JVC’s just sent us a bunch of details about their 2009 lineup of camcorders, and because we’re nice, I fancied sharing them with you. There’s the HD range, the G-series and the S-series. The HD range, as you might imagine from the name, is high-definition, the S-series model has dual SD card slots, and the G series is a mixed bag.
Let’s start with the S-series, because the word “start” begins with S. There’s only one new model here, the GZ-MS120. As previously mentioned, it’s got dual SD card slots and you can record continuously, so that if you run out of space on one it’ll automatically swap to the other. In highest quality mode, you’ll get 3.7 hours of recording from a pair of 8GB SD cards. In lowest quality, you’ll get about 20 hours.
Next up, the G-series. The press release claims there’s four models in the range, but only lists three, so here’s the product names I’ve got: GZ-MG630, GZ-MG645 and GZ-MG680. Three of the mystery four pack a 1/6-inch 800,000-pixel CCD sensor, with the fourth boasting a 1/6-inch 1.07-megapixel CCD sensor.
They’ve all got Konica Minolta lenses, with 35x optical zoom on three models and 38x dynamic zoom on the other. All models have 800x digital zoom, but as I’m sure you’re aware, digital zoom is a useless pile of crap.
The two top-end models – the GZ-MG680 and GZ-MG645 – will upscale their output to 1080p and have a mini-HDMI output for televisions. Disk capacity on the GZ-MG630 and GZ-MG645 is 60GB, plus an SD card. The GZ-MG680 carries twice that at 120GB, again plus an SD card.
Which just leaves the HD range, comprised of a more definite three models. All of em have a 1/4.1-inch 3.05 megapixel CMOS sensor, and record and playback in full 1080p. JVC boasts that its cameras can replicate 100% of the colours that the human eye can see using its xvYCC standard, compared to 55% with the more common sRGB standard.
The HD range all feature a newly-designed lens that goes up to 20x zoom – well above standard for HD camcorders. For stalking purposes, they’ve all got face detection tech, and will adjust the focus and exposure to capture your beautiful target’s face in all its radiant glory.
The models available are the GZ-HM200, which has no internal storage – just dual SD card slots, the GZ-HD300 with a 60GB hard drive and SD card slot, and the GZ-HD320 with 120GB of storage and an SD card slot.
All will be out within the next couple of months, but there’s no pricing info yet. Any of those float your boat? I’ve never personally owned an Everio camcorder, but if you have, what are your experiences? Share away in the comments.