Summary: I bought this little jewel at a PX in Germany and paid only 300 us new, the salesman apparently had no idea of how exp it was, anyway it was sitting in the reduced area because it had been opened and was missing both the micro drive and battery. I have been shooting all over the planet and I love its small but powerful package. I just recently bought a hdsd 16 gig compact flash drive and it worked, now I get about 7 hours of ultra high video!
Summary: I will start off saying I am not A pro when it comes to cameras. I have read all kinds of info and posts on this camera trying to get a good photo out of it. This camera can take perfect high quality full of detail pictures if you use tele macro setting and are extremely close to what your taking a picture of. You would see carpet fibers if you took a picture of your floor. If you take other pictures they will be very grainy/fuzzy.
Summary: I work for a TV station, but didn't have a camera of my own. I picked this up because I was doing some undercover work and wanted a camera I could hide easier. It had a manual focus which I really wanted but it is not turn the focus ring and directly connected to the glass type. I initially hated the file type it records to... some stupid MOD extension. The only way I could get it into avid to edit video was put it through another program to make to quicktime or avi.
Summary: I first purchased a their GZ-MC200 unit. A very similar unit but without the improvements found on the MC500. Once I was satisfied that I wasn't buying a misteak (these models are discontinued) I went ahead and purchased the 500, their top of the line version. The GZ-Mc500: Video quality is great when their is enough light, and the auto focus system can work. The actual video capability is around 2mp in video mode.
Summary: I make a living producing videos with Mac's. I own this camera and I love it but there is one truth: the camera is not supported by JVC for Mac's... but that does not matter since you can still have a great experience. It is actually simpler to use with a Mac than with a PC! No need to install drivers and softwares. To summarize it: 1- I did not install anything... there is no Mac software. You do not need it. Plug it in.
JVC Does Not Stand Behind Their Products - JVC Lemoncorder
Gunnar Kossatz "Samvado", Amazon
15 August 2006
Summary: I agree with the many other users who have experienced the "Condensation, Operation Paused" defect on their JVC GR-xxxx. Despite numerous others reporting this problem, JVC says its not a recognized problem. I would disagree - it is a recognized problem, but its your problem, not theirs.
Don't buy an Everio if you have a Mac and even on a PC it is bad
Big Tiger, Amazon
27 June 2006
Summary: I have a Mac and this product doesn't work at all with it. The customer support explained to me first that the software for the Mac was on the disk. After I called again they told me that I had to buy a product called Capty that you cannot test like any other usual product of this kind. I spoke to a supervisor and the the answer I got was "OK... OK..". They cannot certify that Capty works.
Summary: THIS is an amazing camera- BUT- It does not work with a mac.. you can get the files to the desktop, but the sound is separate.. trying to splice the sound back to the video is next to impossible. (and I'm a mac geek..) I bought some software from some Japanese site, claiming to translate the MPEG2 format but it was basically a joke.. Apple has a $39.00 MPEG2 plugin for QT that should work, but it did not.. Basically DO NOT GET THIS IF YOU ARE ON A MAC..
.mod file is an mpeg2 file, works under Linux/Linspire
D. Fox, Amazon
31 March 2006
Summary: The .mod files produced by this camera can be viewed unmodified using a regular mpeg2 player such as mplayer. The wide mode does show up squeezed into a 4:3 aspect ratio, I haven't worked on that issue yet. Very pleased.