JVC announced the launch of a new consumer 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 that fits in the palm of the hand.
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 down-converted 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.
By connecting the GZ-HD3 directly to the optional CU-VD40 HD Everio SHARE STATION via USB, the user can burn HD footage to 12cm DVD discs to make backups and permanent archives of selected scenes in any desired order with just a few simple steps. Approximately 55 minutes of SP mode-recorded HD footage can be stored on 8.5GB dual layer DVD disc. The CU-VD40 can also be used with the GZ-HD7, and plays back in HD via HDMI or component, and in standard definition as well.
Main Features of the HD Everio GZ-HD3
1. 3-CCD Camera System for 1440×1080 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 truly lifelike images and deliver vivid and accurate color
reproduction. 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.
As is the case with the GZ-HD7, the GZ-HD3’s image processing is driven
by JVC’s HD Gigabrid Engine, which processes images from the
progressive CCDs in native progressive to maintain as much quality
as possible while applying five different noise reduction
technologies to improve vertical resolution by approximately 30
percent from previous JVC standard definition camcorders. Images are
reproduced with the depth and richness only possible with high-
definition television, and feature natural skin tones, and vivid,
glossy colors, especially green.
— The HD Everio GZ-HD3 uses a Konica Minolta HD lens that ensures
optimum performance with JVC’s 3-CCD and HD recording technologies.
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 vivid colors and
high resolution. The lens structure also contributes to the
miniaturization of the camera.
2. 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 GZ-HD3 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.
Rec Mode Resolution Recording Rate Rec Time (approx)
XP 1440×1080i VBR: max. 30Mbps 5 hrs.
SP 1440×1080i VBR: max. 22Mbps 7 hrs.
1440CBR* 1440×1080i VBR: approx.27Mbps 5 hrs.
*for HDV compatible stream via i.LINK