JVC GC-PX10 - Image quality and verdict

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If you’re serious enough about your videomaking to want to add external peripherals, the PX10 can accommodate here, too. There’s a standard-sized accessory shoe on the top, although when this is not in use the sleek lines of the body are maintained by a plastic cover. Underneath another flap you’ll find minijack connections for an external microphone and headphones. So the PX10 has everything you need for wireless audio.


With its large, BSI CMOS sensor, the GC-PX10 shoots incredible video. There is plenty of fine detail, white balancing is uniformly accurate, giving great colour fidelity, even in relatively low light, and the 50p frame rate makes motion very smooth. So although base image quality is merely on par with the top-end competition, the GC-PX10 wins out for motion.

Despite the fact that the 50p shooting prevents the option for a 1/25th slow shutter, performance in low light is one of the best we’ve seen and even its photography abilities are very commendable too. The level of detail is on par with dedicated stills cameras offering similar resolution, and colour vibrant and faithful. On balance, video performance is more outstanding than photography performance, but the latter is more than good enough to preclude the need for a separate compact or superzoom.

Verdict

Despite its digital photography credentials, this is still a camcorder first and stills camera second. If you only occasionally want to shoot video, the price of just under £700 will seem steep when superzooms such as Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-FZ48 can be had for under £250, and even Sony’s NEX-5 costs less. But taken the other way round, it’s a different story. With a similar price to Panasonic’s HDC-TM900, the GC-PX10 provides slightly inferior features for serious videomakers, primarily the lack of a lens ring. But it takes notably better photos, and offers a much more comfortable form factor for this. So if you shoot mostly video but still want to take great photos when required, JVC has a capable option here.

Score in detail

  • Design 9
  • Image Quality 10
  • Features 8
  • Value 8
  • Perfomance 9

Image Processor

Image Sensor 1/2.3in BSI CMOS with 12.75Mpixels
Image Sensor Quantity 1

Lens Features

Optical Zoom (Times) 10x
Digital Zoom (Times) 64x

Video Recording

Recording Media Flash Drive
Video Capture Format H.264 MP4 at up to 36Mbits/sec
Max Video Res 1920 x 1080
Image Stabilisation Optical

General Features

LCD Screen Size (Inch) 3in
On-board Storage (Gigabyte) 32GB
On-board Microphone Stereo

A/V ports

HDMI Yes
USB 2.0 Yes
Audio / Video Out Yes
Audio / Video In No

Physical Specifications

Weight (Gram) 520g
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