JVC Everio GZ-HM650
Released January, 2011
The Pros:Software is very intuitive, one-click backups to DVD. Easy to use, very point-and-shoot without having to play with settings. Audio capture is directional, can hear everyone clearly without a lot of background noise.
The Cons:Low light video is completely black and grainy. Still images seem low quality, show grain.
JVC's Everio GZ-HM650 is a mid-range model in the 2011 Everio lineup, and is the first of three models with upgraded CMOS sensor sizes. 3.32-megapixel, backlit CMOS sensors are in these cameras, and they permit better quality, less noisy low-light recording.
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This model plays back video at native 1920 x 1080 resolution, and includes 8GB of on-board flash storage as well as an SD card slot to expand capacity. The step-up models in this mini-series, the HM670 and HM690, include more storage at a higher price. The standard Everio features are included with this model, such as intelligent AUTO mode, face detection, and a 2.7-inch LCD screen. This model's display is also a touch screen, for menu navigation. Another upgrade over the lower models is the inclusion of an LED light. Bundled software allows media browsing on Windows machines.
- 1920 x 1080p native output
- 24Mbps recording data rate
- 8GB on-board flash memory
- SDHC/SDXC slot
- 3.32-megapixel CMOS sensor
- JVC "LoLux" enhancer for low light conditions
- Auto and time record modes
- 40x optical (HD) or 70x dynamic (standard) zoom
- Konica Minolta HD lens
- Integrated LED light
- Image stabilizer
- Enhanced microphone recording
- Face detection
- 2.7" LCD touch display
- One-touch upload to youtube
- Includes media browsing software
User Reviews (5)
software is very intuitive, one-click backups to DVD
easy to use, very point-and-shoot without having to play with settings
audio capture is directional, can hear everyone clearly without a lot of background noise
image stabilization completely accounts for handshake
LCD is large and clear, easy to work with
lots of storage on the built-in HDD, don't need to keep running to the computer to upload
low light video is completely black and grainy
still images seem low quality, show grain
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