JVC Everio GZ-HM450
Released January, 2011
The Pros:Small and light, convenient to carry around. Battery life is fairly good, will last a few hours. Image stabilizer is generally enough for a reasonably steady shot.
The Cons:Lots of noise and grain in low light conditions. Recording button is a bit awkward to push with the same hand that's holding the camera. Records in a format that isn't compatible with most osftware.
JVC's Everio GZ-HM450 is a mid-range high-definition camcorder, the fourth standard model in the 2011 Everio lineup. Its features are identical to the GZ-HM440 save the one main difference that it has 8GB of internal flash storage.
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It also has a slot for an SD card, to expand capacity if desired. Other features are the same, including a Konica Minolta HD lens with 40x optical zoom, image stabilization, face recognition and automatic shooting modes. The side-mounted display is also a touchscreen and measures 2.7 inches. Bundled software is compatible with Windows and facilitates media browsing. This is the least expensive 2011 Everio that includes both onboard storage and full (not upscaled) HD playback. An expected price difference of around $50 separates this from the GZ-HM440.
- 1920 x 1080p native output
- 24Mbps recording data rate
- 8GB on-board flash memory
- 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
- Enhanced microphone recording
- Face detection
- 2.7" LCD touch display
- One-touch upload to youtube
- Includes media browsing software
User Reviews (2)
small and light, convenient to carry around
battery life is fairly good, will last a few hours
image stabilizer is generally enough for a reasonably steady shot
can shoot in low light and pick out the details fairly well
LCD is large and easy to see in any light
lots of noise and grain in low light conditions
recording button is a bit awkward to push with the same hand that's holding the camera
records in a format that isn't compatible with most osftware
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