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JVC Everio GZ-HM200 Camcorder Review

Some handling issues and cheap construction, but overall, a good mid-range model.

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Introduction

As far as mid-range HD camcorders go, the JVC GZ-HM200 ($579 MSRP) is a solid product. The sister-model to the GZ-HD300, the HM200 includes dual SD/SDHC memory card slots and offers a fairly straightforward shooting experience. The camcorder has some handling issues—marred by cheap construction and a flimsy hand strap—but, overall, it's a good mid-range model from JVC.

Update: The Everio GZ-HM200 was ultimately selected as our 2009 Mid-Range Camcorder of the Year. To see why we selected it and read about our other 2009 awards, check out the 2009 CamcorderInfo.com Select Awards.

Comparable Products

Before you buy the JVC GZ-HM200, take a look at these other camcorders.

JVC GZ-HM400
$999.00 MSRP
6.7
Panasonic HDC-SD20
$379.00 MSRP
5.5
Canon Vixia HF20
$249.99 MSRP
6.2

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Design
  3. Product Tour
  4. Performance
  5. Color Performance
  6. Low Light Performance
  7. Motion Performance
  8. Sharpness Performance
  9. Sample Videos
  10. Usability
  11. Ease of Use
  12. Handling
  13. Controls
  14. Features
  15. Recording Options
  16. Hardware
  17. Other Features
  18. Panasonic HDC-SD20 Comparison
  19. Canon Vixia HF20 Comparison
  20. JVC GZ-HM400 Comparison
  21. Conclusion
  22. Photo Gallery