JVC Everio GZ-HM690
1080p HD video; 40x optical/70x Dynamic zoom; 1/4.1-inch Backside-illuminated CMOS sensor; Konica Minolta HD lens; Optical image stabilization; AVCHD & AVCHD SD dual format; 24Mbps high bit rate recording; 2.7-inch touchscreen LCD (230k); Face recognition; Animation effects; Captures to 64GB flash memory/SD/SDHC/SDXC
The HM690 is one of JVC mid-range HD camcorders for 2011. As with most camcorders in this category, the HM690 shoots 1080p video in AVCHD format, but unlike most, it's equipped with a huge 40x zoom lens, which can extend out to 70x in standard-def mode. JVC camcorders don't necessarily carry the gravitas of other brands, but offer solid video and stacked feature sets, like we see here. The HM690 records to SD/SDHC cards, as well as a generous 64GB of flash memory; also check out the HM670, with 32GB of built-in memory, and the HM650, with 8GB of built-in memory.