JVC Everio GZ-VX700 Camcorder Review
The VX700 did very well in our horizontal sharpness test, measuring 700 lw/ph under bright, even light. Vertical sharpness wasn't so hot, though, as the camcorder resolved just 500 lw/ph. These numbers are far lower than that of the JVC GZ-GX1, which is probably the main reason that camcorder costs a bunch more than the VX700 (the GX1 has a larger sensor). The VX700's lack of a 60p record mode may also have something to do with its diminished vertical sharpness numbers, although the camcorder does output an upconverted 1080/60p signal when video is played back on the camcorder via HDMI. More on how we test video sharpness.
The JVC GZ-VX700 is equipped with optical image stabilization, but the camcorder wasn't effective in stabilizing the video image in our tests. In regular use, we saw the OIS as being somewhat effective, but our shake tests were too much for the VX700 to handle, and the camcorder's image stabilization features were of no help. We saw nearly identical results with the JVC GZ-GX1, so this performance was somewhat expected. More on how we test stabilization.