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High-definition camcorder with 40X zoom lens

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Our take on the JVC Everio GZ-HM45BUS

Finally home from the big summer family gathering, you've got some time to take a look at the smartphone video you brought back, and it's left you a bit flat. Just who is that getting pushed into the lake? If you'd had this compact yet powerful JVC GZHM45BUS camcorder along, with its 40X Konica Minolta zoom lens and ultra-clear 60p HD recording capability, the resulting zoomed-in shot would have left no doubt. Designed to do one job and do it well, this JVC camcorder will bring home crisp, clear HD recordings you can enjoy right away, simply by connecting to an HDTV from its built-in HDMI port.

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Finally home from the big summer family gathering, you've got some time to take a look at the smartphone video you brought back, and it's left you a bit flat. Just who is that getting pushed into the lake? If you'd had this compact yet powerful JVC GZHM45BUS camcorder along, with its 40X Konica Minolta zoom lens and ultra-clear 60p HD recording capability, the resulting zoomed-in shot would have left no doubt. Designed to do one job and do it well, this JVC camcorder will bring home crisp, clear HD recordings you can enjoy right away, simply by connecting to an HDTV from its built-in HDMI port.

It records in both high-quality AVCHD and standard-definition formats, and gets outstanding results even in low light because of its bright, wide f/1.8 maximum aperture. And JVC's advanced image stabilization, in concert with the stability-enhancing form factor of a traditional camcorder, will make the video you bring home easy to watch, as it will be free of the shakes and shimmies you might gather with a smartphone. Plus, you'll enjoy interesting creative options like time-lapse video, a dramatic technique for setting the scene of the events you document.

    Storage and Formats:
    • records high-definition video and photos to optional SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards
    • records 1920 x 1080 AVCHD format HD video, standard definition recording also available
    • 1/5.8" (3.1mm) 2.5-megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor
    • advanced image stabilizer for shake-free recording
    • 40X Konica Minolta optical zoom lens with bright f/1.8 maximum aperture
    • 2.7" 230k-pixel LCD screen
    • full 1920 x 1080 HD recording with 1080/60p output
    • zooming microphone changes audio focal point to match the recorded picture
    • intelligent auto mode selects optimal settings no matter where you point the camera
    • face detection with Smile Shot/Smile Meter technology ensures great group scenes
    • 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 BN-VG107 lithium ion battery
    • comes with Pixela Everio MediaBrowser 4 software embedded in camera read-only memory
    • 1-15/16"W x 2-3/16"H x 4-11/16"D
    • weight: 6.4 oz. without battery
    • warranty: 1 year parts, 90 days labor
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

    What's in the Box:

    • Digital camcorder (black)
    • BN-VG107U Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (3.6V 700mAh 2.6Wh)
    • AC-V11U AC adapter with 57" DC output cord (DC output: 5.2V/1.0A)
    • 40" USB cable (Type A USB on one end and Mini B 2.0 USB on the other end)
    • 37" A/V cable with 3.5mm miniplug on one end and 3 RCA plugs (stereo audio/composite video) on the other end
    • Basic User Guide (En/Sp/Fr)
    • Warranty Card (USA)
    • Warranty Card (Canada)
    • Software License Agreement
    • Accessory Guide

    JVC Everio GZ-HM45BUS Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (4 Reviews)

    Very Nice Camcorder for the Price!

    mikechie from Orlando, FL on 10/5/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this as a supplement to my SLR and what a nice addition! Small, lightweight, takes very good video and very good audio.

    Pros: Simple to use....

    Cons: Must purchase an extra battery!

    Stay away if you want to edit your video

    Anonymous from Oklahoma City, OK on 4/1/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The camcorder comes with a suite to access the video (which is stored as an mpeg stream, rather than an actual mpeg video). Once you realize you have no way to access what you just filmed, you use the software, which attempts to backup your video, or decode it. Either way, you'll have error messages, or a need to update, which unlocks new "features" i.e. bugs. If you're serious about shooting video, just stay far far away.

    Pros: Cheap

    Cons: Locks away your video

    Great value

    JasonL from Yarmouth, ME on 2/2/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great value price. We were looking for a (now-defunct) Flip or something comparable - small, handy affordable. For a modest bump in price this is only slightly larger but just as handy for birthday parties, etc, and far more functional with better quality video.

    Pros: Small, affordable, good picture

    Cons: Wish the navigation was touch screen

    great camera for the price

    Kip G from Southwest Missouri on 12/31/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is just a basic camera, and for the family video and the average user, you can't beat the price. I was concerned if the software was going to work with Microsoft 8.1. Took the chance, bought it, and it works just fine. Just a note, if you are going to film in the highest of 4 quality settings, which is HD, you will have to get an independent software that will burn HD dvd's. Just got this camera so I have alot more to play with and experiment with, but for my home and basic video needs, a great camera for the money.

    Pros: Easy to use and to download to computer. Software is built in. Great quality videos for a basic home user. Glad I bought it.

    Cons: None


    Hands-on research

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    General Features
    Recording Features
    Power Requirements
    Inputs and Outputs

    General Features

    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 (AVCHD) 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).

    Recording Features

    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 seconds.

    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 shooting conditions.
      • Focus: Focus manually when auto focus cannot be achieved.
      • 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.

    Power Requirements

    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-VG114U, BN-VG121U and 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
    700 mAh
    40 min 1 hr 5 min
    1400 mAh
    1 hr 15 min 2 hrs 10 min
    2100 mAh
    1 hr 55 min 3 hrs 15 min
    3750 mAh
    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 recording devices.


    Built-in Software: The camcorder comes with built-in Everio MediaBrowser 4 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 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 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 '11.

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    Q & A

    Customer Q&A

    4 questions already asked

    We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Krissy  Aug 05, 2014 ]  Staff
    We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Krissy  Feb 05, 2014 ]  Staff
    It can record a one hour program as far as memory goes. You might run out of battery toward the end. If you can keep it plugged in that would solve that problem. [ RUSSELL M  Feb 05, 2014 ]
    Well so far the longest thing I've recorded with it was about 30-40 minutes. So i would assume so, just give it try. When I did it the camera wasn't even hot, so it should be good. [ WISTER  Feb 04, 2014 ]
    yes it can- make sure you use a tripod so the picture is steady. [ AMY  Feb 04, 2014 ]
    The device does not have any internal memory (hard drive). You will need to buy a separate memory card. The size of the card will determine how long you are able to record. [ JASON A  Feb 04, 2014 ]
    Thanks for the info, I should have asked how good the sound quality is also. Bernie [ bernie  Feb 04, 2014 ]
    Yes it can ... I bought it for my daughter she loves it says longest she has done at on time is 25 min but she has hours of video stored ... Also size of memory card you use will also change amount you can record [ MATTHEW  Feb 04, 2014 ]
    The 8gb card holds 80 minutes HD.Mark Try it first!! [ MARK A  Feb 04, 2014 ]
    Yes,it has to do with the amount of your card.HD shooting gives the best picture,however lasts for nearly an hour.If you want the most time then don't shoot HD mode. [ MARK A  Feb 04, 2014 ]
    Not with the original battery. You have to purchase a longer battery -life. I bought this additional battery for about $30. [ JESSE L  Feb 04, 2014 ]
    I think it has to do with the amount of memory card. [ MARK A  Feb 04, 2014 ]
    This unit uses an so card so recording time depends on size of so card. No problem for 1 hour service. Time remaining counts down. [ CHAUNCEY  Feb 04, 2014 ]
    The stats in the book will tell you what recording quality you choose with what quantity of GB card you have installed in the camera. Also, you might want a bigger battery. But from what I've seen so far with my camera, on the next to the highest recording quality setting and at least a 16 GB card and the battery that comes with it fully charged you should have no problem recording an hour if not more. You have lots of options. [ KIP J  Feb 04, 2014 ]
    The camera comes with a cable that allows the battery to be recharged in the camera. There is not a separate charger. [ ANN  Jan 02, 2014 ]
    Yes camera came with charger good deal also sd card and camera bag with bundle I ordered [ MATTHEW  Jan 01, 2014 ]
    YES [ DOUGLAS W  Dec 31, 2013 ]
    The battery must be charged while in the camera. I understand there is an adapter available, but it comes at an additional cost. It was cheaper to buy an additional battery than to purchase the adapter. I will probably get the adapter at a later date. [ Jennifer  Dec 31, 2013 ]
    Yes it does come with a charger [ gustavo  Dec 31, 2013 ]
    Yes it does. Plugs into the side of camera. Battery has to be in camera to be able to charge it [ RON W  Dec 31, 2013 ]
    Yes it comes with a charger that plugs into the wall and the other end plugs into the camera. You have to have the battery connected to the camera and the camera off to charge. [ KIP J  Dec 31, 2013 ]
    Yes. [ CHAUNCEY  Dec 31, 2013 ]