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Good: Simple to use and easy manual functions, plus 5-megapixel camera
Bad: No zero lux night capture! I can't see the point of night mode as there's plenty of noise from movement.
Comment: A compact, reliable point and shoot. So easy to put in one's pocket. I will use it often.
Good: Compact, easy to use, quality movie and still image capabilities
Bad: Beeping noise going through the menus (I've now found out how to turn this off!) so, nothing really
Comment: As above.
Good: Superb video & sound. Small form factor with excellent build quality.
Bad: No case or SVHS lead included. A small gripe, but considering the 505's price...
Comment: I purchased the MG505 purely for the video side of things (I have a dedicated DSLR, so the still image side of this camera will, for me, be a largely unused function), and I must say that I'm more than impressed. I wasn't really sure what to expect, as I bought this item blind, so to speak, but having shot some test footage I was more than suitably impressed. Burning a DVD of my handiwork, and viewing them through a budget player, I thought that the visuals on my 50" Pioneer plasma looked great, while the Dolby Digital sound excelled with its detailed audio, even if it is only two channel!
I'm also more than impressed with both the excellent build quality, and small size, which is ideal for those of us that don't want to spend the day out being reminded we have a camcorder in tow. The 505 can easily fit in a coat/jacket pocket, and be forgotten about until needed. With an easy to use and intuitive menu-driven setup system, and all the major controls ergonomically at hand, I must say that apart from JVC not including a case or SVHS lead, there is very little to fault for those of us that want an easy to use point and shoot camcorder. I can't recommend it highly enough.
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