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JVC Everio GZ-MC500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 132 reviews of JVC Everio GZ-MC500. The average rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size and image quality. The price and portability are also mentioned favorably, but the viewfinder and durability get less positive views.

usability, portability, price, image quality, size

battery, durability, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC Everio GZ-MC500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 59 user reviews of JVC Everio GZ-MC500 from The average user rating for this product is 2.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviews about the size and price are on the whole positive. The image quality and portability also get good opinions, but some have doubts about the viewfinder and battery. There are some mixed views about the durability.

usability, portability, image quality, price, size

battery, viewfinder

51% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

May, 2019


Expert review by : James Morris (

JVC Everio GZ-MC500EK


Not only is this the smallest three-CCD camcorder we've ever seen, it's also a JVC Everio, so it doesn't record to DV tape. Like its MC200 predecessor (see April 05 issue), the GZ-MC500EK stores its video in Mpeg2 format on a Hitachi Microdrive...

The MC200 was a step in the right direction, but the JVC GZ-MC500EK really nails digital imaging convergence. A great camcorder and a good digicam, if hardly cheap, the MC500 sets the standard for pocket-friendly camcorders.

Aug, 2005

EISA Award - Best Product

Expert review by : EISA (

JVC 'Everio' GZ-MC500


The 'Everio' GZ-MC500 is another miniature marvel from JVC. It captures images, sound and stills not onto tape, but into a Micro drive hard-disk, which is cleverly located, alongside the battery, in the unit's adjustable-angle handgrip. That's just one of

Jun, 2005

Expert review by : Colin Barrett (

SimplyDV Review: JVC GZ-MC500 Digital Media Camera


Good images (video and stills) from 3CCDs, manual controls, good handling

LCD visibility difficult in bright sun, need o use bundled software for download to computer, expensive MicroDrive media

Surprising quality from 3CCDs, given HD media recording.

Expert review by : Good Gear (

Expert Review


Despite the 3CCD image sensor and 5 megapixel still images, the GZ-MC500 is more suited to the casual moviemaker than the serious video enthusiast.

Styling, quality 3CCD imaging sensor

Handling, 4GB hard drive on the small side, no AVI video format option

Jan, 2006

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JVC Everio GZ-MC500


Styling, quality 3CCD imaging sensor

Handling, 4GB hard drive on the small side, no AVI video format option

Despite the 3CCD image sensor and 5 megapixel still images, the GZ-MC500 is more suited to the casual moviemaker than the serious video enthusiast.

Jul, 2005

Expert review by : Ben Wolf (

Image quality


JVC Everio GZ-MC500

Decent blend of video and still capabilities; generally sensible controls; easy searching and downloading; tiny size.

Mediocre battery life, viewfinder, and low-light performance; automatic features a bit sluggish; limited manual controls; no microphone jack.

This extremely compact, nicely designed camera should please technophiles who want both photo and video capabilities and can afford to splurge.

Aug, 2005

Expert review by : Ben Wolf (

JVC Everio GZ-MC500


An extremely compact, nicely designed three-chip camera that records decent MPEG-2 video and stills.

Decent blend of video and still capabilities ; Generally sensible controls ; Easy searching and downloading ; Tiny size

Mediocre battery life, viewfinder, and low-light performance ; Automatic features a bit sluggish ; Limited manual controls ; No microphone jack

Due to its high pixel count, the GZ-MC500 produces wide-screen video that is every bit as sharp as its 4:3 video. Unfortunately, this high pixel count also results in inferior low-light performance. To get a reasonably bright image under less than...

Aug, 2005

Expert review by : Easy Camcorder (

Expert Review


The JVC GZ-MC500 stands at the forefront of a new generation of camcorders. Say good-bye to tapes – the flash memory camcorders have arrived in force. Well, almost. The new Everio digital media series from JVC offers a number of benefits over MiniDV,...

Still Performance, -Ease Of Use, -Portability

Manual Control, -Handling, -Closed Battery Port, -Audio

Sep, 2005

Expert review by : Matt Culler (

JVC GZ-MC500 First Impressions Camcorder Review - HDD


The new GZ-MC500 was just released by JVC and breaks some new ground being the smallest three CCD camcorder pretty much ever, and being the first, and only, three CCD camcorder to record to tapeless media, namely, a 4GB Microdrive. On top of this, the...

Feb, 2005

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Aug, 2005

Product Specifications

The GZ-MC500 creates sharp, vivid and pristine images by dedicating a 1.33 (1.23 effective) Megapixel CCD to each red, green and blue color. JVC's advanced prism optics and filterless 3CCD pixel shift technology quadruple the pixel count to record 5Megapixel class stills. (In video mode Everio uses 691, 200 effective pixels for each RGB color). Thanks to the broader dynamic range, enjoy videos with truly realistic colors and digital stills with up to 2560 x 1920 image size for beautiful prints. JVC optics use technology that assures high precision CCD registration with extreme accuracy on the order of one micron. Make digital-to-digital transfers using the USB 2.0 interface for quick downloading to a PC. Print directly from the USB to any PictBridge compatible printer. The rotating grip of the MC500 lets you comfortably transition shooting angles from the palm of your hand.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:JVC BN-VM200

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction:Built-in
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Storage Media


Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.8in
Diagonal Size (metric):4.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Twilight mode


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:JVC Everio

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.4
Max Focal Length:32mm
Min Focal Length:3.2mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1.33Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):5.6 mm ( 1/4.5" ) / 5.6 mm ( 1/4.5 )
Optical Sensor Type:3CCD
Sensor Qty:3CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:200
Faders:Black & white fader / Black fader / Corner wipe / Door wipe / Scroll wipe / Shutter wipe / Slide wipe / White fader / Window wipe
Media Type:Microdrive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Classic Film / Monotone / Sepia / Strobe
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Type: None