A Serious Joystick Focus: JVC GZHD3 2.0MP HD Digital Camcorder
Personal Electronics buzz
11 August 2009
Excerpt: The JVC GZHD3 weighs 1.5 ounces and measures 3-inch x 3.25-inch. The size is perfect for my hands and it is ergonomically designed for a great day of shooting. This camera has a different kind of focus ring. Instead it is a joystick on the edge of the 2.8-inch LCD display. It takes some getting use to, but the results are great.
Summary: With picture quality closer to more expensive competitors than those in its immediate class, the JVC GZ-HD3 suggests itself as a good HD option for those on a budget, though the need to buy additional cabling and removable storage media to fully realise all its functionality loses it the ultimate accolade of both editor's choice and best buy badges.
Pros: Built-in 60GB hard drive, full sounding stereo audio, footage clearer and cleaner than competing AVCHD devices, solid and well built with unusual features at a consumer level, including lens hood
Cons: HDMI lead and SD cards are optional yet (relatively) essential extras
Conclusion: The GZ-HD3 camcorder is a good performer when there’s enough light. Video quality under these conditions is very pleasing and natural—like real life, the way high-def is supposed to be. When you go indoors there’s a fall off with lots of noise and issues grabbing quick focus. And I’m really disappointed JVC dropped the OIS—especially for the camcorder costing around $1,200 USD.