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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 mixed opinions about the reliability, and some have doubts about the connectivity and viewfinder.

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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 People are impressed by the image quality and price. The design and usability are also appreciated, but there are some negative opinions about the viewfinder.

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

This summary is based on the products: JVC GR-D820 MiniDV Camcorder (35x Optical Zoom)JVC GR-D820 MiniDV Camcorder (35x Optical Zoom)

Mar, 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 Comments about the color and portability are overall positive. The image quality and battery are also appreciated. Opinions are divided on the size. Many are negative about the price.

usability, battery, image quality, portability, color


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

This summary is based on the products: JVC Everio GZ-MG505 3-CCD 5MP 30GB Hard Disc Drive Camcorder w/10x Optical ZoomJVC Everio GZ-MG505 3-CCD 5MP 30GB Hard Disc Drive Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom

Mar, 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

Product Specifications

The new JVC Everio G Series GZ-MG505, like all Everio G Series camcorders, eliminates the need to carry tapes, discs or any media at all, yet can record up to seven hours of DVD movie-quality video or more than 10 hours at DVD camcorder-quality. In Eco mode, over 37 hours worth of video can be shot without any need to eject or reload recording media. The GZ-MG505 sits at the top of the Everio G Series line because of its superior image quality, made possible by a 3-CCD imaging device that uses pixel-shift technology to deliver 5-megapixel quality. In addition to native full resolution 16: 9 (1173 x 660 x3 effective pixels) and 4: 3 DVD movie quality video with superior color rendition, this high-performance image sensor enables shooting of high-resolution JPEG photos of up to 2560 x 1920 pixels. And best of all, the hard disk's high capacity means that nearly 10, 000 photos can be shot without a second thought, with plenty of room left for hours of video, even at the highest quality settings. To take this many snapshots would require 416 rolls of 24-exposure film on a film camera, making the GZ-MG505 the ideal camcorder for vacations where traveling light is the priority. Despite the enormous storage capacity, the GZ-MG505 weighs-in at barely more than a pound (510 grams) including the battery and lens cap. It's small enough to easily take anywhere. Its classic camcorder-style design is topped off by a 2.7" widescreen 16: 9 LCD that accurately displays native 16: 9 videos while they are being shot, as well as during playback. A microphone input and accessory shoe provide flexibility to capture sound and attach lighting. And with multiple interfaces, high speed 12x USB 2.0 data transfer, and supplied software (Macintosh and Windows), it's easy to view and share all those wonderful memories.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Manufacturer Battery Name:JVC BN-VF707

Camcorder Features

Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight



Display Diagonal:2.7

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in/Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:JVC Everio/JVC GZ

Image Sensor

Optical sensor resolution:3
Optical sensor size:1 / 4.5
Sensor Type:CCD

Lens System

Digital Zoom:300
Filter size:1.46
Focal length range (f-f):0.126 - 1.26
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.4
Max Focal Length:32mm
Min Focal Length:3.2mm
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1.33Mpix/5Mpix
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/CCD
Sensor Qty:3CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Other Features

Additional accessories:Y
Auto focus: Yes
Cable type:USB
I/O ports:USB 2.0 (Up to 12x)
Lens system:f1.8 - f2.4
Photo mode: Yes
Power consumption (typical):5.3
Recording speed:1.5 - 8.5Mbps

Ports & interfaces

DV port: No
PictBridge: Yes
S-Video in: No
S-Video out: Yes


Camera shutter speed:Video: 1/2 - 1/4000, Still: 1/2 - 1/500


Camcorder tape type:Digital 8
Compatible memory cards:SD
Internal storage capacity:30

Video Input

Analog Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:300
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400
Media Type:Hard disk drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Type: None

Weight & Dimensions