JVC is frequently competitive at the budget end of the market, and the GZ-HM30SEK continues the tradition reasonably well. It uses the AVCHD Lite format, with its 720p resolution, to make the most out of a small 1/5.8in CMOS sensor. Image quality is decent, even in low light. There’s no built-in memory, but SDXC is supported, and there’s a sizeable 40x optical zoom. It’s one step up from a pocket Internet model.