At first look, the JVC HD100 looks like any other

high definition camera with a lot of switches, dials,

and places to plug in peripherals. In operation, it

functions like an old regular video camera. You

don’t really need to do anything special to make a

high definition recording, just press a button –

although there are differences.

One of the things that makes this camera so nice and

unique is the amount of control you have over pretty

much everything you record. JVC really outdone

themselves here, as you can record all of your settings

on a SD memory card and save them to move on to

another JCV camera, which will save you a lot of time.

Another amazing feature enables the video camera to

automatically record to a hard disk while at the same

time recording to a tape. Recording directly to a

hard drive will save you a lot of time in the editing

process, as you can immediately begin using your

video without having to capture tape to your computer,

which can only be done in real time.

Surprisingly enough, the camera is very easy to use

either mounted on a tripod or on your shoulder. The

shoulder pad is a nice addition, being thickly padded.

To make things even better, the camera is very light.

When it comes to the quality, the GY-HD100 needs to

be seen to be believed. HD video is intended to look

like real life. There is an extended gray scale, a

heightened sense of color – and the resulting detail

is simply incredible.

HD at this incredible level has 720 X 1028 lines of

progressive video, which means that the video is shot

in one entire frame at a time. Also, it can be

recorded at 24 or even 30 frames per second.

The 24 fps resembles film and if you plan to convert

to film, it’s a great way to shoot – as you can

quickly and easily go directly to film. The 30 fps

has more data per second, although it is not

appropriate for making a film project.

If you want to experience HD without spending over

70,000$, then the JCV GY-HD100 is more than worth

your time and money. Even though it doesn’t record

uncompressed HD video, it does record a picture

that is far superior to the standard picture you get

with an average everyday camera. HD is rapidly

becoming the future, and with the GY-HD100 – its here

and now.

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