Know what's better than sharing the holiday spirit? Capturing every moment with the JVC Everio GZ-HD300 Camcorder with its 60 gig hard drive for 25 hours of full HD footage, laser touch LCD, one touch upload and more. Kevin Pereira and Alison Haislip find out if this camcorder is worth the $425 price tag.
What You Need To Know
The Everio is a very compact camcorder, and it's one of the smallest we've reviewed.
It measures about 2" thick and 4" wide.
With a 2.7" LCD screen, this camcorder easily fits in the palm of your hand.
The design was nicely functional for its small size.
The button layout was very simple without any clutter or confusion.
The menu buttons are touch sensitive and are located below the LCD, so there's no touch screen.
The menu navigation was easy with the new laser touch operation bar next to the screen.
The motion is similar to screen swiping on a touch screen.
Overall, the design was practical and simple to use.
The features for one touch YouTube uploads, face detection and large hard drive storage held up well.
The 60 gig hard drive can record up to 6 hours of footage at the highest quality video setting and 27 hours on the lowest.
The face detection feature tracks subjects really well, so they stay in focus as they move around.
The one touch exports to YouTube or DVD is nothing we haven't seen before.
Video quality wise, this camera wasn't the best we've seen.
In low light situations, we got a lot of artifacts and noise.
It also had a hard time with the slow auto focus.
The video came out better in daylight, but it's still not the best.
Colors were bright but the details weren't the sharpest.
Overall, we weren't very impressed, despite the mind boggling storage capacity.