— Digital Cameras
HD video cam with 120GB drive records 50 hours
The camera has a dual AVCHD/MPEG-2 Codec HD Signal-Processing LSI meaning you can change the codec (compression algorithm) you use. Swap to the MPEG-2 TS 1920x1080 codec and the camera offers 10 hours of recording time but at a higher bit rate, and hence more attractive to hi-def enthusiasts for editing.
The GZ-HD40 uses a 2.68-megapixel CMOS sensor which begins capturing footage inside a tenth of a second. The optical zoom is 10X and the other main thrust of JVC’s new camera is a vastly improved clip navigation and grouping database system, which enables you to carry a well cataloged selection of your work on board if you wish to use it as an impromptu presentation tool. Adequate on-board cataloging is a must when you begin to have this amount of storage in a handheld.
Part of this new data management strategy for Victor will be the sale of the AVCHD/MPEG-2-capable disk writer which is designed expressly so you can use the camera to burn footage onto a DVD – no PC required. This is another workflow boon and comes at the price of around JPY 50,000 (USD$465) for the convenience.
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Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.
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