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JVC Everio GZ-HD5

We have collected and analyzed 10 expert reviews and 19 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 51/100 and users rate it 71/100. The average review date is Mar 10, 2009. We have compared these reviews to 200785 reviews from other Camcorders. The alaScore™ for this product is 79/100 = Good. Last update: Apr 18, 2014.

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JVC Everio GZ-HD5

 

MicroSD slot for additional storage capacity ; 60GB hard drive

Difficult to transfer video to Mac ; Mediocre video image quality ; Short battery life

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Review: JVC Everio GZ-HD5 HD camcorder

 

JVC's Everio GZ-HD5 is a digital camcorder that uses three charge-coupled devices (CCDs) to record high-definition video to its built-in 60GB hard drive. The quality of the video captured on the GZ-HD5 was decent (though we've seen better), and the...

Light and compact, the barrel-shaped GZ-HD5 fit comfortably in the palm of my hand, with the record, zoom and, snapshot controls within easy reach for one-handed filming. The camcorder lacks a viewfinder, which would have been helpful for shooting in...

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Excellent HD Camcorder with Amazing Video

 

You cannot go wrong with this purchase. If you want a 3 chip 1/5 inch CCD camcorder that records 5 hours of high quality (high definition) video below $600 (MSRP is $1100!) without worrying about changing DV tapes or worry about DV tapes deteriorating...

AMAZING Video Quality; Three (3) 1/5 inch CCDs; Hard Drive (My DV tapes on my old camcorder are deteriorating); Easy transfer of videos to PC; Price; Also still images are nice

JVC has its own format so you must use the software that comes with it or buy software that is compatible. Low light is ok, but all camcorders are "ok" in low light

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Excellent HD Camcorder with Amazing Video

 

You cannot go wrong with this purchase. If you want a 3 chip 1/5 inch CCD camcorder that records 5 hours of high quality (high definition) video below $600 (MSRP is $1100!) without worrying about changing DV tapes or worry about DV tapes deteriorating...

AMAZING Video Quality; Three (3) 1/5 inch CCDs; Hard Drive (My DV tapes on my old camcorder are deteriorating); Easy transfer of videos to PC; Price; Also still images are nice

JVC has its own format so you must use the software that comes with it or buy software that is compatible. Low light is ok, but all camcorders are "ok" in low light

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Very Nice Video

 

I bought this as a store demo very inexpensively so the price was not an issue for me. I took it to Disney and kept it in my pocket the whole time. The Video quality is great, the photos are just o.k.. The video is easy to download through ... Expand...

Nice and compact. The menus are easy to use. Lots of options for output

Crappy software. Have to create playlists to get it to work with iMovie 08

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Very Nice Video

 

I bought this as a store demo very inexpensively so the price was not an issue for me. I took it to Disney and kept it in my pocket the whole time. The Video quality is great, the photos are just o.k.. The video is easy to download through the firewire...

Nice and compact. The menus are easy to use. Lots of options for output

Crappy software. Have to create playlists to get it to work with iMovie 08

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Amazon review summary for JVC Everio GZ-HD5

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 4 user reviews of JVC Everio GZ-HD5 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 2.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

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50% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: JVC Everio GZ-HD5 3CCD 60GB Hard Disk Drive High Definition Camcorder with 10x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

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No High Def is better than poor High Def

 

The JVC Everio GZ-HD5 features three low resolution 1/5" sensors (3CCD) each with 570 pixels. Though these sensors may have worked well on JVC's GENESSA HD display, they do not work well for the Everio HD Camcorder. The MPEG 2-TS ...

Lightweight, easy to use, solid software,variety of inputs, multiple resolutions

Optical image stabilization terrible.  ; Colors are not realistic

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No High Def is better than poor High Def

 

The JVC Everio GZ-HD5 features three low resolution 1/5" sensors (3CCD) each with 570 pixels.  Though these sensors may have worked well on JVC's GENESSA HD display, they do not work well for the Everio HD Camcorder.  The MPEG 2-TS compression and...

Lightweight, easy to use, solid software,variety of inputs, multiple resolutions

Optical image stabilization terrible.  Colors are not realistic

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i would buy this product again and again

 

i loved it

"Durable","Great Sound","Comfortable to Operate","Simple Controls","Great Picture Quality","Versatile","Great Features"

"Bulky"

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Product Specifications

This ultra compact Full HD 1920x1080 HDD camcorder offering ultimate image quality with FUJINON HD lens and superior color reproduction with 3CCD and HDMI(TM) (V.1.3 with x.v.Color(TM)), complete with 60GB HDD and 1080/60P output.

Audio Input

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

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:JVC BN-VF815

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080i
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:5.1in
Height:2.9in
Weight:16.9oz
Width:2.7in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.8in
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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

Header

Manufacturer:JVC
Model:GZ-HD5
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:JVC Everio

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-1.9
Max Focal Length:33mm
Min Focal Length:3.3mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:0.53Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:530Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:570Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/5"
Optical Sensor Type:3CCD
Sensor Qty:3CCD

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:200
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400
Media Type:Hard disk drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder
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