what you pay for " rung true when the camera arrived with the instruction manual in every language execpt english. This has proved very difficult to get hold of so I am teaching myself how to use it. The camera has proved to be very easy to use and I have been delighted with the results I have achieved. The picture quality in movie mode and photo mode is outstanding and the camera is small and light enough to take anywhere. A useful feature I find is the built in lens cap, no more losing it or fixing it to the camera body with a bit of string !
      I have installed a 1GB SD card to store my photo's on and find the 40GB hard drive ample for my movies, however the only limiting factor is the supplied standard battery which can run down quite fast. This can be solved by purchasing the optional heavy duty battery which lasts 3 times longer than the standard.
      Overall as a novice I am extremly pleased with my purchase, the features and ease of use have proved to be very good value for money and would recommend to anyone considering a camcorder to look at the MG575 and put it on their shorlist.

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      06.08.2007 19:53
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      Nice toy to have! Will love it.

      Introduction:

      I have always loved to capture everything that seems to be nice with eye of a camera. I love nature and capturing its beauty. I have played around with still pictures for quite some time. I always desired to have a camcorder, so that I can also capture my memorable moments in moving video. My desire was fulfilled on my last birthday when my uncle gifted this beauty to me. From then I have been using it and I am very satisfied with its performance. I love JVC for producing such a wonderful camcorder.

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      Dimensions:

      >Width: 7.4 cm
      >Depth: 11.8 cm
      >Height: 7.2 cm
      >Weight (Without battery): 425 g
      >Weight (With Battery): 470 g
      Very compact and light weight. The one I have got is black in colour. It looks very pretty.

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      Features:

      >Optical Sensor Type: CCD Sensor
      >Optical Sensor Size: 1/2.5"
      >Camcorder Sensor Resolution: 5.4 Mpix
      This high resolution means you can record your video and still images having very high detail. Thanks to the high resolution you can enlarge your captured images to a high level without losing image quality.

      >Widescreen video capture
      >Media: Hard disk drive
      Its great to have an integrated hard disk drive. Its 40 GB capacity is enough to record 50 hours of video. Just keep on recording and when no space is left, transfer the data to your computer and start recording again. Its really fun!

      >Optical Zoom: 10 x
      Without losing any image quality, you can zoom up to 10 x with JVC Everio GZ-MG575 Camcorder. This zoom is more than enough for me.

      >Digital Zoom: 300 x
      If you will zoom to a high level you will surely compromise on image quality. 300 x is too much of zooming, still it is good to have!

      >Electronic Image Stabilizer
      When you zoom to an extent that the image gets blurry, image stabilizer comes to the rescue and tries to sharpen zoom images, by attenuating the level of shaking movement.

      >Shooting Modes: Spotlight, portrait mode, sports mode, twilight mode, snow
      >Special effects: Neutral, Vivid
      >Colour options: Bright, Natural
      This camcorder also comes with a bright or natural colour selection mode to make your images as true to life as possible.

      >Exposure Modes: Programmed, automatic, aperture-priority, shutter-priority
      >Auto Exposure Bracketing: 3 steps
      >Digital Video Format: MPEG-2
      >Still Image Format: JPEG
      >Remote Control: Camcorder remote control – infrared
      Sit back while you are playing back from the camcorder on a TV. The remote makes it easy to perform certain operations.

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      Storage:

      >Supported Flash Memory: MultiMedia Card, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card
      >Hard Drive: Built-in 40 GB Hard disc drive
      You have got an option to store your still images on a separate memory card. You have got the liberty of using the built-in hard disk drive as well.

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      Still Image Resolution:

      >JPEG 2592 x 1944
      >JPEG 2304 x 1728
      >JPEG 1600 x 1200
      >JPEG 640 x 480
      >JPEG 2592 x 1456
      >JPEG 1920 x 1080
      >JPEG 1360 x 760
      You can chose between the above resolutions. 2592 x 1944 is the highest resolution you can get, which is pretty impressive.

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      Camera Flash:

      >Camera Flash: Built-in flash
      >Flash Modes: Auto mode
      This camcorder has got a built-in flash which has a range of 2 meters. The built-in flash comes in handy at night.

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      Lens System:

      >Type: Zoom lens - 6.3 mm - 63 mm
      >Focal Length: 6.3 mm - 63 mm
      >Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual
      >Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection
      The automatic focus feature of this camcorder is impressive. But if you think you should fine tune it, you have got the manual focusing as an option.

      >Optical Zoom: 10 x
      >Zoom Adjustment: Motorized drive
      >Filter Size: 46 mm
      >Features: Built-in lens shield
      The quality of the lens is just awesome. It's great to work with this camcorder.

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      Sound:
      >Digital Dolby 2-channel recording

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      Microphone:

      >Built-in
      >Microphone Operation Mode: Stereo
      The built-in microphone is of high quality. The sound recorded is very clear and detailed.

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      Connectivity:

      Connector Type:
      >1 x USB
      >1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire/i.LINK)
      >1 x composite video/audio (input/output)
      >1 x S-Video input / output
      >1 x DC power input
      The Everio GZ-MG575 camcorder also has an extensive connection system, including a DV output, USB 2.0 port and AV output, so you can hook up your television or computer.

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      Display:

      >Type: LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.7" - colour
      >Display Form Factor: Rotating
      >Display Format: 112,000 pixels
      This camcorder contains a considerably large LCD screen. The LCD screen is simply awesome as well, like the whole camcorder.

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      Included Accessories:

      >CU-VC5U Everio docking station
      >AP-V17E mains adapter
      >BN-VF808U battery
      >AV cable
      >USB cable
      >Strap
      >RM-V750U remote control
      >CR2025 battery

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      Other Functions:

      >Advanced photo functions with automatic exposure mode and histogram display
      >Automatic lamp
      >Quick start up
      >Button dedicated to DVD burning/Button dedicated to recording
      >Accessories holder
      >Faders: white, black, black and white, window curtain, horizontal curtain, door curtain, vertical curtain, vertical door curtain
      >Effects: sepia, black and white, old film, strobe
      >White balance: automatic, sunny, cloudy, halogen
      >Self Timer
      >Night Mode
      >Auto video light
      >Backlight compensation
      >Auto power save
      >Digital noise reduction
      >DPOF support
      >PRINT Image Matching
      >PictBridge support
      >Multi-language on-screen menu
      There are a host of features. Too many to discuss. You can directly burn a DVD by just pressing a button, using PictBridge you can directly print high resolution still images, you have got night mode, auto power save helps extend battery life and and and……
      Really the features included are too many to discuss!

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      Warranty:

      The Everio GZ-MG575 camcorder also comes with a two year warranty. So, you can relax if something goes wrong!

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      Price:

      Price? Well I got it free, as a gift. But you can get one around £500 to £550. Do some research and go for those stores offering it cheap.

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      Final Words:

      For those who love photography and capturing videos, the Everio GZ-MG575 is a must!
      If you are thinking of buying a camcorder and have money on hand, do give a deep thought to this beauty as well. I think you will be more than satisfied by it performance.
      I will strongly recommend this product to all those who can afford it. It will prove to be a nice toy in the hands of professionals as well.

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        12.07.2007 15:10
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        Good camera that does it all, Good supplied software (cut down version)

        Could find little or no information on this camera other than sales blurb and moans about the supplied software from the USA also supplied with other Everio models, more on the excellent software later. Hence the review.
        Was a bit hesitant to buy, but on the theory of there being no pockets in shrouds and always being a bit cavalier went ahead and brought it anyway, devil take the hindmost and all that. If ever you’ve been to Malaya, Singapore etc you will know that carrying one large camera, let alone a camcorder as well is an effort in the sticky heat, even a packet of fags feels like the weight of a house brick after a couple of hours, enter the Everio, just one light small camera that does most of it all (well) and less leads, instructions and no media to pack or remember. No rewinding of the dreaded tape to find a spare bit. Don’t be put off by reviews that say hard drive camera files can’t be edited as well as tape, this is not so due to the excellent software supplied/available. This I tried on trial before buying the camera.
        You wouldn’t be reading this review though if you had not already considered the above advantages so let’s proceed with what the camera is like, looks good in the pictures, black and solid, well the black bit is right but build quality is not up there with my favourite brand Canon who alas have not yet embraced this hard disc technology and Hitachi who insist on building in a DVD drive on all the range meaning more bits to carry, buy and read up on. Only had one Sony camcorder , a hi8 and wasn’t impressed with that or the TV I brought at the same time, always thought of them as the odd man out with memory sticks, Beta max etc, so that just leaves JVC in the frame. Being mid fifties I suppose I’m used to these sort of things being solid and designed by a Victorian but the Everio feels like a black eggshell however this said all the controls, buttons and screen are solid enough for purpose and I suppose even if you built it in a titanium case if it were to come into contact with a hard surface it would be game over anyway, I’m not willing to try a drop test at the moment to see if the hard disk damper/sensor works or if the case puts up with impact, weight is also a factor here. Don’t let these comments put you off though, it looks good, well finished and the operational parts are solid enough and buttons just in the right place even for my large hands. At the end of the day all you’re looking for is a means to hold all the bits in place and keep the dust out . Instruction book is concise , small enough to carry in pocket and crystal clear in layout, easy to find the bit you want without much gnashing of teeth as is not always the case with some manufactures. After a few hours use you will not need said book anyway as this camera is so user friendly with it’s menu it’s unreal, this is where it scores above my two years old Canon , I think my eighty year old mother could pick it up in a week. If you press the wrong button it lets you know visually. So then to sum up on the camera :
        PROS, Good still photo’s, good video in good light, good sound, light weight and small, easy to use, does what it says on the box. Excellent built in lens cover on a switch, gone are the days of cover on a bit of string banging on the mic on a windy day. Built in still flash.
        Can find files taken quickly and easy, no waiting for tapes to rewind and it always records on a new bit so no fear of writing over babies first breath or whatever.
        CONS, Poor battery life with supplied battery, about three quarters of an hour max, expect to pay about £80 for the larger extra one or £40 for another as supplied, can‘t use any other make of battery. Poor auto low light video despite built in video light, this might be down to me not bothering to use the correct manual setting though. Gone are the days of making audience feel sick by panning too fast, the resulting image is awful if you try, may be a good thing. No view finder, no supplied case but who has these days.

        Right that’s the camera bit out the way then, next the supplied dock ( not the direct to dvd writer which is extra ). Gone are the days of fiddly wires and plugs which you can hang yourself with ? Wrong, if you follow the instructions to the letter all it’s any good for is charging the battery of which you will spend many hours doing due to the poor battery life. To transfer files to a pc they suggest, nay insist plugging in the USB cable direct to camera, don’t say why, and powering with ac mains supply, can’t power the camera from dock with usb cable in ‘cause it won’t fit with usb cable in, result two fiddly cables to fit after breaking fingernails getting the flaps open (not really that bad) but think it defeats the object of the dock. Never have I done what I was told even as a child so I thought why can’t you use the usb connection from the dock ? Probably another join in the system and poor transfer perhaps, loss of data, knacker the camera hard drive even ? Beggar it, lets try it anyway, to date, and I hope I’m not crowing too soon, works perfectly every time, try it at your own risk though. I leave the dock all wired up at the back of the desk, turn on the power and just plop the camera in to charge/transfer, this is what I was led to believe happened in the blurb.

        Next, transferring file to pc . Supplied software. I have read many reports on forums in the US of Everio problems with getting files on to the pc, can’t transfer, no sound, poor software supplied etc nearly put me off buying this camera I can tell you, load of rubbish, utter twoddle. First point, if you are the sort of person whether it be lack of time, or perhaps just don’t give a hoot who just wants to put video on a dvd, warts and all buy the transfer dock, no pc needed, however if you want to polish your video read on.
        Point one, can connect to pc like any other removable storage and drag and drop files to wherever on the pc, will play in windows media player, no software needed. Like all video work you need a pc big enough, with hard drive/s defragged and all the clutter removed etc, no good blaming the camera or the software supplied.

        Point two, the supplied software consists of Cyberlink power cinema ne this is great as shows all files on camera to back up / copy, dead easy plug and play stuff.
        There is also something for dvd writing but have not loaded this so can’t comment as writing ability comes with the full version (brought) software following.
        Final part is power cinema power director 5 ne, a cut down version of the main program, great, but no way to put text on video and other things missing, would do the job though.

        Point three, don’t think you are going to use your present video editing software ‘cause it probably won’t be able to use the MOD, MPEG2 files this camera produces with the exception of Adobe premier elements and one other that I can’t remember and am too lazy to look up now. But don’t worry your spending £500 upwards on the camera perhaps so don’t be an old tight wad and buy the full version of power cinema 6 for about £50 odd quid, well worth it, comes first in top ten software review, handles this codec and can publish/ save in all sorts of formats. I use the dvd quality MPEG2 to save files, it is 75% smaller than AVI so uses less hard drive space. I will probably die now before it uses up all my external hard drive. Power cinema looks on first use like the sort of thing an American would love, ( probably the market it’s made for ) comes from Taiwan though, magic this and glitzy that, get under it’s skin though and there’s not much it can’t do with the exception of scrolling credits and fade out to white/black, the latter can be overcome with transitions. All sorts of things it can do though but this is the subject of another review but will say that backup if needed is good, reply within six hours (re the fading to black bit) and probably the easiest video software I have ever used and I think I have tried them all at some time. If you download the trial, then buy, you have to re download a new file and it’s big, that’s the only downside, but available in the UK in a box from July 07. Hope this has put possible buyers of the Everio 575 at ease.

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      • Product Details

        JVC is one of the world's leading developers and manufacturers of sophisticated audio, video and related software products. Building upon a wealth of technologies the company is moving decisively to offer appropriate solutions for the multimedia age. To remain at the forefront of the audiovisual industry in the 21st century, JVC is marshalling its resources to create the ultimate in appealing, cost-competitive products.

        PRODUCT FEATURES:

        Multi-language on-screen menu;

        Hard disk protection with Drop Detection and Floating Suspension;

        Auto and manual focus;

        Digital image stabilizer;

        Backlight/spotlight compensation;

        White balance (auto, MWB, fine, cloud, halogen);

        Self-timer;

        Playlist video clip playback and slide show still playback;

        In-camera file editing;

        Playback scene transitions.