Hello, I got the HM1 for xmas at a good price in Canada, but so far I've not been too impressed with the model.
Most feedback written on the internet and here state how the HM1 produces great still and video. I've shot some acceptable video on it, but the stills for the most part are very poor.
The Quality for stills indoors seems so poor that I think the JVC must be defective.
Most of my shooting has been indoor, as I have a new baby and living in Canada it's not the nicest time of year to be outside to shoot (other than White).
I picked up a TM-700 a few days ago, because I was so disappointing in the JVC. I have to say the Panasonic is much better. I'm mostly interested in how they function in Auto or mostly Auto modes, as it needs to be user friendly for others to use.
The TM-700's Video indoors seems to produce less noise, a bit more vibrant colours (likely a bit overblown or not realistic, but they do look pleasing). It seem to adjust to varied lighting conditions better than the JVC and the auto focus is much faster and end results are more detailed. The JVC just doesn't seem as sharp indoors, the colours are very pale, but likely a truer representation. Overall the video would be acceptable, even though the TM-700 is ahead.
It's the Still shots on the JVC that are not usable at all. I can't figure this out. The flash on auto or syncro both fill the room with plenty of light, however the picture in Auto is always extremely dark and out of focus. I checked the settings used for the pictures and they are sane, Iso 100, 1/30 shutter, 3.x aperature etc. I'm shooting objects 3-10 feet away and all give terrible results. Something that has plenty of light without the flash will produce a better picture then when the flash goes off. I've tested the same material with Great still camera's T2i, Media Casio FH-20, and an old point and shoot Casio ~4 years old, and they all pull the shot off without any issues.
The Panasonic, although the end picture sharpness and and colours are not as nice as a dedicated high/midrange camera, always produces a bright picture.
If anything the TM-700 shots are too bright, and I have to tone the flash setting down -2 to help out. I'd take the same picture on both in manual mode, and the TM-700 has nice bright pictures, while the JVC is still brutal. Both flash specs are similar, and the room fills with similar amounts of light when it flashes?
Is this just the nature of the JVC, or is the timing or something broken on mine? Does anyone take photo's inside with their model, or is everything done outside without the reliance on a flash?
I'd really like to keep the JVC, as I got it much cheaper then the TM-700, I like the 60i 24mbps avchd format, like the Lasertouch interface and the fact that it should take better photos' with it's 10 meg actual pixel stills vs the Panasonics 7.xMP combo.
I've attached an example photo taken about 7 feet away from me in a dimly lit basement. The JVC is dark but sharp in this one, but most regardless closer or further away will be blurry or even darker.