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JVC Everio GZ-HM340 Camcorder Review

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JVC GZ-HM200 Comparison

JVC GZ-HM340 versus JVC GZ-HM200
{{article.attachments['JVC_GZ-HM200_Vanity120.jpg']}} • The GZ-HM340 and GZ-HM200 performed on a similar level, despite their different CMOS sensors. • We feel the HM200 is the better camcorder—it felt stronger, has more manual controls, and it did better in our stabilization test. • The GZ-HM340 does have some extra features, however, like Time Lapse Record and Auto Record. • The HM200 features two SD/SDHC card slots, but no internal memory.
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Even though it came out last year, the JVC GZ-HM200 is really not much different than the GZ-HM340. Despite the fact that the camcorders have different CMOS sensors, the two models performed similarly in our testing. The GZ-HM340 came out on top in low light, while the GZ-HM200 had better still image performance and stronger color accuracy in bright light. It's somewhat tough to pick a winner between these two when it comes to performance.

The GZ-HM200 does have a few more manual controls than the GZ-HM340, although it is missing features like Time Lapse Record and Auto Record that are both available on the HM340. One of the few concrete advantages of the GZ-HM340 is the fact that it contains 16GB of internal flash memory compared to none on the HM200. The GZ-HM200 does have two SD/SDHC card slots, however, and it has the same seamless recording function that is featured on the GZ-HM340.

The design of these two models is nearly identical, with the HM340 being a tad smaller and roughly 50g lighter than the HM200. If you're shopping based on price, you probably won't notice much of a difference either—the GZ-HM200 lists around $60 more than  the GZ-HM340, but you can probably find an HM200 on the cheap if you shop around.

Overall, we'd probably have to give the GZ-HM200 the advantage here. It was, after all, our pick for best mid-range camcorder last year. We simply didn't feel JVC made any significant improvements with the GZ-HM340 for it to warrant higher praise than the GZ-HM200. Is the GZ-HM340 still a good entry-level or mid-range model? Sure, but we like the GZ-HM200 a little more.

  Comparison Specs
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  JVC GZ-HM340 JVC GZ-HM200
Price $499.95 $579.95
Primary Recording Media 16GB internal flash memory SD/SDHC memory card
Secondary Recording Media SD/SDHC memory card SD/SDHC memory card (two slots)
Image Sensor 1/5.8-inch CMOS 1/4-inch
Effective Pixel Count 1.09 megapixels 2.8 megapixels
Mic Input None None
LCD 2.7 inches with 123,000 pixels 2.7 inches with 123,000 pixels
Viewfinder None None
Weight 255g (9 ounces) with battery 310g (11 ounces) with battery
Dimensions 52 x 62 x 110mm (2.1 x 2.4 x 4.3 inches) 54.5 x 65 x 112.5mm (2.15 x 2.56 x 4.4 inches)
HD Yes Yes
Frame Rates 1080/60i 1080/60i
Compression MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (AVCHD) MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (AVCHD)
Maximum Bitrate 24Mbps 24Mbps
Optical Zoom 20x 20x
Stabilization Digital (with two settings) Digital

 

  Scores
  JVC GZ-HM340 JVC GZ-HM200
Color 10.8 18.13
Noise 10.06 9.65
Video Sharpness 10.19 8.89
Low Light Sensitivity 1.67 0.31
Low Light Color 8.28 7.09
Low Light Noise 11.66 9.24
Stabilization 3.22 8.25

 

100% Crop Comparisons at 3000 Lux
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JVC GZ-HM340 100% Crop JVC GZ-HM200 100% Crop

 

Low Light Color Score Comparison
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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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