JVCâ€™s GZ-MG505 has three 1.33MP (1.23MP effective) CCDs for red, green and blue (RGB). JVCâ€™s pixel shift technology somehow quadruple the pixel count to record still pictures with 5 megapixels. Thatâ€™s still pictures. In video mode, the GZ-MG505 is a bit purer: 774,180 effective pixels for each color (RGB) resulting in a 2.3 megapixel video image. With the 30GB hard disk (which I think is one of those â€œduh!â€ features that everyone should be putting on camcorders) you can store up to 37 hours of video content. MSRP is a whopping $1299.99.
For that kind of money, I might just have to shell out and get the GZ-MC500US that lets you record in MPEG2 (720 x 480 – DVD resolution) with Dolby Digital Audio. The only thing about this is that youâ€™re limited to how big CFs can get. Currently they are at 8GB, but still much smaller than the 30GB in the GZ-MG505.