on 13 May 2015
This is an excellent camcorder and an absolute bargain at this price as it was selling for nearly £700 a year or so ago. After reading all the online review sites which were all positive I decided to buy it and upgrade the JVC HM330 model that I already had; suffice to say, I have no regrets! In fact, the only bad review I have read was on this site from a previous buyer; I can only assume he received a faulty one as his review bears no similarity to my experience with this model. It's best to think of this camcorder as an excellent 2D camcorder (rather than native 3D) which is suburb in low light due to it's massive CMOS sensor as well as under normal conditions; the video quality is really good and the still images (at 11.8mp) are also very impressive. Having said that, the 3D convertor also works much better than I expected (even on the large 3.5" screen) and when connected to a 3D TV produces extremely realistic and accurate illusions of depth; it's easy to see why JVC 3D convertor technology is used so frequently by movie studios when remastering older movies into 3D. Another plus is the inbuilt 16mb memory which can be used in addition to external SDXC memory cards and this model also comes with all required leads and cables as well a remote control which is handy when viewing playback.
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on 9 March 2012
On paper, the HM960 looks like a winner; largest image sensor, large aperture, wide angle and low light sensitivity, all the best in the premium camcorder class. What actually counts though, the image quality is a huge disappointment. Noise, grain and signs of overprocessing are obvious on all videos and photos. This gives all output from this camcorder a dirty look, even when viewed at a distance. The much touted wide angle is useless as vignetting (dark corners) are obvious even in the best conditions. The large aperture (F1.2) also bring along a bag of woes, as the autofocus often starts hunting wildly, making panning and tracking objects nearly impossible. On full manual things are a little bit better, but the noise and grain patina on all images remains. The reseller readily admitted that he received several complaints and that there are severe know faults with it.
It is a crying shame, as the camcorder is very comfortable to hold and extremely easy and intuitive to use, and the image stabilization, despite not being of the optical type but electronic, does an amazing job of steadying the footage. The several extras, such as high speed recording and time lapse are also nice. But ultimately any camera will be judged by the quality of the final output, and here the HM960 falls way short.
on 29 March 2014
Excellent. For that prise amazing camcorder. Very good quality movies, nights recording. Good stability and sound quality. I don't know why that camera's price is very low ( 2-3 years ago was almost £1000) but I'm not surprised for that price like ago must be very good quality etc.