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JVC Everio GZ-MG505

alaTest has collected and analyzed 173 reviews of JVC Everio GZ-MG505. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the design and image quality are generally positive. The size and portability also get good comments, but there are some mixed views about the reliability. The connectivity and viewfinder get critical reviews.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC Everio GZ-MG505 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for JVC Everio GZ-MG505

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 14 user reviews of JVC Everio GZ-MG505 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Views about the image quality and price are overall positive. The design and usability also get good reviews, but some have doubts about the viewfinder.

portability, usability, design, price, image quality

viewfinder

86% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: JVC GR-D820 MiniDV Camcorder (35x Optical Zoom)JVC GR-D820 MiniDV Camcorder (35x Optical Zoom)

Sep, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for JVC Everio GZ-MG505

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 44 user reviews of JVC Everio GZ-MG505 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Comments about the color and portability are generally positive. The image quality and battery are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the price, while there are some mixed views about the size.

usability, battery, image quality, portability, color

price

89% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: JVC Everio GZ-MG505 3-CCD 5MP 30GB Hard Disc Drive Camcorder w/10x Optical ZoomJVC Everio GZ-MG505 3-CCD 5MP 30GB Hard Disc Drive Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: James Morris (trustedreviews.com)

JVC Everio GZ-MG505EK HDD Camcorder

 

If you don't want to carry a bag full of DV tapes with you, try this hard disk based camcorder from JVC.

Like the MC500EK, the MG50EK is based on a trio of 1/4.5in CCDs, each with 1.3-megapixels of resolution. You don't need that many pixels to shoot video, but JVC gangs them together and adds a bit of interpolation using its Megabrid Engine to make...

Feb, 2011

Expert review by: (stuff.tv)

JVC Everio GZ-MG505 review

 

JVC's Everio series has taken camcorders into the 21st century, but is this latest 3CCD model a straight shooter?

3CCD has yet to prove it’s worth the premium. If you want a hard-disker, go for one of the cheaper Everio models

Jan, 2007

Expert review by: (stuff.tv)

Stuff magazine

 

JVC's Everio series has taken camcorders into the 21st century, but is this latest 3CCD model a straight shooter?

3CCD has yet to prove it's worth the premium. If you want a hard-disker, go for one of the cheaper Everio models

Jan, 2007

TIPA Award!

Expert review by: TIPA (tipa.com)

Best Camcorder: JVC Everio G GZ-MG505

 

The JVC Everio G GZ-MG505 Digital Media Camera is the flagship member of the JVC Everio family. The GZ-MG505 records DVD-quality video or thousands of photo-quality stills to a 30 GB hard disk. JVC combines this with 3-CCD/5- megapixel performance.The...

Apr, 2006

Expert review by: Karl Foster (macworld.co.uk)

JVC Everio GZ-MG505EK

 

To HD or not HD? Macworld answers the question.

Aug, 2007

Expert review by: Colin Barrett (simplydv.co.uk)

SimplyDV Review: JVC Everio GZ-MG505 HDD camcorder

 

Great handling, good picture quality under controlled situations, excellent clip management and control of video and stills. Everio anti-G power-off a very useful tool, too.

Image quality slightly lacking in darker corners, with resolution failing somewhat on distant landscape detail. Lack of manual focus ring, lack of direct-to-DVD connectivity with Apple Macs

As HDD technology goes, this 3CCD model is a great convenience for the newbie, and 7 hours recording at max quality is a major plus point. A great all-rounder for someone wishing to avoid tape.

Expert review by: James Dickinson (goodgearguide.com.au)

JVC Everio GZ-MG505

 

JVC's GZ-MG505 hard drive based camcorder offers the buyer solid performance. With triple CCD technology, a 30GB hard drive, five megapixel still imag...

Good quality video, Easy to use, Small

Poor quality still images, Short battery life, No viewfinder

A great little camcorder only let down by poor quality still images and below par battery life.

Sep, 2006

Expert review by: Easy Camcorder (easycamcorders.com)

Expert Review

 

Quick Camcorder Reviews: JVC GZ-MG505 Camcorder

Great feature set overall, with manual controls rivaling Panasonic, -Joystick controller works well, and screen-side placement surprisingly convenient, -Very good video quality, and versatility, -Huge 60GB HDD, -Good video performance and excellent...

With HD camcorders only a few hundred dollars more, value is questionable for this SD model, -Battery life is shorter than competing models

Oct, 2006

Expert review by: David Kender (camcorderinfo.com)

JVC GZ-MG505 Camcorder Review

 

The JVC GZ-MG505, long-awaited after several delays, represents the best of what their Everio series has to offer. This top of the line model has an impressive set of specs: 3 CCDs, pixel shifting for higher resolution, 5MP stills, 3D Noise Reduction,...

Sep, 2006

Expert review by: (pcauthority.com.au)

JVC Everio GZ-MG505

 

3CCD has yet to prove it's worth the premium. If you want a hard-disker, go for one of the cheaper Everio models

Aug, 2008

Product Specifications

The JVC Everio G Series GZ-MG505, like all Everio G Series camcorders, eliminates the need to carry tapes, discs or any media at all, yet can record up to seven hours of DVD movie-quality video or more than 10 hours at DVD camcorder-quality. To put this storage capacity in context, it would take 22 single sided DVD camcorder discs (8 cm/20-minute discs) to hold just seven hours of video at camcorder quality. In Eco mode, over 37 hours worth of video can be shot without any need to eject or reload recording media.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Manufacturer Battery Name:JVC BN-VF707/JVC BN-VF808

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash/None

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disc drive

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:11.8cm/12.5cm
Height:7.3cm/7.4cm
Weight:420g/450g
Width:6.8cm/7.4cm

Display

Display:LCD
Display diagonal:6.86

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in/Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Backlight / Night mode / Spotlight / Twilight mode/Portrait mode

Header

Manufacturer:JVC
Model:D820/GZ-MG505/GZ-MG505EK
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:JVC Everio/JVC GR

Image sensor

Optical sensor resolution:3
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 4.5
Sensor Type:CCD

Lens System

Digital Zoom:300
Filter Size:3.7
Focal length range (f-f):3.2 - 32
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.4/F/1.8-4
Max Focal Length:32mm/77mm
Min Focal Length:2.2mm/3.2mm
Optical Zoom:10/35
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:400Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1.33Mpix/5Mpix/800Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4.5"/1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6" ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6 )/5.6 mm ( 1/4.5" ) / 5.6 mm ( 1/4.5 )
Optical Sensor Type:3CCD/CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD/3CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic

Other features

Additional accessories:Y
Auto Focus: Yes
Cable Type:USB
Focus:Manual
I/O ports:USB 2.0 (Up to 12x)
Lens system:f1.8 - f2.4
Photo mode: Yes
Power consumption (typical):5.3
Recording speed:1.5 - 8.5Mbps

Ports & interfaces

DV port: No
PictBridge: Yes
S-Video In: No
S-Video Out: Yes

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:Video: 1/2 - 1/4000, Still: 1/2 - 1/500

Storage

Camcorder tape type:Digital 8
Compatible memory cards:SD
Internal storage capacity:30

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:300/800
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400
Media Type:Hard disc drive/Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:12.5
Height :7.3
Weight:450
Width:7.4