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JVC Everio HD camcorder

Mark Peters
PMA 2010 Report
Sunday 31st, January 2010
Posted by: Mark Peters

JVC announces the launch of the new GZ-HM1 HD Everio camera offering a full slate of technologies to optimize picture quality. The JVC GZ-HM1 offers improvements in three key areas - low light performance, camera-shake compensation and digital still quality. As a result, the JVC Everio GZ-HM1 is ideal for high-end video enthusiasts and semi-professionals. In the area of low light performance, the JVC GZ-HM1 camcorder provides superior results thanks to a new CMOS sensor that boosts sensitivity to four Lux (compared to nine Lux for the previous GZ-HM400) for brilliant recording of 1920 x 1080 Full HD video. In camera shake compensation, JVC made improvements in wide angle performance, an area not typically addressed.

JVC Everio GZ-HM1

10 megapixel JVC Everio GZ-HM1 camera
While most stabilization efforts focus on effectiveness in high zoom ratios, camera shake also occurs at wide angle settings, especially when the camera user is moving along with the subject. In the new GZ-HM1, JVC uses prism technology to provide effective results at the wide angle end of the zoom range. And for better still image quality, the new JVC camcorder delivers real 10 megapixel stills for detailed images.

JVC GZ-HM1 incorporates a CMOS sensor
The JVC GZ-HM1’s 1/2.3-inch 10.62 megapixel Back-illuminated CMOS sensor dramatically increases sensitivity, enabling recording of high quality images even in low-light locations. Back-illumination technology moves the circuitry within the CMOS chip to a layer behind the photo diodes, avoiding loss of incoming light that occurs with conventional CMOS sensors. This efficient gathering of light increases the ability to obtain visual information, which translates into higher picture quality being available at the camera even in low light situations.

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Optical image stabilization system
A new optical image stabilization system with Advanced Image Stabilizer provides effective camera-shake compensation in a variety of situations. The camera’s optical image stabilization system uses two prisms within the lens housing to optically compensate for vertical and lateral camera shake. Together they are able to effectively reduce the effects of shake in any direction. This JVC system is enhanced by the company’s Advanced Image Stabilizer that improves compensation, especially in the wide angle range, providing a stable image even if the user is walking while shooting.

JVC Everio GZ-HM1

JVC Everio GZ-HM1 camera features
The camera’s 10.62 megapixel CMOS sensor allow the JVC Everio GZ-HM1 to shoot real 10 megapixel stills with ISO6400 sensitivity for pristine digital stills with high resolution, even if the lighting is less than ideal. The densely packed pixels of the CMOS sensor translate into smooth and realistic images without any sense of pixilation or gaps between pixels, for a look similar to film photography. ISO6400 high sensitivity is assurance that even in dark situations the image will look sharp and detailed.

JVC digital camera shooting functions
The JVC Everio digital camera also offers creative shooting functions, including time-lapse recording to easily record in intervals ranging from one to 80 seconds. When played back, hours-long segments are reduced to mere seconds. Also available is high-speed recording at up to 600 frames per second, allowing ultra-slow motion playback for observation and analysis, such as a golf swing.

JVC Everio HM1 price & availability
Digital files created with this new Everio camera can be easily shared in a variety of popular formats with the enhanced Everio MediaBrowser software for Windows, which now provides automatic conversion of HD videos for immediate sharing on YouTube at HD or SD resolution. Files also can be directly exported to iTunes and synced with an iPod or iPhone, or burned to DVD, all with just a few mouse clicks using the same Everio MediaBrowser application. The JVC GZ-HM1 will be available in March for $1,199.95.

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