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Canon XA10JVC GY-HM100
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Manufacturer Canon Informationen zu Canon

JVC Informationen zu JVC

Name XA10GY-HM100
European name ?XA10GY-HM100
US name ?XA10GY-HM100
lowest US price 1869 $2795 $
On the market since April 2011 April 2009
Test preview

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slashCAM rating ?Very good
Good
test picture 1200 Lux
Test image 12 lux auto-mode
Video

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Video formats ? AVCHD
HDV
XDCAM EX
Recording Medium SD Card
SDHC card
built-in flash memory
SDXC card
SDHC card
video resolutions EU ?AVCHD 1440 x 1080/50i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/50i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/25p
AVCHD 1440 x 1080/25p
HDV 1440 x 1080/50i
HDV 1440 x 1080/60i
XDCAM EX x1080/24p 1920, 25p, 30p, 50i, 60i
XDCAM EX 1280 x 720/24p, 25p, 30p, 50p, 60p
video resolutions US ?AVCHD 1920 x 1080/60i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/24p
AVCHD 1440 x 1080/60i
AVCHD 1440 x 1080/24p
XDCAM EX x1080/24p 1920, 25p, 30p, 50i, 60i
XDCAM EX 1280 x 720/24p, 25p, 30p, 50p, 60p
Max Bitrate ?24 Mbit/s35 Mbit/s
Compression format ? MPEG4
MPEG2
on-board memory ?64 GB 
Optics
Optics Manufacturer ? Canon
Fujinon
Optical Zoom ?10 x10 x
Wide Angle 16:9 ?30,4 mm39 mm
Filter diameter ?58 mm46 mm
Image Stabilization ?optically and electronically
optical
ND Filter ?Digital (auto)
Yes
Exchangable optics ?No
No
Image Sensor
Number of sensors ?13
Size of image sensor ?1/3 inch
1/4 inch
image sensor effective pixel count 16:9 ?2070000 Pixel  
Image Sensor Type ? CMOS
CCD
Controls
White Balance ?auto
manual
presets
auto
manual
presets
WB-Shift
Focus ?auto
manual
auto
Minimum shutter time ?1/2.0001/10.000
Maximum shutter time ?1/61/4
Apperture control ?auto
manual
AE-Shift
auto
manual
AE-Shift
Infrared recording ?Yes
No
Expanded Focus ?Yes
No
Peaking ?Yes
Yes
Signal Processing
Zebra ?70%
100%
50-105%
Histogram ?waveform
No
adjustable sharpness ?Yes
Yes
Adjustable color ?Yes
Yes
Cinegamma ?Yes
Yes
Black Strech ?No
Yes
Knee ?No
Yes
Colorbars ?Yes
Yes
Misc.
Shot Transition ?No
No
Custom Presets ?Yes
Yes
Set Time Code ?No
Yes
Configuration

Connections
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FBAS ?
synonymous: RCA, composite
Out
Out
YC ?
synonymous: S-Video
No
No
YUV ?
synonymous: Component Signal
Out
Out
HDMI ? Out
Out
DV / HDV (FireWire) ?
synonymous: ILink / IEEE-1394
--
USB ?USB 2.0 OUT
USB 2.0
Microphone / Audio input ? XLR
Mini-jack
XLR
Mini-jack
Headphones ?Mini-jack
Mini-jack
Lanc ?Yes
No
Time-code interface ?No
No
Genlock ?No
No
Accessory shoe ? Standard
Standard
HD-SDI ?No
No
Misc.
Weight (without battery)   
Weight (with battery)  1400 g
Battery type Canon BP-808
JVC BN-VF823
Battery capacity 850 mAh2190 mAh
Charger ?internal
internal
external
Remote control Yes
Yes
Size
Height 144 mm178 mm
Width 77 mm138 mm
Depth 161 mm365 mm
Relative Size ?1789
Viewfinder
Viewfinder available ?Yes
Yes
Color Viewfinder ?S/WColor
Viewfinder format ?16:916:9
Viewfinder pixels ?260000 Pixel 235000 Pixel
Display
Display available ?Yes
Yes
Color display ?Color
Color
Display size 3,5 Inch2,8 Inch
Display format ?16:916:9
Display pixels ?922000 Pixel 921600 Pixel
Touch Screen ?Yes
No
External controls
Manual Zoom ?Rocker
Rocker
Zoom ring multi-assigned
Manual Focus ? Ring
bi-functional focus or aperture wheel
bi-functional focus or aperture wheel
Manual Aperture ?Wheel
bi-functional focus or aperture wheel
button
Focus switcher ?No
Yes
ND Filter ?No
Yes
Exp Lock ?No
Yes
Gain ?No
Yes
White balance ?No
Yes
Push AF ?No
No
Audio Levels ?Yes
No
Custom Keys ?
synonymous: User buttons
23
Audio

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Audio Formats ?Dolby AC-3 Digital 2 channel 48 KHz
2 channel PCM
Microphone ?Stereo internal
external XLR
Stereo internal
Mini-jack external
external XLR
Audio Control ?auto
manual
auto
manual
Audio levels ?Viewfinder
Screen
Viewfinder
Screen
Still

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Recording Medium ?SD Card
built-in flash memory
SDHC card
SDXC card
SDHC card
Medium included ?No
No
Effective pixels ?  
Resolutions ?1920x10801920 x 1080 - max
Standard ?JPEG Exif 2.2
JPEG Exif 2.2
Flash ?No
No
Misc.

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Specials 2 memory card slotsRecords in HDV as well as XDCAMEX in a QuickTime container on a SDHC card
Product Shots

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Test results

Test pictures
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luminance resolution
chrominance resolution
lens distortion
test small ISO image
noise / internal microphone
test picture 1200 Lux
Test image 12 lux auto-mode ?
Test image 12 lux optimized ?
 
Manufacturers URL Website CanonWebsite JVC
slashCAM rating
Lowlight ?Very goodSufficient
Resolution ?Very goodGood
Color performance ?Very goodGood
subj.Picture impression ?Very goodGood
Optical Zoom ?SufficientSufficient
Wide Angle ?Very goodSatisfactory
Configuration / image ?Very goodVery good
Configuration / sound ?Very goodVery good
Handling ?GoodVery good
Portability ?Very goodGood
Photo function ?SufficientSufficient
Optics ?GoodSatisfactory
Dynamics ?GoodGood
Conclusion slashCAM
slashCAM rating ?Very good
Good
Total score ?
(maximal 570)
438348
Pros + Manual control over image characteristics
+ Low-Light Properties
+ XLR
+ Manual buttons, wheel and lens ring
+ Touch focus in manual mode
+ professional handling
+ cheap workflow by using XDCAM EX on SDCH cards
+ flexible assignable
Cons - ND-filter function toothless
- 4:2:2 codec is not "activated"
- wide angle with slight distortions
- poor low-light
Conclusion In terms of manual control Canon leaves comparable consumer camcorders behind: the three custom keys, the dial and the lens ring make for the best camera operation we have seen for a long time in the price range under 1500 Euro (March 2011).The possibility to use touch focus in the manual mode is also a great plus.Even the extra charge of 500 Euro for the XA10 seems fair, as the added value not only inludes XLR, but also an accessory shoe, improved ergonomics, and an infrared mode.The possibility to record professional formats as Quicktime or MP4 files on cheap SDHC cards is a great feature.The accessories and configuration is ample for this price.The low sharpness and gaudy colour are no big minus, but the bad low-light capabilities and small wide angle with distortions are a serious drawback.
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