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I was lucky enough to be given this great camcorder for Christmas last year and I have used it several times to record holidays, family Barbecues and just rambling about my local area.
The device is very comfortable to use, it is a nice weight and the provided hand strap feels really secure.
I really loved the fold out screen, it has great image quality even if bright sunlight and makes framing your subject matter really easy.
The menu system is simply fabulous too! I really love the way you can slide you thumb along the sensor bar to navigate through the menu. Most of the menu options are fairly intuitive too, so before long I was using the camera to great effect.
The supplied cables and docking station and software for the PC all work really well. I have got my camcorder and docking station setup on my PC so that when I dock the device, the software automatically checks for new footage and downloads it direct to My Documents so that I can view them a little while later. The transfer rate was amazing considering the size of the files.
I have to rename the default file extension in Windows to get the files to playback properly, but this is no hassle once you realise how easy it is. I just rename the files to .avi or .mpg and they play fine on any devices such as Media Players, and PC's.
The supplied battery is good for a few hours of filming, but when I went away on holiday I bought a heavy duty battery for about £30 on eBay and that lasts all day long even when playing back your footage.
The zoom works really well and focuses automatically really quickly. I am only an amateur user and I have found this really good to use.
The Everio G Series offers a triple advantage of easy shooting, easy editing and easy archiving. One touch of the camcorder's Direct DVD button transfers footage from the camcorder to a SHARE STATION DVD burner or PC to automatically burn a DVD containing all the footage, selected footage or new footage only. The Direct Back-up button backs-up recordings to a PC through a USB 2.0 high-speed interface to free-up camcorder hard disk space. A DV (IEEE 1394: i.LINK, FireWire) output is on the Everio dock to allow easy dubbing to DVD or hard drive recorders, and enables footage to be imported using many third-party NLE (non-linear editing) applications. But some basic editing can be done without a PC. Scene playback order can be rearranged within the camera, and 20 preset title screens can be inserted into the footage while viewing it or burning it to a DVD. These colorfully designed title screens are linked to the menu language setting, so they can be displayed in English, Spanish or French.
Picture quality is maximized by the use of an F1.8 KONICA MINOLTA LENS on most Everio G Series camcorders. This high-performance lens, developed by the renowned camera specialist, captures precise, bright images, yet is small enough to have allowed JVC to develop a compact camcorder. Also adding to the picture quality is JVC's proprietary Gigabrid Engine that integrates various noise reduction technologies to improve the signal-to-noise ratio by about 30 percent (3dB) over previous models without that technology.
The GZ-MG365 (onyx black) offers the same functions as the MG360 and comes with the Everio Dock.