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JVC Everio GZ-MG555

alaTest has collected and analyzed 39 reviews of JVC Everio GZ-MG555. The average rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the design and price. The size and portability are also appreciated, whereas the battery and image quality get less positive opinions.

usability, portability, size, price, design

image quality, battery

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 79/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 10 user reviews of JVC Everio GZ-MG555 from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviews about the zoom and price are on the whole positive. The portability and usability are also mentioned favorably, but many are negative about the image quality.

usability, portability, price, zoom

image quality

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

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

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Will Greenwald (

JVC Everio GZ-MG555


JVC Everio GZ-MG555

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.

May, 2007

Expert review by : John Poultney (

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

May, 2007

Expert review by : David Kender (

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...

Jun, 2007

Expert review by : James Murray (

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...

Jan, 2007

Expert review by : Jay Alexander (

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.

Nov, 2007

Expert review by : David Kender (



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...

Aug, 2007

Expert review by : David Kender (



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...

Jun, 2007

Consumer review (

JVC GZ-MG555 Digital Camcorder 10X Optical Zoom 300X Digital Zoom 1/2.5" CCD 2.7" 112K


I really like everything about the camera. The UI is great, and all of the features on the camera are wonderful. I think it has great color, and I read reviews that the image stabilization was not very good, but I thought that it was very nice.

THE SOFTWARE! I was afraid of this, but the software is bad. It is CyberLink software that you must use to retrieve footage from the camera. I was hoping that I would have the ability to plug the camera into the computer and it would show up as an...

Jun, 2008

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Decent camera


If you cannot hear sound or you get an error while trying to watch your videos in windows media player, download windows media player classic. This will give you the codecs that will allow the videos to play correctly.

The hard drive makes this very useful for extended recordings. Don't have to worry about changing recordable media. I think that it takes decent still shots. (While using a tripod)

If you are buying this camera, get a tripod. As others have pointed out, the anti-shake feature is not the greatest. I also hate the file structure that JVC uses, but there are ways around that

Feb, 2008

Consumer review (

JVC GZ-MG555 1/2.5" CCD 2.7" 112K LCD 10X Optical Zoom HDD/Flash Memory Camcorder


read other compaints elsewhere about JVC's use of the *.mod files for recording, but it plays fine on the computer with enclosed software and Nero Showtime both with audio. Windows media player won't play sound. New Egg rocks! Built last 3 computers...

Burns to DVDs easily, looks very good so far. Still playing with the settings to find the best for the different lighting situations. All in all not a High Def, but fairly close to dvd quality to my eyes. (on a new Sanyo 42" LCD)

Yes I wish the Anti Vibration feature worked better, following my 2 Year old grandaughter around and the video almost looks comical but kinda adds a little charm to it

Aug, 2007

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!

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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


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


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