JVC Everio GZ-HM30
Released January, 2011
The Pros:Powerful optical zoom - great for picking up detail from far away. Good value - records entry-level HD video at a budget price. Easy to use - automatically adjusts video settings to get the best results possible.
The Cons:Does not record 1080p video natively. Included software is for Windows only. Uses the AVCHD Lite format - might be difficult to import into certain video editing applications.
JVC's Everio GZ-HM30 is an entry-level HD camcorder, and is the most basic of the new Everio lineup. It upscales output to 1920 x 1080p resolution (though it is non-native), and has 40x optical zoom.
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Standard definition recording is also selectable. This particular model does not have any on-board flash storage, but has a single slot for an SDHC or SDXC card. Its image sensor is 1.5 megapixels and there is a 2.7-inch LCD display on the side of the body. Recording features include AUTO mode and time-lapse, and it also uses face recognition and automatic scene adjustment. A digital image stabilizer reduces hand shake blurring. This camcorder comes bundled with media browser software and a grip belt. It has a comparatively low price point. For those who want on-board memory, the GZ-HM50 has identical features plus 8GB of flash memory, for a $40 price jump.
- 1080p upscaled output
- SDHC/SDXC slot
- 1.5-megapixel CMOS sensor
- Auto and time record modes
- 40x optical (HD) or 70x dynamic (standard) zoom
- Konica Minolta HD lens
- Image stabilizer
- Face detection
- 2.7" LCD display
- One-touch upload to youtube
- Includes media browsing software
User Reviews (5)
powerful optical zoom - great for picking up detail from far away
good value - records entry-level HD video at a budget price
easy to use - automatically adjusts video settings to get the best results possible
does not record 1080p video natively
included software is for Windows only
uses the AVCHD Lite format - might be difficult to import into certain video editing applications
lacks onboard storage - additional memory card purchase required
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