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JVC Everio GZ-HM400

JVC Everio GZ-HM400
alaScore 85

51 reviews

Oct, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 51 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the color and build quality are on the whole positive. The image quality and portability are also appreciated. The features and viewfinder get negative opinions, and views are divided on the connectivity.

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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 85/100 = Very good quality.

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JVC GZ-HM400U High Definition Video Camera

 

I requested the JVC GZ-HM400U because it has a sensor with a high pixel count, thinking that perhaps this would result in higher quality video, and I guessed right. Its sharpness value is as about as good as it gets, and is the best we have seen so...

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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

 

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

Compact, Solid Build, Easy transfer of files to computer

Proprietary video format, No viewfinder, LCD only

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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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JVC GZ-HM400

 

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

Recommended!

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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

 

Like the Canon HF S10, the JVC Everio GZ-HM400 can shoot 1,920 x 1,080 video at 24Mbps - the highest level possible under current AVCHD spec - and it includes 32GB of internal flash memory, plus lots of manual controls. It also has a 10x optical zoom...

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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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
Type:Microphone

Battery

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

Depth:5.3in
Height:2.8in
Weight:14.1oz
Width:2.6in

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

Header

Manufacturer:JVC
Model:GZ-HM400US
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
Type:Camcorder
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