JVC HD Everio GZ-HM450 Digital Camcorder with 40x Optical Zoom, 2.7" LCD, Touchscreen, CMO, 8GB Internal Flash Memory , Black - GZ-HM450BUS

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on 2/24/2012

It's been less than a month since I've had this camcorder and I'm still learning all the bells and whistles, but it has far exceeded my expectations already. This is a fantastic, great looking camcorder and I love it's compact size. I didn't want to feel like I was weightlifting just taking videos. It's even convenient to take hiking with us. It is extremely easy to operate even for someone like me that doesn't like to read manuals unless I absolutely have to. I like that I got it, charged the battery and was good to go. The video quality is absolutely surreal. I notice that if I use it indoors it isn't quite as rich as it is outdoors unless I have the lights on bright. I'm still on a learning curve though. But outdoors the quality far exceeds all previous camcorder experiences I've had, it is really sharp. The one touch upload is a cool feature as is the dual SD card slot. I think this is the ideal camcorder, especially for someone looking for one that isn't bulky, that is easy to use, and that doesn't compromise quality at all.

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on 5/9/2012

bought this in June 2011, went to Europe in September 2011. My husband was trying to replay our gondola ride which he had recorded and put his thumb through the touch screen. We are attempting to have our Europe recordings recovered from the device. Had bought extra batteries and media cards for this model so to justify our investment we are buying another recorder just like the first one. it worked great, easy to use, small and easy to carry you just need to be careful with the pressure you use when touching the touch screen---it will break.

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Product Overview


 Sony a580 When recording in HD, the GZ-HM450 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-HM450. 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-HM450 the choice is yours.

Video Format Features


  • Quality without compromise
  • Smooth motion playback thanks to 1080/60i support
  • Optimal playback for Full HD-compatible TVs
  • Ideal for capturing important memories and events

    Standard Definition:

  • For users viewing Standard Definition on their current 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-HM440's Advanced Image Stabilizer (A.I.S.) expands the effective area at wide angle to deliver powerful compensation for camera shake. With the GZ-HM450, 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-HM450like a surveillance camera or to record events unattended. We're sure you'll discover new ways to use this feature.

    Smile Meter

     Sony a580 Just say cheese! The Smile Meter keeps an eye on how much your subjects are smiling, giving you a % display. With Smile Shot, the GZ-HM450 automatically takes a picture (in video mode) every time the smile % reaches a certain level. It's a great way to take group shots filled with smiling faces.

    Animation Effect

     Sony a580 Choose the theme, and the camcorder automatically spices up your footage with animated fun graphics and effects while you record. Add an extra touch to make your memories look extra special.

    Face Sub-Window

     Sony a580 Touch on a face on the GZ-HM450's LCD screen, and that face is automatically shown enlarged in a corner of the screen. So you can record both a group shot and a close-up of someone at the same time!


    Manufacturer JVC
    Mfg Part# GZ-HM450BUS
    SKU 219837503
    UPC 046838045417
    UPC 14 00046838045417
    Full HD memory camcorder
    8GB internal Flash memory
    SDXC card slot
    Great quality video and still images 2.7" "Frameless" Touch Panel LCD for easy operation
    40x optical zoom
    Advanced Image Stabilizer
    Intelligent AUTO for the perfect shot every time
    A range of features make shooting more fun than ever
    Advanced Image Stabilizer
    40x Optical Zoom
    2.7" "Frameless" Touch Panel LCD
    Konica Minolta HD Lens
    AVCHD & Standard Definition Dual Format
    1/5.8-inch 1.5M pixel CMOS
    8GB built-in memory and Memory Card Slot for SD/SDXC/SDHC/SD
    24Mbps High bit rate recording
    K2 Technology
    Easy Operation & Convenience
    Auto REC
    Time-Lapse REC Intelligent AUTO
    Face Sub-Window
    Smile Meter/Smile Shot
    Animation Effect
    HDMI output (mini)
    Manual Lens Cover
    AV Output
    K2 Technology for High Quality Sound
    2-Way Grip Belt
    Easy Archiving & Sharing
    Everio MediaBrowser 3(Windows)
    Easy Upload to YouTube™ / Facebook (HD Compatible)
    Tech Specs
    Body Color: Black
    Internal Storage Media: 8 GB Flash
    SDXC/SDHC/SD Card Slot: 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: Full HD 1920x1080
    Standard Definition Recording: Yes
    Video Recording Modes: AVCHD (UXP/XP/SP/EP), AVCHD SD (SSW/SEW)
    Video Recording Time (max.): 6hr 30min (UXP) / 53hr (SEW) [1]
    1080/60P Output: Yes
    24Mbps High Bit Rate Recording: Yes
    HDMI® Terminal: Yes
    LCD Size and Resolution: 2.7" 230K-pixel
    Touch Panel LCD: Yes
    Advanced Image Stabilizer: Yes
    Time-Lapse REC: Yes
    Auto REC: YES
    Intelligent AUTO: Yes
    Smile Meter/Smile Shot: Yes
    Face Sub-Window: Yes
    Animation Effect: Yes
    Face Recognition: Yes
    Lens Cover: manual
    DSC Function: None
    2-Way Grip Belt: Yes
    Eye-Fi Card Ready for Wi-Fi Connection**: Yes
    Bundled PC Software: Everio MediaBrowser 3 (Provided in camera)
    Provided Battery: BN-VG114
    Dimensions with battery (inch (mm)): 2-1/16x2-3/16x4-11/16 (51x55x119)
    Weight with battery (lbs (g)): 0.52 (235)
    Product Attributes
    Color Black
    Color Class Black
    Product Line Everio
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