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JVC GZ-HM690

JVC GZ-HM690 Camcorder

3.3MP 1/4.1 235g CMOS Jan 2012
Sensor Size Optical Sensor Size Weight Sensor Type Release Date
GZ-HM690B Full HD Memory CamcorderAchieve superior low-light performance for fantastic Full HD video and stills, whatever the scene. Loaded with 64GB internal Flash memory and an SDXC card slot,... More
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28 Reasons For

Good Product Quality

One customer reckoned that the product was good quality. Techmagnifier.com said “Great image quality” although they only gave the JVC GZ-HM690 a score of 40 out of 100.

Good Support

One JVC GZ-HM690 owner mentioned in their reviews that the JVC GZ-HM690 had good technical guidance. Four years ago Techmagnifier.com wrote “Some useful manual controls”.

JVC Has Good Reviews for Its Camcorders

Average reviews across all JVC video cameras are good, however average reviews across just JVC's medium sensor size video cameras are only ok.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on medium sensor size video cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

The GZ-HM690 has one of the bigger optical zooms (40 times zoom factor) amongst medium sensor size video cameras of this age. The optical zooms of camcorders of a similar spec and age to the GZ-HM690 range from 1x to 60x, and the average optical zoom is 23x.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the GZ-HM690, the JVC GZ-HM690 has an image stabiliser.

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Full HD

Full HD

The GZ-HM690 is Full HD, as are most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the GZ-HM690.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The JVC GZ-HM690 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the GZ-HM690.

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1/4.1" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the GZ-HM690 is 1/4.1". That's 41% more optical sensor size than the most common optical sensor size of 1/5.8". The best optical sensor size of all comparable spec camcorders that have been available for more than two years is 1/3" and the worst is 1/5.8".

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The JVC GZ-HM690 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than most camcorders of this age and type. Most video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it support an SD memory card. This JVC camcorder also supports an SDHC memory card. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

This video camera's memory card type (SDXC) is actually the best supported memory card type across all video cameras of this type and age.

The worst supported memory card type across similar types of video camera is MicroSDXC.

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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Very Long Video Recording Time

Across all the medium sensor size video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the GZ-HM690 the video recording times range from 0.016h to 94h, and the average video recording time is 12h. With a video recording time of 94 hours, the GZ-HM690's video recording time is one of the longest amongst comparable spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Has a Night Mode

The GZ-HM690 has a night mode, which is unusual. Most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that have been available for a similar time to the GZ-HM690 do not have a night mode.

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Lithium Battery

This camcorder has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is typical of many video cameras of this spec and age.

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Quite Big Maximum Fash Memory Capacity

With a maximum fash memory capacity of 64 gigabytes, the GZ-HM690 has a quite big maximum fash memory capacity compared to most of the other video cameras that were released more than two years ago. Across all the camcorders that were released more than two years ago the maximum fash memory capacities range from 0.12GB to 160GB, and the average maximum fash memory capacity is 24GB.

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Quite High Battery Capacity

The battery capacities of medium sensor size video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the GZ-HM690 range from 500mAh to 5,400mAh, and the average battery capacity is 1,500mAh. The GZ-HM690 has one of the higher battery capacities (3,000 milliamperes * hour) amongst video cameras of this age.

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Has a Built-In Display

The GZ-HM690 has a built-in display, as do most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

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1080p Video Mode

This camcorder has a 1080p video mode, which is the most commonly found video mode on video cameras of a similar age and spec to it.

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H.264 Video Format

This camcorder has an AVCHD|H.264|MPEG4 video format, which is the most frequently found video format on medium sensor size video cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Has Two White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the GZ-HM690 is more than most video cameras of a similar age and type to it. This JVC video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on video cameras of a similar age and type to the GZ-HM690. The white balance mode "Manual" is also found on this video camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many camcorders that are a similar age to it.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many medium sensor size video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Has Two Cables Included

The number of included cables found on the GZ-HM690 is more than most comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. This JVC camcorder has a USB cable included, which is the most commonly found cable included found on camcorders of this age and type. The cable included "AV" is also found on this JVC video camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camcorder has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many medium sensor size video cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Has Three Capture Modes

The GZ-HM690 has a greater number of capture mode than most similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. The most commonly found capture mode is LP, but this capture mode is not found on this video camera. The capture modes EP, SP and XP are also found on this camcorder.

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JPG Image Format

This video camera has a JPG image format, which is typical of many video cameras of this spec and age.

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LCD Display

This video camera has an LCD display, which is the most commonly found display on camcorders of a similar type and age to it.

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Small

The GZ-HM690 is fairly small (only 55 millimeters) compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to the GZ-HM690. The smallest medium sensor size camcorder that has been available for a comparable time to the GZ-HM690 is 17mm high, the biggest is 240mm, and the average height is 79mm.

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Small

The average width of medium sensor size video cameras that came out more than two years ago is 69mm, and the widths range from 17mm to 270mm. At only 51 millimeters, the GZ-HM690 is fairly small compared to most of the other camcorders of this spec and age.

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5 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Poor

This camcorder received an expert rating of 40% from techmagnifier.com. This puts this JVC video camera in the bottom 3% of all the medium sensor size video cameras that came out more than two years ago when ranked by average expert review score.

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most video cameras of this age and type do not have an interchangeable lens. The GZ-HM690 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Not 3D Compatible

The GZ-HM690 is not 3D compatible, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the GZ-HM690 are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most video cameras of this age and spec do not have a built-in projector. The GZ-HM690 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

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Not Waterproof

Most video cameras of a similar age and spec to the GZ-HM690 are not waterproof. The GZ-HM690 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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4 Other reasons to consider the JVC GZ-HM690

Released Over Five Years Ago

It was over five years ago when JVC released the GZ-HM690.

Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 200 times zoom factor, the JVC GZ-HM690 has a relatively average digital zoom compared to most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Average Weight

At 235 grams, the GZ-HM690 has a fairly average weight compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to the GZ-HM690.

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Average Screen Size

At 2.7 inches, the GZ-HM690 has a relatively typical screen size compared to most of the other video cameras that are a similar age to the GZ-HM690.

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Specification

User Ratings
Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
CCD
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Interchangeable Lens
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Maximum Fash Memory Capacity
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
Smile Detection
Light Exposure
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Shutter
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
On Screen Display
On Screen Display Language
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Capture Mode
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Image Format
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
USB 2.0 Port
Component Video Out Port
S-Video Out Port
Networking
Bluetooth
Battery
Video Recording Time
Battery Type
Battery Voltage
Battery
Operational Conditions
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Included Battery
Bundled Software
Cable Included
Handheld Remote Control
Other Features
Night Mode
Auto Focus
Manual Focus
Photo Mode
Spotlight
The Windows Operating System
AV Output
Projector
Technical Details
Technical Details

Expert Reviews

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Everyone is actually aware of brand JVC and the various gadgets that it often comes around with. It is a brand that can give its competitors quite a nightmare because of its superior technological... Read more…

Superb 2D shooting capabilities
Great-looking chassis
Decent 2D 3D conversion
2 3D conversion works well
Great image quality
LCD adds bulkiness
It's not native 3D
Expensive
No external microphone input or accessory shoe
La capacidad de grabar en condiciones de baja iluminacin sigue mejorando, pero an est por detrs de otras alternativas

Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers gzhm690, gzhm690b, gzhm690bu, gzhm690bus, ultrapro gzhm690, ultrapro gzhm690b
Barcodes 00046838042027, 00602589100456, 00602589108841, 00724327502312, 00724327508512
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