The GZ-HD40 and GZ-HD30 can shoot in full 1080p resolution in either the increasingly popular AVCHD video format, or in MPEG-2, while the GZ-HD10 offers 1,440 x 1,080 recording in AVCHD format only.
The GZ-HD40’s whopping 120GB hard drive can store up to 50 hours of video in the AVCHD format, or 10 hours of MPEG-2 quality video, while the GZ-HD30 has an 80GB hard drive for up to 33 hours of AVCHD or 6 hours of MPEG-2. The GZ-HD10 entry-level model offers 1,440 x 1,080 resolution recording.
Enough about storage, though, as JVC has improved a number of technologies for capturing and processing video.
First up is a new CMOS image sensor chip with interpolation technology, which allows the camera to generate virtual pixel data from the captured image. Though this might not sound like a great idea, JVC says it results in video capture at higher-than-1080p quality.
In addition, the Gigabrid Duo Engine uses five digital noise-reduction and signal processing algorithms for a clearer, sharper image.
For shooting, previewing, and editing video, each model comes with a 2.8-inch wide LCD (2.7-inch for the GZ-HD10) with auto back brightness. Certain basic editing functions can be performed on AVCHD-format files directly from the camcorder, without first having to download to a PC.
Other functions include auto light, focus assist and manual settings, mic input, direct backup, stills image capture, and HDMI output.
These camcorders are coming to the UK, but exact availability and pricing are still to be confirmed.