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Model

JVC GZ-HM960Sony HDR-CX690
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Manufacturer JVC About JVC

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Name GZ-HM960HDR-CX690
European name ?GZ-HM960HDR-CX690VE
US name ?GZ-HM960HDR-CX690
lowest US price (999) $ (1199) $
On the market since April 2011 March 2011
Test preview

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

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Video formats ? AVCHD
AVCHD
SD MPEG2
Recording Medium SDHC card
built-in flash memory
SDXC card
SD Card
SDHC card
Memory Stick PRO Duo
SDXC card
video resolutions EU ?AVCHD 1920 x 1080/50i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/50p
AVCHD 1440 x 1080/50i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/50i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/25p
SD MPEG2 720 x 576
video resolutions US ?AVCHD 1920 x 1080/60i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/60i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/24p
AVCHD 1440 x 1080/60i
SD MPEG2 720 x 480
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/60p
Max Bitrate ?24 Mbit/s28 Mbit/s
Compression format ? MPEG4
MPEG2
MPEG4
on-board memory ?16 GB 
Optics
Optics Manufacturer ?JVC HD
Sony
Optical Zoom ?10 x10 x
Wide Angle 16:9 ?29,5 mm26,3 mm
Filter diameter ?- mm37 mm
Image Stabilization ?optically and electronically
optically and electronically
ND Filter ?No
No
Exchangable optics ?No
No
Image Sensor
Number of sensors ?11
Size of image sensor ?1/2, 33 inches
1/2, 9 inches
image sensor effective pixel count 16:9 ? 6140000 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 ?1/40001/10.000
Maximum shutter time ?1/21/8
Apperture control ?auto
manual
auto
manual
AE-Shift
Infrared recording ?No
Yes
Expanded Focus ?No
Yes
Peaking ?Yes
Yes
Signal Processing
Zebra ?No
100%
No
Histogram ?No
No
adjustable sharpness ?No
 
Adjustable color ?No
 
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
About Special Equipment
YUV ?
synonymous: Component Signal
Out
Out
HDMI ? Out
Out
DV / HDV (FireWire) ?
synonymous: ILink / IEEE-1394
--
USB ?USB 2.0
USB 2.0
Microphone / Audio input ?No
Mini-jack
Headphones ?No
3.5 mm mini-jack
Lanc ?No
No
Time-code interface ?No
No
Genlock ?No
No
Accessory shoe ?No
AI
HD-SDI ?No
No
Misc.
Weight (without battery) 330 g455 g
Weight (with battery) 370 g490 g
Battery type JVC BN-VG114E
Sony NP-FV50
Battery capacity 1400 mAh 
Charger ?internal
internal
Remote control Yes
Yes
Size
Height 54 mm66 mm
Width 62 mm74 mm
Depth 121 mm143 mm
Relative Size ?46
Viewfinder
Viewfinder available ?No
Yes
Color Viewfinder ?- Color
Viewfinder format ?- 16:9
Viewfinder pixels ? 201600 Pixel
Display
Display available ?Yes
Yes
Color display ?Color
Color
Display size 3,5 Inch3,0 Inch
Display format ?16:916:9
Display pixels ?920000 Pixel 921000 Pixel
Touch Screen ?Yes
Yes
External controls
Manual Zoom ?Rocker
Rocker
Zoom ring multi-assigned
Manual Focus ?Menu
Menu
bi-functional focus or aperture wheel
Manual Aperture ?Menu
Menu
bi-functional focus or aperture wheel
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
AC-3 Dolby Digital 5.1 640 kbit max.
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
Memory Stick Duo
SD Card
SDHC card
SDXC card
Medium included ?No
No
Effective pixels ?  
Resolutions ?3968 x 2976 - Max
4672 x 2628 - Max
Standard ?JPEG Exif 2.2
JPEG Exif 2.2
Flash ?Yes
Yes
Misc.

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Specials 2D -> 3D converter, Bluetooth, 3D displayintegrated (?) USB cable
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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 Sony
slashCAM rating
Lowlight ?Very goodVery good
Resolution ?Very goodVery good
Color performance ?GoodGood
subj.Picture impression ?GoodVery good
Optical Zoom ?SufficientSufficient
Wide Angle ? Excellent Excellent
Configuration / image ?SatisfactoryGood
Configuration / sound ?PoorPoor
Handling ?SatisfactoryGood
Portability ?Very goodVery good
Photo function ?SatisfactorySatisfactory
Optics ?GoodGood
Dynamics ?GoodGood
Conclusion slashCAM
slashCAM rating ?Good
Very good
Total score ?
(maximal 570)
378400
Pros + Lowlight
+ wide angle
+ 50P Recording
+ Big wide angle
+ Good touch functions
+ Very good low light behavior
Cons - few manual control options
- Complicated operation
- Image characteristics can not be changed
- few image control options
- Small (touch) screen
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.The hardware configuration is quite interesting considering the price range.The sharp display could be somewhat larger though.The wide-angle with virtually no lens distorsion is unique.The Bildqualiät and the low light performance are also competitive.Those who can do without helpful things like histogram or changeable image characteristics get a nice piece of technology for a reasonable price.For ambitious filmmakers who want more control over their shooting the competition offers more value for the money.
More information

Reviews and Forums
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slashCAM Review
GZ-HM960 Review
external reviews/tests   
Forum posts  Test: SonyHDR-CX700 and CX690 HDR


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