Panasonic HCM150 or JVC HM100U?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by RunOverProducti, Jul 12, 2009.

  1. RunOverProducti macrumors regular

    Dec 26, 2008
    I'm looking to buy my first Pro Camcorder, and these two cameras are within my price range.

    Which one you suggest and why?

    I've seen footage taken from HM100U and they look awesome, I tried looking for footage on HCM150 but didn't have any luck...

    Now with the JVC HM100U it only comes with one ring that is use for both focus and zzom, but I can get other lenses that have both right?

    I also heard that HCM150 have better chip.

    Well I'm just confused and that's why I'm here in hope to get some help.

    I want the HM100U because is a newer camera and records to .MOV or MP4...

    Well help me out anyone.

  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    The JVC records MPEG-2 (long-gop) and the Panasonic MPEG-4-AVC/.H264.
    .MOV/.MP4 is only a container.
    MPEG-2 is older than MPEG-4.

    Have a look at the specs, and see for yourself what might interest you and what not.

    As both cameras use files instead of tapes, I'm not sure which one to take, as archiving files is still a pain in the buttock.

    I would go for a camera which has better manual settings, like a dedicated zoom and focus ring, and an iris ring.

    The Panasonic I worked with before (DVX 100) had such rings, and they weren't motorized, what I really liked.
  3. RunOverProducti thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 26, 2008
    The Panasonic I worked with before (DVX 100) had such rings, and they weren't motorized, what I really liked.[/QUOTE]

    But if I get different lenses for HCM100U, depending on the lense wouldn't it give option that would come with seperate rings, 1 for Zoom, and 1 for focus?

    Sorry for these questions, I'mfairly new when it comes to these Pro Camcorders, I'd radther spend a little bit more now instead of getting a $900 camcorder and in the long run buy a Pro... I do alot of audio which I learned on my own, and that's what I'm gonna do with whatever Pro Camcorder I get.


    Also take a look at these two videos on youtube shot from HCM100U and tell me what you think... CLICK ON HD CLICKON HD
  4. bearcatrp macrumors 68000

    Sep 24, 2008
    Boon Docks USA
    Here is a very good site to get info on pro camcorders.
    I am considering the hmc150 but going to wait until next month when the hmc40 comes out to decide. Word has it that the hmc40 will be around 2300 bucks street price. Good luck on your decision.
  5. RunOverProducti thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 26, 2008
    Hey Thank You for the reply,

    I did a research on HMC40,it appears that the highest quality setting is 24Mbps, while the HM100U is 35Mbps...I'm sure 35Mbps will fill up my SD card quicker, but I guess that's why they put 2 SD card slot which when one fills up,it will automatically start recording on the other SD card...

    It also appears that it only have on ring also...I think I'm gonna go with the HM100U...
  6. somemuppet macrumors newbie

    Jul 13, 2009
    Jvc Gy Hm100


    I just purchased the JVC GY HM100 about 3 weeks ago and it's awesome. I would recommend getting a wide angle conversion lens and a good tripod, also decent class 6 SDHC cards, the newer class 10 cards don't seem to work.

  7. akdj macrumors 65816


    Mar 10, 2008
    You might want to take a look at a used Panasonic HVX200 or 200a...or even a used EX1. These options would allow you to step up to the 1/3" sensors and dedicated focus/iris/zoom control. The original HVX's are around 2800 right now, 3500 with a couple of P2 cards. Any of these options would be a significant step up from the 1/4" sensor cams.

    Check this site to Lots of camera discussions, not just the Pannys.

    You are starting to think about spending real money with the models you are looking at. Don't count out a preowned one from the next class up.

    I shoot with the 200a(s) and EX-1(s) with a Canon 5dMk2 for wide and low light shots. I think you'd be happy with any of these choices and the all seem to be in your budget or just a bit more:)

    Good Luck

  8. jammiefreerider macrumors regular

    Aug 23, 2006
    I love my 151. Its super lightweight and its much much more resilient to damage than it looks/feels like. Picture quality isnt amazing say compared to the EX1 but that is a massive step up in price and the 151 works surprisingly well in low light. The size of the JVC is a big put off for me I dont feel the camera is as stable in my hands and I dont feel quite as professional compared to a larger camera.
  9. minang macrumors newbie


    Oct 28, 2008
    apparently there's a firmware upgrade for the class 10 cards

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