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JVC Everio GZ-MG505

alaTest has collected and analyzed 171 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. Reviewers really like the design and size. The image quality and portability are also appreciated. There are some negative reviews about the connectivity and viewfinder. Comments are divided on the reliability.

usability, portability, image quality, size, design

battery, price, viewfinder, connectivity

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 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for JVC Everio GZ-MG505


alaTest has collected and analyzed 14 user reviews of JVC Everio GZ-MG505 from 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 Reviewers really like the image quality and price. The design and usability also get good feedback, whereas many are critical about the viewfinder.

portability, usability, design, price, image quality


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

Aug, 2019

Consumer review ( review summary for JVC Everio GZ-MG505


alaTest has collected and analyzed 41 user reviews of JVC Everio GZ-MG505 from 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 People really like the color and portability. The image quality and battery also get good opinions. There are some mixed reviews about the size, and there are some negative opinions about the price.

usability, battery, image quality, portability, color


88% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Aug, 2019

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (

JVC Everio GZ-MG505


JVC Everio GZ-MG505

Generally satisfying video and still-photo quality; light and compact design; appropriate and usable manual controls.

No eye-level viewfinder; requires a pass through the manual to understand operation; no internal lens cover; renders reds poorly; video looks washed out on computer.

A well-designed hard-disk-based camcorder, the JVC Everio GZ-MG505 produces video and stills that look great on TV. But its price might make you hit Pause.

Aug, 2006

Expert review by : Easy Camcorder (

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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 (

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 : 3LUXE (

JVC Everio-G Hybrid Camera GZ-MG505


Video recorders are a great way to capture those special times in your life, but their lack of recording time can get frustrating. It's no time to be running out of space when that key moment of the celebration is unfolding. Start recording everything...

Mar, 2007

Expert review by : Mark Montgomery (

Camcorder Review: JVC Everio GZ-MG505 Hard Drive Camcorder


JVC's GZ-MG505 is an update to its predecessor, the GZ-MG500. It still continues to be a user-friendly camcorder for beginning shooters while adding a few new features that will entertain shooters with a little more ambition. But the shooters who will...

Compact 3 CCDs 30GB HDD

No headphone jack Mediocre image stabilization Short battery life

The JVC GZ-MG505 is a convenient camcorder with a sleek look. Its improvements over its predecessor are notable enough to pique interest of beginning shooters who want a little bit more than the bare bones. For people looking for a simple point and...

Nov, 2006

Expert review by : Sarah Lacy (

JVC's Everio: User-Friendly Only in Hand


The compact Everio GZ-MG505 camcorder captures quality video with ease, but transferring that footage to a PC can be tedious and confusing.

I learned a few things on my recent vacation to Hawaii. Laid-back island life is way nicer than the Silicon Valley rat race. Opening a coconut is harder than it looks on TV. Oh, yeah, this too: I really don't have a lot of use for a camcorder.Some...

Sep, 2006

Expert review by : David Kender (



The JVC GZ-MG505 comes equipped with three 1/4.5" CCDs, each with 1.33 gross MP. In three-chip configurations, incoming light is split by prism into red, green, and blue channels, and each is assigned to its own CCD. In video mode on the GZ-MG505, this...

Sep, 2006

Expert review by : James Dickinson (

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 : James Morris (

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

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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

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