New JVC HD Camcoder Packs in Features Below $1,000

Everio GZ-HM400 offers Full HD, 9 MP stills and slow motion.
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JVC has a new camcorder that looks powerful enough for extended professional use, with a price tag that puts it in the realm of consumers other than NBA stars and bank executives.

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JVC HD Everio GZ-HM400 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 fps is also possible for slow-motion playback.

The camera’s features are easily accessible through an intuitive user interface that features analog-like dial adjustment and direct-access buttons.

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, as 9 MP stills are possible without any need for interpolation.

For video, the high-speed image processing of 5.3 million effective pixels applied by the HD Gigabrid Premium II Engine’s super high-band processor results in 1080 TV lines of horizontal resolution.

The 24 Mbps recording capability of this engine (UXP mode)—the highest bit-rate possible for AVCHD video—delivers detailed images with fluid motion, says JVC.

It 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 before the image enters the lens. The two prisms, compensating in the horizontal and vertical directions, provide the same effectiveness throughout the entire zoom range, from wide to telephoto.

On the top of the camera are three buttons, “A”, “S” and “U”, for selecting shooting modes. “A” selects the Aperture Priority Setting, “S” is for selecting the shutter speed, and “U” is User-Assignable, which lets users assign their own frequently used settings to this button. Positioned next to the lens barrel are controls for manual brightness and focus adjustment.

Zoom is controlled by a seesaw-style zoom lever, which provides smooth zooming.

Three different high-speed recording modes are available for slow-motion video playback: 600 fps, 300 fps and 120 fps.

For still image shooting, up to 60 fps 5.3 MP stills can be shot in a continuous burst of up to 11 images. Continuous shooting of up to 6 MP stills at up to 15 fps is also possible. It is also possible to shoot 5.3 MP stills simultaneously while recording 1920x1080 Full HD video.

JVC’s K2 Technology, which restores fine sound details that are lost during compression, has been incorporated for the first time in a 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 available immediately at a nationally advertised price of $999.95.



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