JVC Everio GZ-HM400 Camcorder Review

Extra controls, 32GB of memory, and an adjustment dial that puts JVC’s Laser Touch to shame.

$999.00 MSRP


The GZ-HM400 ($999 MSRP) is the larger, more sophisticated cousin model to the JVC GZ-X900. While both camcorders have similar imaging specifications, the GZ-HM400 is packed with extra controls, 32GB of internal memory, and a splendid adjustment dial that puts JVC's Laser Touch system to shame.

Unfortunately, the GZ-HM400 suffered from the same low light difficulties that plagued the GZ-X900, although it did represent a significant improvement in that category. More...

Update: The Everio GZ-HM400 was ultimately selected as our runner-up for Best Value of 2009. To see why we selected it and read about our other 2009 awards, check out the 2009 Select Awards.

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  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. JVC GZ-X900 Comparison
  13. Panasonic HDC-TM300 Comparison
  14. Canon HF S11 Comparison
  15. Conclusion
  16. Photo Gallery
  17. Specs and Ratings