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JVC GY-HM150Canon XA10
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Name GY-HM150XA10
European name ?GY-HM150XA10
US name ?GY-HM150XA10
lowest US price (2700) $1869 $
On the market since October 2011 April 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 ? MiniDV
HDV
XDCAM EX
AVCHD
Recording Medium SD Card
SDHC card
SDXC card
SD Card
SDHC card
built-in flash memory
SDXC card
video resolutions EU ?HDV 1440 x 1080/50i
MiniDV 720 x 576/50i
HDV 1440 x 1080/60i
XDCAM EX x1080/24p 1920, 25p, 30p, 50i, 60i
XDCAM EX 1280 x 720/24p, 25p, 30p, 50p, 60p
AVCHD 1440 x 1080/50i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/50i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/25p
AVCHD 1440 x 1080/25p
video resolutions US ?HDV 1440 x 1080/60i
MiniDV 720 x 576/60i
XDCAM EX x1080/24p 1920, 25p, 30p, 50i, 60i
XDCAM EX 1280 x 720/24p, 25p, 30p, 50p, 60p
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/60i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/24p
AVCHD 1440 x 1080/60i
AVCHD 1440 x 1080/24p
Max Bitrate ?35 Mbit/s24 Mbit/s
Compression format ? MPEG2
MPEG4
on-board memory ? 64 GB
Optics
Optics Manufacturer ? Fujinon
Canon
Optical Zoom ?10 x10 x
Wide Angle 16:9 ?39 mm30,4 mm
Filter diameter ?46 mm58 mm
Image Stabilization ?optical
optically and electronically
ND Filter ?Yes
Digital (auto)
Exchangable optics ?No
No
Image Sensor
Number of sensors ?31
Size of image sensor ?1/4 inch
1/3 inch
image sensor effective pixel count 16:9 ? 2070000 Pixel
Image Sensor Type ? CCD
CMOS
Controls
White Balance ?auto
manual
presets
auto
manual
presets
Focus ?auto
manual
auto
manual
Minimum shutter time ?1/10.0001/2.000
Maximum shutter time ?1/3.1251/6
Apperture control ?auto
manual
AE-Shift
auto
manual
AE-Shift
Infrared recording ?No
Yes
Expanded Focus ?No
Yes
Peaking ?Yes
Yes
Signal Processing
Zebra ?50-105%70%
100%
Histogram ?No
waveform
adjustable sharpness ?Yes
Yes
Adjustable color ?Yes
Yes
Cinegamma ?Yes
Yes
Black Strech ?Yes
No
Knee ?Yes
No
Colorbars ?Yes
Yes
Misc.
Shot Transition ?No
No
Custom Presets ?Yes
Yes
Set Time Code ?Yes
No
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
USB 2.0 OUT
Microphone / Audio input ? XLR
XLR
Mini-jack
Headphones ?Mini-jack
Mini-jack
Lanc ?No
Yes
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 JVC BN-VF823
Canon BP-808
Battery capacity 2190 mAh850 mAh
Charger ?internal
external
internal
Remote control Yes
Yes
Size
Height 179 mm144 mm
Width 138 mm77 mm
Depth 366 mm161 mm
Relative Size ?9017
Viewfinder
Viewfinder available ?Yes
Yes
Color Viewfinder ?Color
S/W
Viewfinder format ?16:916:9
Viewfinder pixels ?260000 Pixel 260000 Pixel
Display
Display available ?Yes
Yes
Color display ?Color
Color
Display size 2,7 Inch3,5 Inch
Display format ?16:916:9
Display pixels ?230000 Pixel 922000 Pixel
Touch Screen ?No
Yes
External controls
Manual Zoom ?Rocker
Zoom ring multi-assigned
Rocker
Manual Focus ?bi-functional focus or aperture wheel
Ring
bi-functional focus or aperture wheel
Manual Aperture ?Wheel
button
Wheel
bi-functional focus or aperture wheel
Focus switcher ?Yes
No
ND Filter ?Yes
No
Exp Lock ?Yes
No
Gain ?Yes
No
White balance ?Yes
No
Push AF ?No
No
Audio Levels ?Yes
Yes
Custom Keys ?
synonymous: User buttons
62
Audio

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

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Recording Medium ?SDXC card
SD Card
built-in flash memory
SDHC card
SDXC card
Medium included ?No
No
Effective pixels ?  
Resolutions ?1920 x 1080 - max
1920x1080
Standard ?JPEG Exif 2.2
JPEG Exif 2.2
Flash ?No
No
Misc.

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Specials Records both HDV and XDCamEX in a Quicktime container on SDHC card.When recording in SD DV-AVI files are written in AVI containers.2 memory card slots
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 JVCWebsite Canon
slashCAM rating
Lowlight ?SufficientVery good
Resolution ?Very goodVery good
Color performance ?GoodVery good
subj.Picture impression ?GoodVery good
Optical Zoom ?SufficientSufficient
Wide Angle ?SatisfactoryVery good
Configuration / image ?Very goodVery good
Configuration / sound ?Very goodVery good
Handling ?Very goodGood
Portability ?GoodVery good
Photo function ?PoorSufficient
Optics ?SatisfactoryGood
Dynamics ?GoodGood
Conclusion slashCAM
slashCAM rating ?Good
Very good
Total score ?
(maximal 570)
352438
Pros + professional handling
+ cheap workflow by using XDCAM EX on SDCH cards
+ flexible assignable
+ Manual control over image characteristics
+ Low-Light Properties
+ XLR
+ Manual buttons, wheel and lens ring
+ Touch focus in manual mode
Cons - wide angle with slight distortions
- poor low-light
- display and viewfinder have a very low resolution
- ND-filter function toothless
- 4:2:2 codec is not "activated"
Conclusion In addition to the professional focus and features of the camera the XDCAM EX format persuades.The trade-off consists of the no longer up-to-date low-light capabilities, the narrow wide angle and the lens distortion.Also the image stabilizer, as well as the display and viewfinder seem a little out-dated..On the plus side of course you have to add the XLR jacks and the ND filter.In the price range of the estimated 2700 Euro though, these are no unique features, unless one does needs XDCAM EX recording or is looking for CCD sensors.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.
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