Inputs and Outputs
HD Video Recording: The JVC GZ-HM45 HD digital camcorder is
capable of recording Full HD 1920 x 1080/60p video onto SD, SDHC, and SDXC
memory cards. In addition, the unit has a 2.7" LCD monitor, and an F1.8-6.3 lens with a
40x optical zoom and Digital Image Stabilization.
SD Card Slot: The GZ-HM45 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 128 GB. A 128 GB SDXC card can hold over 10 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.
2.7" LCD Touch Screen Monitor: The GZ-HM45 is equipped with a
flip-out 2.7" Touch Panel LCD monitor. The LCD has 230,000
pixels, and can be rotated forward 180° for low shots and self-portraits, and
backward 90° for overhead recording.
Imaging Device: The camcorder has a 1/5.8" back-illuminated CMOS image
sensor with 2,510,000 total pixels. It has a recording area of 1,280,000 to
2,290,000 effective pixels for recording video.
Lens: The GZ-HM45 has a F1.8-6.3 lens with a 40x optical zoom, and a
focal length of 2.9mm to 116mm. The 35mm equivalent focal length is 40.5mm-1620mm.
Zoom: The camcorder offers three options for zooming. In addition to
the 40x optical zoom, you can select dynamic zoom of up to 70x (zoom ratio
varies according to the image stabilizer setting), or digital zoom
of up to 999x. When the digital zoom is used, the image can become grainy as
the subject is enlarged digitally.
Digital Image Stabilization: You can choose from two levels of image
stabilization. The Digital Image Stabilizer reduces camera shake during video
recording. The Advanced Image Stabilizer can deliver more effective camera shake
reduction when shooting bright scenes on the wide angle end (approximately 5x).
Video Recording Quality: The GZ-HM45 records video in the AVCHD mode,
the video format is MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 with 2-channel Dolby Digital audio. The available image quality settings include:
|Image Quality ||Resolution ||Average Bit Rate |
|UXP ||1920 x 1080 ||24 Mbps |
|XP ||1920 x 1080 ||17 Mbps |
|SP ||1920 x 1080 ||12 Mbps |
|EP ||1920 x 1080 ||4.8 Mbps |
|SSW ||720 x 480 ||6.2 Mbps |
|SEW ||720 x 480 ||3 Mbps |
Time-Lapse Photography: The GZ-HM45 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 at normal speed (30 fps). (Example: recordings taken at 2
second intervals will be played back at 60 times speed.)
Auto Recording: The Auto Record setting allows the unit to
record automatically by sensing the changes in subject's movement within a red
frame displayed on the monitor. Recording continues as long as there is movement
within the red frame, but will stop when there is no more movement for five
Shooting Modes: The GZ-HM45 lets you select the following shooting modes:
- i.Auto (Intelligent Auto): Lets you record without
worrying about the setting details. The camcorder recognizes specific
shooting scenes and changes the settings accordingly.
- Manual: You can adjust settings, such as brightness, by
using the manual mode. The manual recording menu includes:
- Scene Select: You can make recordings that suit the
- Focus: Focus manually when auto focus cannot be
- Brightness Adjust: Use when recording in dark or bright
locations, and adjust the overall brightness.
- White Balance: Adjust the overall color of the scene
according to the lighting source.
- Backlight Compensation: Correct the image when the
subject appears dark because of backlighting.
- Tele Macro: Take close-up (macro) shots of the subject.
Battery: The GZ-HM45 is powered by the supplied BN-VG107U
Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (3.6V 700mAh 2.6Wh). Optional, longer-life
batteries, such as
BN-VG138U, will also work with this camcorder. The batteries charge while
attached to the camcorder, using the supplied AC-V11U AC adapter. The
approximate recording and charging times for each battery is as follows:
|Battery Pack ||Actual Recording Time ||Charging Time |
|40 min ||1 hr 5 min |
|1 hr 15 min ||2 hrs 10 min |
|1 hr 55 min ||3 hrs 15 min |
|3 hrs 20 min ||5 hrs 45 min |
Inputs and Outputs
HDMI: The camcorder has a Mini HDMI (Type C) output for
connecting to an HDTV. If the
connected TV is compatible with HDMI-CEC (consumer electronics control), you
can operate the camcorder using the remote from the TV. No Mini-HDMI-to HDMI cable is included
with the camcorder.
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 39" USB cable is included.
AV: The 3.5mm minijack AV output lets you connect the camcorder
to a TV for playing back Standard Definition 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.
Note: Not all 4-pole mini-plugs have the same wiring
configuration. For proper playback, any AV plug used with this camcorder
must have this configuration:
- Tip: Audio Left channel (white)
- Ring 1 (next to tip): Audio Right channel (red)
- Ring 2 (next to collar): Ground
- Collar: Video (yellow)
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
Built-in Software: The camcorder comes with built-in Everio
software. 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
- Windows 7 (SP1): Home Premium (32-bit and 64-bit editions),
- Windows Vista (SP2): Home Basic, Home Premium (32-bit and 64-bit
- Windows XP (SP3): Home Edition, Professional, pre-installed
Note for Mac Users: You may use the software supplied
with your Mac computer to view and edit files from the camera. You can
import files from the camera to a computer using Apple's iMovie '08, '09, or