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JVC GZ-EX515

JVC GZ-EX515BUS- HD Everio Camcorder


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Release Date
Mar 2013
Feb 2013
Jan 2012
Jan 2011
Jan 2011
Recording Format
High Definition
High Definition
Flash Media, High Definition
High Definition, AVCHD, H.264
High Definition, AVC, AVCHD
Optical Zoom
38.0 x
10.0 x
10.0 x
40.0 x
30.0 x
Recording System
NTSC
NTSC
NTSC
NTSC
NTSC
Camcorder Type
Digital
Digital
Digital
Digital
Digital
Memory Still Resolution
8.3 MegaPixels
12.0 MegaPixels
2.07 MegaPixels
3.32 MegaPixels
3.3 MegaPixels
Recordable Media
SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
AVCHD, SD card, flash card
Hard Drive, Flash Media
High Definition, AVC, AVCHD
Use
Video, Photo Viewing
Video, Photo Viewing
Video
Video

Excellent value for money

Videos were also sharper

Fantastic low light performance

Good low light performance

Their sub-HD resolution sensor produces merely satisfactory video.