One of the most difficult things about competing in the digital camera and camcorder markets is coming up with some models that really stand out from the rest. Currently, some of the most familiar brands each have cameras and camcorders that use their own technologies to maximize image quality and deliver the best HD experience possible. Many familiar features like face detection are common amongst all models these days making it slightly more difficult to choose among the models offered. The compact devices impress in both looks and specifications and are competitively priced as well. JVC is hoping to step things up with the JVC GZ-HD620 by offering features never seen in other models.
Design & Interface
The JVC GZ-HD620 looks very similar to the GZ-HD500 which was also recently added to the lineup. The compact size makes it easy to handle and the hand strap is a good addition when carrying the camcorder while it isn’t recording. Unlike other hand straps, this unique accessory can change into a grip belt by attaching the other end to the end of the camcorder when recording is needed. This is called the “2-way Grip Belt” and is quite comfortable.
The second unique design feature can be found on the LCD screen. Older budget camcorders make use of the traditional button interface, while higher-end camcorders sport full touchscreen displays. JVC goes a different path by incorporating touch elements outside of the display. Called “Laser Touch Operating”, the HD620 features a bar on the left of the display which can be used for scrolling through options, zooming in and out, and activating any icons displayed on the left of the screen. Five other touch-sensitive buttons are found on the bottom as well and perform the operation as indicated by the icon when pressed. This addition makes the interface easy to browse without adding fingerprints to the display. A remote control is also included in the package.
“I recently purchased this camcorder and just used it this past weekend to record my nephew’s graduation and open house. I couldn’t be happier. It was easy to use right out of the box and the quality of the picture is amazing. I was even able to take some snapshots from the video of the ceremony, and once I reduced the size, the quality was similar to a picture I would take with my camera. This isn’t going to replace your camera, but is far, far better than the snapshots I got with my old Sony Handycam. Some of the video was in a brightly lit gymnasium, some outside in bright sunlight, and some inside a moderately lit house, but all of the video came out great.” – L.Hopper (USA)
The JVC GZ-HD620 has the same features as the HD500, but the HD620 features a larger internal hard disk drive. The 120 GB storage capacity means that up to 50 hours of Full HD footage can be recorded. A memory card slot is also provided to add extra recording time.
The CMOS sensor is also better than the HD500 capable of taking 3.32M still images. The new Konica Minolta HD lens featured in the new models is slightly improved in this model too featuring a 30x optical zoom and 200x digital zoom. For quick image processing and color accuracy, the HD Gigabrid Premium II Engine does its job nicely.
A couple of new technologies were added to aid the HD Gigabrid Premium II in delivering the best image quality possible even doing low-light scenarios. The technology that tackles the low-light issues is called “Super Lolux“. Exclusive to the HD620 along with other higher-end models is the back-illuminated CMOS sensor which further increases clarity. Camcorder stability is also increased thanks to the “Advanced Image Stabilizer” technology which is useful for filming while walking or running without suffering from unwanted blur.
The JVC GZ-HD620 separates itself from other cameras in features by adding two unique recording modes. The first mode is the “Auto REC” mode and from its name, the camcorder automatically starts recording when there is some noticeable activity. When planning the “Auto REC” function, an area is set for monitoring. The idea is to keep the camcorder still waiting for the subject to come into the area. Recording stops five seconds after the scene reverts to normal.
The other shooting mode is used while the camera is still as well. Instead of starting the recording conditionally, the “Time Lapse REC” works by continuously recording a scene, but only captures certain frames based on a user-defined interval. These frames can be played back in the form of a short-length video featuring longer periods of change.
The HD lineup of JVC camcorders keep improving without leaving any old features behind. The JVC GZ-HD620 gets a fantastic price for its features costing roughly $650. Do not forget that the hard disk is the primary reason why the price is that amount. Those that want to record very long sessions of high quality video should like this particular camcorder.
More user reviews:
• “I needed a good quality high definition camcorder for a small business on a tight budget. This new JVC GZ-HD620 is a great little camcorder for the money. It focuses very well on far away moving objects, and the color and clarity can’t be beat even in indoor low light situations. The zoom is very smooth too. Overall I am very impressed with this camcorder and give it a big thumbs up and 5 Stars! And also a big thumbs up to Amazon.com for the easy order process and fast shipping!” – E.Koon (USA)
• “I shopped around for weeks before deciding to buy this camcorder, wish I had purchased it long before now. After charging the battery, I used the “quick start” gude and began using the camera. Outstanding quality and so easy to use. I wasn’t disappointed with anything about this camcorder. It is awesome – the quality of the HD video and sound is amazing. Save yourself some effort and get this deal. Also, the vast storage space means I don’t have to worry with having memory cards unless I choose to; it’s always ready to go with no extra “stuff’ to bother with. I just want everyone to be as pleased as I am and the sooner you start,the better.” – Moonfixer (USA)
• “The camera is very easy to use and navigate. For video quality, the shots are clear, but bounce heavily even with the antivibration on the highest setting. A tripod is a must or you’ll get a headache watching it. This is my first video camera, so I don’t know how severe this is compared to other digital video cams. It might be inherent to all digital cameras. I would buy this again.” – Matt (USA)
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