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Feb 28, 2010

Our New JVC GZ-HD300 HD Camcorder Specs/Sample Footage

Our old Cannon Powershot camera finally bit the dust a couple days ago. We were always happy with the picture quality, but the video quality was not great. When looking for a new camera, we looked at many options including optical zoom, megapixels, video quality, memory capacity, cost, and durability. In the end we decided that a camcorder had a lot more features that we could use than a regular digital camera including a 60gb hard drive memory capacity and the ability to take snapshots while simultaneously shooting video! After reading some reviews, it became obvious that we were still going to need a decent digital camera to shoot still pics in order to get good quality still pics in low light or less than optimal conditions(at least in order to stay in our price range). This camcorder has the ability to record up to 25 hours of HD video! This can then be burned to a dvd or even blu-ray (if you have a blu-ray burner). By the time we got that kind of memory in a regular camera we'd be spending much more. It focuses on the video quality, but the still pics are still rather good provided you have decent lighting. Another huge benefit is the 20x optical zoom, something that is hard to find on a digital camera in this price range. The video works well in low light, just not the still pics. We should still be able to find an affordable digital camera in the range of a 12MP and 3x optical zoom for crisp still shots in various lighting conditions. We won't need to worry about video quality, so one around $150 should be fine. This kind of technology is getting more affordable all the time and should be leaps and bounds better than our 7.1MP cannon with crappy video. Here's some footage(in 720p) that I took. It does have a higher quality setting, but it's hard to upload and view the bigger file. The 720p seems very good and the speed should be good for most things. We'll experiment with the 1080p etc. after we get more ability to do so. Full size mode is up to 1920 x 1080.

Pictured larger than actual size. Dimensions are 1.9" x 2.4" x 4.4"


  1. Not Bad!, I'm loving the ability to do both at the same time.

    Love the half pipe. I had one of those when I was a kid.

  2. Thanks. Yea, I think the ability to do both at the same time is one main reason we bought it, wish the quality was a bit better, but unless you blow the photos up full size you can't tell.