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JVC Everio GZ-HM400

JVC Everio GZ-HM400
alaScore 86

52 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 52 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the build quality and color. The portability and image quality also get good comments. Some have doubts about the viewfinder. Views about the connectivity and value for money are mixed.

image quality, portability, color, build quality


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC Everio GZ-HM400 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

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JVC Everio GZ-HM400


Lots of manual control options ; Excellent picture quality in bright light conditions

Laser Touch system is frustrating to use and slow ; Tricky to hold comfortably ; Low light picture noise


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JVC Everio GZ-HM400


A bunch of new high-end AVCHD camcorders from Canon, JVC and Sony have arrived—or will soon be here in time to record holiday parties. All cost close to a grand but deliver the best video you'll see this side of a quality HDTV. JVC's new Everio...

Excellent 24Mbps AVCHD video; low digital noise even in low light; quality stills; quick focusing; top notch LCD screen

Inaccurate Laser Touch controls; mic picks up too much ambient noise; strange shoe adapter setup

The JVC Everio GZ-HM400 isn't a perfect two-in-one device, but it's a very good camcorder with just a few limitations.

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JVC Everio GZ-HM400 Camcorder Review


The GZ-HM400 ($999 MSRP) is the larger, more sophisticated cousin model to the JVC GZ-X900. While both camcorders have similar imaging specifications, the GZ-HM400 is packed with extra controls, 32GB of internal memory, and a splendid adjustment dial...

We were pleasantly surprised by how much of an improvement the JVC GZ-HM400 was over the GZ-X900. Both camcorders have the same price tag ($999 MSRP), so it is a no-brainer that the GZ-HM400 is the better buy. The HM400 has more features and better...


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JVC GZ-HM400 HD Camcorder Review


Compact ; Solid Build ; Easy transfer of files to computer

Proprietary video format ; No viewfinder, LCD only

The JVC GZ-HM400 is a handy little HD hard drive camera with tons of bells and whistles for its size.

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Review: JVC Everio GZ-HM400


Designed to sit at the top of JVC's Everio camcorder line, the GZ-HM400 should give its rivals a run for their money.

When it’s time to start shooting, things get off to a slightly shaky start, unfortunately. The chunky body has a curious dip on the right side, which makes holding it uncomfortable. JVC also continues to use its Laser Touch system, which forces you to...

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Extra controls, 32GB of memory, and an adjustment dial that puts JVC's Laser Touch to shame

Excellent sharpness and motion; Good set of manual controls; Plenty of features

Low light results improved but still weak

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Technology Actually Improving Things for a Change


A perfect storm of discounts, and coupons made this "out of my league" camera... actually affordable. List price was over $1500. Dell had on sale for $600 off and I received a Dell coupon for Christmas... My experience with cameras has always been...

The first time you see your own HD video.. of you & your loved ones

Warranty, MSRP, Flash, Needs lots of light, no HDMI cord


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JVC Everio GZ-HM400


The Everio GZ-HM400 camcorder is an impressive return to the high-end for JVC.

The JVC Everio GZ-HM400 is an impressive return to the high-end for JVC after a year of absence. The level and ease of control is on par with the best of the competition, providing ample settings for the creative video enthusiast. The sub-£700 price is...

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JVC Everio GZ-HM400 review


Designed to sit at the top of JVC's Everio camcorder range, the GZ-HM400 should give its rivals a run for their money.

The JVC Everio GZ-HM400 produces excellent picture quality in bright light conditions, and has lots of manual control options. Unfortunately, the Laser Touch system is frustrating to use and slow, the JVC Everio GZ-HM400 is tricky to hold comfortably,...

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JVC GZ-HM400 camcorder review


The JVC GZ-HM400 is billed as one of the camcorder cobbler's very best efforts, a gadget loaded up with the very latest video tech for you to push your home movie making skills up a notch. So how does it handle out in the wild? Read our JVC GZ-HM400...

Great shots in decent conditions, slow motion looks cool

Narrow lens, not great in low light

An ok HD camcorder, but pricey considering its features sometimes come up short


Product Specifications

10.3 megapixels CMOS sensor Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) Full HD AVCHD 1920 x 1080/60i recording '1080TV' lines horizontal resolution of Full HD 1920 x 1080 Memory card slot for SDHC/SD Laser touch operation Face detection Simultaneous Full HD video and 5.3m still shooting HDMI V.1.3 with x.v.Color Multi-function dial Convenient 2-way strap Auto power on/off and auto lens cover Remote control

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:JVC BN-VF815U

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080p
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.8in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.1cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Spotlight / Landscape / Portrait mode / Night mode / Fireworks / Sports mode / Twilight mode / Beach / Snow

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated
Storage Capacity:32GB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:JVC Everio

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-4.5
Max Focal Length:67mm
Min Focal Length:6.7mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:9Megapixel
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:10.3Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/2.33 / 1/2.33"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.9 mm ( 1/2.33 ) / 10.9 mm ( 1/2.33" )
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVCHD
Digital Zoom:200
Face Detection: Yes
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG