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I got my HMQ10 yesterday. Here are my initial impressions
The camera comes well packed in a relatively plain box. The top of the box contained a sticker from JVC USA mentioning that they had inspected the camera. Inside, the camera was not only packed in a soft foam bag, but also in a large zip locked water proof bag. Nice. There wasn't much else in the box: battery, charger, power cord, handle/external mic bay, manual, charger manual, and warranty sheet. There was no CD. Software (Mac only) can be downloaded from JVC.
The camera is quite solid and somewhat heavy. It's a bit smaller than I expected. Without the detachable handle/external mic bay, it could easily pass for an older consumer camcorder. The camera didn't come with a strap nor was there anyplace to attach one.
There is both a small filter attachment option behind the built in lens hood shutter as well as a large 72mm filter attachment option in front of the lens hood doors. The lens is behind a built in neutral density filter and is smaller than I expected. I plan on putting a second, removable neutral density filter on the inner point and occasionally my old 72mm circular polarizing filter on the outer point.
It comes with a new, somewhat large battery that is supposed to last around 100 minutes for 4K recording. Additional batteries are not yet available. I hope they are by summer, or I'm going to be limited on my vacation.
I fed it four 32GB SanDisk Extreme Class 10 SDHC memory cards and powered it up. The first thing it wanted to do was format the cards. All the card based cameras I've owned suggest I format the cards with the camera first and I had always ignored that advice with no problems. The HMQ10 manual mentions card formatting several times. It means it. Formatting didn't take long and the camera was ready to record.
It uses a similar touch screen LCD to the JVC 3D camcorder, GS-TD1. The menus are similar to the TD1 as well. Unlike the TD1, however, menu display on the HMQ10 was fast. The TD1 sometimes struggles to display menus giving the impression that it's so busy with 3D video, there's not much processing power left over for menu display. Unlike the TD1, this camera has a view finder. Like my Panasonic Z10000, the HMQ10's viewfinder seems to cycle through primary colors, When I moved my eye, I saw color fringes. Contrast in the viewfinder was also a bit weak. The LCD display looked better and was sharp.
It took four hours to charge the battery, so my first recording was indoors. Light sensitivity was rather poor. This isn't a camera to record birthday parties or weddings. I recorded some more video this morning from my balcony. It's outdoor performance is very impressive.
I also set the camera to full HD, 60p mode and recorded the same scene. The result was the sharpest HD video I've ever recorded. As expected, it's sharper than my 3 chip (per lens) Z10000 in its full HD,60p mode. I didn't have time to try out the different gamma and color matrix options. I'll explore those this weekend.
I'm not able to upload my samples from work, so I'll post links tonight. I'll upload the full HD sample and the four 4K individual HD MP4 files. Each covers a quadrant of the full screen. I don't yet have the ability to merge these files into a single 4K MP4 file.