Today I looked at a JVC GZE 10BUS HD camcorder priced at $229, no internal memory, so an SD card purchase would also be needed and would add approximately $75 to overall cost.
sd/sdhc card expandable memory
40X optical zoom
2.7" screen size
1080p High Definition Video; 1920 x 1080 / 60p output
image stabilization can be turned on or off
time lapse recording
auto record when a subject enters the detection area
Super LoLux - bright in low light
back illuminated CMOS sensor
1/5.8-inch, 1.5 million pixel back-illuminated CMOS allows you capture full HD images even in low light
2.7" LCD (230,000 pixels) for easy operation
40x optical zoom (in high definition) and 70x dynamic zoom (in standard definition) - In HD, you get up to 40x optical zoom - the industry's highest level. In SD, the Dynamic Zoom function uses nearly all of the effective pixels of the CMOS to achieve up to 70x magnification without any degradation of picture quality
Intelligent AUTO - Wherever you point the camera, it instantaneously analyzes faces, brightness, color and distance, automatically selects the best settings for the scene. Brightness, sharpness, chroma and gamma values, and more, all optimized
Advanced image stabilizer - Camera-shake compensation is another important feature of a video camera
Advanced image stabilizer expands the effective area at wide angle, delivering powerful compensation for camera shake. Now, you can enjoy stable results even if you're trotting alongside your subject
Easy upload to YouTube™ and Facebook (HD compatible)
AVCHD Lite and Standard Definition Dual Format - Record in AVCHD Lite to see results on an HDTV or burn 1280 x 720 resolution videos to a Blu-ray disc or DVD. In addition you can record in Standard Definition to edit 720 x 480 resolution videos for longer recording times
Time-lapse REC - Time-Lapse REC records one frame at a time at set intervals (1 second-80 seconds). So you can watch an hour-long movement in just a short amount of time when played back
Auto REC - When a subject enters the detecting area and the luminance changes, recording starts automatically. Recording continues as long as there is movement within the area and automatically stops after five seconds of no movement
2-way grip belt - Detachable strap is designed to work as a standard grip belt or a convenient wrist strap. You can choose which way to best match your style of shooting or carrying at any time
24Mbps high bit rate recording
K2 technology for high quality sound
1920 x 1080/60p output
HDMI® output (mini)
Konica Minolta HD lens
Pixela Everio MediaBrowser 4 for Windows®
Mobile user guide optimized for Smartphone viewing
Includes AC adapter, battery pack, AV cable, USB cable and Pixela Everio MediaBrowser 4 software
Happy about the low price for full HD, 40x optical, time lapse and image stabilization, I decided to check out some reviews before buying. I came across reviews that indicated the 1.5 megapixel sensor size makes the full HD claim verge on dishonesty, and that the propriatery Everio .ced file format means video cannot be edited in other software (such as Premiere Elements 10). bummer
So, I read a post here where someone is using a similar camera, a JVC Everio, so now I'm wondering what's what.
Does the 1.5 megapixel size mean the images would be lousy? If so, how can JVC call it full HD? Can a .ced file format be used with PE 10?
If this isn't a good choice, what other camcorders that have HD, high optical zoom, HDMI out, image stabilization, low light capability, possibly a tracking focus - and a price as low as possible - would be a good choice?