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: We’ve made no secret of the fact we’ve been disappointed by the quality of the hard-disk drive camcorders reviewed so far for DigitalTrends.com including the new Toshiba gigashot and JVC Everio models. Camcorders record memories and if the video quality isn’t better than a $400 tape-based edition, what’s the point of saving hours and hours of noise-filled footage–and spending more money for the privilege?
Summary: Although the hard-disk format has yet to come of age, there's plenty to recommend here. The MG505 is a solid and impressively specced camcorder that pushes the format that little bit closer to superseding tape
Pros: Compact design, Easy operation
Cons: Proprietary video codec makes using third-party editing tools problematic