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JVC Everio GZ-HD10 - JVC Everio GZ-HD10

By James Morris

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

7

As the HD10 records exclusively in the AVCHD format, editing footage is far less problematic than with JVC's previous MPEG-2-only models, such as the Everio GZ-HD6. A USB 2.0 port lurks beneath the lens for connecting to a PC or Mac. We had no problems editing the HD10's footage with Pinnacle Studio Plus 12 and CyberLink PowerDirector 7, but Ulead VideoStudio 11 Plus crashed when we tried importing the files, and Adobe apps of course don't support AVCHD at all. JVC supplies the Cyberlink BD Solution bundle, which includes PowerDirector and the ability to burn your AVCHD footage to Blu-ray, if you happen to have the appropriate writer installed in your computer.

If you want to watch your recordings directly on a TV, the HD10 offers a comprehensive set of options. For HDTVs, there's a full-sized HDMI port for direct digital connection. It's HDMI 1.3 compliant, too, so supports the transmission of x.v.Color. There is also a proprietary socket for component analogue. Alternatively, the AV minijack offers composite analogue video and stereo RCA audio connectivity, but no S-Video.

Verdict

Although the use of a CMOS sensor in the Everio GZ-HD10 brings JVC in line with Sony and Canon, its small size makes this a rather middle-of-the-road model. Thanks to the small CMOS, low light performance isn't so competitive, yet its price puts it in direct competition with Canon's excellent HF10 and HF100 models. The HF10 costs a little more, and only has 16GB of flash memory compared to the HD10's 40GB hard disk. But its image quality is significantly better, and it wins out on enthusiast features too. So although the HD10 has plenty to commend it, we'd still prefer spending a tad more on the Canon HF10, or about the same on the HF100 and a couple of 16GB SDHC cards.

Overall Score

7

Scores In Detail

  • Value 7
  • Image Quality 7
  • Features 7

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...

BeastMasterLove

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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