IBC Supermeet: JVC tapeless camera technology
In January of this year JVC announced the introduction of 2 new cameras: the GY-HM100 and GY-HM700. These professional cameras have been on the market for some time now - and have made serious in-roads into affordable HD acquisition. In this video piece a user of the technology gives his views on the JVC tapeless GY-HM100 and the European Product Manager from JVC shows off key features of the GY-HM700.
Review of the GY-HM100 - Likes and Gripes
The GY-HM100 was announced in January, 2009, and was then described by National Marketing Manager, Craig Yanagi of JVC, USA as "being the world's first professional hand-held camcorder that records high bandwidth 35 megabits to native QuickTime files, and is able to record that internally on affordable SDHC cards."
Now that the GY-HM100 is in our hands we've been able to put it to the test and have found it to be blend of some remarkably desirable qualities with a few idiosyncrasies that perhaps take a little of the shine off what otherwise would be a close to perfect camcorder.
There is no doubt this hand-held movie making machine is well and truly capable of producing very high quality images. Even night shots have deep blacks, little grain or artifacting, and the images look like they were produced by a much larger camera.
The controls can be a bit fiddly, though once you are at home with the technical operation there is plenty of scope for image manipulation using the manual controls for exposure, shutter, and focus. Shutter speed and exposure changes are handled at the back of the camera, which is slightly inconvenient, though workable, and a convenient global exposure adjust control lets one shoot in auto with the overall exposure being adjusted either up or down at the push of a switch.