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JVC’s new HD/SD switchable GY-HD7000U relies on CMOS imagers

JVC showed the GY-HD7000U, a three-chip, HD/SD switchable electronic newsgathering/electronic field production style camcorder at NAB2005.

The GY-HD7000U uses three 2/3in CMOS imagers. The fully native HD resolution imaging chips adapt to various scanning rates, including 720p and 1080i.

It includes a built-in MPEG-2 encoder capable of providing high-quality, bandwidth-efficient recordings of HD images. It captures both SD and HD recording, including HD at 24 frames progressive.

GY-HD7000U adopts the HDV format, established by JVC, Sharp, Sony and Canon, for recording high quality pictures on DV tape in HD. It records 720p (24-, 30-, 60fps) continuously up to 276 minutes on full size DV media, or up to 60 minutes on miniDV media. In addition, it records 720p or 1080i directly to an optional direct to edit (DTE) HDD module.

The camera will be available in fall 2005.

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