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JVC GZ-EX515

JVC GZ-EX515BUS- HD Everio Camcorder


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JVC GZ-EX515
Sony Handycam HDR-CX160
Sanyo VPC-CS1
Sanyo VPC-CG10 HD Flash Memory
Sony HDR-TG5V
JVC GZ-EX515BUS- HD Everio Camcorder
Sony HDR-CX160E High Definition AVC, AVCHD Camcorder
Sanyo VPC-CS1 Camcorder
Sanyo VPC-CG10P 40MB HD Camcorder
Sony HDR-TG5V High Definition Handycam Camcorder with Built-in GPS Receiver and 10x Optical Zoom
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Release Date
Mar 2013
Jan 2011
Jan 2010
Mar 2009
Apr 2009
Recording Format
High Definition
High Definition, AVC, AVCHD
High Definition, MPEG-4, AVC, H.264
High Definition, Flash Media
High Definition,AVC,MPEG-4,H.264,MPEG-2
Optical Zoom
38.0 x
30.0 x
10.0 x
5.0 x
10.0 x
Recording System
NTSC
NTSC
NTSC, PAL
NTSC, PAL
PAL
Camcorder Type
Digital
Digital
Digital
Digital
Memory Still Resolution
8.3 MegaPixels
3.3 MegaPixels
3.3 MegaPixels
10.0 MegaPixels
4.0 MegaPixels
Recordable Media
SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
High Definition, AVC, AVCHD
High Definition, Flash Media
High Definition, AVC
Use
Video, Photo Viewing

Excellent value for money

Their sub-HD resolution sensor produces merely satisfactory video.

The location and jerky response of the switch makes producing a smooth zoom difficult.

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If you’ve never used a pistol grip camcorder before, the Sanyo Xacti VPC-CG10 can take some getting used to.

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The HDR-TG5V doesn't have any special low light modes like Sony's NightShot feature.

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