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JVC GYDV500U DV Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 10 reviews of JVC GYDV500U DV Camcorder. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the color and image quality, but the size and portability get critical comments.

design, image quality, color

durability, portability, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC GYDV500U DV Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review (

Well done, keep up all the proffesional works


It is a practical Video Cam with a 650 line resolution DV

It should be made upgradable to M-size tape

Nov, 2003

Consumer review (

Camera Problems.


DV format, many in/outputs.

Bulky, sound and video quality is worse than cheaper models.

Dec, 2002

Consumer review (

Stunning Image Quality


The JVC GY-DV5000 is the follow up to the highly regarded GY-DV500. I have used both cameras and can tell you that this new camera is a major upgrade over its predecessor. And that's an understatement. First of all (and most importantly) the DV5000's ...

Beautiful image, great sound circuitry, professional controls

Built-in mic is junk, only 2 XLR inputs, shoulderpad needs work.

Dec, 2005

Consumer review (

JVC GY-DV500 Mini DV


Very nice looking pro camera. First off its a 2 piece unit .Love it! With the Fuji lens attached it makes for a great pro DV camera package. I bought the JVC-X2BU in 1995 a SVHS 3 chip recorder w/16x Fuji lens great camera for $9k gave the exact same ...

2 piece camera records color and detail very well

does not record in LP

May, 2004

Consumer review (

JVC GY-DV500 Mini DV


2 piece camera records color and detail very well

does not record in LP

May, 2004

Product Specifications

This JVC Mini camcorder is designed specifically for professional use, combining the convenience and cost-effectiveness of MiniDV with the professional performance and features you need. This compact camcorder offers up to 60 minutes of high-quality component digital recording on a MiniDV cassette and incorporates three high-quality 1/2" CCDs to assure superior, high-resolution picture performance. Its 14-bit Digital Signal Processor (DSP) delivers performance found only in high-end cameras. Other pro-level features include a bayonet lens mount and Super Scene Finder (SSF), as well as IEEE 1394 (input and output) and RS-232C interfaces for easy integration in various professional NLE and post-production systems.

Audio Input



Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)



Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:JVC GY

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.4
Optical Zoom:14
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Gray metallic

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:380Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/2"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):12.7 mm ( 1/2 ) / 12.7 mm ( 1/2" )
Optical Sensor Type:3CCD
Sensor Qty:3CCD

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Video Format:DV
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Normal movie mode