Full HD Recording: The JVC HD Everio GZ-V500 compact digital camcorder is
capable of recording Full 1920 x 1080 HD video onto SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory
cards. In addition, the unit can output your recordings at 1080p resolution for
superb picture quality on TVs that support 1080p input signals.
SD Card Slot: The GZ-V500 has a slot for SD memory cards. The unit is
compatible with SD cards up to 2 GB, SDHC cards from 4 GB to 32 GB, and SDXC
cards up to 64 GB. A 64 GB SDXC card can hold over 5-1/2 hours of Full HD video
at the highest recording quality. Class 4 or higher SD cards are recommended for
video recording. No SD cards are included with the camcorder.
3" LCD Touch Screen Monitor: The GZ-V500 is equipped with a "frameless" 3" Ecran Tactile Touch Panel LCD monitor. The monitor can be set to one of four
brightness settings, or Auto, which sets the brightness to 4 when used outdoors
and 3 indoors. The LCD has 230,000 pixels, and can rotate 270° for best
visibility when shooting at difficult angles. The camcorder includes a stylus
pen for more accuracy when using touch controls.
Imaging Device: The camcorder has a 1/4.1" back-illuminated CMOS image
sensor with 3,320,000 total pixels. It has a recording area of 920,000 to
3,030,000 effective pixels for recording video, 1,560,000 to 2,240,000 effective
pixels for recording 4:3 still images, and 2,070,000 to 2,980,000 effective
pixels of 16:9 still images. The back-illuminated CMOS sensor, along with the
Falconbrid high-speed processor, lets you shoot clear color images in low light
situations, as well as high-speed recording for super slow-motion playback.
Lens: The GZ-V500 has a bright F1.2-2.8 10x optical zoom lens, which
enables you to record in low light environments with brilliant results. The
focal length of the lens is 3.33mm to 33.3mm, with a 35mm conversion of 32.8mm
to 396mm for video (594.5mm with dynamic zoom on). For still images, the focal
length is 40.4mm 404mm for 4:3, and 33mm to 330mm for 16:9. The wide angle
capability of the lens enables you to record landscapes or group shots in
Zoom: The camcorder offers four options for zooming. In addition to
the 10x optical zoom, you can select dynamic zoom of up to 18x, or digital zoom
of up to 72x or 200x. When the digital zoom is used, the images become grainy as
the subject is enlarged digitally.
Optical Image Stabilization: You can choose from two levels of image
stabilization. The Optical Image Stabilizer reduces camera shake during video
recording. The Advanced Image Stabilizer (AIS) is available when recording
bright scenes at the wide angle end of the zoom range (5x or less).
Connections: The GZ-V500 has all of its connections in one convenient
location on the back panel. It features the following connections:
- HDMI: The camcorder has a Mini HDMI (Type C) output for
connecting to an HDTV. A 5' HDMI-to-HDMI Mini cable is included. If the
connected TV is compatible with HDMI-CEC (consumer electronics control), you
can operate the camcorder using the remote from the TV.
- USB: The Mini-B Version 2.0 connector allows you to connect the
camcorder to your computer for downloading your videos and photos. It can
also be used for connecting to a DVD Writer, BD Writer (External Blu-ray
Drive), or USB External Hard Disk Drive. A 40" USB cable is included.
- AV: The 3.5mm minijack AV output lets you connect the camcorder
to a TV for playing back videos and still images. You can also connect to a
DVD recorder or VCR. A 39" AV cable, with composite video and stereo RCA
audio plugs, is included.
- DC Power: The camcorder has an AC adapter for connecting the
camcorder to standard household electrical power. The AC adapter is used to
charge the battery in the camera, or to power the camcorder during long
recording sessions, playback to a TV, or downloading videos to external
Video Recording Quality: When recording video you can choose from four
High Definition and two Standard Definition image quality settings. The High
Definition settings all have full HD resolution (1980 x 1080), while the
Standard Definition resolution is 720 x 480 (interlaced). The image quality
settings include UXP (24 Mbps bit rate), XP (17 Mbps), SP (12 Mbps), EP (4.8
Mbps), SSW (6.2 Mbps) and SEW (3 Mbps).
Still Image Sizes: In addition to recording HD and SD video, the
GZ-V500 can record still images in 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios. You can set the
image sizes to 3808 x 2856 (10.9M), 1920 x 1080 (2M), 1440 x 1080 (1.5M), or 640
x 480 (0.3M). Still images can also be taken during video recording by simply
pressing the Snapshot button. The size of the still image captured in video mode
is 1920 x 1080.
Continuous Shooting: When shooting still images, the camcorder will
allow you to record multiple images as you press and hold the shutter release
button. There are three continuous shooting speeds to choose from:
- High Speed: Shoots up to 40 still images continuously in about
- Medium Speed: Shoots up to 40 still images continuously in about
- Low Speed: Shoots continuously until the recording media is full.
High-Speed Video Recording: By recording videos at a high speed, the
videos can be played back in smooth slow-motion. High-speed video recording can
be handy for emphasizing movements, such as a golf swing or a tennis stroke.
Video is recorded at 300 frames per second at a resolution of 720 x 480.
Playback time is 6 times the actual recording time. The maximum recording time
is 2 hours, which would take 12 hours to play back.
Intelligent Auto: You can record video or still images without
worrying about the setting details by using the Intelligent Auto Mode. Exposure
and focus will be automatically adjusted to suit the shooting conditions.
Face Recognition: The camcorder will recognize human faces, and will
track the faces while they are in the frame. The Smile Shot feature keeps track
of how much the detected faces are smiling (using a % display), and
automatically takes a picture every time the smile % reaches a certain level.
Faces can be registered in the camera and given an identifying name. In addition
to Face Recognition, the camcorder will also perform Pet Shot when the face of a
registered pet is recognized in the monitor.
Picture Decorating: After a still image is captured, you can decorate
it with decorations or hand-written captions. There are 8 types of decorations
and 16 types of stamps that can be added to photographs. Using the supplied
stylus pen, you can draw on the picture or print a name or date right on the
Time-Lapse Photography: The GZ-V500 can take a series of frames at a
set interval to illustrate within a short time changes to a scene that occur
slowly over a long period of time. This feature can be used to photograph the
opening of a flower bud, or the passing of clouds over several hours. You can
set the interval at 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 40, or 80 seconds. The longer the interval,
the faster the video will be when played back. (Example: recordings taken at 2
second intervals will be played back at 60 times speed.)
Auto Recording: The Auto Recording function lets you record video or
still images automatically by sensing changes in the subject's movement within a
designated area displayed on the LCD monitor. Recording continues as long as
there is movement within the area, and stops after 5 seconds of no movement.
This allows you to use the camcorder as a surveillance camera or to observe
Battery: The GZ-V500 is powered by the BN-VG212U Lithium-Ion
rechargeable battery (3.5V/1200mAh/4.5 Wh). An optional, longer-life battery,
BN-VG226U, will also work with this camcorder. The approximate recording times
for each battery is as follows:
||Typical Recording Time
||Continuous Recording Time
||1 hour 25 min
||1 hour 45 min
||3 hours 10 min
Built-in Software: The camcorder comes with Everio MediaBrowser 4
software built in. The software can be loaded onto your computer when it is
first connected with the USB cable. In many cases, it may be necessary to
download the latest version of the software. It is compatible with the following
- Windows 7 (SP1): Home Premium (32-bit and 64-bit editions),
- Windows Vista (SP2): Home Basic, Home Premium (32-bit and 64-bit
- Windows XP (SP3): Home Edition, Professional, pre-installed
Note: For Mac users, you can import files from the camcorder using
Apple's iMovie '08, '09, '11 (video) or iPhoto (still images). OS X version
10.6.5 or higher is required.