Price When Reviewed: 3790 . 4130
Pros: Comfortable ergonomics, excellent output quality of footage. Attention to detail includes ear-level speaker and full auto mode.
Cons: VTR/cam switch hidden by screen. Application capture issues.
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The HD100 is the first HDV camera to offer interchangable lenses. It’s smaller than it looks, but otherwise it’s just what you’d expect from JVC Pro. It’s available in two versions: the HDV/DV out-only HD100 and the HDV/DV in/out-capable HD101.
This camcorder is based around the 720p flavour of HDV. This has a smaller resolution (1,280-x-720) than the 1080i used by Sony’s HVR-Z1 (1,920-x-1080), but is progressive to the Z1’s interlaced. The practical differences between the two is an article in itself, but suffice to say we’d rather use 720p for indie filmmaking and 1080i for high detail work. In most circumstances though, there’s little between them.