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JVC Digital Media Cameras record Video and Stills

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January 28, 2004

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Everio comes in two styles, the GZ-MC200 with a rotating grip and the vertical GZ-MC100 that's about the size of an electric razor. Both cameras offer the same high performance and features, while offering two design alternatives to suit users' personal preferences.

Victor Company of Japan (JVC) announced today the Japanese launch of two new palm-size digital media cameras that shoot 60 minutes of DVD-quality video or thousands of high resolution stills using a high capacity 4GB Microdrive card that contains a one inch removable hard disk drive.

The result is a single digital medium that offers high capacity and high quality on a card that can slip into a wallet.

It's the same storage device used in some of today's most popular portable digital music players. Both ultra-compact JVC Everio cameras shoot up to 60 minutes of DVD-quality MPEG-2 video or over 5.5 thousand 1600x1200 UXGA-size digital stills on the included 4GB Microdrive card.

JVC's Everio digital media cameras mark the leading edge for video products adopting new types of digital media, a trend that began in audio. With Everio, JVC establishes a new benchmark with a format that combines convenience with the high storage capacity required to meet real world needs. The result is a pair of ultra-compact camcorders that offer video and still image capabilities, mobility, high image quality, extended shooting time, and ease of use.

Everio comes in two styles, the GZ-MC200 with a rotating grip and the vertical GZ-MC100 that's about the size of an electric razor. Both cameras offer the same high performance and features, while offering two design alternatives to suit users' personal preferences.

Advanced Technology for Optimum Video and Still Quality

Both Everio models feature a 1/3.6" 2.12 megapixel CCD having a total of 2.12 million pixels (effective: 1.23 million for moving pictures, 2 million for still pictures) to offer the high resolution capabilities needed for high quality digital videography and photography.

To fully utilise the 2.12 megapixel CCD's picture performance, the cameras use JVC's Megabrid Imaging Engine that separately processes video and still signals, providing optimal processing for each. Megabrid technology assures high sensitivity and a high signal-to-noise ratio for moving pictures and clear, high resolution progressive still images.

The GZ-MC200 and GZ-MC100 also feature a Super Hi-Resolution Lens specifically matched for 2.12 megapixel CCD performance. This newly developed 9-group 11-element structured lens, which offers a high-precision 10x optical zoom, includes a glass-molded aspherical lens for the best possible picture quality. There is also a 200x digital zoom.

MPEG-2 High Quality Video Clips

In the video camera mode both Everio models shoot up to 60 minutes of high quality MPEG-2 video clips* 1on the supplied 4GB Microdrive (r)card. A choice of four recording modes lets users choose between more shooting time or higher quality, depending on their needs. The highest quality Ultra Fine mode records at a fixed data rate of 8.88 Mbps including AC 3 audio* 2(8.5 Mbps video plus 384 kbps AC3) - comparable to the DVD (average 4 Mbps video/9.8 Mbps maximum) data rate - for essentially DVD-level quality in the same video and audio format as a movie DVD. As a result, Everio images can be enjoyed on a large screen display, including plasma, LCD and rear projection TVs, without the quality loss suffered by other formats when presented on a large display. A convenient multi-connector AV/S-Video cable is included for direct connection.

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Mike Hanlon 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. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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