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JVC Everio GZMG555 5MP 30GB Hard Disk Drive Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom (Includes Docking Station)

by JVC

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  • Record video straight to a built-in 30 GB hard drive
  • 1/2.5-inch 5 MP CCD; Megabrid engine
  • 2.7-inch Clear Widescreen LCD
  • Digital still capture
  • Docking station included
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 7.3 x 5.8 inches ; 3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000MANEDI
  • Item model number: GZ-MG555
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,091 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 9, 2006

Product Description

CL) JVC GZ-MG555 30GB HARDRIVE CAM

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Very easy to use.
DC Guy
I really like the JVC's NightAlive feature much better than Sony's Nightvision.
Edison
You can always buy a nicer one.
ArcticFox

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Mario on May 29, 2007
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I have just recieved my GZMG555,

My first impressions:

Pros.

- Very light.

- Very Small.

- Easy to use. (You don't even need to read de manual, very intuitive)

- Excellent still photos.

- Good video.

- Flash and light in camera.

Cons.

- In dark places, blury video.

- You need extra batteries. I recomend the 815 (lasts around 2.5 hrs., not to big), 808 (comes with camera, small but only lasts 1 hour), 823 (last more than 3.5 hrs., but it's to big). I have the three of them I think I will get another 815.

I haven't use the JVC Sharing station, but it seems very easy to operate and burn DVD's...

Overall, If you are a practical person, that will appreciate portability and ease of use more than perfect image (although it's not bad at all), I really recomend this camera.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By S. Halbert on May 30, 2007
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This is the best camcorder I have ever owned bar none!! The 5 megapixel still photos are perfect and the quality is just as good as my Fuji S5200. The settings are intuitive and if you are a video enthusiast you will likely be impressed with the feature options on this camera. The video in low light conditions was quite clear I experienced no blurring whatsoever. Battery life in my opinion is no better or worse than any other camcorder in its class...but I would recommend upgrading the battery if you use the camcorder frequently. The software for DVD publishing/editing is okay...my preference is Nero 7 (simple and intuitive). This is also a great value compared to other camcorders in it's class. I've only had it a couple days but I can assure you that this product will not disappoint in quality, features, or price.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Edison on August 13, 2007
I brought this camcorder after returning my Sony HDR-SR7. I liked the Sony HDR-SR7, but it does not allow me to record online classes on computer screen -- too much ghostlines and useless for that. GZ-MG555 also has some ghostlines when I record the computer screen and TV screen, but by adjusting the settings, I can get rid of those ghostlines completely. For the Sony, I can not get rid of those ghostlines no matter what to change, even Sony Style store technician told me that is normal for Sony.

So I am reviewing this camcorder with Sony HDR-SR7 in mind. Sony HDR-SR7 can record both HD and SD. JVC GZ-MG555 only allows recording in SD format. If you do not plan to get HD recorder and upgrade your DVD player to HD, buying the camcorder with HD recording will not benefit you so much, since HD format will take a lot of space to save the files. To make DVD to play for your friends, you will have to let software downward convert it for longer time.
But having HD capability is a plus, so that when you need that format, you don't have to go out buy another camcorder. For me, I want to record the online classes in SD format, with HDR-SR7 with so many ghostline, I do not have much choice.

The video quality in SD format are pretty much the same, comparing between the Sony HDR-SR7 to this JVC GZ-MG555. Sony's low light quality is slightly better, when not engage JVC's Nightalive feature (I will talk more about the low light recording more later). Playback directly from camcorder to HDTV set, Sony produced better video quality than JVC, since Sony's output is 1080i and JVC is 480i. However have the MPEG2 files from both burned into DVD, both has similar quality.

During recording, Sony has an eye piece in addtion to the LCD screen.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By ArcticFox on December 26, 2007
I purchased this camera a week ago and have been using it daily since. I am making a project using video editing software with what I've captured from this device, and I have to say that it's superb overall. Before I get started, I should mention the biggest problem this camera can be said to have: a sluggish focus. It's true that sometimes it can take up to a three seconds to focus at first, and then if you move too quickly zooming in and out, it might take a second to focus again. Hasn't been a show-stopper at all for me, and it generally doesn't ruin any shots of mine.

Things I love about this camera are not unique to this particular model, but let me mention them. First and foremost is the HDD (hard disk drive). I cannot emphasize enough how awesome and valuable this has been. The camera I bought right before this one (which I am sending in for a return today) used miniDV tapes, and the sound of the tape motor recorded into the video as a horrible whirring or even ringing sound. That and the frustrations of awkward rewinding/fast-forwarding to try to position the tape properly for recording; it got even more frustrating when I wanted to preview a video I had taken earlier. Tapes have serious limitations, and I really hated the fact that for best quality I had to use a brand new tape (and, to top it off, downloading video from the tape required as much time as the video took to shoot).

With the HDD, I can shoot over 7 hours of video at the highest quality and download them to my computer as fast as USB 2.0 can fly. If I want to see a shot, I can browse to it like I'm scanning for a video on a computer, with a thumbnail for each one.
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