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Model

JVC GZ-HM960Panasonic HDC-SD600
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Manufacturer JVC About JVC

Panasonic Information about Panasonic

Name GZ-HM960HDC-SD600
European name ?GZ-HM960HDC-SD600
US name ?GZ-HM960HDC-SD600
lowest US price (999) $949 $
On the market since April 2011 June 2010
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
SDXC card
video resolutions EU ?AVCHD 1920 x 1080/50i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/50p
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 1080/60p
Max Bitrate ?24 Mbit/s28 Mbit/s
Compression format ? MPEG4
MPEG4
on-board memory ?16 GB 
Optics
Optics Manufacturer ?JVC HD
Leica
Optical Zoom ?10 x12 x
Wide Angle 16:9 ?29,5 mm35 mm
Filter diameter ?- mm46 mm
Image Stabilization ?optically and electronically
optically and electronically
ND Filter ?No
No
Exchangable optics ?No
No
Image Sensor
Number of sensors ?13
Size of image sensor ?1/2, 33 inches
1/4, 1 inch
image sensor effective pixel count 16:9 ? 2530000 Pixel
Image Sensor Type ? CMOS
CMOS
Controls
White Balance ?auto
manual
presets
auto
manual
presets
WB-Shift
Focus ?auto
manual
auto
manual
Minimum shutter time ?1/40001/8.000
Maximum shutter time ?1/21/25
Apperture control ?auto
manual
auto
manual
Infrared recording ?No
No
Expanded Focus ?No
No
Peaking ?Yes
Yes
Signal Processing
Zebra ?No
100%
Histogram ?No
Yes
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
No
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
No
Headphones ?No
No
Lanc ?No
No
Time-code interface ?No
No
Genlock ?No
No
Accessory shoe ?No
No
HD-SDI ?No
No
Misc.
Weight (without battery) 330 g325 g
Weight (with battery) 370 g385 g
Battery type JVC BN-VG114E
Panasonic VW-VBG 130
Battery capacity 1400 mAh1250 mAh
Charger ?internal
external
Remote control Yes
Yes
Size
Height 54 mm62 mm
Width 62 mm66 mm
Depth 121 mm126 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 230400 Pixel
Touch Screen ?Yes
Yes
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
Audio Control ?auto
auto
manual
Audio levels ?No
Screen
Still

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Recording Medium ?built-in flash memory
SDHC card
SDXC card
SDHC card
SDXC card
Medium included ?No
No
Effective pixels ? 2100000 Pixel
Resolutions ?3968 x 2976 - Max
1920x1080
4000 x 3000 - Max
Standard ?JPEG Exif 2.2
JPEG Exif 2.2
Flash ?Yes
Yes
Misc.

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Specials 2D -> 3D converter, Bluetooth, 3D displayoptional 1080p50 recording with 28 Mbit/s
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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 Panasonic
slashCAM rating
Lowlight ?Very goodGood
Resolution ?Very goodVery good
Color performance ?GoodVery good
subj.Picture impression ?GoodVery good
Optical Zoom ?SufficientSufficient
Wide Angle ? Excellent Good
Configuration / image ?SatisfactorySatisfactory
Configuration / sound ?PoorSufficient
Handling ?SatisfactoryGood
Portability ?Very good Excellent
Photo function ?SatisfactorySatisfactory
Optics ?GoodGood
Dynamics ?GoodGood
Conclusion slashCAM
slashCAM rating ?Good
Good
Total score ?
(maximal 570)
378384
Pros + Lowlight
+ wide angle
+ Sharpness and colour at the upper AVCHD limit
+ Many manual controls
+ 1080p50
Cons - few manual control options
- Complicated operation
- setting focus manually is a little complicated
- low resolution display
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.Costing 200 Euro less, the SD600 lacks a lot compared to the SD707 (viewfinder, lens ring, accessory shoe, mic and headphone jacks).Also the display is smaller and setting the focus manually is harder without a lens ring.But still, it is an interesting camera for those filming in automatic mode.
More information

Reviews and Forums
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slashCAM Review
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