Pros: -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 still performance, -Audio jacks for mic and phones
Cons: -With HD camcorders only a few hundred dollars more, value is questionable for this SD model, -Battery life is shorter than competing models
Excerpt: Could this HDD camcorder be the one to solve the substandard video problem? This is what we hoped to discover as we anxiously opened the carton and prepped the JVC Everio GZ-MG505 for a hands-on test. Read on to discover if you should start saving over a grand for this stealthy new camcorder… In no time we had the camera prepped, the battery charged and an SD card in place. Now it was time to put it through its paces.
Pros: Three 1.33MP CCDs; 30GB storage, Massive storage (7 hours of MPEG2 video), Much less video noise than earlier Everios, Fast focusing and response, Nice ergonomics
Cons: Expensive; colors have no "pop", Colors don’t have pop, Color accuracy off target