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JVC GZ-HM30
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JVC GZ-HM30 Camcorder

1.5MP 1/5.5 215g CMOS Jan 2012
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A HD Everio with an SDXC card slot, offering high-quality HD video ideal for Web sharing on YouTube(TM) and Facebook. Also features 40x optical zoom, Advanced Image Stabilizer, up-convert for... More
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19 Reasons For

JVC Video Cameras Have Good Reviews

JVC has good average reviews for its small sensor size camcorders as well as across its entire camcorder range.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many camcorders of a similar age and type to it.

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 40 times zoom factor, the JVC GZ-HM30 has a quite big optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and spec. Small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as the GZ-HM30 have optical zooms of between 10x and 78x.

If you are looking for a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider the HC-V250[pl_2196460_price] (50x), or the HC-V550[pl_2197140_price] (50x) both from Panasonic or the Sharp HC-V550[plb_2224111_price] (50x) which is also higher rated.

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Full HD

Full HD

The JVC GZ-HM30 is Full HD. Most of the other video cameras that were launched around the same time as the GZ-HM30 also are Full HD.

Alternative Full HD camcorders currently available that you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], or the Vixia HF R40[pl_1633221_price] both from Canon or the Panasonic HC-V510[plb_1944085_price].

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The GZ-HM30 has an HDMI port. Most of the other video cameras of this type and age also have an HDMI port.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative video cameras with an HDMI port currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF M40[plb_61546_price], the Panasonic HC-V510[plb_1944085_price], or the JVC GZ-E100[plb_1724571_price].

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The GZ-HM30 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the GZ-HM30 also have an image stabiliser.

We compared all the other video cameras with an image stabiliser to this video camera and we think the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], and the Vixia HF R40[pl_1633221_price] both from Canon or the Sony HDR-PJ220[plb_1537009_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The JVC GZ-HM30 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than most camcorders of a similar spec and age to it. Most small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as it support an SD memory card. In addition, this JVC video camera supports an SDHC memory card. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

An SDXC memory card is actually the best supported memory card type across all similar spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as the GZ-HM30.

The worst supported memory card type amongst comparable types of video camera is MicroSD (Transflash).

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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Has a Night Mode

The JVC GZ-HM30 has a night mode, unlike most of the other small sensor size camcorders that came out more than two years ago which do not have a night mode.

Other camcorders with a night mode currently available that you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Legria FS406[pl_334116_price], the Legria HF R36[pl_369699_price], or the Legria HF M52[pl_389042_price] all from Canon.

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Lithium Battery

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as it.

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Very High Battery Capacity

Small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the GZ-HM30 have battery capacities of between 440mAh and 3,000mAh, and the average battery capacity is 1,600mAh. When compared to other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the GZ-HM30, the GZ-HM30's battery capacity of 3,000 milliamperes * hour is one of the highest.

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Fairly Long Video Recording Time

The average video recording time of small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the GZ-HM30 is 12h. At 47 hours, the JVC GZ-HM30 has a quite long video recording time compared to most of the other video cameras of this spec and age.

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Has a Built-In Display

The GZ-HM30 has a built-in display, as do most of the other small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the GZ-HM30.

Alternative video cameras with a built-in display currently available that you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Canon Legria HF R406[plb_2071911_price].

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1080p Video Mode

This camcorder has a 1080p video mode, which is the most frequently found video mode on small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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Has Two White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the GZ-HM30 is more than most similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to it. This camcorder has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on video cameras of this age and type. The white balance mode "Manual" is also found on this JVC video camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

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Has Two Cables Included

The JVC GZ-HM30 has a greater number of included cables than most small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to it. This JVC video camera has a USB cable included, which is the most frequently found cable included found on camcorders of this age and type. The cable included "AV" is also found on this video camera.

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Very Low Typical Power Consumption

At only 2.2 Watts, the GZ-HM30 has a fairly low typical power consumption compared to most of the other camcorders of this type and age. Small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago have typical power consumption of between 1.8W and 12W.

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Small

With a height of only 55 millimeters, the JVC GZ-HM30 is one of the smaller comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the GZ-HM30 amongst camcorders of this age. The average height of small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago is 82mm.

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Very Small

The smallest camcorder of this age and type is 30mm wide, the biggest is 570mm, and the average width is 75mm. With a width of only 50.5 millimeters, the GZ-HM30 is one of the smaller video cameras of this spec and age amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

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7 Reasons Against

Average Expert Reviews

Video camera expert review website ljudochbild.se scored this video camera 67%.

Only 1/5.5" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the GZ-HM30 is 1/5.5". That's 29% less optical sensor size than a 1/3.91" camcorder, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size. The best optical sensor size of all camcorders that are a similar age to the GZ-HM30 is 1/1.3" and the worst is 2/3".

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The GZ-HM30 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the GZ-HM30 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

We compared this video camera to all the other camcorders with an interchangeable lens and we think the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Quite Small Screen Size

The JVC GZ-HM30 has one of the smaller screen sizes (only 2.7 inches) amongst video cameras of this age. The smallest screen size of video cameras of a comparable age and type to the GZ-HM30 is 1.4" and the largest is 4.3".

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 2.7" screen size camcorders currently available including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic HDC-SD40[plb_244752_price].

If you are looking for a video camera with a larger screen size then you might also want to consider the Legria HF R36[pl_369699_price] (3"), or the Legria HF R46[pl_1542433_price] (3") both from Canon or the JVC GZ-RX110[plb_2635661_price] (3") which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the GZ-HM30, the GZ-HM30 is not 3D compatible.

If you are looking for a camcorder that is 3D compatible then you might want to consider the Panasonic HC-X909[plb_1760656_price], or the Canon XF105[plb_2074823_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the GZ-HM30 do not have a built-in projector. The GZ-HM30 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

Other video cameras which also have a built-in projector that you might want to look at include the HDR-PJ220[pl_1537009_price], or the HDR-PJ320[pl_1582785_price] both from Sony which is also higher rated.

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Not Waterproof

The GZ-HM30 is not waterproof, although it is worth noting that most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to the GZ-HM30 are also not waterproof.

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4 Other reasons to consider the JVC GZ-HM30

Released Over Five Years Ago

This small sensor size camcorder was released over five years ago.

Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 200 times zoom factor, the JVC GZ-HM30 has a relatively average digital zoom compared to most of the other video cameras that are a comparable age to the GZ-HM30.

We compared this camcorder to all the other 200x (digital) video cameras and we think the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], and the Legria HF M46[pl_234311_price] both from Canon which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you would prefer a bigger digital zoom then you might want to look at the HDR-PJ220[pl_1537009_price] (350x and higher rated), or the HDR-PJ320[pl_1582785_price] (350x and higher rated) both from Sony or the Canon Legria HF G30[plb_1564050_price] (400x and higher rated).

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Average Weight

At 215 grams, the JVC GZ-HM30 has a fairly standard weight compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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Specification

User Ratings
Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
CCD
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Interchangeable Lens
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Memory Card Slot
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
Smile Detection
Light Exposure
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Shutter
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
On Screen Display
On Screen Display Language
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Audio
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
USB 2.0 Port
Component Video Out Port
S-Video Out Port
Networking
Bluetooth
Battery
Video Recording Time
Battery Type
Battery Voltage
Battery
Operational Conditions
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Included Battery
Bundled Software
Cable Included
Handheld Remote Control
Other Features
Night Mode
Typical Power Consumption
Auto Focus
Manual Focus
Spotlight
The Windows Operating System
AV Output
Projector
Technical Details
Technical Details

Expert Reviews

(1)
1 February 2009

JVC har förbättrat sig rejält för varje generation och GZ-HD30 är inget undantag. En riktigt bra kamera för ett bra pris. Vi hade gärna sett optisk bildstabilisering men man gör verkligen... Read more…

Excellent Full HD video quality
80GB hard drive, improved low-light performance, two HD video codecs
Cluttered menu interface, no optical image stabiliser, not particularly beginner-friendly

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers gzhm30, gzhm30a, gzhm30au, gzhm30aus, jvc gzhm30, jvc gzhm30r, jvc gzhm30ru, jvc gzhm30rus, VIPRB-GZ-HM30BUS
Barcodes 00046838045349, 00046838045356, 00046838045363, 00190341701473

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