1 second of time, stretched to 24 seconds

by Stephen Hobley on March 13, 2011

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I don’t usually give in to impulse-buy urges, but I picked up a camcorder (JVC GZ-HM550) at Fry’s the other day and was surprised to see it had 120, 300 and 600 fps shooting modes. I didn’t know consumer camcorders could do that…

So I put it down again, and went home thinking I’d research it and find out if it was really worth getting. They wanted $349 for it, and so I was very surprised to see it selling online for $600-700.

So I went back to get it.

Here’s one second, stretched out to 24… (This is Bell’s Brown Ale BTW – which is an excellent beer).

I’m going to have to hook up some 1KW lights and try this again, the 60W tungsten just wasn’t enough.

The only thing I can find wrong with it is it’s actually too small to hold comfortably, but apart from that I have no complaints. I don’t know if it’s worth $700, but for $349 it was a bargain.

It even has bluetooth and I can control it from my phone. Whatever will they think of next…?


{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Samuel April 11, 2011 at 1:16 am

Is this camera limited to recording only for a few seconds at that allowable framerate, or is there no time limits?

I could make this VERY useful if it didn’t have a limit on it.

Stephen Hobley April 11, 2011 at 9:44 am

Unfortunately not – the high speed buffer is finite, and flash memory is not fast enough to record the frames as they arrive from the sensor.

At 600fps you only get a few seconds. However it is possible to externally trigger the record.

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