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JVC Everio GZ-HM340 Camcorder Review

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Compression & Media

Compression & Media Summary
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**Compression***(6.5)*


The JVC GZ-HM340 uses the AVC/H.264 codec to compress video and the camcorder is AVCHD compliant. That means it has the same compression system used by most HD camcorders from Sony, Canon, and Panasonic. Read more about the advantages and disadvantages of AVCHD here.

The GZ-HM340 has four quality options for recording HD video, but the camcorder has no standard definition recording setting. The top quality option—UXP—records at a maximum bitrate of 24Mbps, which is the highest bitrate possible with AVCHD recording.

 

Format Resolution Bitrate Codec
UXP 1920 x 1080 24Mbps AVC/H.264 (AVCHD)
XP 1920 x 1080 17Mbps AVC/H.264 (AVCHD)
SP 1920 x 1080 12Mbps AVC/H.264 (AVCHD)
EP 1920 x 1080 5Mbps AVC/H.264 (AVCHD)

 

**Media***(7.61)*


The GZ-HM340 has two options for recording media: 16GB of internal flash memory and an SD/SDHC memory card slot. The 16GB of internal flash memory isn't a lot—there are many models out there with upwards of 64GB of internal flash memory—but it is still a good feature to have. Read more about the advantages and disadvantages of flash memory.

 

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*The camcorder can record to SD/SDHC memory cards

or its 16GB of internal flash memory.

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With the memory card slot as a backup, you can also take advantage of JVC's 'seamless recording,' which will automatically continue recording on the memory card once you've filled up the internal memory. The table below lists the approximate record times for the GZ-HM340:

 

  UXP (24Mbps) XP (17Mbps) SP (12Mbps) EP (5Mbps)
16GB internal flash memory 1 hour 20 min 2 hours 2 hours 56 min 7 hours 20 min
4GB SD/SDHC card 20 min 30 min 44 min   1 hour 50 min
8GB SDHC card 40 min 1 hour 1 hour 28 min 3 hours 40 min
16GB SDHC card 1 hour 20 min 2 hours 2 hours 56 min 7 hours 20 min
32GB SDHC card 2 hour 40 min 4 hours 5 hours 52 min 14 hours 40 min

 

**Editing***(7.5)*


The GZ-HM340 ships with a new version of Everio Media Browser HD (version 2.0.6). When you connect your camcorder to a computer with the software installed, the software should open automatically and allow you to import your clips. This is same software that is activated if you recorded your footage using the 'one-touch' upload feature. This button, located in the LCD cavity, is somewhat confusing: you can't record your video, then push the button to upload to YouTube. Instead, you have to press the button ahead of time, record the footage, then plug the HM340 into your computer. The videos you recorded in 'one-touch' mode will be automatically selected for upload to YouTube.

For an overview of the software that ships with the JVC GZ-HM340 and other JVC camcorders, see our article: 'Video Editing Software For Your Camcorder'

In addition to this provided software, the GZ-HM340 has some internal editing features. You can trim and split clips, add faders or wipes, and create playlists right on the camcorder itself.

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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