JVC Everio GZ-HD620
One of the hottest trends in the digital camera world is the introduction of lenses that are capable of taking photos in low light conditions. In this category is Canon's S90 and Panasonic's LX3 models, which feature f2.0 lens for shooting in low light.
Now JVC, the pioneer of the compact camcorder with its Everio series, has a new model that comes with a f1.8 lens for shooting video in dim conditions. Like the majority of new camcorders, the Everio GZ-HD620 offers high-definition video recording with a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels from its 3.32-megapixel sensor.
In addition to the f1.8 aperture for the lens, the GZ-HD620 also features JVC's Super LoLux technology, which features a back-illuminated CMOS sensor that allows more light to be registered, producing clearer and more precise colours in low light conditions.
Another neat trick is time-lapse recording. You can select to record 1 frame of video every 1 to 80 seconds. You can record hours of footage - for example, the movement of the sun - which will play back in a fraction of the time.
The camcorder features a 30x optical zoom lens with a 200x digital zoom, two-channel Dolby Digital audio, a 120GB internal hard disk drive, and a 2.7-inch LCD display. It also supports microSD or SDHC cards with both USB and HDMI out-slots.
The JVC Everio GZ-HD620 is available for HK$6,280.
Pros: large aperture f1.8 lens, Super LoLux for low light recording, time-lapse recording, HD support
Cons: no jack for external microphone