When recording in HD, the GZ-HM50 offers up to 40x optical zoom - the industry's highest level for camcorders. When recording in Standard Definition, the Dynamic Zoom function uses nearly all of the CMOS chip's effective pixels to achieve up to 70x magnification without any picture quality degradation.
Wherever you point the camcorder, it instantaneously analyzes faces, brightness, color and distance, to automatically select the best settings for the scene. Brightness, sharpness, chroma and gamma values, and more, are all continuously optimized by the GZ-HM50. Get the best possible shot, anytime
HD/SD Dual Format Recording
Record in AVCHD Full HD* if you want to watch the results on an HDTV or burn 1280 x 720 resolution videos to a Blu-ray disc or DVD. In addition you can record in Standard Definition to edit 720 x 480 resolution videos for longer recording times, burn to standard DVD and share with people who haven't upgraded to HDTV yet. Remember, HD for higher quality recordings or SD for broad compatibility and longer recording time -- with the GZ-HM30 the choice is yours.
Video Format Features
High quality yet light enough for Web
Format is ideal for video sharing sites
Upload in an instant with lightweight data
Enjoy fast playback response
Take advantage of the uninterrupted streaming of videos
For users viewing Standard Definition on their TVs
Easy to edit without a high-spec computer
Extended recording times
Advanced Image Stabilizer
Camera-shake compensation is another important camcorder feature. The GZ-HM30's Advanced Image Stabilizer (A.I.S.) expands the effective area at wide angle to deliver powerful compensation for camera shake. With the GZ-HM50, you can enjoy stable results even if you're trotting alongside your subject.
*Especially effective when shooting bright scenes at wide angle
AIS Off/AIS On:
2-Way Grip Belt
The newly designed belt works two ways - as a standard grip belt or a convenient wrist strap. You can choose which way to best match your shooting style or carrying preference.
Time-Lapse REC records one frame at a time at set intervals (1sec.–80sec.). So you can watch movement that's hours long in just a few seconds when played back. It's great when you want to observe an event that takes place over a long period of time or to record unique-looking scenes in a creative way.
When a subject enters the camcorder's detecting area and the luminance changes, recording starts automatically. Recording continues as long as there is movement within the area and automatically stops after 5 seconds of no movement. Use the GZ-HM50 like a surveillance camera or to record events unattended. We're sure you'll discover new ways to use this feature.