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 have used the previous model GZMC200 for skydiving and it worked well. The GZMC500 gives better colors and clarity and works very well with a .3 lens for close in stuff. The only real problem exists at times when the present focus gets bumped and the camera loses focus. Generally this is an excellent product for the professional skydiving video use I am getting from it.
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: This camera has fantastic video quality and the price drop makes it a very attractive unit. I paid over $2,000 for it when it first came out. Ouch.The still picture quality is poor at best. Don't plan on using this for your vacation photos...your cell phone camera probably has better quality. And don't plan on using this for outdoor videos as the built-in microphone is way too sensitive. The slightest breeze overwhelms the audio you want to hear.
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.
Summary: This camera is fantastic. Light, portable and comfortable.Everything is easily accessible (ex: the focus dial, or zoomfeatures etc) Transferring from camera to computer is quickand very easy. The fact that each take you film is savedas it's own file makes editing and post production a breeze. The camera picks up colors outside very nicely, and indoorsthe low light video is as good as you will find with othercameras within this price range.