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JVC Everio GZ-HM340 Camcorder Review

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Samsung HMX-H106 Comparison

JVC GZ-HM340 versus Samsung HMX-H106
{{article.attachments['Samsung_HMX-H106_Vanity120.jpg']}} • The Samsung HMX-H106 costs a lot more than the GZ-HM340, but it has four times the internal memory (64GB) and offers much better performance. • The only significant advantage of the JVC is the fact that it is much smaller than the Samsung. • The HMX-H106 has two sister models—the HMX-H105 and the HMX-H104—that have less internal memory and are available at lower costs.
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The Samsung HMX-H106 is a lot more expensive than the JVC GZ-HM340, but for the extra cash you get far better video performance. In our testing, the HMX-H106 often rivaled the best consumer camcorders of 2009, while the GZ-HM340 consistently performed like a solid mid-range model. All you need to do is look how sharp the image from the HMX-H106 is as compared to the JVC GZ-HM340 to understand what we are talking about.

Besides performance, the Samsung HMX-H106 also has a better design than the GZ-HM340. Some people may not like the unique hand strap system on the Samsung, but we found it made the camcorder more comfortable to use and a more versatile product overall.The Samsung does use a touchscreen interface, however, so keep that in mind when you compare it with the JVC. The HMX-H106 also has 64GB of internal memory, which is a boatload more than what the GZ-HM340 comes with.

The JVC is a much smaller camcorder than the HMX-H106, which is really its only advantage over the Samsung—other than price. If video performance is a primary concern of yours we have to recommend the Samsung HMX-H106 (or its sister models the HMX-H105 and HMX-H104) over the JVC GZ-HM340.

  Comparison Specs
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  JVC GZ-HM340 Samsung HMX-H106
Price $499.95 $849.99
Primary Recording Media 16GB internal flash memory 64GB internal solid state drive
Secondary Recording Media SD/SDHC memory card SD/SDHC memory card
Image Sensor 1/5.8-inch CMOS 1/4.5-inch CMOS
Effective Pixel Count 1.09 megapixels 2.2 megapixels
Mic Input None None
LCD 2.7 inches with 123,000 pixels 2.7 inches with 230,000 pixels
Viewfinder None None
Weight 255g (9 ounces) with battery 390g (13.75 oz.) with battery
Dimensions 52 x 62 x 110mm (2.1 x 2.4 x 4.3 inches) 59 x 61 x 129mm (2.32 x 2.4 x 5.06 inches)
HD Yes Yes
Frame Rates 1080/60i 1080/60i, 720/60p, 480/60p
Compression MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (AVCHD) MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Maximum Bitrate 24Mbps Unknown
Optical Zoom 20x 10x
Stabilization Digital (with two settings) Optical

 

 

  Scores
  JVC GZ-HM340 Samsung HMX-H106
Color 10.8 9.36
Noise 10.06 8.68
Video Sharpness 10.19 10.39
Low Light Sensitivity 1.67 4.34
Low Light Color 8.28 7.75
Low Light Noise 11.66 6.44
Stabilization 3.22 1.08

 

100% Crop Comparison at 3000 Lux
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JVC GZ-HM340 100% Crop Samsung HMX-H106 100% Crop

 

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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