JVC Everio GZ-HD500
1080p HD recording; 1/5.8-inch CMOS image sensor; 1.37-megapixel still image capture; 20x optical zoom; Konica Minolta HD lens; 80GB internal memory; SD/SDHC memory slots; Electronic image stabilization; Manual, Program, and Automatic exposure modes; 2.7-inch color LCD display with Laser Touch operation; Super LoLux low light technology; Time-Lapse Recording; Face Detection; Auto-Recording; One-Touch upload to YouTube; 2-way grip belt; Motion Detection Technology; Li-ion rechargeable battery
Pairing a built-in 80GB hard drive with SD/SDHC memory card capacity, the JVC GZ-HD500 gives you the option to record to one, or the other, or both - in fact, if memory runs out on one, it'll switch seamlessly to the other. This high-def camcorder has a handful of nifty features that users of many different levels will appreciate, like Face Detection, Image Stabilization, and a quality Konica Minolta lens. Not to mention touch-screen controls that lie off of the actual image on the LCD screen, so you don't have to worry about fingerprints. High definition camcorders are flooding the market lately, and when all is said and done, image quality is still the key factor for most users. The GZ-HD500 has a high quality image sensor, which sounds promising, but JVC doesn't have a well-documented history of excellent performance particularly in low-light situations, so it'll be interesting to see the final verdict on this one.