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alaTest has collected and analyzed 246 reviews of JVC GZ-HM30. 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 are impressed by the price and size. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably, but many are critical about the memory and zoom. There are some mixed comments about the durability.

usability, portability, image quality, size, price

battery, zoom, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC GZ-HM30 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of JVC GZ-HM30 from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers are impressed by the portability. Many are negative about the battery.



100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: JVC GZ-HM30SEK HD Memory Camcorder with SDXC Card Slot (1920x1080p, 40x Optical Zoom, HD Lens)JVC GZ-HM30SEK HD Memory Camcorder with SDXC Card Slot (1920x1080p, 40x Optical Zoom, HD Lens)

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : James Morris (



What's special about JVC's new budget contender?

Decent image quality ; Reasonable price ; More configurable than a pocket Internet camcorder

Fiddly control system ; 720p resolution, not Full HD ; No built-in memory

JVC also uses the extra pixels to provide a more powerful Advanced Image Stabiliser (AIS) option, which smoothes jerky camerawork a little more than the standard setting. However, this again crops into the frame a little more, which doesn’t affect zoom...

May, 2011

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JVC's Surprisingly good little shooter


I have 3 of these little critters and I bought one for my pop for christmas as well.What attracted me to this camera was the 40x Optical Zoom. I was actually not expecting the camera to be very good I just wanted that 40x optical for when I ...

Standard USB, HDMI, Power, SDHC. Great Low Light Great Zoom. Super light compact but gripable

Proprietary Files. Proprietary Battery. Small Battery. Hard on big hands

Feb, 2012

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A Great Camera for the Money


I have only had this camera for several weeks now, however: it is very easy to use...the software is easy to interact with. I have taken it on trips in the car, four-wheller and snowmobile. It is suprizingly durable. I chose a camera like this over the...

Dec, 2011

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JVC HD Everio GZ-HM30 Digital Camcorder with 40x Optical Zoom, 2.7" LCD, CMOS, Red


This is a light weight and easy to use camera with exceptional editing software. Almost everything is positive. It records in 1080i but can play back in 1080P. It only allows 3 pictures while recording a video. The pictures are good but not great. I am...

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JVC GZHM30VUS GZ-HM30US Flash Memory Camcorder


Luvd it

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It is small, light weight, easy to use, real HD video recording, s/w supports faster upload. Over all good product in this price.

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JVC HD Everio GZ-HM30 Digital Camcorder with 40x Optical Zoom, 2.7" LCD, CMOS, Blue


I have this camera for couple of days. No real videotyping made yet but only testing.1. With the standard bettery it lets 1,1h of video recording2. AIS system doesn't help with fast moving. You should move this camera really slow to have your image...

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Joe Forbes


Delivery time was excellent. This is a refurb and seems to in excellent condition. I've run the video captures on a 70" TV and the images are very sharp. For under a hundred bucks you can't go wrong.

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Very happy with purchess


Can we still get a backup battery for this model and price please is there a larger one as the small one doesn't last regards graeme

Nov, 2014

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JVC Everio GZ-HM30


Lightweight, easy to use and a terrific zoom

Battery life on battery that comes with camera is about 30 mins so purchase larger battery if you will do a lot of filming in one day

Jun, 2012

Product Specifications


Audio system:Dolby Digital 2.0
Built-in Microphone: Yes


Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BN-VG107 / BN-VG108
Battery voltage:3.6
Video recording time:13 / 47


3D compatibility: No
Camcorder Type:Handheld camcorder
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes
On Screen Display (OSD) languages:CHI (SIMPL), ENG, ESP, FRE, JPN, KOR, POR


Color of product:Black / Red / Silver
LED Indicators: Yes


Built-in display: Yes
Display Diagonal:2.7
Display resolution (numeric):230000


Built-in flash: No


Face detection: Yes
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual
Smile detection: Yes

Image Sensor

Number of CCDs:1
Optical sensor size:1 / 5.5 / 1 / 5.8
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total megapixels:1.5

Lens System

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.65 - 66.1
Digital Zoom:200
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.65 - 66.1
Focal length range (f-f):0.114 - 4.57
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Interchangeable Lens: No
Optical Zoom:40


Bluetooth: No

Other Features

Aperture range (F-F):1.8 - 6.3
Auto focus: Yes
AV output:1
Manual focus: Yes
Night mode: Yes
Power consumption (typical):2.2
Spotlight: Yes
Windows operating systems supported: Yes

Packaging Content

Batteries included: Yes
Bundled software:Pixela Everio MediaBrowser 3
Cables included:AV, USB
Handheld remote control: No

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
Mini HDMI ports quantity:1
S-Video out: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camcorder media type:Memory Card
Camcorder tape type: No
Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC, SDXC / SD, SDXC
Disc types supported: No
Memory slots:1


HD type:Full HD
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Supported video modes:1080p
Video compression format:AVCHD, H.264, MPEG4
Video formats supported:AVCHD,H.264,MPEG4
Video Resolutions:1920 x 1080


Camera viewfinder: No
Viewfinder type:Not available

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.99 / 4.37
Width:1.99 / 4.37

White Balance

White Balance:Auto, Manual