The JVC Everio GZ-HD5 is a digital camcorder that uses three charge-coupled devices (CCDs) to record high-definition video to its built-in 60GB hard drive.

A panel of editors looked at both the JVC Everio GZ-HD5's 1,440 by 1,080 video footage (an indoor scene that includes flesh tones, a Macbeth colour chart, various textures, and a spinning Ferris wheel to evaluate motion) and rated it against clips from other high-definition camcorders shot under the same conditions. We found considerable noise in the captured video. colours had a blue cast, and objects were fuzzy and lacked detail. Overall, the JVC Everio GZ-HD5's footage was rated as Fair by our panel.

Aside from controlled conditions in the lab, we used the JVC Everio GZ-HD5 in several other shooting situations. Low-light interior shots showed up a little dark and noisy. Outdoor shots on a bright and sunny but windy day turned out shaky despite the optical image stabiliser, and there was lots of wind noise even though we had turned on the wind noise cutting setting.

The JVC Everio GZ-HD5 can also capture still photos at 2.1Mp resolution. The photos had good colour but were very noisy, earning a Fair rating from our panel. We doubt many would find the JVC Everio GZ-HD5 to be an acceptable replacement for a high-quality point-and-shoot digital camera.

OUR VERDICT

Despite its compact size and 3-CCD capture capability, JVC's Everio GZ-HD5 offers mediocre video and still quality.