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4.0 out of 5 stars HD video at a bargain price, 3 Jun. 2011
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This review is from: JVC GZ-HM300SEK Everio HD Camcorder with Dual SD/SDHC Card Slot (Camera)
For under £[] this camera is a real bargain. It has a few drawbacks, already mentioned in the previous reviews. The record button is a bit awkward if you have larger hands but there is also one on the laser touch screen so its not insurmountable.
Anyone new to HD video should note that you will need to convert the files from .mts (AVCHD) to the mp4 (DVD) format before you can produce a standard def dvd, as the camera ONLY records in High Def format at different quality rates. The stereo sound is very good, and there is minimal noise from the autofocus and zoom which is only noticeable in really quiet surroundings. The zoom is pretty reasonable and the image stabiliser works moderately well for an electronic device, but you still need a reasonably steady hand to avoid excessive shakes at full zoom. The supplied software is OK, but limited so it would be best to have a movie/video program such as Serif Movieplusx5 MoviePlus X5or Sony Vegas Sony Movie Studio HD 10 Platinum Suite (PC). There is quite a bit of free software to convert / join the files and burn them to a dvd but the paid for ones can do it all in one go - much easier.
Using this HD camera and converting the files and writing to a std def dvd will still give you much better quality than std def camcorders in this price bracket, so if you have a fairly high end computer to do all the processing then it makes this camcorder a real bargain, even if you add the cost of the software and SDHC card in. It is last years model (2010) but as far as I can see the changes for this year are mainly cosmetic.
If it hadn't had the awkward rec button and the ridiculous cost of jvc spare batteries (the one supplied should do you OK for about an hours footage if you're anything like me and film in 7 - 10 second bursts) it would have received 5 stars, but for the money its a real bargain. Check out JVC GZ-HM300 on YouTube for samples of the footage. If you looking for a basic point and shoot video camera that gives good results for holidays, Christmas, family gatherings, sports etc it would be hard to better for the price.
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