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JVC GZ-V500
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JVC GZ-V500 Camcorder

3.32MP 1/4.1 210g CMOS Mar 2012
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A high-sensitivity Premium Compact Design Full HD Memory Camcorder with an SDXC card slot. F1.2 Super Bright & 32.8mm Wide Angle lens and Back-illuminiated CMOS Sensor provides powerful low-light... More
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21 Reasons For

Good Size

One person wrote in their reviews that the product was compact. Mac World mentioned in his JVC GZ-V500 review “Very compact” although he only gave the product a score of 60 out of 100.

JVC Has Good Reviews for Its Camcorders

We checked the user and expert reviews of hundreds of video cameras to determine an average rating for each video camera manufacturer. On average JVC camcorders have good reviews from users and experts.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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Fairly Large Screen Size

The average screen size of video cameras of a similar spec and age to the GZ-V500 is 2.8", and the screen sizes range from 1.5" to 4". With a screen size of 3 inches, the JVC GZ-V500 has a fairly large screen size compared to most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the GZ-V500, the JVC GZ-V500 has an image stabiliser.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The JVC GZ-V500 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the GZ-V500.

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1/4.1" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the GZ-V500 is 1/4.1". That's 41% more optical sensor size than the most common optical sensor size of 1/5.8". Across all camcorders of a similar type and age to the GZ-V500 the optical sensor size ranges from 1/5.8" (worst) to 1/3" (best).

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Optical Image Stabiliser

This camcorder has an optical image stabiliser, which is the most commonly found image stabiliser on comparable spec camcorders that have been available for more than two years. Optical image stabilisation is hardware based. Digital cameras with optical IS typically have a built-in gyro sensor and microprocessor that detects camera shake as it occurs. The stabiliser compensates for any camera movement.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The GZ-V500 supports a better memory card type than most medium sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago. This video camera supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most medium sensor size camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to it support an SDHC memory card. This JVC camcorder also supports an SD memory card. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

An SDXC memory card is in fact the best supported memory card type across all video cameras of this age and type.

A MicroSDXC memory card is the worst supported memory card type across comparable types of camcorder.

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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Quite Long Video Recording Time

With a video recording time of 46.16 hours, the GZ-V500 has a quite long video recording time compared to most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the GZ-V500. Medium sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the GZ-V500 have video recording times of between 0.016h and 94h, and the average video recording time is 12h.

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Has a Built-In Display

The GZ-V500 has a built-in display, as do most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

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H.264 Video Format

This video camera has an AVCHD|H.264|MPEG4 video format, which is typical of many medium sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to it.

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Has Two White Balance Modes

The JVC GZ-V500 has a greater number of white balance modes than most similar spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as it. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on comparable spec camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the GZ-V500. The white balance mode "Manual" is also found on this camcorder.

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Quite Low Minimum Aperture

With a minimum aperture of only 1.2, the GZ-V500 has a fairly low minimum aperture compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as the GZ-V500. Video cameras that were released more than two years ago have minimum apertures of between 1.1 and 6.8, and the average minimum aperture is 2.2.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on camcorders of this spec and age.

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Has Three Cables Included

The number of included cables found on the GZ-V500 is more than most camcorders that have been available for more than two years. This camcorder has a USB cable included, which is the most commonly found cable included found on camcorders that were launched more than two years ago. The cables included "AV" and "HDMI" are also found on this video camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This video camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many video cameras of this type and age.

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Has One Capture Mode

The number of capture mode found on the GZ-V500 is more than most video cameras of a comparable type and age to it. The most frequently found capture mode is LP, but this capture mode is not found on this video camera. The capture modes EP,SP,UXP,XP are also found on this JVC camcorder.

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JPG Image Format

This video camera has a JPG image format, which is typical of many similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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LCD Display

This video camera has an LCD display, which is typical of many video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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Very Small

With a width of only 36 millimeters, the JVC GZ-V500 is quite small compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and type. The widths of medium sensor size camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the GZ-V500 range from 17mm to 270mm, and the average width is 67mm.

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10 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Poor

This video camera received a score of 60 out of 100 from expert review website Mac World. That puts this medium sensor size camcorder in the bottom 10% of all the video cameras of this age and spec.

Poor Product Quality

One JVC GZ-V500 reviewer said in their reviews that it was not good quality. Four years ago Mac World said “Mediocre video quality”.

Not Full HD

The GZ-V500 is not Full HD. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the GZ-V500 do are Full HD.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most similar spec video cameras that have been around for more than two years do not have an interchangeable lens. The JVC GZ-V500 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of only 10 times zoom factor, the GZ-V500 has a quite small optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders that were released more than two years ago. The average optical zoom of medium sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago is 23x.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most camcorders of this type and age are not 3D compatible. The JVC GZ-V500 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The JVC GZ-V500 does not have a night mode, although this is within the context that most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to the GZ-V500 also do not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

Most medium sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the GZ-V500 are not waterproof. The GZ-V500 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The JVC GZ-V500 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the GZ-V500 also do not have a built-in projector.

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Very Low Maximum Aperture Value

Camcorders of this age and spec have maximum aperture values of between 2.5 and 34, and the average maximum aperture value is 4.6. At only 2.8, the JVC GZ-V500 has a quite low maximum aperture value compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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3 Other reasons to consider the JVC GZ-V500

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when this medium sensor size camcorder was released.

Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 200 times zoom factor, the GZ-V500 has a pretty average digital zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the GZ-V500.

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Average Weight

At 210 grams, the GZ-V500 has a relatively average weight compared to most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Aperture Value
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
On Screen Display Language
Design
Colour
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Capture Mode
Video Format
Maximum Video Resolution
HD-Ready
Still Image
Image Format
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
USB 2.0 Port
Battery
Video Recording Time
Battery Type
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Cable Included
Other Features
Typical Power Consumption

Expert Reviews

(1)
21 June 2012

Ever had a hard time trying to choose between a pocket camcorder and a more capable but bulkier traditional model? So have I, which is why JVC?s new Everio GZ-V500 caught my eye. Into this... Read more…

Good color rendering
Strong video light
Very compact
Laborious navigation
No onboard memory
Mediocre video quality
Price when rated

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers gzv500, gzv500b, gzv500bu, gzv500be, gzv500bus, gzv500beu, jvcgzv500beu, ultrapro gzhm690, vidpro gzv500z96, ultrapro gzhm690b, vidpro gzv500z96k
Barcodes 00046838064180, 00602589100456, 00602589108841, 00724327500745, 00724327506945, 00726046833968, 04975769400131

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