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Model

JVC GZ-HM960Canon HF21
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Manufacturer JVC About JVC

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Name GZ-HM960HF21
European name ?GZ-HM960Legria HF21
US name ?GZ-HM960VIXIA HF21
lowest US price (999) $1099 $
On the market since April 2011 September 2009
Test preview

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

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Video formats ? AVCHD
AVCHD
Recording Medium SDHC card
built-in flash memory
SDXC card
SDHC card
video resolutions EU ?AVCHD 1920 x 1080/50i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/50i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/25p
video resolutions US ?AVCHD 1920 x 1080/60i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/60i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/24p
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/30p
Max Bitrate ?24 Mbit/s24 Mbit/s
Compression format ? MPEG4
MPEG4
on-board memory ?16 GB64 GB
Optics
Optics Manufacturer ?JVC HD
Canon
Optical Zoom ?10 x15 x
Wide Angle 16:9 ?29,5 mm39,5 mm
Filter diameter ?- mm37 mm
Image Stabilization ?optically and electronically
optical
ND Filter ?No
No
Exchangable optics ?No
No
Image Sensor
Number of sensors ?11
Size of image sensor ?1/2, 33 inches
1/4 inch
image sensor effective pixel count 16:9 ? 2990000 Pixel
Image Sensor Type ? CMOS
CMOS
Controls
White Balance ?auto
manual
presets
auto
manual
Focus ?auto
manual
auto
manual
Minimum shutter time ?1/40001/2.000
Maximum shutter time ?1/21/6
Apperture control ?auto
manual
auto
manual
Infrared recording ?No
No
Expanded Focus ?No
Yes
Peaking ?Yes
No
Signal Processing
Zebra ?No
No
Histogram ?No
No
adjustable sharpness ?No
Yes
Adjustable color ?No
Yes
Cinegamma ?No
Yes
Black Strech ?No
No
Knee ?No
No
Colorbars ?No
No
Misc.
Shot Transition ?No
No
Custom Presets ?No
Yes
Set Time Code ?No
No
Configuration

Connections
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FBAS ?
synonymous: RCA, composite
  Out
YC ?
synonymous: S-Video
No
No
YUV ?
synonymous: Component Signal
Out
Out
HDMI ? Out
Out mini
DV / HDV (FireWire) ?
synonymous: ILink / IEEE-1394
--
USB ?USB 2.0
USB 2.0
Microphone / Audio input ?No
Mini-jack
Headphones ?No
also AV-output
Lanc ?No
No
Time-code interface ?No
No
Genlock ?No
No
Accessory shoe ?No
Advanced Mini
HD-SDI ?No
No
Misc.
Weight (without battery) 330 g340 g
Weight (with battery) 370 g400 g
Battery type JVC BN-VG114E
Canon BP-809
Battery capacity 1400 mAh890 mAh
Charger ?internal
internal
Remote control Yes
Yes
Size
Height 54 mm62 mm
Width 62 mm70 mm
Depth 121 mm124 mm
Relative Size ?45
Viewfinder
Viewfinder available ?No
No
Color Viewfinder ?- -
Viewfinder format ?- -
Viewfinder pixels ?  
Display
Display available ?Yes
Yes
Color display ?Color
Color
Display size 3,5 Inch2,7 Inch
Display format ?16:916:9
Display pixels ?920000 Pixel 211000 Pixel
Touch Screen ?Yes
No
External controls
Manual Zoom ?Rocker
Rocker
Manual Focus ?Menu
Menu
Manual Aperture ?Menu
Menu
Focus switcher ?No
No
ND Filter ?No
No
Exp Lock ?No
No
Gain ?No
No
White balance ?No
No
Push AF ?No
No
Audio Levels ?No
No
Custom Keys ?
synonymous: User buttons
1No
Audio

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Audio Formats ?Dolby AC-3 Digital 2 channel 48 KHz
Dolby AC-3 Digital 2 channel 48 KHz
Microphone ?Stereo internal
Stereo internal
Mini-jack external
Audio Control ?auto
auto
manual
Audio levels ?No
Viewfinder
Screen
Still

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Recording Medium ?built-in flash memory
SDHC card
SDXC card
SDHC card
Medium included ?No
No
Effective pixels ?  
Resolutions ?3968 x 2976 - Max
2304 x 1296 - Max
Standard ?JPEG Exif 2.2
JPEG Exif 2.2
Flash ?Yes
Yes
Misc.

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Specials 2D -> 3D converter, Bluetooth, 3D display 
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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 JVCWebsite Canon
slashCAM rating
Lowlight ?Very goodSatisfactory
Resolution ?Very goodGood
Color performance ?GoodVery good
subj.Picture impression ?GoodVery good
Optical Zoom ?SufficientSatisfactory
Wide Angle ? Excellent Satisfactory
Configuration / image ?SatisfactorySatisfactory
Configuration / sound ?PoorSatisfactory
Handling ?SatisfactorySatisfactory
Portability ?Very good Excellent
Photo function ?SatisfactorySatisfactory
Optics ?GoodGood
Dynamics ?GoodGood
Conclusion slashCAM
slashCAM rating ?Good
Good
Total score ?
(maximal 570)
378367
Pros + Lowlight
+ wide angle
+ Many manual controls
Cons - few manual control options
- Complicated operation
- fiddly operation
- No Zebra
- Manual focus very poor
Conclusion The JVC GZ-HM960 is a very sharp camera with a solid technical foundation, but unfortunately it doesn´t recommend itself for ambitious videographers.Too little manual control is offered along with the otherwise very up-to-date technical specs.Rather, the GZ-HM960 will appeal to users who are interested in technical gadgets.The 3D mode, however, is no comparison to real 3D camcorders and should be seen more as a gimmick.The similarly constructed but cheaper GZ-HM845 on the other hand, would be a pretty interesting device in its price class, if only JVC would have enabled more manual features.In its 1000 Euro price class the competition by now allows more manual control.Compared with the older models of the same series the smaller sensor, the picture problems and the exaggerated sharpness offer no real advancementsAdd to that the bad low-light sensitivity with some bright pixel noise, the missing histogram and zebra-displays and the manual focus problems.On the positive side: the low price and the fact that the pictures in the automatic mode (assumed there is enough light) are sharp and generally good.
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