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JVC Everio GZ-HD10 - JVC Everio GZ-HD10

By James Morris


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Menus are navigated using the joystick on the edge of the LCD. In automatic mode, pushing this joystick right turns on the LED video light, which is handy in complete darkness although not exactly powerful. But switch to manual and more options emerge. Pushing the joystick right calls up a ring of Program Auto-Exposure modes that include Sports, Snow, Spotlight, and Twilight. Pushing up toggles Backlight Compensation and also lets you shift the position of the auto focus concentration. Push the joystick down to enable manual focusing, which would be fiddly if it weren't also possible to toggle JVC's focus assist system that paints everything in focus with a bright colour.

Further options are buried in the full menu. There's a Brightness control that bundles exposure and gain into one setting ranging from -6 to +6; shutter speed can also be set manually from 1/15th to 1/4000th of a second; and you can adjust sharpness from -5 to +5. Elsewhere, JVC's Register Event system is available, so you can tag your videos with a label to aid finding them again - handy in a camcorder with room for 5 hours of footage. Like JVC's other recent HD camcorders, the HD10 also offers x.v.Color for an expanded gamut, although this is only really applicable to compatible HDTVs and projectors.

Canon and Sony have shown that a single large CMOS sensor can usually perform better with HD than a trio of smaller CCD sensors. The HD10's single CMOS sensor is larger than predecessors such as the GZ-HD6's 1/5in CCDs. But not much larger. As a result, low light performance was quite disappointing. The image kept a fair amount of detail as the light levels dropped, but colours washed out and gained an orange tinge. Fortunately, the HD10 fared considerably better in good lighting, and provided a much more competitive image. Overall, though, performance was on par with Sony's HDR-TG3 rather than vying with the likes of Canon's HF10.

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Derek Martin

October 6, 2009, 6:54 pm

Saw this in Hughes Electrical today (6th Oct 2009) for £249. As I can't afford a better quality HD camcorder I am tempted to give it a try...


October 23, 2009, 11:57 pm

i have this camera since august 2009 and i am enough happy with it. I should be very happy considering i got it on a special offer from a mall with 400 $ (US dollars , i guess about 250 £ ). I use it attached on a small tripod in order to reduse sudden moves (gives an aspect of bigger camera to the filmed scenes) because the camera was not heavy enough. The first thing i did was to buy a better accumulator, the one in the box only works for 1 hour. I got the new accu with a free charger (also on special offer). The quality of the films i make is good enough, better than any older camearas and watching everything on a FullHD TV is a special joy (use a HDMI cable). I can see detailes i never saw with any cameras before. The only problem is with the low light situations. In this case the flash socket on the top of the camera had it`s use, i have an old camera light (20Watt) which can give me enough light for 1 hour . Another small problem was with the tapeing outside in windy days, i had to cover the microfone with a small sponge (i don`t like the electronic wind-cut in-camera). The sponge must not be too thick or you will lose the high sounds. You will also lose some stereo effects this way but it`s much better anyway. Once inside you should remove it anyway. The files in the 40gigs HDD are awesome, but you need a very good computer (over 3 gigaherts) if you want to see them. If the CPU proccess is to 100% most time you will experience interruptions in playing the files. The best way to watch what you shot is still on HDMI cable directly on a FullHD or HD tv. So if you get a bargain like i did, do profite of this camera , it`s good.

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