When the time comes to watch your footage, only two options are available. Lurking cunningly under the LCD is a minijack for outputting composite analogue video, with RCA stereo audio. But otherwise you will need to attach the GZ-MS120 to a computer via USB 2.0. The MPEG-2 video files use a MOD format, which is now widely supported by editing software.
But the GZ-MS120 is specifically aimed at posting video online. The One Touch Upload to YouTube operates in the same way as the GZ-MS100 (and other JVC camcorders which have subsequently been released with this feature). Unlike the new breed of pocket Internet camcorders, the software isn’t stored on the device itself. You must load this from CD first. The app itself has changed, however. Instead of a special version of CyberLink PowerCinema NE, you now get Pixela Everio MediaBrowser, although this performs essentially the same function.
In order for video to be compatible with One Touch Upload, you need to have pressed the Upload button prior to recording it. This limits the duration to 10 minutes, the current maximum for videos on YouTube.
The Everio GZ-MS120 retains the half-decent image quality which made its predecessor a contender, and adds one or two extra features. JVC should also be commended for the fact that the Everio GZ-MS120 doesn’t appear to come with a price increase, unlike most of the new camcorders we have seen this year. It arrives at much the same cost as its predecessor did at launch, which makes it relatively better value. However, you can still pick up JVC’s own Everio GZ-MG330, for under £300. With its 30GB hard disk and similar image quality, it remains the best buy if you’re on a tight budget.
Score in detail
Image Quality 7