REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
JVCGY-HMQ10 4K Compact Handheld Camcorder
 
3.4

(based on 5 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

60%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

No Pros

Cons

  • Poor in low light (3)

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (5)

Reviewed by 5 customers

Sort by

Displaying reviews 1-5

Back to top

 
2.0

Lacking in some essential quality and features

By Ebinrock

from Austin, Texas

About Me Pro Videographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

    Cons

    • Poor In Low Light

    Best Uses

      Comments about JVC GY-HMQ10 4K Compact Handheld Camcorder:

      I borrowed this model camera from a friend, and these are the issues I found with it (some pretty serious):

      1. Everything looks fine when in full auto mode. However, when I go to full manual mode and open the iris (aperture) all the way (to f/2.8), keep the shutter on the default 1/60 setting (in HD 1080 60i or 60p format), and have the gain to 0 dB, even though I don't have any pro video light fixtures lighting the room (just my overhead ceiling fan lights and some light coming through the closed blinds), I should still get a passable exposure. Everything was really underexposed, and it gave me a warning that I couldn't even white balance because of inadequate exposure. I didn't see any filter attached to the lens, and all the gamma settings were set to standard and default. Is there something I'm missing?

      2. When I took the camera outside, I did get a decent exposure with manual control, but the aperture only stops down to f/5.6. Is there no way to stop down to f/8, f/16, or f/22 if I want greater depth of field?

      3. I also didn't see an ND filter wheel. Is there another way to choose ND filters (via the menu)? I didn't see anything in the menu. Might have to screw on some ND's - although seeing how the camera hardly gets any exposure indoors even at f/2.8, it doesn't look like ND's are necessary, even outdoors. Does this camera not have good light sensitivity? I couldn't find it on the spec page.

      4. Between the physical switches and the menu settings, it doesn't look like there's any way to monitor, in headphones, either Ch. 1 or Ch. 2 by themselves. It's either a mono mix of both, or stereo (Ch. 1 in left ear, Ch. 2 in right ear, but both channels engaged without a choice of either/or). Is this true?

      5. It looks like if you want to shoot in 24p, you *have to* shoot in the 4K mode. There isn't a choice for shooting 24p in HD (or 30p for that matter). Just 60p for any kind of progressive shooting in HD. Am I correct?

      6. By JVC's own admission, there's not even a true 4K sensor in the camera. It makes a 4K image basically by stitching the HD sensors together. Just look around the corner, at NAB 2015 several new affordable (true) 4K options are coming out, around the same price range - with better lens control and none of the first 5 issues I mentioned. Probably with built-in waveform monitor, histogram, and other features to boot.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      Share this review

      (13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      4K60P in a handheld camcorder

      By XepherZenith

      from Taiwan

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Great Picture Quality
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

      • Poor In Low Light

      Best Uses

      • Documentaries
      • HD Shooting
      • Home Movies
      • Movies/Short Films
      • Travel

      Comments about JVC GY-HMQ10 4K Compact Handheld Camcorder:

      The good:
      +The cheapest 4K camcorder one can get compare to other 4K cam.

      +4K60P with 144Mbps, absolutely amazing details!!

      The bad:
      -Low light senstivity, indoor video is not good (grainy) when there is not enough light.

      -About 1GB per minute when shoots in 4K60P mode,
      needs lots of storage to put those huge files.

      -Battery only lasts for one hour and half when shoot in 4K.

      -Requires powerful PC to do editing, but if you are buying this camcorder, chances are you already have one, right? :)

      The opinion:
      There are some compromises about this camcorder compare
      to other 4K cam, but I am still very happy that I bougut it.
      Clips can be easily combined in many NLE programs under
      Windows system.

      p.s. To whoever bought this cam and use windows NLE programs, make sure
      turn the "Edge blending" to 0 Pixels on the cam else the clips will overlap.
      Overlap effect is not visible on LCD on the cam.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      Share this review

      (12 of 58 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Image quality not as expected

      By Dream maker

      from Irving, TX

      About Me Video Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Poor Image Quality
        • Poor In Low Light

        Best Uses

          Comments about JVC GY-HMQ10 4K Compact Handheld Camcorder:

          4K = 4x video quality? wrong - 4K video looks worse than a 1080p video taken with a 2 year old panasonic tm700. Washed out color, lack of details and fuzzy edge are characteristic of this camera. With a big sensor, one may expect better low light performance. Guess again, low light performance is much worse than a 10 year old Sony DV camera. Technology not ready for prime time yet. May be in a few years.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Share this review

          (4 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great

          By Rion Baker

          from Australia

          About Me Film Student

          Pros

          • Almost cinema quality
          • Amazing focal lenght
          • Amazing image
          • And cinema size
          • Awsome price
          • Compact Design
          • Great audio
          • Highly Compatible
          • Lightweight
          • Professional Quality

          Cons

          • The adjustment knob

          Best Uses

          • Everthing
          • Independent Films

          Comments about JVC GY-HMQ10 4K Compact Handheld Camcorder:

          The camera is a great new tool I will soon have. After playing around with this for a week after a friend lent it to me and once I recieve it I will be filming a B movie sitcom with this bad boy and it's performance in low light and the sharpness of the images are amazing and thats without evenin viewing my footage on a 4k TV. This camera is for definately for the pro's as the automatic settings are really terrible.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Share this review

          (23 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great next generation camcorder

          By David White

          from San Diego, CA

          About Me Hobbyist

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Easy To Use
          • Improves Performance
          • Professional Quality
          • Very sharp video

          Cons

          • Weak viewfinder display

          Best Uses

          • Edit intensive projects
          • Future proof recording
          • Scenic Panoramas

          Comments about JVC GY-HMQ10 4K Compact Handheld Camcorder:

          This camcorder is in the prosumer form factor and has some features important to both consumers and professionals. I am a private videographer who makes video for personal use so this review will be from that perspective.

          The GY-HMQ10's size is somewhere between a modern consumer and modern pro camera. If one wants to use its internal stereo mic, the mic boom/handle attachment can be removed making it even smaller. That could make it harder to carry, though, because it doesn't come with a shoulder strap nor any way to attach one. It is somewhat heavy and is solidly constructed.

          Instead of using one very fast and expensive memory chip, it uses four SDHC or SDXC memory cards at once. It records a total of 64GB/hour at a per pixel rate that is 28% higher than AVCHD. Its native 3840x2160 (24p, 50p, or 60p) video looks great with good color, dynamic range, and sharpness. I didn't see any compression artifacts. I plan on using my 'Q10 to record scenic landscapes.

          It's not as great a camera for indoor use as it needs an extra f-stop of light. This isn't a camera to record birthday parties or indoor weddings.

          Being a prosumer camera, it has dedicated controls for manual overrides and a viewfinder. The viewfinder's image, however, is a bit weak in both contrast and saturation. The camera's touch screen LCD, however, is quite sharp and looks better. It's menus include several pro options including gamma and color matrix choices.

          Connecting the camera to a 4K monitor, when they are available, is a bit complicated requiring four standard HDMI cables. If one cable is connected to a standard HDTV that set will display very sharp HD video down converted in the camera.

          4K video is useful for editing since it's better to capture in a higher resolution than final rendering. Manufacturers also plan on making 4K standard for the larger consumer TVs. At the moment (Apr 2012) there is utility to join the four cards' MPEG4 files into a single 4K MPEG4 file. JVC does supply a Macintosh utility that can convert the four files into a Final Cut ProRes editing file.

          This (semi) affordable 4K camcorder was released years early (even my computer can't display 3840x2160 video), but I'm glad JVC released it this year. I can get a head start on capturing my vacations in the next generation video format.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
          • Similar:
          • Panasonic Z10000

          Share this review