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JVC GZ-HM30
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JVC GZ-HM30 Camcorder

1.5MP 1/5.5 215g CMOS Sep 2014
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Weight Sensor Type Release Date
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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17 Reasons For

JVC Has Good Reviews for Its Video Cameras

On average JVC small total megapixels camcorders have good reviews compared to other manufacturers as do all camcorders produced by JVC.

Full HD HD Type

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

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Fairly Big Optical Zoom

The optical zooms of video cameras that are a comparable age to the GZ-HM30 range from 10x to 78x, and the average optical zoom is 31x. With an optical zoom of 40 times zoom factor, the JVC GZ-HM30 has a fairly big optical zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the GZ-HM30.

Video cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might be worth looking at include the HC-V250 (50x and higher rated), or the HC-V550 (£299.99) (50x and higher rated) both from Panasonic or the Sharp HC-V550 (50x and higher rated).

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

The GZ-HM30 has an HDMI, as do most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the GZ-HM30.

It may also be worth considering one of the other video cameras with an HDMI currently available including the Vixia HF M40, the Legria HF R406, or the Vixia HF R40 all from Canon which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The GZ-HM30 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the GZ-HM30 also have an image stabilizer.

There are a number of other camcorders with an image stabilizer currently available that you might want to look at including the Vixia HF M40, the Legria HF R56, or the Vixia HF R400 all from Canon which has better reviews.

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The GZ-HM30 supports an SDXC compatible memory cards which is better than most camcorders of this spec and age. Most video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it support an SD compatible memory cards. This video camera also supports an SDHC compatible memory cards. 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 compatible memory cards is actually the best supported memory card type amongst all video cameras that came out around the same time as the GZ-HM30.

The worst supported memory card type amongst similar types of camcorder 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 GZ-HM30 has a night mode. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to the GZ-HM30 do not have a night mode.

Other video cameras with a night mode currently available which you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Legria FS406, the Legria HF R36, or the Legria HF M52 all from Canon.

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Lithium Battery Technology

This camcorder has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery technology, which is the most commonly found battery technology on camcorders that came out more than two years ago.

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Quite Long Video Recording Time

The JVC GZ-HM30 has one of the longer video recording times (47 hours) amongst camcorders of this age. Similar spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the GZ-HM30 have video recording times of between 1h and 95h.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that were released around the same time as the GZ-HM30, the JVC GZ-HM30 has a built-in display.

There are a number of other video cameras with a built-in display currently available that you might also want to consider including the Legria HF R406, or the Vixia HF R40 both from Canon which has better reviews.

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Not Available Viewfinder Type

This camcorder has a Not available viewfinder type, which is typical of many small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for a similar time to it.

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1080p Supported Video Modes

This video camera has a 1080p supported video modes, which is the most frequently found supported video modes on small total megapixels camcorders that came out around the same time as it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This camcorder supports a video resolutions of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolutions on comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to it.

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Has Two Cables Includeds

The GZ-HM30 has a greater number of included cables than most small total megapixels camcorders that have been available for more than two years. This JVC camcorder has a USB cables included, which is the most commonly found cables included found on camcorders of this spec and age. The cables included "AV" is also found on this camcorder.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This video camera has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is typical of many camcorders of a similar type and age to it.

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Very Low Power Consumption (typical)

The average power consumption (typical) of camcorders of this type and age is 3.9W. With a power consumption (typical) of only 2.2 Watts, the GZ-HM30 has one of the lower power consumption (typical)s amongst small total megapixels camcorders of this age.

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Has Two White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the JVC GZ-HM30 is more than most camcorders of a similar spec and age to it. This video camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on small total megapixels camcorders that were launched more than two years ago. The white balance "Manual" is also found on this camcorder.

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7 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Average

Expert review website ljudochbild.se scored this small total megapixels 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. Across all camcorders that came out around the same time as the GZ-HM30 the worst optical sensor size is 2/3" and the best is 1/1.3".

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Not Full HD

The JVC GZ-HM30 is not Full HD. Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that were launched more than two years ago are also not Full HD.

If you want a camcorder that is Full HD then you might also want to consider the Legria HF M52, or the Vixia HF R40 both from Canon or the Sony HDR-PJ620.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most video cameras of this type and age do not have an interchangeable lens. The GZ-HM30 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

Other video cameras which also have an interchangeable lens that you might also want to consider include the Sony HVR-Z7 which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most camcorders of a similar 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.

It is worth also looking at other camcorders which also have a built-in projector including the HDR-PJ620, the HDR-PJ220 (£185.00), or the HDR-PJ410 (£259.00) all from Sony.

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Not 3D

Like most of the other camcorders of this type and age, the GZ-HM30 is not 3D.

If you would prefer a video camera that is 3D then you might also want to look at the Panasonic HC-X909, or the Canon XF105 (£2,100.00) which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Most small total megapixels camcorders that were launched around the same time as the GZ-HM30 are not waterproof. The GZ-HM30 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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5 Other reasons to consider the JVC GZ-HM30

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when this small total megapixels video camera was released.

Average Digital Zoom

At 200 times zoom factor, the GZ-HM30 has a pretty standard digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of this spec and age.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 200x (digital) camcorders currently available including because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40, or the Legria HF M46 both from Canon.

If you would prefer a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to look at the HDR-PJ320E (£329.99) (350x), the HDR-PJ620 (350x), or the HDR-CX405 (£199.00) (350x) all from Sony which is also higher rated.

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Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 2.7 inches, the GZ-HM30 has a pretty standard display diagonal compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the GZ-HM30.

There are a number of alternative 2.7" screen size camcorders currently available which you might want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic HDC-SD40, or the Canon Legria FS406.

If this video camera display diagonal is not large enough for you then you might want to consider the Legria HF R36 (3"), the Vixia HF R400 (3"), or the Legria HF R66 (£250.54) (3") all from Canon which is also higher rated.

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Average Weight

At 215 grams, the GZ-HM30 has a pretty typical weight compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the GZ-HM30.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on video cameras of this age and type.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Number of CCDs
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Memory Slots
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
Smile Detection
White Balance
White Balance
Flash
Built-In Flash
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
On Screen Display (OSD)
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Design
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Supported Video Modes
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Audio
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) Out
S-Video Out
Mini HDMI Ports Quantity
Networking
Bluetooth
Battery
Video Recording Time
Battery Type
Battery Voltage
Battery Technology
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Bundled Software
Cables Included
Handheld Remote Control
Other Features
Night Mode
Power Consumption (typical)
Auto Focus
Manual Focus
Spotlight
Windows Operating Systems Supported
AV Output

Expert Reviews

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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

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers gzhm30ru, gzhm30bu, jvc gzhm30, jvc gzhm30r, jvc gzhm30ru, jvc gzhm30rus, VIPRB-GZ-HM30BUS
Barcodes 00046838045349, 00046838045356, 00046838045363, 00190341701473

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