When recording in HD, the GZ-HM690 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.
Low light performance is a key factor in producing high quality video. Everio's Super LoLux ensures superior sensitivity to low light. With a Back-illuminated CMOS sensor, the GZ-HM690 captures clear images with precise colors even in low light. No worries while indoors or in dark situations.
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-HM690. 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-HM690 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
For users viewing Standard Definition on their current 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-HM690's Advanced Image Stabilizer (A.I.S.) expands the effective area at wide angle to deliver powerful compensation for camera shake. With the GZ-HM670, 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-HM690like a surveillance camera or to record events unattended. We're sure you'll discover new ways to use this feature.
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-HM690 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.