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JVC Everio GZ-HM340 Camcorder Review

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Conclusion

Conclusion
{{article.attachments['JVC_GZ-HM340_Vanity350.jpg']}} For an HD camcorder that lists for under $500, the JVC GZ-HM340 is a rather impressive piece of technology. The camcorder has a tiny CMOS sensor, but it performed on par with last year's GZ-HM200 from JVC—which won our award for best mid-range camcorder of the year (in 2009). In fact, the GZ-HM340 did better than the GZ-HM200 in all of our low light tests. Even though its performance surprised us, the GZ-HM340 is still a fairly low-end camcorder. It features little in the way of manual controls and it has a number of weaknesses when it comes to handling. Its performance is also nowhere near as good as more expensive HD camcorders like the Samsung HMX-H106, Canon HF20, or Panasonic HDC-HS60—not to mention all of the flagship models from the major manufacturers. If you're looking for a cheap, simple HD camcorder the JVC GZ-HM340 is a decent option. However, there are plenty of other mid-range camcorders hitting the shelves in 2010 that have better performance and more elaborate features than the GZ-HM340. If you're in the market for a mid-range model we think the best idea would be to shop around and look for a good deal on the Panasonic HDC-HS60 (or its sister models the HDC-SD60 and HDC-TM55) or wait for our reviews of the new mid-range models from Canon and Sony.
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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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