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JVC Everio GZ-MG505

alaTest has collected and analyzed 173 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. Comments about the design and image quality are generally positive. The size and portability are also appreciated. There are some mixed opinions about the reliability, and many are negative about the connectivity and viewfinder.

usability, portability, size, image quality, 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 83/100 = Very good quality.

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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 also get good opinions, but some have doubts 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)

Nov, 2017

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 44 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 mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the price. Opinions are divided on the size.

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89% 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

Nov, 2017

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: (

JVC Everio GZ-MG505


3CCD has yet to prove it's worth the premium. If you want a hard-disker, go for one of the cheaper Everio models

Aug, 2008

Consumer review by: lovingit (

JVC Everio GZ-MG505


good camera

Feb, 2008

Consumer review by: tiger14 (

JVC Everio GZ-MG505


Don't buy this camera..This camera ruined my Holiday. This is a useless camera.

30GB hard ; Compact design

Video qaulity not that great compared to the Sony/canon's model ; There is no Image Stabilization and when you film while walking, the video will make you sick when watch it on a gaint LCD ; Still Picture look really bad even though they say it's 5 MP...

Dec, 2007

Consumer review by: Chris Hurley (

JVC Everio GZ-MG505


Using this camera for cutting video on in house marketing. Love the Camera !!

Size, ease of operation

Steady cam feature is poor, lens has a poor wide angle. We will need to up grade

Apr, 2007

Consumer review by: Marius (

JVC Everio GZ-MG505


Poor image quality for the 3 ccd, oversaturated reds and low light is kiling the camera

Mar, 2007

Consumer review by: hks_racer (

JVC Everio GZ-MG505


Awesome video and size 10/10!



Feb, 2007

Consumer review by: petert (

JVC Everio GZ-MG505


I like the overall look at and feel, but I am not impressed with the batteries.

Light. Easy to use. High quality still photos. Quite good video

Batteries. I just bought the biggest battery (something like 4.5 hours) and its size in comparison to the camera is ridiculous, however, the battery supplied with the camera simply has too short a life (something like 45min max.)

Nov, 2006

Consumer review by: Electrik-kid (

JVC Everio GZ-MG505


I love its perfect size and once you get used to it, it's the best, im 14 years old so if i can learn anyone can

Size and the buttons are all close together


Nov, 2006

Consumer review by: gannugood (

JVC Everio GZ-MG505


I have never used a Camcorder before. One of my criteria was high quality Video and minimum to no hassle in changing storage media. I was particularly interested in the Panasonic GS500 and the Everio GZ-MG505.

HDD, light weighted, easy to use, high quality video

Still camera – average quality, can use only JVC batteries

Nov, 2006

Product Specifications

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/JVC BN-VF808

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash/None

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disc drive

Dimensions & Weight



Display diagonal:6.86

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:Backlight / Night mode / Spotlight / Twilight mode/Portrait mode


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

Image sensor

Optical sensor resolution:3
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 4.5
Sensor Type:CCD

Lens System

Digital Zoom:300
Filter Size:3.7
Focal length range (f-f):3.2 - 32
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.4/F/1.8-4
Max Focal Length:32mm/77mm
Min Focal Length:2.2mm/3.2mm
Optical Zoom:10/35
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:400Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1.33Mpix/5Mpix/800Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4.5"/1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6" ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6 )/5.6 mm ( 1/4.5" ) / 5.6 mm ( 1/4.5 )
Optical Sensor Type:3CCD/CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD/3CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser: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

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:300/800
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400
Media Type:Hard disc drive/Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Type: None

Weight & Dimensions

Height :7.3