JVC's newest solid state camcorder offers 9 megapixels stills, full 1080p HD video, super slow motion video modes and more; all in a compact sexy package. We had a chance to see a demonstration of the device at PMA 2009, and were impressed.
Here's a copy of JVC's press release:
LAS VEGAS, March 3, 2009 – JVC today announced a new dual-use camera that shoots high definition video and high resolution digital still images. The new hybrid Everio GZ-X900, or Everio X, is a small, light, all-in-one camera that offers the powerful shooting combination of Full HD video and nine -megapixel still photos, plus creative shooting functions such as slow motion video and high speed “motor drive” still photography.
Highlights of the new JVC Everio X include:
- The camera is small enough to slip into a shirt pocket and at just 0.66 pounds is one of the lightest cameras that can shoot 1920 x 1080 Full HD AVCHD video;
- Shoots nine-megapixel (no interpolation) digital stills and Full HD video with 1000 TV lines of horizontal resolution – close to the theoretical maximum horizontal resolution for 1920 x 1080 high definition video for no-compromise images;
- 10x slow motion shooting plays back 2.4 seconds of recorded video over 24 seconds;
- Up to six nine-megapixel stills can be shot at 15 images per second – faster than what digital SLRs can achieve;
- Simultaneous five-megapixel digital still shooting while recording Full HD video – photos can be shot at shutter speeds as fast as 1/4000 second without interrupting video recording;
- Records video and stills to SDHC memory cards.
Everio X solves that dilemma by providing high quality stills and top quality HD video.
Unique Design The design of Everio X is a distinct departure from other camcorders, including other Everio models. About the size of a chunky smart phone, Everio X is a slab-sided rectangle without the handgrip, protrusions or indentations found on most camcorders.
The design allows plenty of flexibility in how the camera is held – from below, above, or whatever suits the situation and the user’s preference. There are top-mounted zoom and record buttons, and a second set next to the LCD screen for additional shooting flexibility. The camera is black with silver accents, with the right side featuring a textured carbon fiber-like finish to provide a secure grip and resist smudges. Small enough to easily slip into a pocket or purse, Everio X weighs just 0.66 pounds (including the internal battery and a memory card) and measures 2.6 inches tall, 4.88 inches long and just 1.46 inches wide.
1000 TV Lines of Full HD and Nine-Megapixel Stills A 10.3-megapixel CMOS sensor is at the heart of the camera’s superior image quality. The high quality nine-megapixel digital still photos the camera shoots correlate directly to the un-interpolated performance of this 1/2.33-inch CMOS sensor. For the first time ever, it is also the source of 1920 x 1080/60i Full HD AVCHD format video.
The camera records at a stunning 1000 TV lines of horizontal resolution – close to the theoretical maximum of 1920 x 1080 Full HD.
JVC’s new proprietary optical image stabilization (OIS) technology applies camera shake compensation optically at the Everio X lens entrance to ensure effectiveness throughout the zoom range and allow high quality shooting without a tripod. Everio X also uses a new KONICA MINOLTA HD LENS with a 5X optical zoom. Further contributing to the camera’s high image quality is JVC’s HD Gigabrid Premium image processing engine. In addition, face detection technology assures accurate focus and exposure, and HDMI™ V.1.3 with x.v.Color™ provides increased color accuracy when connected to HDTV displays.
10x Slow Motion Shooting, High-Speed Motor Drive Stills Slow motion video recording is a key Everio X feature. The camera’s high-speed recording function shoots ultra-slow motion video. Any one of three speeds – 120 frames per second (fps), 300fps and 600fps – can be selected; the faster the recording speed, the slower the playback motion.
With this function, approximately four-second bursts of video are recorded that are then played back over a period of up to 24 seconds, a maximum of 10 times longer than normal speed.
|Recording speed||Image size||Recording time||Playback time|
|600fps||640 x 72 pixels||Approx. 2.4 sec.||Approx. 24 sec. (10x)|
|300fps||480 x 116 pixels||Approx. 4 sec.||Approx. 20 sec. (5x)|
|120fps||480 x 270 pixels||Approx. 8 sec.||Approx. 16 sec. (2x)|
In the still mode, Everio X offers high-speed shooting, similar to the motor drive function found in some mechanical still cameras. As many as six nine-megapixel photos can be shot at up to 15 images per second, a speed that surpasses what’s offered by typical nine-megapixel DSLR cameras.
Everio X also allows shooting of 1920 x 1080/60i Full HD video and fully 5.3 megapixel stills at the same time — a unique advantage of this all-in-one camera. While recording video, photos can be shot at shutter speeds as fast as 1/4000 second without interrupting video recording.
|5 Mega simultaneous still mode||Shooting speed||Maximum limit|
|High speed||60 images / sec.||11 images|
|Medium speed||11 images / sec.||11 images|
|Low speed||4 images / sec.||No limit|
Global Sharing With the worldwide explosion of interest in video sharing, Everio X offers easy solutions for distribution.
A One Touch Export function provided by bundled software for Windows® makes it easy to export videos into iTunes® for playback on an iPod® or iPhone®. And the One Touch Upload function, when used with the included software for Windows, simplifies uploading videos to YouTube™. The DVD Creation function makes it easy to transfer video to a disc for archiving or sharing. Create a disc directly from the camera using the JVC Everio CU-VD50 burner/player or CU-VD3 burner SHARE STATION. Other direct storage solutions include third party external hard disk drives from LaCie and Seagate, and an external Blu-ray Disc Burner from LaCie.
The Everio GZ-X900 will be available in June at a nationally advertised value of $999.95.