JVC today announced the launch of a new high definition
camcorder that combines a 3-CCD image sensor, high definition 1440 x 1080 recording and embedded 60GB hard disk storage in a compact size.
Main Features of HD Everio GZ-HD3
3-CCD Camera System for 1440x1080 HD Recording
By using three 16:9 progressive scan CCDs, each dedicated to one of the three primary colors - red, green, blue - the image sensor can capture lifelike images and deliver vivid and accurate
color reproduction, according to JVC. Since the CCDs themselves are 16:9, they record a pixel array with native 16:9 dimensions for viewing on an HDTV and authoring to DVD or Blu-ray disc. The lens block also uses CCD pixel shift technology to increase horizontal and vertical resolution.
The HD Everio GZ-HD3 also uses a KONICA MINOLTA HD LENS. The zoom lens features an ultra-compact hybrid aspherical lens system using low
dispersion glass that plays a pivotal role in reducing
aberrations and captures HD images with high resolution. The lens structure also contributes to the miniaturization of the camera.
Built-in 60GB HDD for 7 Hours of HD Recording
In addition to an SP mode that allows up to about seven hours of HD recording, the GZHD3 is also equipped with an XP mode that
records at a higher bit rate for those extra special scenes. There?s also a 1440CBR mode, which is convenient for those who wish to edit using HDV-compatible software.
Compact Body; Simple Controls
The palm-sized camcorder features a lightweight,
compact body 27% smaller than the GZ-HD7, and weighing a mere
670 grams (1.5 lbs.). It also offers point-and-shoot simplicity so no
crucial scenes are missed, plus manual controls for more ambitious
Full Complement of Interfaces
JVC equipped the GZ-HD3 with a wide range of interface terminals,
including HDMI and component outputs so HD footage can be
viewed on the latest HDTV displays. And standard AV-S
terminals that output a downconverted SD signal provide connectivity to ordinary Standard Definition TVs. USB and i.LINK connectors
are included for transferring recordings to a personal computer for editing.
A version of the JVC HD Everio GZ-HD3 for Japan will be available in August, for the US in early September, and for Europe/Asia in September/October.