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JVC Everio GZ-HD300 - JVC Everio GZ-HD300

By James Morris



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Since the AVCHD format is used for recording, editing footage from the HD300 is unproblematic. Virtually all consumer and professional software now provides support for AVCHD, and we encountered no difficulties with any application we tried, even when editing the 24Mbits/sec footage.

The HD300 incorporates mini HDMI, plus connections for component and composite analogue. However, only cables for the latter two are included in the box. To watch your HD movies in all their digital glory on your HDTV, you will need to supply your own adapter to convert mini to regular HDMI. The video can then be output as 1080/50p, with a compatible TV. JVC has also integrated buttons for One Touch operations, which speed up PC connection and allow you to burn footage straight to disc.


The JVC Everio GZ-HD300, like other Everios before it, is a bit of a maverick. Although a number of the smaller camcorder manufacturers have attempted to shoehorn HD video quality into a pocket-friendly format, only Sony's HDR-TG3 has come close to getting the balance right. But JVC achieves superior image quality and adds over five hours of storage in a still very compact package.

It sounds like the same winning combination as the MG330, but there is one catch: this camcorder currently costs £700. So Panasonic's HDC-SD9 offers much better value, and Canon's HF100 superior image quality for less as well. The GZ-HD300 is clearly a well thought out pocketable camcorder, but it's a little too pricey at the moment to reap quite the same success as its MG330 inspiration. If prices drop to £500 or below, though, it will be a very tempting proposition indeed

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Scores In Detail

  • Value 7
  • Image Quality 8
  • Features 6


May 7, 2009, 9:09 am

This camcorder is easy to use and makes truly high quality video. It allows user to upload video to YouTube quickly. Here is an example of video quality by JVC GZ-HD300 www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fli...

David Cadogan

August 10, 2009, 4:10 am

Does QVC's selling of this camcorder at effectively £300 (inc cashback) affect your rating of the camera? It looks like the price issue is resolving itself.


December 28, 2009, 4:19 am

Hi All,

I have bought JVC HD 300 about 2 weeks ago...I got a problem which is when u stop recording and restart it again....It makes a different clip everytime you start and stop(even though the camcorder reamin ON all the time)....could anyone please help me How can i record continuse clips??? Is there anymenu setting need to be done before recording????

Thanks in advance

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