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Manufacturer JVC Informationen zu JVC

Name GZ-HD30
European name ?GZ-HD30
US name ?GZ-HD30
lowest US price 559 $
On the market since August 2008
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slashCAM rating ?Good
test picture 1200 Lux
Test image 12 lux auto-mode

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Video formats ? AVCHD
Recording Medium Built-in hard disk
video resolutions EU ?AVCHD 1920 x 1080/50i
MPEG2 1920x1080 50i
MPEG2 1440 x1080/50i
video resolutions US ?HDV 1440 x 1080/60i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/60i
MPEG2 1920 x 1080/60i
Max Bitrate ?17 Mbit/s
Compression format ? MPEG2
on-board memory ?80 GB
Optics Manufacturer ?JVC HD
Optical Zoom ?10 x
Wide Angle 16:9 ?43,6 mm
Filter diameter ?43 mm
Image Stabilization ?electronical
ND Filter ?No
Exchangable optics ?No
Image Sensor
Number of sensors ?1
Size of image sensor ?1/3 inch
image sensor effective pixel count 16:9 ?2 Pixel
Image Sensor Type ? CMOS
White Balance ?auto
Focus ?auto
Minimum shutter time ?1/4000
Maximum shutter time ?1/2
Apperture control ?auto
Infrared recording ?No
Expanded Focus ?No
Peaking ?Yes
Signal Processing
Zebra ? Off
Histogram ?No
adjustable sharpness ?Yes
Adjustable color ?No
Cinegamma ?No
Black Strech ?No
Knee ?No
Colorbars ?No
Shot Transition ?No
Custom Presets ?No
Set Time Code ?No

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synonymous: RCA, composite
YC ?
synonymous: S-Video
synonymous: Component Signal
HDMI ? Out
DV / HDV (FireWire) ?
synonymous: ILink / IEEE-1394
USB ?USB 2.0
Microphone / Audio input ?Mini-jack
Headphones ?Mini-jack
Lanc ?No
Time-code interface ?No
Genlock ?No
Accessory shoe ? Standard
Weight (without battery)  
Weight (with battery) 450 g
Battery type  
Battery capacity  
Charger ?internal
Remote control Yes
Height 73 mm
Width 68 mm
Depth 123 mm
Relative Size ?6
Viewfinder available ?No
Color Viewfinder ? 
Viewfinder format ? 
Viewfinder pixels ? 
Display available ?Yes
Color display ?Color
Display size 2,8 Inch
Display format ?16:9
Display pixels ?207000 Pixel
Touch Screen ?No
External controls
Manual Zoom ?Rocker
Manual Focus ?Menu
Manual Aperture ?Menu
Focus switcher ?No
ND Filter ?No
Exp Lock ?No
Gain ? 
White balance ?No
Push AF ?No
Audio Levels ?No
Custom Keys ?
synonymous: User buttons

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Audio Formats ?MPEG-1 Layer2
Microphone ?Mini-jack external
Audio Control ?auto
Audio levels ?Screen

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Recording Medium ?microSD
hard drive
Medium included ?No
Effective pixels ? 
Resolutions ?1920x1080
2432 x 1368
Standard ?JPEG Exif 2.2
Flash ?No

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Specials -maximum bitrate 17 MPbps AVCHD, 27 Mbps MPEG-2 TS
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luminance resolution
chrominance resolution
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test picture 1200 Lux
Test image 12 lux auto-mode ?
Test image 12 lux optimized ? 
Manufacturers URL Website JVC
slashCAM rating
Lowlight ?Good
Resolution ?Satisfactory
Color performance ?Very good
subj.Picture impression ?Very good
Optical Zoom ?Sufficient
Wide Angle ?Poor
Configuration / image ?Good
Configuration / sound ?Satisfactory
Handling ?Sufficient
Portability ?Very good
Photo function ?Sufficient
Optics ?Good
Dynamics ?Good
Conclusion slashCAM
slashCAM rating ?Good
Total score ?
(maximal 570)
Pros + Many manual controls
+ two formats (AVCHD and MPEG2)
+ good image and lowlight quality
Cons - the controls are hard to getting used to
- formats are not arbitrarily mixable
Conclusion The possibility to record both HD-consumer formats is a good thing, but some details are missing (the formats can not be combined at playback, no backup-tape, no HDV-recording on SD cards).Nice to see that with this introduction of CMOS sensors JVC closed the gap of lagging behind in picture qualityMany important parameters can be adjusted manually, which is great, but the operation requires a little too much patience and practice.If JVC would have included the rich manual controls of the HD7 this cam would have been a real winner for every ambitioned movie maker.
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