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JVC GZ-V500 Full HD Everio Camcorder (Black)

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Product Highlights
  • Full HD 1920 x 1080 Recording
  • Memory Card Slot for SD/SDHC/SDXC Cards
  • Sensitive 1/4.1" 3.3MP CMOS Image Sensor
  • Full HD 1080/60p Output
  • Optical 10x Zoom & 18x Dynamic Zoom
  • Time-Lapse REC & SD/HD 200x Digital Zoom
  • Mini HDMI Port & 3.0" LCD Touch Display
  • Optical & Advanced Image Stabilizer
  • Face Recognition & K2 Technology

The feature-packed JVC GZ-V500 Full HD Everio Camcorder (Black) shoots Full HD 1920 x 1080 video and can output 1080/60p video as well. It uses memory card technology to store your recordings and features an SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot. The GZ-V500 has a back-illuminated 1/4.1" 3.3MP CMOS image sensor, a mini HDMI output and a JVC HD lens. The high-quality HD lens supports 10x optical zoom, 18x dynamic zoom and 200x digital zoom in both HD and SD formats. The camcorder has a FALCONBRID engine and a 3.0" LCD touch panel display for easy recording and instant playback. It also supports high-speed video and continuous still recording. Plus, you can use it as a 10 megapixel digital camera with the DSC function.

The GZ-V500 also features several other user-friendly shooting controls and options. It's equipped with an Optical and Advanced Image Stabilizer, as well as Super LoLux. It features Intelligent AUTO and Auto REC. Plus, it supports Time-Lapse REC as well. The GZ-V500 has Face Detection technology, K2 technology, Smile Meter / Smile Shot, Pet Detection / Pet Shot, Face Sub-Window, Animation Effect and Silent Mode. It also has an integrated zoom microphone and a semi-auto lens cover. With attributes like this, anyone can become a master videographer.

While all these handy tools may take some of the guesswork out of recording, it's always nice to have some easy-to-use editing software back at the house. The GZ-V500 comes with Everio MediaBrowser 4 software integrated into the camcorder. The PC software allows you to upload your videos quickly, select your favorite scenes and make them even more attractive. If you get done with a recording and can't wait to share it with friends and family, the GZ-V500's integrated mini HDMI output makes it possible to connect the camcorder directly to your HDTV. Once connected, you can share all your video clips on the big screen in breathtaking 1080/60p HD.

Full HD 1920 x 1080 Recording
The GZ-V500 is capable of recording 1920 x 1080 resolution AVCHD video. Plus, it supports 1080/60p output as well. Enjoy uncompromising picture quality on any HDTV that accepts 1080p input via HDMI
Super LoLux
Low light performance is one of the key factors for quality video. The GZ-V500's Super LoLux ensures superior sensitivity to low light. With a back-illuminated CMOS sensor, you can capture clear images with precise colors even in low light. No worry while indoors or in dark situations
Advanced Image Stabilizer
The camcorder features JVC's Advanced Image Stabilizer (A.I.S.) for effective camera-shake compensation. It expands the effective area at wide angle, delivering powerful compensation for camera shake while maintaining HD quality. You'll be able to enjoy stable results even if you're walking or jogging alongside your subject
10x Optical Zoom
You can use the 10x optical zoom, 18x dynamic or the powerful 200x digital zoom. to zoom in on subjects that are far away without any picture degradation
Zoom Microphone
The zooming microphone changes the focal point to match the picture, so you can always hear what you see. Sound focus changes from wide to tele. This reduces stereo separation and increases mic gain when zooming
SD/SDHC/SDXC Card Slot & 16GB Internal Flash Memory
The camcorder supports memory card technology and flash memory for seamless recording. You can record using the internal 16GB flash memory or you can use an SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card. The camcorder will support up to a 64GB SDXC card
HD/SD Dual Format
Standard-definition recording is available for broad compatibility and even longer recording
Intelligent AUTO
Automatically selects the optimal settings wherever you point the camera. Get the best possible shot anytime
Silent Mode
Mutes the operation sound and dims the LCD brightness with one button ease. No worries for dark and quiet places
K2 Technology
Restores the sound details lost during compression for high-quality audio playback
DSC Function
The GZ-V500 can function as a 10 megapixel digital camera
Everio MediaBrowser 4 Software (Windows Only)
The Everio MediaBrowser 4 editing and file management software is built right into the camcorder. You can create full-fledged edited videos and pictures with just a few clicks. Edit video footage and stills into the same creation, spice it up with a music track, add captions, and so much more, with drag-and-drop ease. Plus, share as soon as you shoot by quickly uploading to Facebook and YouTube
Touch Panel LCD
Just touch on the various function icons and thumbnail pictures that are displayed on the LCD screen. The uniformly flat surface responds instantly to your touch commands, with a frameless design to assure comfortable touch access even for functions displayed on the extreme right or left
Face Recognition for Shooting Convenience
Face Recognition technology allows you to register faces of friends and family with their names so the camera can optimize exposure and focus giving priority to them
Smile Meter & Smile Shot
The Smile Meter keeps an eye on how much your subjects are smiling, giving you a percentage display. With Smile Shot, the camera automatically takes a picture (in video mode) every time the smile percentage reaches a certain level. It's a great way to take group shots filled with smiling faces
Pet Detection
Pet Detection function detects and tracks the faces of dogs and cats, capturing them with the best setting possible. And it automatically takes stills when they face the camera directly
Face Sub-Window
Touch on a face on the LCD screen, and that face is automatically shown enlarged in a corner of the screen. So you can record both a group shot and a close-up of someone at the same time
Animation Effect
Have fun decorating while you shoot. Add stamps wherever you touch. Or spice up faces with decorations that automatically position themselves correctly. You can even add hand-written titles and captions using a provided pen as part of the recording too
Time-Lapse REC
Time-Lapse REC records one frame at a time at set intervals (1 sec - 80 sec), so you can watch movement that's hours long in just a few seconds when played back. It's great when you want to observe an event that takes place over a long period of time or to record unique-looking scenes in a creative way
Auto REC
When a subject enters the detecting area, recording starts automatically. Recording continues as long as there is movement within the area and automatically stops after 5 seconds of no movement. You can use it like a surveillance camera or to observe something
JVC HD Lens
The JVC HD Lens is approximately two times brighter and faster than conventional camera lenses. You'll be able to record in low light environments with confidence. Record indoors or outside in darker situations with brilliant results. Record birthdays, weddings, sporting events and everyday life without the need for additional lighting
Wide Angle Lens
When recording landscapes, or group shots in cramped quarters, this wide angle lens is very effective. When fully zoomed out, the angle of vision is equivalent to a 32.8 mm lens on a 35mm SLR camera
Optical Image Stabilization with Advanced Image Stabilizer
The GZ-V500 offers double the assurance of camera shake compensation. In addition to Advanced Image Stabilizer, Optical Image Stabilizer (O.I.S.) is equipped to deliver effective results over the entire zoom range. From wide-angle to telephoto, get stable images with HD quality maintained
High-Speed Continuous Still Recording
Just like the motor drive equipped on SLR cameras, this mode allows you to record stills in rapid succession. Get sharp, crisp images for every split-second of movement. Capture even fast-paced action as high quality digital stills
300fps High-Speed Video Recording for Super Slow Motion Playback
High-speed recording enables super slow motion playback, so you can analyze movements that may not be visible to the naked eye in real time. Use it as an effective tool for sports technique analysis and nature studies
High-Speed Processor FALCONBRID Engine
The FALCONBRID imaging engine provides high-speed processing of large amounts of pixel data for both video and stills. The one-chip design helps to reduce size and energy consumption while optimizing efficiency and speed
Camera
Sensor 3.3 Megapixel 1/4.1"  CMOS
Optics
Lens 32.8 mm
f/1.2 1
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JVC HD Lens

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Zoom Optical: 10x
Dynamic (Optical): 18x
Digital: 200x
Recording
System NTSC
Recording Media SD/SDHC/SDXC Up To 64GB Video/Image
Recording Time SDXC GB
HD UXP Mode 8GB: 40 minutes
HD XP Mode 8GB: 60 minutes
HD SP Mode 8GB: 80 minutes
HD EP Mode 8GB: 210 minutes
SDXC GB
SD SSW Mode 8GB: 160 minutes
SD SEW Mode 8GB: 340 minutes
Video Format High Definition
MPEG AVC/H.264
1920 x 1080p / 60 fps
720 x 480p / 60 fps
Still Image Resolution JPEG: 10 Megapixel
Channels 2.0-Channel Stereo
Display
Display Type LCD
Touchscreen Yes
Screen Size 3.0" 2
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(7.6 cm)

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Features
Image Stabilization Optical & Digital 3
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Optical & Advanced Image Stabilizer

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Lux Not Specified By Manufacturer
Built-in Mic Yes 4
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Zoom Mic

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Built-in Speaker Yes
Built-in Light/Flash Light - Yes
Flash - No
Tripod Mount 1/4"
Input/Output Connectors
Outputs 1x USB 2.0
1x HDMI C (Mini)
1x A/V
General
Languages Not Specified By Manufacturer
System Requirements Windows
  • XP (SP3)
    Vista (SP2)
  • Core 2 Duo 1.66GHz Processor or greater
  • 1GB RAM

Windows
  • 7
  • Core 2 Duo 1.66GHz Processor or greater
  • 2GB RAM
Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
Dimensions (WxHxD) 1.4 x 2.2 x 4.6" / 3.6 x 5.7 x 11.6 cm with battery
Weight 8.11 oz / 230 g with battery
JVC GZ-V500 Full HD Everio Camcorder (Black)
  • BN-VG212 Battery Pack
  • AC Adapter
  • Animation Pen
  • A/V Cable
  • USB Cable
  • 2-Way Grip Belt
  • Everio MediaBrowser 4 Software for Windows (Provided in Camera)
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    JVCGZ-V500 Full HD Everio Camcorder (Black)
     
    3.8

    (based on 5 reviews)

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    67%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (3)
    • Great picture quality (3)
    • Image stabilization (3)
    • Large clear LCD (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home movies (3)
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      5.0

      good.

      By rg

      from CA

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about JVC GZ-V500 Full HD Everio Camcorder (Black):

      good.

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      3.0

      Video recoding is perfect!

      By David

      from Sydney, Australia

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Great Sound
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

      • Poor In Low Light
      • Poor Still Image

      Best Uses

      • HD Shooting
      • Home Movies
      • Movies/Short Films
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about JVC GZ-V500 Full HD Everio Camcorder (Black):

      It is easy to use, instruction and menu is useful even it looks like sample.
      The quality for video recording is very good when you set it on UXP mode.

      However, the quality of still image are not good, even you set it as 3808x2856(10.9M), as it has only a 3.3 megapixel sensor in it. Which mean it can't reach to 3808x2856(10.9M)quality for the still image.

      Suggestion: the information for this video camera should list the real quality for the still image.

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      (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Too many design flaws. Look elsewhere.

      By RichD

      from Pennsylvania

      About Me Video Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Complicated To Operate
        • High-speed capture
        • Poor Image Quality

        Best Uses

        • Time-lapse studies

        Comments about JVC GZ-V500 Full HD Everio Camcorder (Black):

        Stay away from this camera. Superficially, it looks very good. But it has some serious flaws in my opinion. The overall idea and features are good, but the implementation of those features is where this camera fails.
        Probably the most obvious is the menu system, designed by somebody who loves to use touch screens. To get at the menu, of course you press menu, but then you have to press it AGAIN! ...in a different location. With just about any change you make to the settings, the menu then disappears. So for example you want to put the exposure in manual mode and then make a few manual settings like focus, shutter and aperature, you will need to go through the menu pages three separate times. That is very time consuming with a touch screen that often doesn't "see" the touches.
        A major flaw in this camera is how the manufacturer hides the fact that even though this is a HD camera, when you use it in high-speed recording mode, it appears to have only about 1/4 the resolution!!! Slo-mo playback looks fine and smooth for movement, but the pictures are very poor quality compared to watching 1920 HD. To me this is an outright lie by JVC's marketing department and I feel ripped-off.
        I got this camera specifically to take high-speed and time lapse photos, and it is not a good tool for the job. Many of my time lapse photos need to be taken from inside a building or car window to protect the ungarded camera from weather or theft. Unfortunately the front of the camera has a bright, polished ring/plate around the lens. It looks nice, but causes a reflection of the ring to appear in every shot with this camera when it's close to glass. I needed to leave the window open until I was able to paint it black. There is a good reason that quality camera's are black in the front!
        I am constantly annoyed by the auto-focus system. Many times when I am going to take a still picture, the camera is already pointed at the subject and in focus. When the shutter button is pressed half way though, the system insists on running the lens through the entire focusing range to find the best focus. This causes a lot of delay or blurry pictures if you don't wait for it. It should "Know" when the camera is already in focus!
        I found the battery life is not as good as my Panasonic cameras, and the JVC batteries are more expensive too. They are also not as well designed, as they require a seperate plastic battery cover, just another piece of plastic to handle and lose that the Panasonic doesn't have.
        A standard feature of tripod mounts these days is the pin just ahead of the 1/4" threads to prevent the camera from rotating. The JVC doesn't have the hole for the pin.
        The JVC has some helpful on-screen help, but at the expense of the printed (or on-line) manual being very sparse in detail. I prefer to read manuals to learn how to use a camera. In my opinion a poorly detailed manual is a big sin.
        The Panasonic also has an automatic lens cover that opens for recording and closes otherwise. Very simple. This JVC model requires you to remember to close it when leaving recording mode, but it opens automatically. If anything, it should close automatically, because it's rather obvious that it is still closed when you see only black when shooting. Several times I forgot and left the lens unprotected while handling the camera.
        I also seem to notice that the Panasonic is better at image stabilization when hand-held.
        So all of this to me seems to indicate that the JVC design was just not well thought out, and did not undergo any "combat testing" that would point out it's flaws. If you want a JVC camera, I would have to recommend you wait a few years and see if the designers have learned how to make a camera that is a useful tool.
        I'm comparing this camera to the Panasonic because I have one. I'm sure there are some other good brands out there too, like Nikon, Sony, etc., but I haven't tried them in depth. I can tell you to look at the Panasonic over the JVC though.
        (Specifically, I refer to the JVC GZ-V500 and the Panasonic HDC SD-90).

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        • Similar:
        • Panasonic HDC SD-90 (two of them), Samsung HMX-W200

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        4.0

        GZ-V500

        By Pigsect

        from Flippin, AR

        About Me Casual User

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Great Picture Quality
        • Large Clear LCD

        Cons

        • Poor basic manual

        Best Uses

        • HD Shooting
        • Home Movies

        Comments about JVC GZ-V500 Full HD Everio Camcorder (Black):

        Camera works very well and menus are simple if you understand the terminology but the basic user guide is very poor and only covers turning the camera on and basic shooting with no info on menus and how to use the features. Time lapse option in great overall picutre quality is good.

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        5.0

        VERY PLEASED

        By Farmer Dale

        from Newton, WI

        About Me Casual User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Picture Quality
        • Great Sound
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Zoom range/performance

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Movies
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about JVC GZ-V500 Full HD Everio Camcorder (Black):

          This is my first camcorder. Not being very "techy" I found it very easy to use.

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          • No

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