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alaTest has collected and analyzed 15 reviews of JVC GY HM100U. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the portability and durability. The reliability and image quality also get good feedback. The size and battery get less positive opinions.

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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 81/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 10 user reviews of JVC GY HM100U from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People are impressed by the durability and design. The portability and reliability are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed comments about the usability, while some have doubts about the price and image quality.

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90% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: JVC GY-HM100U - Camcorder - High Definition - professional - widescreen - optical zoom: 10 x - supported memory: SDHC - flash card

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: Rick Young (



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

Dec, 2009

Expert review by: Rick Young (

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...

Dec, 2009

Expert review by: Heath McKnight (



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...

And thanks to Dan Conklin for the great footage; visit his site at

Oct, 2009

Expert review by: Mark Montgomery (

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.

Sep, 2009

Consumer review by: Mctigre of 1969 (

JVC Breaks new Ground


Mostly for capturing my children when growing up. I used to be a gymnast and have much footage of that. I would like to capturer my kids. in what ever they are interested at that time. I have shot weddings in the past and would like to do that again...

Comfortable to Operate","Durable","Great Features","Great low light capabilit","Great Picture Quality","Great Sound","Simple Controls","Versatile

Iris should be near lens","Poor Battery Life

Jan, 2010

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


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


Display (Projector)

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


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


Video Input

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


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