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JVC Everio GZ-MC500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 167 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the design and image quality. The usability and value for money are also appreciated, but many are negative about the connectivity and features.

portability, price, usability, image quality, design

battery, viewfinder, features, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC Everio GZ-MC500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for JVC Everio GZ-MC500

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 13 user reviews of JVC Everio GZ-MC500 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk.

value for money, portability, image quality, build quality, battery

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: JVC Everio GZ-MC500EK Digital Media Camcorder [5MP,10xOptical Zoom]

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Amazon.com review summary for JVC Everio GZ-MC500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 54 user reviews of JVC Everio GZ-MC500 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

portability, usability, color, value for money, design

features

57% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: JVC Everio GZMC500 5MP 3CCD 4GB Microdrive Camcorder w/10x Optical ZoomJVC BN-VM200U Battery Pack for Everio 100 & 200CamcordersJVC GZ-MC500 GR-X5 Digital Camcorder HD² Professional Accessory Kit

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JVC Everio GZ-MC500

 

The GZ-MC500 is one of the most advanced models in JVC's line of Everio cameras, which capture both MPEG-2 video and photos on a little hard drive or a flash memory card. What sets this camera apart from its lesser siblings is its three-chip imaging...

Decent blend of video and still capabilities; generally sensible controls; easy searching and downloading; tiny size.

Mediocre battery life, viewfinder, and low-light performance; automatic features a bit sluggish; limited manual controls; no microphone jack.

This extremely compact, nicely designed camera should please technophiles who want both photo and video capabilities and can afford to splurge.

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JVC Everio GZ-MC500

 

'Der MC500 sieht nicht nur wie ein professioneller Camcorder aus, sondern liefert auch eine dementsprechende Performance. Statt der \xfcblichen 1-fach-CCD verwendet der MC500 drei unterschiedliche CCDs, die die Farbsch\xe4rfe erheblich verbessern. Der...

gutes Styling, professionelle Bilder, einfache Handhabung, anspruchsvolle Aufnahmeformate

keine Fernbedienung, kein Firewire, Import von Videos im MPEG-2-Format ist kompliziert, begrenzte Aufnahmezeit beim Standard-Microdrive

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'The JVC GZ-MC500 stands at the forefront of a new generation of camcorders. Say good-bye to tapes \x96 the flash memory camcorders have arrived in force. Well, almost. The new Everio digital media series from JVC offers a number of benefits over...

Still Performance, -Ease Of Use, -Portability

Manual Control, -Handling, -Closed Battery Port, -Audio

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JVC GZ-MC500 First Impressions Camcorder Review - HDD

 

The new GZ-MC500 was just released by JVC and breaks some new ground being the smallest three CCD camcorder pretty much ever, and being the first, and only, three CCD camcorder to record to tapeless media, namely, a 4GB Microdrive. On top of this, the...

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Expert Review

 

Despite the 3CCD image sensor and 5 megapixel still images, the GZ-MC500 is more suited to the casual moviemaker than the serious video enthusiast.

Styling, quality 3CCD imaging sensor

Handling, 4GB hard drive on the small side, no AVI video format option

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JVC GZ-MC500

 

The JVC GZ-MC500 looks like a spy camera, with matte black steel construction, an integrated flash and a rotating grip, allowing the camera section to...

Styling, quality 3CCD imaging sensor

Handling, 4GB hard drive on the small side, no AVI video format option

Despite the 3CCD image sensor and 5 megapixel still images, the GZ-MC500 is more suited to the casual moviemaker than the serious video enthusiast.

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JVC Everio GZ-MC500

 

Styling, quality 3CCD imaging sensor

Handling, 4GB hard drive on the small side, no AVI video format option

Despite the 3CCD image sensor and 5 megapixel still images, the GZ-MC500 is more suited to the casual moviemaker than the serious video enthusiast.

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JVC Everio GZ-MC500EK

 

Not only is this the smallest three-CCD camcorder we've ever seen, it's also a JVC Everio, so it doesn't record to DV tape. Like its MC200 predecessor (see April 05 issue), the GZ-MC500EK stores its video in Mpeg2 format on a Hitachi Microdrive...

PC ADVISOR - GOLD

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JVC Everio GZ-MC500EK

 

Not only is this the smallest three-CCD camcorder we've ever seen, it's also a JVC Everio, so it doesn't record to DV tape. Like its MC200 predecessor (see April 05 issue), the GZ-MC500EK stores its video in Mpeg2 format on a Hitachi Microdrive...

The MC200 was a step in the right direction, but the JVC GZ-MC500EK really nails digital imaging convergence. A great camcorder and a good digicam, if hardly cheap, the MC500 sets the standard for pocket-friendly camcorders.

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JVC Everio GZ-MC500 review

 

Not only does it look like a professional camcorder, but the MC500's performance matches its appearance. Instead of the more common single CCD, the MC500 uses three separate CCDs to capture a far better clarity of colour. The biggest benefit of the...

Gorgeous styling ; Professional-grade picture ; Easy operation ; Ambitious recording format

No remote ; No FireWire ; Hard to import MPEG-2 footage ; Recording time is limited to around 60 minutes on the bundled 4GB Microdrive

While the MC500 can't hope to match larger 3CCD camcorders, footage has a very presentable, near-broadcast quality appearance when shot in adequate light. As you would expect from a 3CCD model, improved colour accuracy is the overwhelming reason to...

Product Specifications

The GZ-MC500 creates sharp, vivid and pristine images by dedicating a 1.33 (1.23 effective) Megapixel CCD to each red, green and blue color. JVC's advanced prism optics and filterless 3CCD pixel shift technology quadruple the pixel count to record 5Megapixel class stills. (In video mode Everio uses 691, 200 effective pixels for each RGB color). Thanks to the broader dynamic range, enjoy videos with truly realistic colors and digital stills with up to 2560 x 1920 image size for beautiful prints. JVC optics use technology that assures high precision CCD registration with extreme accuracy on the order of one micron. Make digital-to-digital transfers using the USB 2.0 interface for quick downloading to a PC. Print directly from the USB to any PictBridge compatible printer. The rotating grip of the MC500 lets you comfortably transition shooting angles from the palm of your hand.

Audio Input

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

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:JVC BN-VM200

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Storage Media

Type:Microdrive

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:2.2in
Height:4.6in
Weight:0.7lbs
Width:3.1in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.8in
Diagonal Size (metric):4.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Twilight mode

Header

Manufacturer:JVC
Model:GZ-MC500/GZ-MC500US
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:JVC Everio

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.4
Max Focal Length:32mm
Min Focal Length:3.2mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1.33Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):5.6 mm ( 1/4.5 ) / 5.6 mm ( 1/4.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:3CCD
Sensor Qty:3CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Black & white fader / Black fader / Corner wipe / Door wipe / Scroll wipe / Shutter wipe / Slide wipe / White fader / Window wipe
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:200
Media Type:Microdrive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Classic Film / Monotone / Sepia / Strobe
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None
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