JVC has announced a line-up of six HD camcorders to head up its 2011 ‘HD Everio’ range.
The range comprises the latest in image capturing technology that has been trending across the big camera brands including a push for higher optical zoom, 3D output and touchscreen capabilities.
The premium model, the GS-TD1, features 3D filming at 1920×1080 resolution that includes 5x optical zoom when shooting. 3D shooting comes with ‘3D sound’ that captures surround quality over a 2-channel speaker system.
Time-lapse recording functions have been made available in 3D on the new JVC camcorder alongside 3D still photography. The 3D content shot can be viewed glasses-free straight from the touch panel monitor attached.
Apart from 3D, the camcorder uses advanced image stabilisation for 2D recording and still captures and features a F1.2 super bright lens and back-illuminated CMOS sensor.
The GS-TD1 will be available this April but there’s no price set so far.
The GZ-HM970B sports a 10.6 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor, 11 megapixel still picture technology and a F1.2 super bright and 29.5mm wide angle lens that support 10x optical zoom.
Despite being a 2D camcorder, it features 3D playback of 2D content (converted on the fly) straight from the camcorder’s 3.5 inch LCD touch panel without the need for 3D glasses.
Other features include high bit rate recording at 24Mbps that is supplemented by the 32GB internal flash memory and inputs for greater SD/SDHC/SDXC storage.
The 970B also features time-lapse recording like the GS-TD1.
The GZ-HM970B will run for an RRP of $1,649 this month, along with the rest of the range that will be available this March. The GZ-HM870B is the similar but cheaper version of this, running at $1,099.
The 670B, 445B and 30B/R do away with the 3D features for greater zoom and flexibility.
The camcorders feature 40x optical zoom and up to 70x dynamic zoom if you’re willing to downgrade to standard definition mode.
The 670B features a 3.3 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor, while the 445B and 30B/R house 1.5 megapixel CMOS sensors.
The lower down the food-chain you go, the less storage options you get, starting at the 32 gig internal memory, down to two memory card slots and finally sitting at one memory card slow for the bottom-end camcorder.
This side of the range also offers 2-way grips for ambidextrous use.
The GZ-HM670B will go for $769, the GZ-HM445B for $549 and theGZ-HM30B/R for $339, from this month.