JVC HD Everio GZ-HM30 Digital Camcorder with 40x Optical Zoom, 2.7" LCD, CMOS, Blue - GZ-HM30AUS

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on 9/18/2011

I have this camera for couple of days. No real videotyping made yet but only testing. 1. With the standard bettery it lets 1,1h of video recording 2. AIS system doesn't help with fast moving. You should move this camera really slow to have your image sharp 3. In dark conditions you will see grain on your picture. In general it's good for simple outdoor recording.

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Product Overview


 Sony a580 When recording in HD, the GZ-HM30 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.

Intelligent AUTO

 Sony a580 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-HM30. Get the best possible shot, anytime

Detectable Scenes:

HD/SD Dual Format Recording

 Sony a580 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

    Standard Definition:

  • For users viewing Standard Definition on their TVs
  • Easy to edit without a high-spec computer
  • Extended recording times

  • Advanced Image Stabilizer

     Sony a580 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-HM30, 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

     Sony a580 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

     Sony a580 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.

    Auto REC

     Sony a580 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-HM30 like a surveillance camera or to record events unattended. We're sure you'll discover new ways to use this feature.


    Manufacturer JVC
    Mfg Part# GZ-HM30AUS
    SKU 219653017
    UPC 046838045349
    UPC 14 00046838045349
    Has an SDXC card slot
    Offers high-quality HD video ideal for Web sharing on YouTube(TM) and Facebook
    40x optical zoom
    Advanced Image Stabilizer
    Up-convert for 1920x1080p output
    Intelligent AUTO for best picture quality
    Advanced Image Stabilizer
    40x Optical Zoom
    2.7" LCD
    Konica Minolta HD Lens
    AVCHD Lite and AVCHD SD Dual Format
    Memory Card Slot for SDXC/SDHC/SD
    Easy Operation & Convenience
    Auto REC
    Time-Lapse REC Intelligent AUTO
    Face Detection
    HDMI output (mini)
    Manual Lens Cover
    AV Output
    Easy Archiving & Sharing
    Everio MediaBrowser (Windows) 3
    Tech Specs
    Body Color: Blue
    Part#: GZ-HM30AUS
    Internal Storage Media: Single SDXC Card
    Image Sensor: 1/5.8" 1.5MP CMOS
    Image Sensor: 1/5.8" 1.5MP CMOS
    Zoom Rations:
    Optical: 40x
    Dynamic: 70x
    Digial: 200x
    2D-3D Conversion Playback: none
    High Definition Recording: AVCHD Lite 1280x720
    Standard Definition Recording: Yes
    Video Recording Modes: AVCHD Lite (LS/LE), AVCHD SD (SSW/SEW/SS/SE)
    Video Recording Time (max.): 13hr (LS) / 47hr 40min (SEW/SE) [4]
    1080/60P Output: Yes (Upconverted)
    24Mbps High Bit Rate Recording: None
    HDMI® Terminal: Yes
    LCD Size and Resolution: 2.7" 230K-pixel
    Touch Panel LCD: None
    Advanced Image Stabilizer: Yes
    Time-Lapse REC: Yes
    Auto REC: YES
    Intelligent AUTO: Yes
    Smile Meter/Smile Shot: None
    Face Sub-Window: None
    Animation Effect: None
    Face Recognition: Face Detection
    Lens Cover: Yes
    DSC Function: None
    2-Way Grip Belt: Yes
    Eye-Fi Card Ready for Wi-Fi Connection**: Yes
    Bundled PC Software: Everio MediaBrowser 3
    Provided Battery: BN-VG108
    Dimensions with battery (inch (mm)): 2-1/16x2-3/16x4-11/16 (51x55x119)
    Weight with battery (lbs (g)): 0.48 (215)
    Product Attributes
    Color Blue
    Image Sensor CMOS
    LCD Size (in) 2.7
    LCD Size Range 2.5 - 2.9"
    Optical Zoom (x) 40
    Product Line Everio
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