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.
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
Image Quality 10