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JVC GZ-V500
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JVC GZ-V500 Camcorder

1/4.1 210g CMOS 10x Mar 2012
Optical Sensor Size Weight Sensor Type Optical Zoom Release Date
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 Video Cameras

JVC has good average ratings across all video cameras, however it has only ok ratings specifically for its medium sensor size video cameras.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many video cameras of this type and age.

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Fairly Large Screen Size

With a screen size of 3 inches, the GZ-V500 has one of the larger screen sizes amongst medium sensor size video cameras of this age. The average screen size of camcorders that are a similar age to the GZ-V500 is 2.8".

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The GZ-V500 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The JVC GZ-V500 has an HDMI port. Most of the other video cameras that were released more than two years ago also have an HDMI port.

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1/4.1" Optical Sensor Size

The GZ-V500 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/4.1". That's 41% more optical sensor size than the most common optical sensor size of 1/5.8". The worst optical sensor size of all video cameras of a comparable age and type to the GZ-V500 is 1/5.8" and the best is 1/3".

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Optical Image Stabiliser

This video camera has an optical image stabiliser, which is the most commonly found image stabiliser on medium sensor size video cameras that are a similar age to it. 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 JVC GZ-V500 supports a better memory card type than most medium sensor size video cameras that have been around for more than two years. This video camera supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most video cameras that came out around the same time as it support an SD memory card. This JVC video camera also supports an SDHC 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 amongst all medium sensor size video cameras that were released around the same time as the GZ-V500.

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

Across all the camcorders of this type and age the video recording times range from 0.016h to 94h, and the average video recording time is 12h. With a video recording time of 46.16 hours, the JVC GZ-V500 has one of the longer video recording times amongst comparable spec camcorders of this age.

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Has a Built-In Display

The GZ-V500 has a built-in display, as do most of the other similar spec video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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H.264 Video Format

This camcorder has an AVCHD|H.264|MPEG4 video format, which is the most frequently found video format on medium sensor size video cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Has Two White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the GZ-V500 is more than most video cameras of this type and age. This camcorder has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the GZ-V500. The white balance mode "Manual" is also found on this JVC video camera.

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Quite Low Minimum Aperture

The minimum apertures of video cameras of a comparable type and age to the GZ-V500 range from 1.1 to 6.8, and the average minimum aperture is 2.2. When compared to other similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to the GZ-V500 that we have assessed the minimum aperture of, the GZ-V500's minimum aperture of only 1.2 is one of the lowest.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Has Three Cables Included

The GZ-V500 has a greater number of included cables than most video cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This video camera has a USB cable included, which is the most commonly found cable included found on medium sensor size video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the GZ-V500. The cables included "AV" and "HDMI" are also found on this JVC 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 the most commonly found maximum video resolution on similar spec camcorders that were released around the same time as it.

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Has Four Capture Modes

The JVC GZ-V500 has a greater number of capture mode than most camcorders of a similar age and type to it. The most commonly found capture mode is LP, but this capture mode is not found on this video camera. The capture modes EP, SP, UXP and XP are also found on this JVC video camera.

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JPG Image Format

This camcorder has a JPG image format, which is the most frequently found image format on video cameras of a similar age and spec to it.

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LCD Display

This video camera has an LCD display, which is typical of many camcorders of this type and age.

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Very Small

With a width of only 36 millimeters, the GZ-V500 is quite small compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the GZ-V500. The smallest video camera of a similar age and spec to the GZ-V500 is 17mm wide and the biggest is 270mm.

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11 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Poor

This medium sensor size camcorder received an expert rating of 60 out of 100 from Mac World. It seems that experts really don't rate this video camera very highly.

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

Most of the other video cameras of this age and type are Full HD, however the GZ-V500 is not Full HD.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most video cameras of a similar type and age to the GZ-V500 do not have an interchangeable lens. The GZ-V500 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

Across all the camcorders of this type and age the optical zooms range from 1x to 60x, and the average optical zoom is 23x. 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 video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the GZ-V500.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most medium sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago 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 GZ-V500 does not have a night mode. Most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that came out around the same time as the GZ-V500 also do not have a night mode.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that have been available for more than two years, the JVC GZ-V500 does not have a built-in projector.

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Not Waterproof

The GZ-V500 is not waterproof. Most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that were launched around the same time as the GZ-V500 are also not waterproof.

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Very Low Maximum Aperture Value

At only 2.8, the JVC GZ-V500 has a quite low maximum aperture value compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the GZ-V500. The average maximum aperture value of medium sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago is 4.6.

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Very Low Display Resolution

The GZ-V500 has one of the lower display resolutions (only 230,000 pixels) amongst medium sensor size video cameras of this age. The display resolutions of video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the GZ-V500 range from 96,000 pixels to 1,200,000 pixels.

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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 video camera was released.

Average Digital Zoom

At 200 times zoom factor, the GZ-V500 has a fairly typical digital zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the GZ-V500.

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Average Weight

At 210 grams, the GZ-V500 has a relatively typical weight compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to the GZ-V500.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Image Stabilizer Type
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Aperture Number
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
Smile Detection
White Balance
White Balance
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
On Screen Display (OSD)
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Design
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Video Formats Supported
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Image Formats Supported
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
S-Video Out
Battery
Video Recording Time
Battery Type
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Bundled Software
Cables Included
AC Adapter Included
Stylus Pen
Other Features
Power Consumption (typical)
Audio Output
Auto Focus
Manual Focus

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, gzv500bus
Barcodes 00046838064180, 04975769400131

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