|Item Weight||1.4 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||7.5 x 5.5 x 3.8 inches|
JVC GZE505BUSM 2.5 Megapixel 1080p HD Time Lapse Auto Record Everio(R) GZE505BUS Digital Video Camera
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The price was a bit on the higher end of what I wanted to spend, but I think it was worth every penny. This camera is quite small, easily fitting into a purse for travel. I took it to record fireworks, and even though it was so dark you could barely see your own hands, the video turned out way better than I expected, with most of the fireworks turning out in brilliant, clear colors. Of course, some were blurry, but less grainy that you'd think. It was definitely watchable, anyway.
It picks up sound really well as well. Also, something which I rather like, is that the camera has a quick-on. quick-off feature when you simply open or close the screen. It makes for grabbing video in a hurry easy. Also, you can snap pictures while recording, which, in my opinion, is an awesome thing.
The camera also includes some interesting editing features, adding some animation effects to the videos. You can also have it so it recognizes faces, something I haven't explored too much yet. There's also several different recording features, like stop motion recording, but I won't go into that as I haven't played around with that yet, either.
The camera comes with a USB cord to connect to the computer, as well an AV cable so you can play video on your tv, something which I've found to be extremely useful for showing off videos to family. The standard battery seems to last roughly two hours, and I can see that having a spare one on hand would be a great idea....
First off, this camera records a lot of hiss. Granted, all budget camcorders will record a small amount of hiss even in a silent location, but in my opinion this camera records too much. In almost all the clips I record, I have to use a noise-reduction filter. Unless the scene you are filming has a lot of noise to mask over the hiss, you will be stuck with an annoying "hhssss" in your video.
The second problem is with using an external microphone. The microphone jack is a nice feature, and one I was looking for in a camcorder, but for some reason whenever you have a microphone connected, the camera generates a very noticeable, sort of pulsing buzzing sound. It's not something that can be physically heard out loud, but if you have headphones plugged into the camera, you can hear it as soon as you plug in the mic. And yes, this buzzing DOES record onto the video, essentially ruining your clips unless you have noise reduction software to try to remove it later. I have tried three different microphones, so trust me, the problem is not my microphone.
A third problem is that the zoom knob is wobbly and flimsy, so if you zoom in or out while recording, you will likely hear the plasticy clicking sound of the loose knob in your final video.
I contacted JVC about these issues and they had me mail in the camera for repair (I had to pay the shipping). I received the camera back well over a month later and even after supposedly replacing a few parts, these problems still remain, which suggests that the issues are simply hard-wired into the camera at a manufacturing level.
Unless you don't plan to use an external mic, and you don't mind a "hhssss" over your videos, I really can't recommend this camera. Especially given the fact that you can get a better one from Sony or Canon for less money.