Excellent motion and sharpness in 2D
If you are in the market for a high-end 3D camcorder you only have three options at the moment: the JVC GS-TD1, the Sony HDR-TD10, and the Panasonic HDC-SDT750 (and other Panasonic models that can use the VW-CLT1 3D conversion lens). There are also a few ultracompact models that shoot 3D, as well as a number of digital cameras, but the three models mentioned above are the only high-end HD camcorders aimed at consumers that allow 3D recording.
Affordable price point for the featureset
The JVC GS-TD1 is a high-end camcorder, promoted by JVC as the first consumer level camcorder to offer full HD 3D recording. The GS-TD1's full HD 3D capability is owed to the high speed processor that can simultaneously produce two full HD images (1920 x 1080i), recording in both the left and right streams (a process that JVC refers to as LR Independent Format).
Dual-frame Full HD 3D
With the Everio GS-TD1, JVC has produced the first consumer-grade camcorder to shoot two frames of Full HD in 3D mode, using a pair of parallel lenses and CMOS sensors. The resulting MP4 format is proprietary, but JVC’s approach also means better low-light performance even when shooting 3D in AVCHD mode. It’s the first consumer-grade camcorder to offer optical zoom in 3D mode, too. With a range of manual features as well, the GS-TD1 has loads to offer enthusiasts wishing to move into 3D.
It goes without saying, but without the correct TV setup the GS-TD1 is largely pointless. The 3D quality is among the best we've seen from a consumer camcorder, but the proprietary files means playback is limited to a direct TV connect. A decent camcorder, but other forces look set to conspire against it.
Touch GUI works well
We have to give JVC props for taking a huge step forward in home video, leaping from 2D to 3D. If you get the chance to see some sample footage on a quality 3D HDTV you'll be impressed big time as were we. The stills are another story but for us it's a sideshow to a major move in consumer electronics. The Everio GS-TD1 may not be generating the buzz of that other 3D device but you should definitely take notice.
Impressive 3D quality, well featured
It goes without saying, but without the correct TV setup the GS-TD1 is largely pointless. The 3D quality is among the best we've seen from a consumer camcorder, but the proprietary files means playback is limited to a direct TV connect. A decent camcorder, but other forces look set to conspire against it
A masterpiece of compact engineering
The JVC Everio GS-TD1 redefines what we can expect of a 3D camcorder. This shooter may be a tad cumbersome, but compared to a pro-rig it's a masterpiece of compact engineering. We loved the unparalleled creative control on offer, and 3D image quality is excellent. Overall, this is a remarkable piece of kit.
Best non-broadcast class model
Make no mistake; JVC's GS-TD1 is a highly specialised camcorder. I certainly wouldn't advocate buying it unless you have a serious interest in 3D photography. However if 3D is an area you want to be creative in, this is by far and away the best non-broadcast class model I've seen and puts in an excellent performance.
You need to add in the cost of memory cards to your total package price.
We like what JVC has done to expand the possibilities of built-in WiFi on consumer camcorders, but the Everio GZ-VX700 has few other redeeming qualities. Poor color accuracy in bright light, middling image sharpness, and terrible handling issues haunt the camcorder to the point that we're unable to recommend the GZ-VX700 for anyone. Sure, the model is cheaper than the competition, but in our mind the camcorder doesn't represent a good value-no matter what it's price tag may be.
Another great JVC product
I am by no means a camera buff. I purchased a JVC mini dv gr-dvl9000 back in 1998. It was an excellent video camera and it is still working. Getting video from the tape to the PC for editing got extremely challenging because of the new computer equipment. Solution was to replace the camera. The 1st JVC lasted. It was a no brainer for a JVC as a replacement. This camera has all the latest features that a enthusiast needs.
Good color rendering
The $449 JVC Everio GZ-V500 offers a decent 10x optical zoom and fair battery life. But this compact camcorder delivers merely so-so video quality without the option to shoot in progressive mode, it lacks onboard memory, and navigating its on-screen menu can be a little clunky. Consider the Everio GZ-V500BU if you're looking for some big-camcorder talent in a near-pocket-sized model, and are prepared to make some compromises.
On the plus side, the GZ-HM1 does have an excellent zoom rocker that works very well for producing precise, even zooms.
Though there aren't many upgrades in the JVC Everio GZ-HM1, it may just have a couple that matter. The most significant, of course, is the 1/2.3-inch back-illuminated CMOS sensor. We sincerely hope that the new sensor improves the low light performance of JVC's flagship camcorder. The huge increase in resolution last year cost JVC dearly in low light. Is this the technological improvement the company needs to be a viable option in low light?
Class-leading low light performance
We already liked JVC's Everio GZ-HM400 quite a lot, and the GZ-HM1 improves on it in a couple of important areas. With class-leading low light performance, competitive image stabilisation and a great set of features for the enthusiast, this is a capable camcorder which could even appeal to the semi-professional user. However, like its predecessor, its main downside is its price. At over Â£1,100, it's at least Â£300 more than Panasonic's similarly able HDC-TM700.
Outstanding video quality
Today everything records high-def video. Cameras like the new Sony NEX-5 do it well and even inexpensive digicams do a fairly decent job of it (forget cell phones). Yet if you want really great quality high-def movies, nothing and we mean nothing beats a full-fledged camcorder. Yes, they're expensive but once you go beyond watching YouTube clips on a monitor and view colorful, accurate scenes on a big-screen HDTV you'll be sold.
Expensive and no optical image stabilization.
As we mentioned way back in the beginning, if you're serious about taking high-quality videos, check out the JVC HD Everio GZ-HM860. No question it's expensive, but the results under the right conditions on a big, flat panel screen are quite good. Unfortunately the stills are not in the same league. Outside with plenty of sunshine you'll be OK, but a $250 Canon ELPH takes far better photos. Given the hefty price and other issues detailed, it's hard to give the HM860 an unreserved recommendation.
Premium price, but definitely worth the extra price.
The HM860 commands almost a $50 premium over the Everio GZ-HM670 but represents a significant step in quality and features. You'll get a larger, higher-res sensor, Bluetooth, and a much-larger touch-screen LCD. Definitely worth the extra price.
Included software is for Windows only
JVC's Everio GZ-HM440 is a mid-range HD camcorder in the 2011 Everio lineup, released concurrently with the GZ-HM450. This is the most basic model that offers full native 1080p HD recording and playback, an upgrade over the lower GZ-HM30 and HM-50 models. It also features a 2.7" LCD display that is a fullscreen touch panel. Its other features are similar to the lower models, including 1.5MP image sensor, 40x optical zoom, face detection and automatic shooting mode.
Frustrating user interface
With the JVC GZ-HM450 you won't get the best entry-level HD camcorder on the market. Instead, you're getting an acceptable camcorder at an affordable price. The Canon HF R21 and the Sony HDR-CX160 are certainly flashier models with more features and better performance, but, of course, with higher price tags as well.
Cheap, simple HD camcorder
For an HD camcorder that lists for under $500, the JVC GZ-HM340 is a rather impressive piece of technology. The camcorder has a tiny CMOS sensor, but it performed on par with last year's GZ-HM200 from JVCâ??which won our award for best mid-range camcorder of the year (in 2009). In fact, the GZ-HM340 did better than the GZ-HM200 in all of our low light tests.
Focuses extremely close
The camera itself is great, and if you truly don't care that you'll be recording interlaced video, then you'll love it. But if I were you, I'd wait for JVC and the rest to get with the program and buy the 1080p version that will probably be coming out next year.
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