JVC will be putting four new camcorders on the market in the coming months as additions the Everio range, the first camcorders to have built-in hard drives as well as SD support (and, coincidentally, what we’re using here at CES to shoot most of our video). The new camcorders – the GZ-MG130, GZ-MG155, GZ-MG255 and GZ-MG555 – all come with a built-in 30GB hard drive, 2.7-inch widescreen LCD and an SD card slot. New features include a new imaging engine, one-touch DVD burning, one-touch back-up to a PC, in-camera editing features, an Everio dock (so you can charge and transfer files with no need for separate cables) and support for SDHC, the new high-capacity SD card. The flagship GZ-MG555 will also be able to produce great still images thanks to a 5.37-megapixel CCD, the largest you’ll find in a camcorder of this type.
As well as the stills support – something which has been severely lacking in digital camcorders up to now – the new in-camera editing functions sound like good news too. As well as being able to organise and tag videos, you’ll also be able to chop and cut up videos, saving portions as separate files or deleting them completely using the Partial Delete function. If you prefer to edit on computer, the cameras also come with a complete software suite for the PC. CyberLink’s PowerCinema™ NE for Everio for browsing camera content and enabling Direct DVD/Direct Back-Up functions, PowerProducer™ 3 NE easy DVD burning, and PowerDirector™ 5 NE Express for editing.
The GZ-MG130 launches in January for $499.95. Subsequent models are released each month, going up in value to $899.95 for the GZ-MG555 (pictured) which will be available in March.