TVB Tech Alert: JVC HD Everio

WAYNE, N.J.: JVC has a new camcorder that looks powerful enough for extended professional use, with a price tag that puts it within reach of the hoi polloi. The new JVC HD Everio GZ-HM400 records to an SD/SDHC card and includes 32 GB of internal memory, a 10.3-megapixel CMOS sensor delivering 9-megapixel still images and 1080 TV lines of horizontal resolution for full HD video. High-speed recording of up to 600 frames per second is also possible for slow-motion playback.

The core image sensing device for this camera is a 1/2.33-inch 10.3-megapixel CMOS sensor with Bayer array RGB color filter. This translates into advantages in digital still photography, with 9 MP stills are possible without any need for interpolation.

Image processing at 5.3 million effective pixels results in 1080 TV lines of horizontal resolution for video. The camera records at 24 Mbps, the highest bit-rate for AVCHD, JVC said. Three recording modes are available for slow-motion video playback: 600, 300 and 120 fps.

The Everio GZ-HM400 has a Konica Minolta HD lens and a JVC-developed optical image stabilizer that uses two active prisms to correct camera shake at the lens entrance. The two prisms, compensating in the horizontal and vertical directions, provide the same effectiveness throughout the entire zoom range.

JVC’s K2 Technology, which restores sound details that are lost during compression, has been incorporated for the first time in the camera.

Other noteworthy features of the GZ-HM400 include Face Detection technology that identifies up to 16 faces to accurately adjust the focus and exposure, as well as “One Touch Upload to YouTube” and the “One Touch Export” function to easily export videos and stills to an iTunes library.

The JVC HD Everio GZ-HM400 is now available at a nationally advertised price of $999.95. -- from Government Video