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JVC Everio GZ-MS100

>> Monday, April 13, 2009

JVC Everio GZ-MS100 (part of the Everio S series) is smaller at 2.2 inches wide by 2.7 inches high by 4.4 inches deep. Its traditional horizontal body design is atypical of the fashionable YouTube camcorders, which tend toward the shape and size of a deck of cards. This does mean JVC Everio GZ-MS100 is bigger and heavier (though it weighs only 9.6 ounces), but it allows for a debatably useful 35x zoom lens and a higher resolution 680,000-pixel CMOS sensor (340.000 effective) compared with VGA resolution (307.200 pixels) on most of those models.

The MS100 is also around twice the price. For these reasons size, chassis, components, and price the MS100 shouldn't be judged against the VGA camcorders, but against models like the Canon FS100. By that those standards, the JVC looks considerably less impressive. Even as small as JVC Everio GZ-MS100 is, it's very comfortable to use and does look and feel nice, despite being entirely plastic.

The battery takes up most of the back there's just enough room for the record start or stop button to the right of it. On top are the zoom rocker and a snapshot button. You cannot take stills while shooting video, but instead need to flip a tiny switch on the left side of the body. (Photos are 640x480 and are typical quality for SD camcorders good enough for the Web at small sizes, barely.)

Above that switch sits a button to flip between play and record, and below it is one for changing out of Auto mode to Manual. Then there is the ballyhooed one touch Upload button and its partner Direct DVD button. This one button YouTube upload, though, really just connects, transcodes, and uploads via the bundled Cyberlink software (Windows only). It certainly doesn't relieve you of having to be in front of your computer to keep the process moving start to finish.

This is not really any different than the MS100's competitors, except in that some of them have the software built into the camcorder so you don't have to worry about where the software's installed. Then there are the Laser Touch controls. Down the left side of the flip out 2.7 inch LCD is a touch sensitive strip that sort of takes the place of a joystick or directional pad. However, those generally have five directions used for selecting things. The strip, while responsive and pretty it lights up a brilliant blue when stroked only handles scrolling up and down, or for adjusting focus, exposure, and shutter speed in Manual mode.


Dragonfly April 20, 2009 at 8:35 PM  

Great reviews friend...keep blogging

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