w/ video editing solution this is a great camcorder
Bryce Gaunt, Amazon
5 October 2008
Summary: I have found this camcorder takes fantastic video as long as you set the indoor / outdoor button properly. Negatives I have read about and agree with: 1) It is a little slow to focus at times 2) Still pictures don't look good 3) Records in .MOD format so editing and playback of files stored on a...
Video good, software is non-user friendlyand awkward.
5 October 2008
Summary: Video is not particularly bright when using indoors. Software is ridiculously confusing. Will not let you download and use your own burning software, must use theirs. Light weight and fairly easy to use. Handle/button placement does not allow easy use with right hand.
Summary: After many failed previews, attempts, and returns of other brands, we are having a great experience with this camcorder. It is easy to use, and does the job others can't in low light. The night enhanced function is jumpy like all the others, but this camera takes good bright video without it.
Summary: This is a great product. It does not do well in a small space you need at least 15 feet distance to shoot your video. Aside from that minor inconvenience, it is a terrific product. Scott Doerr
I ASSURE YOU THAT THIS CAMERA WORKS WITH A MAC AND IMOVIE, but the quality isn't great.
17 September 2008
Summary: You must purchase a cable, one end a 6 pin firewire, the other end must be a 4 pin firewire. The 4 pin plugs into your included docking station, the 6 pin plugs into your mac, imovie will detect your camera automatically and it will import all of your clips. BUT!!!!
Summary: I can not say I haven't had anything other than a pleasurable experience with this camera. It takes not only great videos, but also great pictures. It picks up color so well. My digital camera has a higher resolution than this video camera, yet this video camera takes much better pictures.
Summary: After owning it for several months, I've found this JVC to be good quality for a non-pro like me. Very easy to use. It can hold so much, that I've never come close to filling the hard drive yet.
Good camcorder, horrible stills, overall a very good unit
10 August 2008
Summary: I'm overall very satisfied with this camera. It was a snap to setup and transfer video to my PC for the first time. My opinion is that video should be shot on the highest quality setting, which gives you at least 7hrs of shooting without needing additional SD storage.
Summary: I have just recieved my GZMG555, My first impressions: Pros. - Very light. - Very Small. - Easy to use. (You don't even need to read de manual, very intuitive) - Excellent still photos. - Good video. - Flash and light in camera. Cons. - In dark places, blury video. - You need extra batteries.
Summary: 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.
Pros: 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)
Cons: 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.