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JVC's Everio GZ-HM30 is an entry-level HD camcorder, and is the most basic of the new Everio lineup.

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powerful optical zoom - great for picking up detail from far away

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easy to use - automatically adjusts video settings to get the best results possible

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good value - records entry-level HD video at a budget price

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included software is for Windows only

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uses the AVCHD Lite format - might be difficult to import into certain video editing applications

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does not record 1080p video natively

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lacks onboard storage - additional memory card purchase required

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 JVC's Everio GZ-HM30 is an entry-level HD camcorder, and is the most basic of the new Everio lineup. It upscales output to 1920 x 1080p resolution (though it is non-native), and has 40x optical zoom. Standard definition recording is also selectable. This particular model does not have any on-board flash storage, but has a single slot for an SDHC or SDXC card. Its image sensor is 1.5 megapixels and there is a 2.7-inch LCD display on the side of the body. Recording features include AUTO mode and time-lapse, and it also uses face recognition and automatic scene adjustment. A digital image stabilizer reduces hand shake blurring. This camcorder comes bundled with media browser software and a grip belt. It has a comparatively low price point. For those who want on-board memory, the GZ-HM50 has identical features plus 8GB of flash memory, for a $40 price jump.

  • 1080p upscaled output
  • SDHC/SDXC slot
  • 1.5-megapixel CMOS sensor
  • Auto and time record modes
  • 40x optical (HD) or 70x dynamic (standard) zoom
  • Konica Minolta HD lens
  • Image stabilizer
  • Face detection
  • 2.7" LCD display
  • One-touch upload to youtube
  • Includes media browsing software
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01/17/2012 01:51

Does this camera take stills? My wife and I are having a son in a phew weeks and I want to take more than videos at the hospital.



01/19/2012 12:48

I'm not sure about this one, but the #jvc_everio_gz_hm440 is probably a better bet as it for sure takes stills and records in 1080p for a similar price.

04/17/2011 09:52

The battery life is the worst. Returning camera

03/14/2011 08:47

how is this in low light??

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