It’s Spring! Checking Out the New Everio Models’ Strengths at Mother Farm! Part 2

Hello. It’s Sakura.
Picking up from where we left off last week, we’re going to spotlight the strengths of each new Everio as we continue shooting at Mother Farm in Chiba Prefecture. This week, we’ll be showcasing the compact GZ-HM650 and GZ-HM440 models, which both feature amazing camera shake correction functionality. I’ll be using the high-sensitivity GZ-HM650, with its 8GB of internal memory and SDXC card slot, to follow and capture these restless animals at close range. Boss will be using the dual card slot GZ-HM440, an entry-level model that makes it easy to shoot in Full HD, to capture farm landscapes as only Boss can.
The scenery here is so pretty that I think I’ll get some still shots for you, too!

Playing with Animals, Capturing Expressions with Handhelds!

This time, what I was looking forward to more than anything was playing with the animals! The GZ-HM650 is really lightweight, and it’s easy to shoot one-handed. The Advanced Image Stabilizer corrects camera shake very nicely, so I was able to shoot as I moved around with the animals. It let me capture the animals’ expressions at very close range!

First, the great duck parade! The ducks shook their tails and milled this way and that, and I desperately chased after them. They stepped on my feet and pushed at me with their rear ends, but I kept right on shooting!
I also had a goat kid chewing on my fingers and pulling my sleeves. He was so cute that I let him hang onto my left hand while I captured his expression with my right.

JVC Everio GZ-HM650: Playing with Animals at Mother Farm

While capturing the animals, I used the color tracking function. Once you’ve tapped a color, it tracks that color, and the focus and brightness will be automatically adjusted to fit the subject while you shoot.
If, for example, I tap a black rabbit on the screen, a blue frame appears on it. That lets me track the rabbit and capture it cleanly, so I’m able to relax and concentrate on running around after animals!

Boss Captures Memorable Landscapes His Way with the GZ-HM440!

When he captures his memorable landscape videos, Boss is always thorough. This time, he’s using the GZ-HM440. By making expert use of the focus shift on the touch panel and the optical zoom of up to 40x, he’s captured a video with a wonderful feel to it, a crystallization of spring on the farm.

JVC Everio GZ-HM440 Spring Farm Scenes

So much comes through here: the spring-like impression of fresh new green, screens full of rape blossoms, and the animals’ comical movements and expressions. Boss seems to have enjoyed his day at Mother Farm to the fullest!

Creating a Video of Animal Parts!

Since we were able to get close-ups of lots of different animals on the farm, we shot a video that you can use as a game. We captured animals’ eyes, mouths, and other parts from close range: see if you can guess the animal!

JVC Everio GZ-HM650: Guess the Animal!

The expressions in their eyes, their long eyelashes, the texture of their coats – Everything came through so vividly that I was amazed!

Shooting Stills of Beautiful Scenery

Mother Farm is full of gorgeous landscapes! It makes you want to take stills as well.
The Everios aren’t just for videos; they can take high-quality stills, too, so they get a lot of use as digital cameras. It’s possible to take casual snapshots while you’re capturing video, but the shots I’ll show you here are images shot in still mode.

GZ-HM860: Field of Rape Blossoms and the Kujukutani

GZ-HM650: Vast Carpet of Rape Blossoms

In Closing

That was Mother Farm, full to bursting with scenic vistas and animals.
Although we were all at the same place, when we made full use of each model’s strengths as we shot, we managed to capture different landscapes and expressions. Next time, you’ll finally get to see the GS-TD1, the Full HD 3D camcorder!
I wonder how the farm will look when captured with the GS-TD1? I can’t wait to find out!

Filming cooperation: Mother Farm
About 40 minutes by the Kimitsu shuttle bus (reservations required) from Kimitsu Station on the JR Uchibô Line.
[Farm admission]
Adults 1,500 yen / Children 800 yen
[Opening hours*]
Feb. – Nov: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM weekends and holidays / 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM weekdays
Dec. – Jan: 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM weekends and holidays / 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM weekdays
* Opening hours may vary slightly.

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