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alaTest has collected and analyzed 118 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the design and value for money. The image quality and portability also get good comments. The reliability and resolution get less positive reviews. There are some mixed comments about the build quality.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC GZ-HD40 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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JVC Everio GZ-HD40


The Everio GZ-HD40 is a significant camcorder for JVC. The $1,299.99 model (though it can be had for less than $1,000) supports AVCHD in addition to JVC's traditional MPEG-2 TS format offering more flexibility in your video-editing options. It also...

Excellent video quality; two HD format options; full manual controls.

No optical image stabilization; confusing menu system; some design quirks.

JVC's CMOS-based Everio GZ-HD40 offers high-definition recording flexibility with very good results, but a few shortcomings keep us from giving it a full recommendation.

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JVC Everio GZ-HD40 HD Camcorder


The big hard drive of JVC's GZ-HD40 is offset by the camcorder's big price--and its simply adequate performance.

120GB hard drive holds a lot of HD video ; Records to two video formats

Best-looking video format hard to work with ; Poor image stabilization

The JVC GZ-HD40 isn't a bad HD camcorder--in fact, it's pretty good. People seeking a tapeless camcorder that they can use with a modest PC today and a more powerful computer in the future may find the GZ-HD40's multiple recording formats compelling....

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JVC HDEverio GZ-HD40


There's a lot to like about the JVC Everio GZ-HD40 high-definition camcorder. A compact model with a beefy 120GB hard drive, it records to two formats: the compact and increasingly common AVCHD and the higher-quality MPEG-2 Transport Stream (TS)....

120GB hard drive holds a lot of HD video ; Records to two video formats

Best-looking video format hard to work with ; Poor image stabilization

The big hard drive is offset by this camcorder's big price, and its merely decent performance.


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JVC's upgrade to a bigger CMOS sensor and the switch to AVCHD havereaped big dividends for the HD40 and its massive (and heavy) 120GBhard drive. Video quality


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JVC Everio GZ-HD40


The inexorable march away from tapes and discs has picked up steam in Camcorder Land—and this trend will continue until MiniDV and DVD home video makers take their place on the obsolete shelf next to Walkman cassette music players and analog...

Massive 120GB hard drive; great color in good light; compact and responsive

No optical image stabilization; noisy in low light; zoom could be more powerful

A solid but not outstanding high-def camcorder but you have to love that 120GB HDD.

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JVC Everio GZ-HD40 Camcorder Review - HDD


The JVC GZ-HD40 ($1299 MSRP)  is a more than a simple update in the Everio line of hard disk drive (HDD) camcorders. You wouldn't know it from a casual glance, but a lot of changes have occurred under the hood. For the first time, JVC has switched from...

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Camcorder Review JVC Everio GZ-HD40 AVCHD Camcorder


JVC's Everio GZ-HD40 is the equivalent of a marathon runner. It can go a very long distance. With a 120GB hard disk drive, the dual-format GZ-HD40 will allow its amateur cinemaniacs up to 50 hours of AVCHD Full HD video recording. The $1,300 MSRP price...

50 hours of shooting time Good color and image detail Small, easy to hold Quick on/off reflex time

Arcane menu navigation Manual focus can be testy due to toggle placement Runs hot

JVC has capitalized on the demand for smaller, smarter technology by giving shooters multiple formats to choose from and an endless amount of shooting time.

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The JVC GZ-HD40's strength lies in its effort to reach out to several types of users. The 120GB hard drive should satisfy even long-term vacationers. The camcorder offers loads of manual controls, but also includes a full auto mode that should...

Experienced users will appreciate the level of control the GZ-HD40 offers. Manual aperture, shutter speed, white balance, and several other controls are all included. You'll also find the best manual focus on the market. Unfortunately, these advantages...

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The GZ-HD40 features a single 1/3-inch CMOS chip, a big step away from JVC's normal outfit of three CCDs for its top-tier camcorders. It's a development we're quite pleased to see, frankly. Sony and Canon have been using CMOS chips about this size in...

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"Awesome camera !!! Simple to use but annoying software"


This is an awesome video camera thath I would recommend to anyone as it has heaps of features and great picture quality. Make sure you shop around as there are heaps of bargains around for this camera. Unfortunately I can't comment on the software as I...

Awesome picture quality, heaps of handy features, still quality not too bad - all features (record and playback) can be operated from remote, simple to use for a beginner like me. Night time recording not too bad due to light also.

Annoyingly I am unable to install the software on my computer so that is definitely a negative (although not the fault of JVC). Digital optical stabilisation would also be a beneficial feature but otherwise still pretty good.

Product Specifications

The GZ-HD40 is the world's first AVCHD / MPEG-2 dual-format camcorder allowing access to the superior long time compression afforded by AVCHD, as well as MPEG-2's superior editing and post-production environment. The camcorder offers 1920 x 1080 Full HD recording in one formats to a 120GB internal hard disk drive. JVC provided the GZ-HD40 with a 120GB hard disk drive for up to 50 hours of AVCHD Full HD video recording, and a docking station with the requirements of the prosumer or high-end enthusiast in mind.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:JVC BN-VF815

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080i/1080p
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:microSD Card

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

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:Night mode / Portrait mode / Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Twilight mode


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Golla CREST/JVC Everio

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.2
Max Focal Length:45mm
Min Focal Length:4.5mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens


Category of Accessory:Notebook and tablet PC accessories / Carrying cases
Product Material:Polyester
Product Type:Notebook sleeve

Notebook Compatibility Dimensions

Notebook Compatibility:10.1in
Notebook Compatibility (metric):25.7cm

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:1.66Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.35Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:2.68Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.5 mm ( 1/3 ) / 8.5 mm ( 1/3" )
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVCHD / H.264 / MPEG-1 / MPEG-2/AVCHD / H.264 / MPEG-2/AVCHD / MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:200
ISO (Max):1000
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1000 / ISO 200 / ISO 400
Media Type:Flash card / Hard disk drive/Hard disk drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG