JVC hasn’t cut down the camcorder features to provide the digital camera capabilities, either. In fact, it’s got plenty on offer here, too. Video resolution maxes out at Full HD, with 720p and iFrame options also available. All but the Mac-compatible iFrame mode operate at 50 progressive frames per second, and the top data rate is a sizeable 36Mbits/sec. Footage is stored in standard H.264-based MP4 files, as the data rate is beyond the maximum of AVCHD, even the recently arrived AVCHD 2.0. However, it’s worth noting here that, as the frame rate is twice that of 1080/25p AVCHD, each frame gets the equivalent of the latter running at 18Mbits/sec, which is less than some AVCHD models.
There are quite a few high speed shooting modes available too. In digital camera mode, you can shoot up to 130 frames at up to 50fps with the continuous shooting setting. A discrete button on the top of the camera toggles between the various continuous shooting options. Switch over to camcorder mode and another button can enable high speed video, which records at 250fps but plays back at 50fps. This makes the action look five times slower, and although this is captured at a reduced resolution of 640 x 360, and the high shutter speed makes good lighting a necessity, we have to say this is the best high-speed shooting we’ve seen on any consumer-grade camcorder
The GC-PX10 comes with 32GB of Flash memory on board, which is enough for two hours of footage at the top quality setting, and more photos than you will probably shoot even on a long trip. If you do need to expand capacity, there’s a SDXC-compatible memory card slot, so you can add up to another 64GB.
There’s a good range of enthusiast features as well. Panasonic can rest assured that it is still the only manufacturer to offer camcorders with a lens ring, but the GC-PX10 has the next best thing. A dial on the side can control focus or exposure manually, with an adjacent rocker switch used to choose between the two. Another dial nearby cycles between the familiar program, aperture and shutter priority or fully manual modes. With the latter, you can use the dial to configure shutter and iris, with the Set button storing your choices. You can still switch to manual focus with the rocker.