Summary: Feed the HM400 plenty of light and the movie clips and stills it produces will be a delight. It’s a feature-packed model and its versatility is among the many reasons to consider it if, that is, you want a high-quality camcorder that requires more than a cursory glance at the user manual.
Summary: I requested the JVC GZ-HM400U because it has a sensor with a high pixel count, thinking that perhaps this would result in higher quality video, and I guessed right. Its sharpness value is as about as good as it gets, and is the best we have seen so far. At a street price of $1,099 it is also a great value. You could pay twice this price and get less performance.
Excerpt: A bunch of new high-end AVCHD camcorders from Canon, JVC and Sony have arrived—or will soon be here in time to record holiday parties. All cost close to a grand but deliver the best video you’ll see this side of a quality HDTV. JVC’s new Everio GZ-HM400 mirrors many ongoing trends including 1920 x 1080 high bit-rate recording and 32GB of built-in flash memory. It also has a 10.3-megapixel CMOS sensor capable of capturing 9MP stills.
Pros: Excellent 24Mbps AVCHD video; low digital noise even in low light; quality stills; quick focusing; top notch LCD screen
Cons: Inaccurate Laser Touch controls; mic picks up too much ambient noise; strange shoe adapter setup
Conclusion: Whilst the Everio GZ-HM400 lacks some of the features and functionality of its immediate competitors, it’s important to consider that it’s a lot cheaper. Picture and sound quality is on a par with equivalent competitors’ models, and our main criticism is the Laser Touch panel which isn’t quite as effective as we’d expect.
Excerpt: Like the Canon HF S10, the JVC Everio GZ-HM400 can shoot 1,920 x 1,080 video at 24Mbps - the highest level possible under current AVCHD spec - and it includes 32GB of internal flash memory, plus lots of manual controls. It also has a 10x optical zoom Konica Minolta lens, and a huge 1/2.33in CMOS image sensor with 10.6-megapixel resolution (9-megapixels effective).
Conclusion: Die GZ-HM400 gehört zu den schärfsten Kameras dieser Klasse. Schade, dass man die Farben nicht mehr nachjustieren kann, denn diese bleiben Geschmackssache. Die externen Bedienelemente dürften viele Filmer ansprechen, denen Kontrolle beim Filmen noch wichtig ist. Neben der Trägheit der Parameter muss sich der Anwender allerdings beim Filmen zwischen schnellem Weißabbgleich oder Fokushilfen auf dem Custom Key entscheiden.
Pros: Manuelle Bedienung für Shutter, Blende und Focus, Custom Key