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JVC GY HM100U

alaTest has collected and analyzed 20 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the build quality and design are on the whole positive. The usability and portability also get good comments, but many are critical about the battery and zoom. Comments are divided on the value for money.

image quality, portability, usability, design, durability

zoom, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC GY HM100U is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for JVC GY HM100U

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of JVC GY HM100U from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

usability, design, build quality

75% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: JVC GYHM100U Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom and 2.8-Inch LCD Screen - Black

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JVC GY-HM100U

 

Good audio with phantom-powered XLRs ; Shoots to SDHC card ; Records native QuickTime files with perfect Final Cut Pro integration

Mic holder too small for professional microphones ; Fiddly controls ; When switching formats clips, recorded in previous format do not show for playback

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Review: JVC GY-HM100U professional HD camcorder

 

The GY-HM100U is a one-of-a-kind small professional camcorder with the quality of a much larger model.

The jewel in the GY-HM100U’s crown is its high-quality XDCAM EX codec, licensed from Sony. Shooting at 35Mbps variable bit rate, it produces excellent, low-noise images in either 1080 or 720 HD formats. The camera shoots 50i, 60i, 24, and 25p, supports...

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FIRST LOOK: JVC HM-100u

 

The JVC HM-100u ProHD camera may be small in size, but it's packing three Full HD (1920 x 1080i/p) CCDs that capture great image quality, and it uses Sony's SxS/EX technology to deliver a tapeless workflow on affordable SDHC media cards. Plus, if...

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JVC Camcorder GY-HM100U Review

 

This JVC camcorder pushes the boundaries of what a professional shooter can expect from a small camcorder. It's ideal for tough shooting environments.

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Finally...I see the light...its, its WORKFLOW!!!

 

I shoot 15+ hrs/wk, 9mo out of the yr, mostly educational, documentary, live event coverage, cobra crane, steady cam, and some extreme sports. First and foremost is workflow. Footage is dropped into FCP Studio 6.5, 7, (all HD footage is recorded in...

Stunning 720 image quality, fujinon lens, small size, quality audio, great balance and weight, and workflow

no lanc... requires extra effort and creativity when needed

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Finally...I see the light...its, its WORKFLOW!!!

 

I shoot 15+ hrs/wk, 9mo out of the yr, mostly educational, documentary, live event coverage, cobra crane, steady cam, and some extreme sports. First and foremost is workflow. Footage is dropped into FCP Studio 6.5, 7, (all HD footage is recorded in...

Stunning 720 image quality, fujinon lens, small size, quality audio, great balance and weight, and workflow

no lanc... requires extra effort and creativity when needed

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Finally...I see the light...its, its WORKFLOW!!!

 

I shoot 15+ hrs/wk, 9mo out of the yr, mostly educational, documentary, live event coverage, cobra crane, steady cam, and some extreme sports. First and foremost is workflow. Footage is dropped into FCP Studio 6.5, 7, (all HD footage is recorded in...

Stunning 720 image quality, fujinon lens, small size, quality audio, great balance and weight, and workflow

no lanc... requires extra effort and creativity when needed

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Great Pro camera in a small package

 

The JVC GY HM100U is an amazing small HD camera with broadcast quality capability. I was totally awed by the picture quality and pro type controls, similar to cameras costing thousands of dollars more. Shooting in almost all 720 and 1080 HD formats...

Broadcast quality, records to SDHC cards, almost 2 Hour record time on 1080 I, 24P capable, records .mov files, pro type controls, SMALL and inconspicuous

No standard Definition, no external focus/zoom control capability, needs better display and eye piece

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Great Pro camera in a small package

 

The JVC GY HM100U is an amazing small HD camera with broadcast quality capability. I was totally awed by the picture quality and pro type controls, similar to cameras costing thousands of dollars more. Shooting in almost all 720 and 1080 HD formats...

Broadcast quality, records to SDHC cards, almost 2 Hour record time on 1080 I, 24P capable, records .mov files, pro type controls, SMALL and inconspicuous

No standard Definition, no external focus/zoom control capability, needs better display and eye piece

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Great Pro camera in a small package

 

The JVC GY HM100U is an amazing small HD camera with broadcast quality capability. I was totally awed by the picture quality and pro type controls, similar to cameras costing thousands of dollars more.

Broadcast quality, records to SDHC cards, almost 2 Hour record time on 1080 I, 24P capable, records .mov files, pro type controls, SMALL and inconspicuous

No standard Definition, no external focus/zoom control capability, needs better display and eye piece

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Product Specifications

The GY-HM100U is a compact handheld camcorder with performance and features found only in larger and more expensive models. It's designed to be easy to use, making it ideal for news reporters and producers. Seasoned shooters will find that its small size lets them work in environments where larger cameras would be impractical - all while producing recordings on par with broadcast cameras.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

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

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:5.3in
Height:7in
Weight:3.1lbs
Width:10.7in

Display (Projector)

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

Header

Manufacturer:JVC
Model:HM100U
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:JVC GY

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.8
Max Focal Length:37mm
Min Focal Length:3.7mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:2Megapixel
Optical Sensor Size:1/4 / 1/4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.4 mm ( 1/4 ) / 6.4 mm ( 1/4" )
Optical Sensor Type:3CCD
Sensor Qty:3CCD

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Rotary Optical Image Stabilizer (ROIS)

Pro Camcorder Features

Professional:Professional

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Image Aspect Ratio (camcorders):16:9
Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD
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