DV mag by Adam Wilt GY-HD100The HD100 is a pleasure to use and makes excellent pictures-if you can live with its quirks. Its 30 fps maximum capture rate isn't for fast-action sports, but its true progressive images are crisp and scalable. Codec oddities mean off-tape monitoring is required for serious work. True 24p without resolution loss: great for film-outs. JVC's first ProHD HDV camcorder sports a 16 X Fujinon lens and 1/3-inch full-resolution (1280 x 720) progressive-scan CCDs. The HD100 has a compact shoulder-mount design that's surprisingly comfortable to use, fully adjustable peaking and three-color focus assist, XLR mic/line audio inputs with phantom power, and a rich set of image-manipulation controls. Every aspect of it has been tuned to the needs of camera operators; although it works as an NLE feeder, it's minimalist in playback, without single-frame or slow-mo functions. read more...

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