Summary: I bought this camcorder from Fry's for $1080*** including tax as a new year gift for my parents. I tried it right after I received the package and I just love it. Everything is great except the battery included in the package can last only 30 min which is too short for a camcorder with 30G memory. So I bought a data battery from JVC ($126), and then the camcorder became perfect. I made the choice between Sony SR100 and JVC505.
Summary: I bought both cameras to compare the video and stills. Not suprisingly, the 505 was has better video quality, but not a lot. For those that expect the best (right now) get the 505. The MG37 is good too and they share the same chasis. I took video with both cameras. The same settings and the same basic views, the same orange candle or couch. The 505 seems less grainy and the color is truer.
Summary: A fantastic piece of equipment! The 3 CCD sensor, small size, remote mike input all add up to a very high end home-style camcorder. The low light capabilities of this are fantastic as well and the 5MP still camera, although a bit slow to focus at times, provides crisp, clear pictures.
Summary: The 3CCD of MG505 does its work. The color is great and video quality is terrific even in low light. The size of camcorder is very handy and compact. I strongly recommend for the additional battery. I believe that the hard disc camcorder will be the standard soon. No more hassle with DV tape or small CD-R or CD-RW. Each shot of video is recorded into one file and it is ready to be played with your computer. Tip : The video format actually is already MPEG2 (DVD).
Finally a camera that takes great movies and stills
T. J. Power "PowerCPA", Amazon
16 October 2006
Summary: About 7 years ago I purchased a JVC mini-DV camera that was supposed to take both still images and video. The video worked, the stills were horrible. This camera actually does both very well. It's a breeze to shoot and review both formats. The joystick is cool to use, and lets you zoom in on your stills, fast forward, rewind, etc. It's much smaller than I expected, as well. The manual controls are also very useful.
Summary: I've had the camera for almost a week and love everything about it except the 50min battery that JVC supplies. Luckily you can go to walmart and buy another battery for $16 bn-vf707u (yes that's right and OEM JVC battery only $16). I also purchased a bn-vf714u, from another store for a little more. Any I'd stay away from the non-brand batteries since JVC will void your warranty if a problem comes up related to a power issue.
Summary: Bought this camcorder recently and I am not disappointed, it is as good as it says it is. There are a few ups and downs which are below. It records at the resolution of 720x560, at the Ultra fine settings, and the 30GB hard disk can record up to 7 hrs of footage (which is more than enough if using it for home videos) and 14 hrs on the economy quality settings. I haven't used it on the economy settings so not sure what the quality is like.