Reviews take a fair bit of time to produce and its all done for free so they get re scheduled to accommodate paying clients. Someone mentioned they had seen the 850 at BVE and were not impressed with the viewfinder “the pictures looked a bit muddy” when I got the very same camera after the show the VF was set up wrong. Firstly you cannot judge any camera that is an engineering sample too critically, I used the LCD on day one and VF on day two both were fine to me but was assured by JVC that production models would be slightly better again…final tweaks.
The JVC GY-HM850 is a cracking camcorder remembering my version is a engineering sample but the 1080 50p pictures are stunning and noiseless at 0dB.
I took the camera down to Ayrshire to Ayr United to film my friend Calum producing an internet radio commentary.
A frame from the second days shoot out of the camera the frame above is 100%, finding critical focus in the VF was not a problem as long as you have some peeking.
The WiFi dongle is in a far better position on the 850, I hope to demonstrate this for both live streaming and camera control.
The 850 is well balanced and on the video review I caught up with Mike Turner of JVC a fantastic engineer who went over the back focus on the AF lens, tricky unless someone demonstrates it to you. The “Video Review” is in 2 parts as I had no time to go over the complex networking features of the 850 so JVC have agreed to send the camera back up at the end of March, part one should be up by Saturday lunchtime.