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models compared on this page: JVC GZ-HM960 and Panasonic HDC-SD300

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Model

JVC GZ-HM960Panasonic HDC-SD300
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Manufacturer JVC About JVC

Panasonic Information about Panasonic

Name GZ-HM960HDC-SD300
European name ?GZ-HM960HDC-SD300EG
US name ?GZ-HM960HDC-SD300K
lowest US price (999) $950 $
On the market since April 2011 March 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 1440 x 1080/50i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/50i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/25p
AVCHD 1440 x 1080/25p
video resolutions US ?AVCHD 1920 x 1080/60i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/60i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/24p
AVCHD 1440 x 1080/60i
AVCHD 1440 x 1080/24p
Max Bitrate ?24 Mbit/s17 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 mm45 mm
Filter diameter ?- mm43 mm
Image Stabilization ?optically and electronically
optical
ND Filter ?No
No
Exchangable optics ?No
No
Image Sensor
Number of sensors ?13
Size of image sensor ?1/2, 33 inches
1/4 inch
image sensor effective pixel count 16:9 ? 2070000 Pixel
Image Sensor Type ? CMOS
CMOS
Controls
White Balance ?auto
manual
presets
auto
manual
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
Yes
Peaking ?Yes
No
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
Mini-jack
Headphones ?No
3.5 mm mini-jack
Lanc ?No
No
Time-code interface ?No
No
Genlock ?No
No
Accessory shoe ?No
Standard
HD-SDI ?No
No
Misc.
Weight (without battery) 330 g385 g
Weight (with battery) 370 g445 g
Battery type JVC BN-VG114E
Panasonic VW-VBG130-K
Battery capacity 1400 mAh1250 mAh
Charger ?internal
internal
external
Remote control Yes
Yes
Size
Height 54 mm70 mm
Width 62 mm72 mm
Depth 121 mm141 mm
Relative Size ?47
Viewfinder
Viewfinder available ?No
Yes
Color Viewfinder ?- Color
Viewfinder format ?- 16:9
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
Zoom ring multi-assigned
Manual Focus ?Menu
Ring
Menu
Manual Aperture ?Menu
Menu
Focus switcher ?No
Yes
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.
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 ? 2100000 Pixel
Resolutions ?3968 x 2976 - Max
1920x1080
Standard ?JPEG Exif 2.2
JPEG Exif 2.2
Flash ?Yes
Yes
Misc.

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Specials 2D -> 3D converter, Bluetooth, 3D display 
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 Panasonic
slashCAM rating
Lowlight ?Very goodSatisfactory
Resolution ?Very goodVery good
Color performance ?GoodVery good
subj.Picture impression ?GoodVery good
Optical Zoom ?SufficientSufficient
Wide Angle ? Excellent Poor
Configuration / image ?SatisfactoryVery good
Configuration / sound ?PoorSatisfactory
Handling ?SatisfactoryGood
Portability ?Very good Excellent
Photo function ?SatisfactorySatisfactory
Optics ?GoodGood
Dynamics ?GoodGood
Conclusion slashCAM
slashCAM rating ?Good
Good
Total score ?
(maximal 570)
378372
Pros + Lowlight
+ wide angle
+ Sharpness and colour at the upper AVCHD limit
+ Many manual controls
Cons - few manual control options
- Complicated operation
- No wideangle
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.Finally a camcorder which allows for a manual control of iris, shutter and gain (not by joystick) while indicating meaningful parameters in the display. Add to that a focus ring and useful helpers as focus zoom, zebra and histogram.Since it also offers a flawless (and even adjustable) image quality, the Panasonic SD300 can almost be recommended without any hesitation.It only leaves you wanting more external controls, a display with higher resolution and, above all, a wide angle lens.Also the low light performance is only average.
More information

Reviews and Forums
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slashCAM Review
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