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JVC GZ-HM1 High Definition Camcorder

JVC GZ-HM1 High Definition Camcorder
JVC GZ-HM1 High Definition Camcorder

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JVC GZ-HM1 High Definition Camcorder

JVC GZ-HM1 High Definition Camcorder

The new GZ-HM1 HD Everio camera offers a full slate of technologies to optimize picture quality. The GZ-HM1 offers improvements in three key areas low light performance, camera-shake compensation and digital still quality. As a result, the GZ-HM1 is ideal for high-end video enthusiasts and semi-professionals.

  • Advanced Image Stabilizer
  • 64GB Built-in Flash memory
  • One Touch Upload to YouTubeTM
  • SD/SDHC Card Slot

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  1. 45 of 50 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Greatest Camcorder I’ve Ever Owned, March 30, 2010
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    After very careful study and consideration over the last several months, I decided to go ahead and go with this JVC GZ-HM1 rather than the Canon HF S21 or Sony HDR-CX550V.

    One of my main concerns was low light shooting. Although I believe that both the Canon and JVC to be similar in their great quality picture during normal lighting conditions, unfortunately, the Canon does not have a backlit CMOS sensor introduced this year by JVC, and last year by Sony.

    In the end, I was left debating between this JVC and the Sony. The Sony has a larger and much more beautiful 3.5″ touch display, opposed to the 2.8″ display on the JVC (the JVC uses nice touch sensitive buttons, which keep the screen clean and smudge free, which is also a good feature). Also, the Sony offers more automated features for novice users.

    I went to a local camera store, and tested both units using a very high quality HD display and connected both camcorders via HDMI. The quality and clarity of the image on the JVC unit was far, far, superior, and text/minute details at a far distance that weren’t legible on the Sony, were clearly legible on the JVC. The manual controls, and physical button layout, as well as the awesome zoom rocker, really set the JVC apart from the Sony. The general sensation is that the Sony model was packed with gimmicks, and designed to be “idiot proof”, while the JVC was designed to be controlled by the user, and is fantastic for someone who isn’t scared of manual controls (not to say that the automatic mode isn’t good).

    The more I use it, the more I love it…

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  2. 17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Fatal flaw in this video camera design!, December 17, 2010
    Pard “”Somewhere in the High Sierra”" (Maryland, United States) –
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    I spent hours researching online to buy a new video camera to replace my Canon HV20. I finally settled on this JVC and spent $1,000 buying the camera, wide angle adapter, extended battery and extra charger.

    I just got the JVC GZ-HM1 and started playing with it only to discover that it works only in fully automatic mode or fully manual mode. And when they say automatic, they mean it. In auto mode you CAN NOT even set a custom white balance! I have never seen a camera or video camera that does not allow you to set or tweak a custom white balance, no matter which mode you’re using!

    A custom white balance on this video camera can only be set in manual mode. But when you’re in manual mode, the only autofocus you can use is the face detection system. You must go into the face tracking AF and turn it on to get autofocus. Otherwise, you must focus manually if you want to set your own white balance.

    The fact that you need to turn on face tracking AF to get the camera to autofocus in manual mode is not in the basic (printed) or advanced (on the CD-ROM) manuals; I stumbled upon it by accident by turning on and off every setting I could find in an attempt to get it to autofocus in manual mode.

    By the way, for those owners saying that there aren’t enough instructions, you must go into the folder on the CD-ROM and download the .pdf file of instructions, it contains the basic instructions that are given with the camera in the printed pamphlet, but it also contains the “advanced” instructions that should have been printed.

    I own about 6 different digital cameras and 2 video cameras and setting a custom white balance on all of them in any mode is crucial for good photos and videos, whether you’re using studio lights or sun, shadows or whatever lighting condition exists. Setting a custom white balance will almost always give you more realistic colors.

    The auto white balance on the JVC is pretty bad, as are most cameras and videocams. The colors are incorrect, with a strong yellow tinge when shooting under typical home lighting. Thus the need to be able to set a custom white balance with a white or gray card.

    JVC should have allowed the user to set a custom white balance in auto mode or to tweak it if necessary and it should also allow the use of standard autofocus when in manual mode. I mean the camera has autofocus, so why disable it in manual mode? I can understand why someone would want to use manual focus, no problem. But you may want to use aperture priority or shutter priority but still have autofocus.

    Going into manual mode on this camera allows you to manually adjust the shutter speed or aperture — it shouldn’t mean that you have to give up autofocus.

    And here’s something else: you’d think that selecting the “A” for aperture priority or “S” for shutter priority would work like a digital camera, right? That is, aperture priority sets shutter speed or shutter priority sets aperture. Wrong! Again, when they say “manual”, they mean it. Changing the shutter speed does not automatically change the aperture and vice-versa. You have to know what you’re doing; each is set independently.

    So if you have the camera in manual and something in the scene changes as you are taking the video, it will change the exposure because the exposure is locked. So if you originally set it to take video of, say, trees and a park, then you pan over to light- or dark-colored buildings, rocks, etc., the exposure will be off. And since the camera has an overly-sensitive sensor, it can easily make the video over-exposed when panning. There is very little leeway in the exposure.

    My Canon HV20 does not work that way; it adjusts the aperture when you change the shutter speed and vice-versa. It would be nice to have the ultra-manual and the semi-auto capabilities. I guess I need a pro camcorder, and believe me, after this experience, I’m going to spend the money and get one!

    Anyway, I’m totally surprised and very disappointed at the inability of the JVC to do what I want and these flaws were not reported in any online review of this camera, which now makes me question any of the camcorder review websites. Had I known of these issues, I would definitely not have purchased this camera. The ability to set white balance to compensate for any lighting in any mode is an absolute must, especially in video cameras.

    UPDATE: My findings on this were confirmed by JVC, I had sent an email to support and received this reply: “To individually set each feature to your likings, you will need to set the unit on Manual mode. If you wish to have the unit set the preferences for you, set it on AUTO mode. There is no bypass around this function. We apologize if this is of any inconvenience to you.”

    UPDATE2: After using this camera for several weeks, another problem I’ve encountered is the way it zooms. It’s nearly…

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  3. 17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great camera, steep price, May 9, 2010
    Ryan Maclean (Kandahar Air Base, Afghanistan) –

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    I felt I had to write a review for this camera due to the overwhelming lack of reviews I’ve found elsewhere. While I normally make a purchase like this based on reviews, I took the leap and bought it based on it’s specs and reviews of last years models.

    The first thing I’ll get to is the question everybody seems to be asking, how is it in low light. Well, I have to say, fantastic. This camcorder has the largest sensor I’ve found available in the consumer class, and coupled with the new backlit sensor it takes very good low light video with a minimal amount of grain. The last camcorder I had was a Sony with the nightshot mode, and I was hoping for something similar in this, the ability to take video in complete darkness, but unfortunately the sensor is not THAT good. You won’t get anything in complete darkness, but if there is just a little bit of light, the video will look great.

    The 2.8″ screen is a little on the small side, but I like it hands down in usability compared to touchscreens. There are for selection buttons at the bottom and the Laser Touch strip on the side. Like many reviews have said about the Laser Touch strip, it is a bit of a hassle to use; it is similar in function to scrolling down a page on a laptop. It works, but it’s not the easiest thing to use, and I often find myself overshooting menus. It also functions as up to 4 buttons depending on what mode the camera is in. In normal shooting, you can use it to zoom and enable or disable the image stabilization.

    That leads me to my favorite feature, the image stabilization. It’s excellent, and it’s the feature I find myself showing off the most. With it enabled, you can look at the lens and see these two little rings moving like crazy, smoothing out your video. I was very surprised at how much shake it actually removes. If you have a steady hand, it will look almost like you’re on a tripod, that’s how clear it is.

    The camera will focus down to about a foot, so you wouldn’t be able to get any really close shots without a macro lens. The camera accepts standard 46mm lenses, and I highly recommend purchasing a quality UV filter to protect the lens and keep debris out.

    Using the camera couldn’t be easier. In automatic mode, you just open the screen and hit record. It turns on by itself and there is only a 3-4 second delay until you can start using it. The zoom rocker is very smooth, autofocus works well, and I didn’t find myself rubbing my finger against the microphone like some have reported.

    Another thing I have to mention is the battery life. The reviews I had read before had misled me into believing it included the BN-VF808 730 mAh battery. It actually includes a 1460 mAh battery, which gives you just over 2 hours of shooting time. Had I known that, I most likely would not have ordered the extra BN-VF823 2190 mAh battery, which offers over 4 hours of recording, although I’m still happy I did.

    This camera has loads of features, most of which I’ll probably never use, but if you’re interested I recommend going to JVC’s website and reading the manual. This is a great camera, even considering it’s high price, and I look forward to using it for my intended purpose; my upcoming first born.

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