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JVC Everio GZ-MG555

alaTest has collected and analyzed 112 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the size and image quality. The usability and value for money also get good views, but some have doubts about the resolution and battery.

portability, price, usability, image quality, size

battery, resolution

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC Everio GZ-MG555 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for JVC Everio GZ-MG555

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 1 user review of JVC Everio GZ-MG555 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk.

value for money, portability, battery

design

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

This summary is based on the product: PowerPlanet BN-VF823, BN-VF823U JVC High Capacity Compatible Camcorder 2 Year Warranty Battery for JVC Everio GZ-MG530, GZ-MG555, GZ-MG575, GZ-MG630,

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Amazon.com review summary for JVC Everio GZ-MG555

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 61 user reviews of JVC Everio GZ-MG555 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

usability, value for money, portability, image quality, zoom

resolution

90% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: JVC Everio GZMG555 5MP 30GB Hard Disk Drive Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom (Includes Docking Station)

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JVC Everio GZ-MG555

 

The JVC Everio GZ-MG555 hard-drive camcorder offers lots of control over your videos--and its photos look nice--but its steep price has us reaching for the Pause button.

The JVC Everio GZ-MG555 hard-drive camcorder has lots of useful controls and takes decent still photos; its neutral-density filter can be handy when shooting in bright light

Sluggish focus; expensive

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JVC Everio GZ-MG555

 

Like all Everio camcorders, the GZ-MG555 records video to an onboard hard drive, rather than tapes or DVDs. The 30GB drive holds up to 37 hours of video, though that's only when shooting at the lowest quality setting. Most users will probably shoot at...

The JVC Everio GZ-MG555 hard-drive camcorder has lots of useful controls and takes decent still photos; its neutral-density filter can be handy when shooting in bright light.

Sluggish focus; expensive.

The JVC Everio GZ-MG555 hard-drive camcorder offers lots of control over your videos--and its photos look nice--but its steep price has us reaching for the Pause button.

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JVC GZ-MG555 30GB Hard Drive Camcorder (10x Opt, 300x Dig, 2.7

 

A very well designed 30GB hard-drive camcorder, the Everio GZ-MG555 ($900 as of April 24, 2007) feels solid and comfortably accommodates one-handed operation. A sturdy dial provides access to manual settings and scene modes for various lighting...

Very high still-image quality ; Easy to operate

Subpar video quality

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JVC GZ-MG555 Camcorder Review

 

The specs of the JVC Everio GZ-MG555 give the impression of a mighty camcorder. On the outside, JVC has packed on a host of manual controls, smartly placed and easily accessed. On the inside, the 1/2.5" CCD is among the largest in the consumer market....

The HDD camcorder market has two prominent players, JVC and Sony. For a time, JVC had the space all to themselves, but failed to create the ideal Everio model that found that magic point where performance, price, and features all meet. Before they knew...

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JVC GZ-MG555 First Impressions Camcorder Review

 

The JVC GZ-MG555 was announced on January 7, 2007 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Upon its release, it will become the highest end model in JVC's Everio G standard definition camcorder series. It can record video or still images...

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Hard Disk Camcorder Review: JVC Everio GZ-MG555

 

The GZ-MG555 is the flagship standard-definition camcorder model from JVC's innovative Everio family, which eliminates the use of tapes altogether. Titled as a hybrid, the Everio uses SD flash memory cards and a built-in 30GB hard drive to capture your...

30GB hard disk space Easy controls Good design

Proprietary .MOD file format

JVC's Everio GZ-MG555 is an easy-to-use camera that uses a hard disk drive to record video.

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JVC GZ-MG555

 

The GZ-MG555 is JVC's top standard definition Everio hard disk drive (HDD) this year. While the rest of the Everio line may lag behind in video quality, its top-end model usually manages to pull through with great performance and useful features. The...

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JVC GZ-MG555

 

JVC switched gears from last year, opting for a large single CCD, rather than the three 1/4.5" CCDs in the GZ-MG505. This year's top-end model offers one 1/2.5" CCD, the largest imager in a consumer camcorder. This resulted in an increased pixel count...

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"Quality of still photos much better than video."

 

For the cost of the GZ-MG555, the quality of the video is disappointing. I wanted to take video of my grandchildren, but the camera does not focus fast enough to get any movement. Regards, fishnlady.net

Excellent still digital images

Focus of video is slow and any movement of the camera creates jumpy video. Camera must be on auto and perfectly still to get decent video.

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JVC GZ-MG555 30GB Hard Drive Camcorder (10x Opt, 300x Dig, 2.7

 

Overall, If you are a practical person, that will appreciate portability and ease of use more than perfect image (although it's not bad at all), I really recomend this camera.

Very light. - Very Small. - Easy to use. (You don't even need to read de manual, very intuitive) - Excellent still photos. - Good video. - Flash and light in camera

In dark places, blury video. - You need extra batteries. I recomend the 815 (lasts around 2.5 hrs., not to big), 808 (comes with camera, small but only lasts 1 hour), 823 (last more than 3.5 hrs

Product Specifications

With a 1.8" hard disk drive built-in, its lightweight compactness is not constrained by the size of videocassette or disc media, nor does it require a space-consuming loading mechanism. The redesigned image processor for Everio G series incorporates 6 digital noise reduction systems to improve the S/N ratio by about 30% (3dB) over previous models. The integrated MPEG-2 encoder features circuitry that reduces the block noise and mosquito noise that can occur with digital video recording formats. It's assurance that all of those Gigabytes of video and photos you shoot will offer the best picture quality available for each recording mode. The built-in flash or video light functions automatically so you can shoot brilliant images even in low light situations. The flagship model GZ-MG555 is equipped with both. GZ-MG555 is designed for serious shooting, but it's so easy you'll think it's fun!

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

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

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.6in
Height:2.8in
Weight:16.6oz
Width:2.9in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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

Header

Manufacturer:JVC
Model:GZ-MG555
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:JVC Everio

Lens System

Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Sensor Resolution:5.4Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:300
Media Type:Hard disk drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder
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