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JVC Everio GZ-HM340 Camcorder Review

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Audio & Other Features

Audio & Other Features
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**Audio Features***(1.75)*


JVC didn't load the GZ-HM340 with any state of the art audio features. In fact, the camcorder doesn't really have any audio features or controls other than its stereo built-in microphone and a wind cut option. We do like placement of the built-in mic, however, as its front-mounted position is out of the way from wandering fingers or noisy controls. If you want extensive audio controls (or an external mic jack) you're basically out of luck with the four camcorders listed in the table below. The Panasonic HDC-TM10 has the most features of the camcorders listed below, while all consumer camcorders from Canon include external microphone jacks.

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The build-in microphone records in stereo.

 

  JVC GZ-HM340 JVC GZ-HM200 Panasonic HDC-TM10 Samsung HMX-H106
External Mic No No No No
Headphone No No No No
Built-in Mic 2-channel Stereo 2-channel Stereo 2-channel Stereo 2-channel Stereo
Accessory Shoe No No No No
Audio Level Display No No Yes No
Audio Level Control No  No Yes No
Test Tone No No No No
Zoom Mic No No Yes No
Wind Cut Yes Yes Yes Yes
Other Audio Feature(s) None None None None

 

**Other Features***(2.7)*


Auto Record

New to JVC's 2010 lineup, this function is known by some as the 'Nanny Cam.' You can set up the camera in a specific location and it will automatically start recording when a new subject enters the frame. Use it for sneaky video surveillance. Or self-recording.

Seamless Recording

Known on many camcorders as 'relay record,' seamless recording allows you to automatically switch over and record to a second media type when your current media is full. On the HM340, this means that if you fill up the internal memory, the camcorder will automatically continue recording on the memory card.

Time Lapse Recording

You can take short video clips at set intervals over an extended period of time. It's not quite suited to filming the changing colors of autumn foliage, but you can capture changes over a shorter period. Available intervals include: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 40, and 80 seconds.

One Touch Upload

The GZ-HM340 carries over only one of JVC's standard 'one-touch' features from 2009: one-touch upload. The button is located in the LCD cavity and is designed to make upload to YouTube easy. Unfortunately, the process it's as easy as it should be. You have to install JVC's provided editing software before you can use this feature, and the 'one-touch' button must be activated before you start recording. Read more about this feature in our article: 'Video Editing Software For Your Camcorder'.

Quick Restart

Like most consumer camcorders, the HM340 can be powered up more quickly by simply opening the LCD panel. This allows you to turn on the camcorder and start recording in just a couple seconds.

Info

The power button inside the LCD doubles as an Info button. Press this button to see information on remaining recording time (based on the available capacity of the internal memory). There's also a tab for viewing remaining battery life.

Digital Effects

Jazz up your footage with a cheesy digital effect. Choices include sepia, black and white, classic film, and strobe.

Register Event

Allows you to classify your footage by attaching a special label. Choose from: Vacation, Holiday, Sports, Anniversary, Congratulations, Baby, Son, Daughter, Birthday, and Graduation. (Three events are available for each label.)

 

JVC GZ-HM340 Comparisons
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JVC GZ-HM200 Panasonic HDC-TM10 Samsung HMX-H106
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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Color & Noise Performance
  4. Motion & Sharpness Performance
  5. Low Light Performance
  6. Compression & Media
  7. Manual Controls
  8. Still Features
  9. Handling & Use
  10. Playback & Connectivity
  11. Audio & Other Features
  12. Samsung HMX-H106 Comparison
  13. JVC GZ-HM200 Comparison
  14. Panasonic HDC-TM10 Comparison
  15. Conclusion
  16. Photo Gallery
  17. Specs and Ratings
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