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JVC Everio GZHD3 3CCD 60GB Hard Disk Drive High Definition Camcorder with 10x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

by JVC

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  • Capture and share home movies in full HD
  • Built-in 60 GB hard disk drive; SD/SDHC memory card slot
  • Three 1/5-inch CCDs with 1440 x 1080 (square) pixels
  • Fujinon 10x optical zoom lens
  • Optical image stabilization; Focal Assist function
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: JVC
  • Model: GZ-HD3
  • Media Type: Hard disk drive
  • Lens Type: Zoom lens
  • Optical zoom: 10 x
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 5.7 x 3.2 inches ; 1.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item can only be shipped to the 48 contiguous states. We regret it cannot be shipped to APO/FPO, Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico.
  • ASIN: B000TRBD3M
  • Item model number: GZ-HD3
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,765 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 1, 2001

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Manufacturer Description HD plus HDD plus 3CCD -- the advantages add up. The HD Everio GZ-HD3 offers HD (High-Definition) recording with 1440 x 1080i resolution. These HD pictures are extremely fine and detailed, containing 4.5 times the visual information of conventional SD (Standard Definition) pictures. With a 60GB built-in hard disk drive you can record up to seven hours of HD video (in SP mode), plus you get two additional recording modes to select according to your requirements.

JVC GZ-HD3 Highlights

Three 1/5-inch progressive-scan CCDs with Pixel Shift technology For bright, realistic colors the HD Everio uses three 1/5-inch CCDs -- one each for red, green and blue. Naturally, by having dedicated CCDs for each primary color, the camera is able to gather the maximum visual information which leads to more realistic color reproduction and presence. Using Pixel Shift Technology, the Red and Blue pixel locations are shifted relative to Green, allowing the sampled color information to be quadrupled through interpolation.

JVC GZHD3 HD camcorder features and highlights
Konica Minolta HD lens The HD lens of the GZ-HD3 was developed by camera specialist, Konica Minolta, to ensure that the lens performance was optimized for use with our 3CCD image sensor and MPEG-2 recording technology. The result is an extremely detailed picture with clear contrast and strong presence throughout the image -- the type of stable and consistent performance that becomes essential when recording images at HD specifications. The lens structure also contributes to the miniaturization of the camera.

HD Gigabrid Engine for optimum HD images Developed specifically for HD Everio, this image processing engine processes the CCD images as a progressive scan signal. This provides the maximum image information to work with, regardless of the actual recording mode that is used. Also integrated into the chip are five digital noise reduction technologies that collaborate to improve vertical resolution by about 30 percent from previous JVC Standard Definition camcorders. It's at the heart of JVC's HD recording system.

Built-in 60GB HDD for 7 hours of HD recording In addition to an SP mode that allows up to about seven hours of HD recording, the GZ-HD3 is also equipped with an XP mode that records at a higher bit rate for those extra special scenes. There’s also a 1440CBR mode, which is convenient for those who wish to edit using HDV-compatible software.

Hybrid design with SD/SDHC memory card In addition to a built-in 60GB hard disk drive, the GZ-HD3 also has a slot for SD/SDHC memory card so you can store videos (SP mode only) and stills on this commonly available memory card.

Compact body, simple controls To make it easy to take the GZ-HD3 anywhere, the palm-sized camcorder features a lightweight, compact body 27 percent smaller than the GZ-HD7, and weighing a mere 1.5 lbs. It also offers point-and-shoot simplicity so no crucial scenes are missed, plus manual controls for more ambitious users.

JVC GZHD3 HD camcorder features and highlights
Focus Assist identifies out-of-focus areas of the image
Variety of shooting assist functions

  • Focus Assist function Focus Assist outlines in-focus image contours in color so you can easily tell which parts of the image are in or out of focus.
  • Zebra function Displays a striped pattern across highlight areas on the image, making it easier to manually set the exposure.
  • Auto illumination light Built-in Video Light automatically illuminates the scene if you are recording video in a dim environment.
  • Program AE A full array of effects is available so you can choose the right exposure or shutter speed automatically according to the scene you're shooting. Easily accessible via visual menu dial.

Accessory shoe and mic input Mount an optional microphone on the accessory shoe for clear, high-quality audio recording. A convenient Mic Input terminal with plug-in power supplies power to the mounted microphone.

Multiple interfaces for expanded connection HD Everio accommodates a wide variety of usage environments with its full array of digital and analog interfaces. In addition to new HDTV displays, HD Everio footage can be viewed on conventional analog TVs as well, thanks to its down-conversion function. And with USB and i.LINK connectors, it's ready to transfer recordings to a personal computer for full-fledged editing.

Windows/Mac applications provided for advanced editing For those who wish to edit and archive using their PCs, HD Everio comes supplied with full-fledged software. Blu-ray disc compatible applications let you store original HD content with full impact. And with plug-ins supplied for Mac software, Macintosh users will be able to create HD files using their own editing applications.

JVC GZHD3 HD camcorder features and highlights
The GZHD3 delivers plenty of workflow options

Additional Features

  • 2.8-inch 16:9 widescreen Clear Bright LCD monitor for viewing a bright, high-contrast image while shooting
  • Quick Power Off to prevent battery drain if the camera is left on by mistake
  • The built-in lens cover protects the lens
  • Data Batteries allow the user to check remaining recording time, displaying battery level and maximum remaining recording time
  • Direct Backup button on the camcorder automatically launches the appropriate application to back-up only recordings that haven’t yet been backed up to a computer
  • New Dimple Pattern Grip design for solid and comfortable shooting
  • Index button to display remaining disk space and recording time
  • Remote control

    Optional Features

    PC-less solution with Share Station With JVC's optional Share Station DVD Burner (CU-VD40), a totally PC-less solution for the archiving and playback of HD content becomes possible. With it, you can store HD Everio's footage directly on a DVD without using a PC. HD footage is stored as data so you can use normal DVD-R/RW disc for burning. You can save everything, or the clips you want in the order you like, and other ways. Playback of archived data is simple, too. Just connect the CU-VD40 to your TV, no PC or HD Everio required.

    HD archiving: Just connect to the CU-VD40 via USB2.0 and you can archive your HD video files on DVD discs without using a PC. Thanks to HD Everio's USB host function, simply follow the instructions on HD Everio's LCD and you're done. Since DVD-R DL disc is supported, you can store up to 55min. of HD video (SP mode) on a single disc (8.5GB).

    HD playback: Playback is possible directly from the CU-VD40 to a connected TV/Display. Simply load a created HD data disc and you can enjoy powerful HD video on HDTV. No need to connect the camcorder. Analog component or down-converted SD video output also available.

Product Description

The art and practicality of the HD video camcorder has reached a convenient size for simple everyday use with the JVC Everio GZ-HD3. With recording capability of up to 1440x1080 resolution, your vids can fill the high performance screen of your new widescreen HDTV for a new era of viewing pleasure. The lens of the GZ-HD3 was developed by KonicaMinolta and delivers an extremely detailed picture with clear contrast and strong presence throughout the image ? the type of stable and consistent performance that becomes essential when recording images at HD specifications. For bright, realistic colors the it uses three 1/5-inch CCDs - one each for red, green and blue - for natural, vivid images. It's designed for friendly use. Focus Assist outlines in-focus image contours in color so you can easily tell which parts of the image are in or out of focus. A full array of effects is available so you can choose the right exposure or shutter speed automatically according to the scene you're shooting. Easily accessible via visual menu dial. Go creative with the Zebra Function that sisplays a striped pattern across highlight areas on the image, making it easier to manually set the exposure. Moving to HD MPEG2 video recording offers pro quality. With JVC GZ-HD3 in your hand, it's simple to be a pro for all you and your family's video camcorder needs - ready for viewing on your widescreen HDTV. Video Record Modes - FHD (1920x1080i, 26.6Mbps) / SP (1440x1080i, 19Mbps) / 1440CBR (1440x1080i, 27Mbps [CBR]) XP (1440x1080i, Max. 30Mbps, Ave. 26.6Mbps) Connections - USB 2.0/1.1, HDMI Out, iLINK Out, Component Video Out, S-Video Out, AV Out, SD/SDHC Memory Card Slot, DC In Still Image Res [4 - 3] 1440x1080 / 1024x768 / 640x480; [16 - 9] 1920x1080 Unit Dimensions - 3-1/4 x 3 x 6-1/8 (82mm x 75mm x 154mm) / About 20 ounces Includes battery and charger / Video and still transfer software Easily transfer video

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Takes good still pics and video.
Matthew Johnston
Quality, even at 10x zoom is great, and there is some noise in low-light conditions, but filming without proper lighting is asking a little much.
David Luhr
Then it just sort of reverts back to its dismal low-light capability around the edges.
wildcatgoal

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By wildcatgoal on December 2, 2007
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EASY TO USE:
If you spend 10-minutes fooling around with the menu and all the buttons, you get the hang of it really quick. I will probably never use the advanced manual functions, but from the look of it manual function menus they seem easy to operate. I would, for this price, expect that there'd be a manual focus ring rather than a screen-based tool for manual focus. The buttons that you use the most like the zoom control, record button, and snapshot button, are in the right places. The camera overall is heavier than a SD camera but not bad at all. It feels sturdy and the battery doesn't add noticable heft to the device. Connecting to the TV with an HDMI cable is easy because it uses a real, full-size HDMI port and automatically activates it when you plug it in. This might be common to all camcorders, but you can use an HDMI hi-def TV as a huge viewfinder if you want... which potentially could be useful.

IMAGE CLARITY:
This is an HD camera, so naturally I expect the image quality to be very, very good. It is crisp but I feel as if it is a little bit grainy, especially in low light. I was not impressed by it at all and I'm highly considering returning it. The 3CCD system is supposed to reproduce the best colors but I felt as if reds and blues were muted - of course I'm no color theory-trained person. The first few times I used this were during a snow storm to record the beating we were getting here in Minneapolis and at an ice-skating rink. Not the two biggest color-rich environments but still I saw colors and details that the camera screen didn't see and to me, for an HD 3CCD camera, I feel it should have.

ZOOM & FOCUS:
The optical zoom operates at the right speed I'd say.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Techno-buddy on June 6, 2008
I love this camera!! It's very simple to use and has many features to support most video/photo adjustments the average person would want to make to take a great shot. My wife likes it and she's not particularly tech-savvy. I'm a software developer so I tend to do well with technology.

I was drawn to the camera because of the HDD digital storage and it seemed to be high quality when compared with others that I experimented with in it's class without being bulky, or having an awkward or complicated user interface. Once I discovered this unit at my favorite technology retail store, I did a lot of research on the device - its features and usability, and tried to find it's weaknesses from any professional review I could locate. I did all my searching on the Internet. What I found was that nearly all the reviews were raving when compared with others (it was a leader in major publishers). The weakness that was pointed out by only a few reviews was that it seems to have an ever so slight difficulty managing orange toned colors. Particularly in bad lighting. This was an acceptable downside to me considering how well it outperformed many other areas in autofocus, zoom, anti-wobble (stabilization for shaky hands), shutter speed, backlighting, flash (with anti-red-eye), color accuracy (despite the orange issue), viewfinder, user interface, digital storage speed, and quality of resulting video. The photography aspect doesn't come lacking either. However, the orange issue applies also to stills. BTW, (reviewer note) this is more apparent to me since the interior of my house is painted with earth tones. The camera doesn't have any trouble at all in natural (outdoor) lighting.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By W. Johnson on May 24, 2008
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Bought the camera 1 month ago from Amazon. Easy to use and download software (I'm not a techi). I needed to spend some time to get used to the editing software with the camera, but now I can use most basic functions. Microphone can pick up any adjustments you make to the camera while filming, so just try to use adjustments sparingly. Excellent HD camera for the price. Happy with the purchase and will probably upgrade camera with microphone to help pick up speeches etc...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Lopez on May 20, 2010
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I bought this Video Camera a month before just for a Trip to Peru Last Year..While I was on the plane arriving to the city of Cuzco from Lima I was filming the magnificent view that I had from my window when suddenly it just cut off. then I turned back on...then it gave a message Error Message..
I panicked first! I didn't really paid any attention to the message...I just turn it off completely.. When I arrived to the Hotel I turned it back on...and then I found out the message said..
Hard Drive Error...and I had already like an hour of filming around City of Lima and La Punta...I did everything I could to try to get it back to normal operation..nothing seems to work..
I told my wife..the only choice that I had it's to format the Hard Drive...maybe it will work....I was dead wrong...it didn't work..the Hard Drive Error..not Hard Drive no memory to record..
then I went to ruins (Machu Picchu) I just took pictures I was so disappointed, upset with JVC Camera Performance...Cuzco it's about 11,800 ft high..at the third day of my trip to Machu Picchu, I went back to Lima, Peru. I turned it back on. And It just worked Perfectly, ever since...I Can't Recommend this camera if you're a planning a trip If Altitude is involve...picture quality in daylight is great, AT NIGHT it's very disappointing..
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