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JVC Everio GZ-VX700

Slim-design HD camcorder with WiFi®

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by Woody Sherman

Shoot videos for posterity — or posting online

From birthday parties to YouTube™ antics, camcorders let you capture moments you can share with friends and family, or the world at large. Most newer camcorders save your videos to built-in digital memory or a removable memory card. Some models come with a built-in hard disk drive that gives you much more storage. For maximum portability, check out our smaller cams that fit into a pocket or purse. For high-def videos that look awesome on your HDTV, go for a slightly larger model with a better lens and image sensor.

The JVC Everio GZ-V700

The compact JVC Everio GZ-VX700 features an intuitive touchscreen interface

Smooth, slim and ready to travel

There are plenty of times when the trusty home camcorder lives in a closet or drawer, just waiting for the next family road trip or beach vacation. Rest assured that's not likely to happen with the JVC Everio GZ-VX700. With its slim, no-snag design, it's the perfect size to slip into a purse or messenger bag. And with a 3.3-megapixel, detail-enhancing sensor and impressive low-light performance, it will easily outperform the HD video capture on your camera phone of similar size.

Wi-Fi is woven into the camcorder's fabric

Because the 'VX700 can latch onto almost any Wi-Fi network, it's developed a bit of a split personality. Need to keep an eye on the baby while she sleeps? The 'VX700 will send you a video feed, direct to your smartphone. With JVC's free app for iOS® and Android™ devices, your phone or tablet can be your critical viewfinder during shoots, your camcorder's remote control, or your home security alarm.

The useful data travels both ways, as the camcorder will use GPS information from your phone to geo-tag your videos. It also has a few network tricks all on its own: it will email a 15-second video clip to up to 8 preset addresses, for instant reports from your vacation. And it can email snapshots to your PC through any Internet access point.

It's got the essentials down

When it comes to the things you should ask every day of your camcorder, the 'VX700 has you covered. There's a 10X optical zoom lens that gives you 18X in dynamic mode to get you up close even when you're out on the fringe of the action. It has an Advanced Image Stabilizer, to take the shake and shimmy out of those long zoom shots. And the JVC Everio Series Super LoLux technology, in combination with the VX700's light-gathering f/1.2 lens, ensures superior sensitivity to low light. Those dusk, night, and candlelight scenes will retain their sharpness and color saturation.

There are creative touches like a Smile Meter that measures smile levels to make sure you're rolling when the fun's pegging at maximum. Add an intuitive touchscreen interface and variable-interval time-lapse recording and you've got a camcorder that deserves to make the leap from closet to pocket, purse, or daypack. With all those skills, why would you ever leave it at home?

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    Storage and Formats:
    • records high-definition video and photos onto optional SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards
    • records 1920 x 1080 AVCHD format HD video, standard definition recording also available
    Features:
    • 1/4.1" (4.4mm) 3.3-megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor
    • Super LoLux feature, in combination with the very wide open f/1.2 lens, ensures superior sensitivity to low light
    • advanced image stabilizer for shake-free recording
    • integrated Wi-Fi®, in combination with a free app from JVC, enables the following features:
      • live monitoring from your iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch®, Android™ device, or PC
      • monitor images via access point over the Internet
      • home detection monitoring: when a subject enters a detection area the camera takes a digital still and emails you
      • video email mode: record a 15-second clip and email up to 8 preset recipients simultaneously
      • remotely control the camera's zoom and start/stop functions from a distance with your smartphone or tablet
      • transfer video to your smartphone and upload it to YouTube™ and Facebook
      • geo-tag your recorded videos using your smartphone's GPS function
    • 10X optical zoom lens; 18X dynamic zoom; 200X digital zoom
    • 3" touchscreen LCD
    • full 1920 x 1080 HD recording with 1080/60p output
    • ultra high-speed 300fps video recording for super-slow motion effects
    • continuous still mode recording for easy motion analysis
    • zooming microphone changes audio focal point to match the recorded picture
    • intelligent auto mode selects optimal settings no matter where you point the camera
    • Silent Mode mutes the operation sound and dims the LCD brightness with one button
    • face detection with Smile Shot/Smile Meter technology ensures great group scenes
    • animation effect allows you to overlay pen strokes, decorations, and stamps to your video as you shoot
    • time-lapse mode records one frame at a time at set intervals (1 sec. - 80 sec.)
    Connections and Dimensions:
    • high-speed USB interface (cable included)
    • mini HDMI output for connection to an HDTV (cable not included)
    • comes with a battery charger and rechargeable VN-BG212 lithium ion battery
    • 1-7/16"W x 2-1/4"H x 4-9/16"D
    • weight: 8.2 oz. with battery
    • warranty: 1 year parts, 90 days labor
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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    Features and Specs
    General
    LCD Screen Size (inches)
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    3.0
    Viewfinder
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    None
    Total Pixel Count
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    3,320,000
    Effective Pixel Count for Video
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    3,030,000
    High-Definition
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    Yes
    Aspect Ratio
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    16:9
    Manual Focusing
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    Yes
    Filter Diameter
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    N/A
    Optical Zoom
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    10 x
    Digital Zoom
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    20 x
    Night Imaging
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    No
    Image Stabilization
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    Optical
    Built-in Video Light
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    Yes
    Built-in Memory
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    None
    Max Recording Time w/ Included Battery
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    80 min
    Digital Still Camera Features
    Effective Pixel Count for Stills
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    2,980,000
    Built-in Photo Flash
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    No
    Still Image Aspect Ratios
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    4:3, 16:9
    Inputs and Outputs
    USB Port
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    USB 2.0 High Speed
    HDMI Output
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    Mini
    Mic Input
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    No
    Dimensions
    Weight With Battery (ounces)
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    8.32
    Width (inches)
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    1-7/16
    Height (inches)
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    2-5/16
    Depth (inches)
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    4-9/16
    Warranty
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    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
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    90 Days
    Image Sensor Warranty
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    1 Year
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    What's in the box?

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    • Flash memory camcorder
    • BN-VG212U Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (3.7V/1200mAh/4.5Wh) in plastic storage case
    • AP-V30U AC adapter with 57" DC output cord (DC output: 5.2V/1.8A)
    • 40" USB cable (Type A USB on one end and Mini B 2.0 USB on the other end)
    • 39" A/V cable with 3.5mm miniplug on one end and 3 RCA plugs (stereo audio/composite video) on the other end
    • 2 Ferrite core noise filters
    • Stylus pen
    • 5' HDMI cable (Mini-HDMI on one end and full-sized HDMI on other end)
    • JVC Everio Application CD-ROM
    • Basic User Guide
    • Warranty Card (USA)
    • Warranty Card (Canada)
    • Product Registration Card/Questionnaire
    • Software License Agreement
    • 2 Direct Monitoring Setup Guides (English and Spanish versions)

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    General Features
    Wi-Fi
    Recording Features
    Power Requirements
    Software

    General Features

    Full HD Recording: The JVC HD Everio GZ-VX700 compact digital camcorder is capable of recording Full 1920 x 1080 HD video onto SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards. In addition, the unit can output your recordings at 1080p resolution for superb picture quality on TVs that support 1080p input signals.

    SD Card Slot: The GZ-VX700 has a slot for SD memory cards. The unit is compatible with SD cards up to 2 GB, SDHC cards from 4 GB to 32 GB, and SDXC cards up to 64 GB. A 64 GB SDXC card can hold over 5-1/2 hours of Full HD video at the highest recording quality. Class 4 or higher SD cards are recommended for video recording. No SD cards are included with the camcorder.

    3" LCD Touch Screen Monitor: The GZ-VX700 is equipped with a "frameless" 3" Ecran Tactile Touch Panel LCD monitor. The monitor can be set to one of four brightness settings, or Auto, which sets the brightness to 4 when used outdoors and 3 indoors. The LCD has 230,000 pixels, and can rotate 270° for best visibility when shooting at difficult angles. The camcorder includes a stylus pen for more accuracy when using touch controls.

    Imaging Device: The camcorder has a 1/4.1" back-illuminated CMOS image sensor with 3,320,000 total pixels. It has a recording area of 920,000 to 3,030,000 effective pixels for recording video, 1,560,000 to 2,240,000 effective pixels for recording 4:3 still images, and 2,070,000 to 2,980,000 effective pixels of 16:9 still images. The back-illuminated CMOS sensor, along with the Falconbrid high-speed processor, lets you shoot clear color images in low light situations, as well as high-speed recording for super slow-motion playback.

    Lens: The GZ-VX700 has a bright F1.2-2.8 10x optical zoom lens, which enables you to record in low light environments with brilliant results. The focal length of the lens is 3.33mm to 33.3mm, with a 35mm conversion of 32.8mm to 396mm for video (594.5mm with dynamic zoom on). For still images, the focal length is 40.4mm 404mm for 4:3, and 33mm to 330mm for 16:9. The wide angle capability of the lens enables you to record landscapes or group shots in cramped quarters.

    Zoom: The camcorder offers four options for zooming. In addition to the 10x optical zoom, you can select dynamic zoom of up to 18x, or digital zoom of up to 72x or 200x. When the digital zoom is used, the images become grainy as the subject is enlarged digitally.

    Optical Image Stabilization: You can choose from two levels of image stabilization. The Optical Image Stabilizer reduces camera shake during video recording. The Advanced Image Stabilizer (AIS) is available when recording bright scenes at the wide angle end of the zoom range (5x or less).

    Connections: The GZ-VX700 has all of its connections in one convenient location on the back panel. It features the following connections:

    • HDMI: The camcorder has a Mini HDMI (Type C) output for connecting to an HDTV. A 5' HDMI-to-HDMI Mini cable is included. If the connected TV is compatible with HDMI-CEC (consumer electronics control), you can operate the camcorder using the remote from the TV.
    • USB: The Mini-B Version 2.0 connector allows you to connect the camcorder to your computer for downloading your videos and photos. It can also be used for connecting to a DVD Writer, BD Writer (External Blu-ray Drive), or USB External Hard Disk Drive. A 40" USB cable is included.
    • AV: The 3.5mm minijack AV output lets you connect the camcorder to a TV for playing back videos and still images. You can also connect to a DVD recorder or VCR. A 39" AV cable, with composite video and stereo RCA audio plugs, is included.
    • DC Power: The camcorder has an AC adapter for connecting the camcorder to standard household electrical power. The AC adapter is used to charge the battery in the camera, or to power the camcorder during long recording sessions, playback to a TV, or downloading videos to external recording devices.

    Wi-Fi

    Built-in Wi-Fi: The GZ-VX700 has built-in Wi-Fi capabilities, allowing you to monitor your videos in real time using a smartphone or computer using a wireless connection. Wireless connections can be made via an Access Point or Wi-Fi Direct (Everio Sync), using a free app for Android phones and tablets, iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Wi-Fi functions include:

    • Live Monitoring: The one-to-one wireless connection of the camcorder to your smartphone or PC allows real-time monitoring from another room.
    • Home Detection Monitoring: When a subject enters the detecting area, the camcorder will automatically take a digital still image and send it via email to your smartphone or computer through Wi-Fi.
    • Video Email: You can record a 15-second video clip and have it directly emailed to up to 8 registered smartphone or computer addresses via Wi-Fi.
    • Smartphone Linking: Using the free app for your smartphone or tablet, you can do the following:
      • Geotagging: Using Google Earth and the GPS function on your smartphone, the current location data can be embedded into the recorded video and stills. When played back using the included Everio MediaBrowser 4 software, the images synchronize with Google Earth.
      • Data Transfer: You can access the camcorder via your smartphone and download recorded video and still images. If desired, you can upload them to your favorite sites like YouTube or Facebook.
      • Remote Recording: You can use your smartphone as a remote control, and operate the camcorder from a distance, including the zoom and record start/stop functions.

    Wi-Fi Specifications:

    • Wireless LAN Standard: IEEE802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz band)
    • Using Everio Sync:
      • Supported Terminals: iPhone/iPad iOS 4.3.5 or later (presently does not work with iSO 6), and Android 2.1 or later
      • Signal Strength: minimum line speed of about 5.3 Mbps is recommended
    • Using Web Browser:
      • Operating Environment:
        • OS: Windows 7 with Internet Explorer 9 (or later) and Windows Media Player 12 (or later) installed
        • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GHz or higher
        • Memory: 2 GB or higher
      • Signal Strength: minimum line speed of about 10 Mbps for Full HD, 3 Mbps for SD, and 1.7 Mbps for Motion JPEG

    Recording Features

    Video Recording Quality: When recording video you can choose from four High Definition and two Standard Definition image quality settings. The High Definition settings all have full HD resolution (1980 x 1080), while the Standard Definition resolution is 720 x 480 (interlaced). The image quality settings include UXP (24 Mbps bit rate), XP (17 Mbps), SP (12 Mbps), EP (4.8 Mbps), SSW (6.2 Mbps) and SEW (3 Mbps).

    Still Image Sizes: In addition to recording HD and SD video, the GZ-VX700 can record still images in 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios. You can set the image sizes to 3808 x 2856 (10.9M), 1920 x 1080 (2M), 1440 x 1080 (1.5M), or 640 x 480 (0.3M). Still images can also be taken during video recording by simply pressing the Snapshot button. The size of the still image captured in video mode is 1920 x 1080.

    Continuous Shooting: When shooting still images, the camcorder will allow you to record multiple images as you press and hold the shutter release button. There are three continuous shooting speeds to choose from:

    • High Speed: Shoots up to 40 still images continuously in about 2.7 seconds.
    • Medium Speed: Shoots up to 40 still images continuously in about 5.3 seconds.
    • Low Speed: Shoots continuously until the recording media is full.

    High-Speed Video Recording: By recording videos at a high speed, the videos can be played back in smooth slow-motion. High-speed video recording can be handy for emphasizing movements, such as a golf swing or a tennis stroke. Video is recorded at 300 frames per second at a resolution of 720 x 480. Playback time is 6 times the actual recording time. The maximum recording time is 2 hours, which would take 12 hours to play back.

    Intelligent Auto: You can record video or still images without worrying about the setting details by using the Intelligent Auto Mode. Exposure and focus will be automatically adjusted to suit the shooting conditions.

    Face Recognition: The camcorder will recognize human faces, and will track the faces while they are in the frame. The Smile Shot feature keeps track of how much the detected faces are smiling (using a % display), and automatically takes a picture every time the smile % reaches a certain level. Faces can be registered in the camera and given an identifying name. In addition to Face Recognition, the camcorder will also perform Pet Shot when the face of a registered pet is recognized in the monitor.

    Picture Decorating: After a still image is captured, you can decorate it with decorations or hand-written captions. There are 8 types of decorations and 16 types of stamps that can be added to photographs. Using the supplied stylus pen, you can draw on the picture or print a name or date right on the image.

    Time-Lapse Photography: The GZ-VX700 can take a series of frames at a set interval to illustrate within a short time changes to a scene that occur slowly over a long period of time. This feature can be used to photograph the opening of a flower bud, or the passing of clouds over several hours. You can set the interval at 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 40, or 80 seconds. The longer the interval, the faster the video will be when played back. (Example: recordings taken at 2 second intervals will be played back at 60 times speed.)

    Auto Recording: The Auto Recording function lets you record video or still images automatically by sensing changes in the subject's movement within a designated area displayed on the LCD monitor. Recording continues as long as there is movement within the area, and stops after 5 seconds of no movement. This allows you to use the camcorder as a surveillance camera or to observe something.

    Power Requirements

    Battery: The GZ-VX700 is powered by the BN-VG212U Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (3.5V/1200mAh/4.5 Wh). An optional, longer-life battery, BN-VG226U, will also work with this camcorder. The approximate recording times for each battery is as follows:

    Battery Pack Typical Recording Time Continuous Recording Time
    BN-VG212U
    (supplied)
    45 minutes 1 hour 20 min
    BN-VG226U 1 hour 45 min 3 hours 10 min

    Software

    Included Software: The camcorder comes with Everio MediaBrowser 4 software on CD-ROM. The software lets you archive and organize your videos, create discs, and upload video to YouTube and other popular websites. It is compatible with the following Operating Systems:

    • Windows 7 (SP1): Home Premium (32-bit and 64-bit editions), pre-installed
    • Windows Vista (SP2): Home Basic, Home Premium (32-bit and 64-bit editions), pre-installed
    • Windows XP (SP3): Home Edition, Professional, pre-installed

    Note: For Mac users, you can import files from the camcorder using Apple's iMovie '08, '09, '11 (video) or iPhoto (still images). OS X version 10.6.5 or higher is required.

     
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    Not Ready to Compet With Sony, Canon & Panasonic

    Written By rjguy, Atlanta, GA on Saturday, December 15, 2012
     
    JVC has tried to build a pocket sized camcorder with Wi/Fi. I'm not sure if the Wi/Fi works as I never got beyond the poor image stablization and very poor low light preformance. It does have 2 levels of stablization, but it fails to dampen hand movements. Shooting in doors requires you to use the "gain up" switch to brighten the scene. The result; poor, very grainy video that lacks shapness and results in an image that is out of focus.
    Pros:
    Small & compact, Wi/Fi capability, F1.2 lens, cmos senor, touch screen operation
    Cons:
    Especially poor low light capability, poor image stablization, very complicated Wi/Fi instructions, touch screen operation is erradic
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