As usual eagle eyed end users pick up on an issue that JVC were aware of with the zoom lens going slightly soft at the tight end. I first noticed this in the edit suite and contacted Kris Hill who told me it was a known issue and had been fixed. I had a pre production HM600 and I have to say if this is as bad as it gets JVC are onto a winner with this camcorder.
1. Zoomed in and pre focus.
2. Pulling back and slight softness which rectifies itself.
And to answer Michael Warren’s post in DVINFO.NET
“The Philip Johnston review is interesting. I notice the image is very soft at the telephoto end when he’s filming the crane at 12:41. I hope that is not typical, but was rather either that he just wasn’t focused properly, or it was in digital zoom (which is actually what it looked like to me).”
This camera does not have a digital zoom facility, it’s 23x optical from top to tail and I pre focused the lens, the AF had it been engaged may have compensated for this but we will never know.