Monday, April 11, 2011

JVC 3D Camera Announcement

Like Sony, JVC has also unveiled at NAB a "pro" 3D camcorder that is based upon an existing 3D consumer camcorder. The new GY-HMZ1U ProHD 3D camcorder shares much in common with the JVC GS-TD1, though the pro-model notably adds XLR microphone inputs and a shotgun mic holder.

The handheld camcorder features dual 3.32 megapixel CMOS sensors – one for each lens – and delivers 34 Mbps AVCHD recording in 3D or 24 Mbps in 2D. Video can be recorded with timecode at 60i to provide smooth motion (for sports and other fast action) or 24p for a film-like effect. The GY-HMZ1U can also capture 3D time lapse and 3D digital stills.

Equipped with an advanced image stabilizer, the twin F1.2 HD lenses offer a 5x optical zoom in 3D and 10x optical zoom in 2D. Video is recorded to non-proprietary SDHC or SDXC media cards or to the camera’s built-in 80GB internal memory. The GY-HMZ1U’s 3.5-inch color LCD touch panel offers glasses-free 3D viewing and built-in tools like zebra pattern. Other professional features include a handle with dual XLR mic inputs and shotgun microphone mount (mic optional).

  • 3D capture with dual back-illuminated CMOS sensors
  • 24p or 60i capture and recording
  • Twin F1.2 HD lenses with 5x optical zoom (10x in 2D)
  • 3.5-inch autostereoscopic (glasses-free) LCD touch panel
  • 34Mbps recording in 3D (24Mbps in 2D)
  • Memory card slot for SDXC/SDHC flash media
  • Internal 80GB memory recording
  • Built-in timecode
  • 3D digital still recording
  • Advanced Image Stabilizer
  • 3D time lapse recording
  • High speed 3D "motor drive" recording (up to 12 frames)
  • Zebra exposure indication
  • Includes professional handle with XLR mic inputs, shotgun mic holder (microphone optional)
JVC GS-TD1, consumer version

Interestingly, though the consumer models were announced a couple of months ago, the JVC GS-TD1 camcorder has only recently begun shipping, while the Sony HDR-TD10, is supposed to ship sometime this month.

The GY-HMZ1U will be available this fall and market priced under $2,500.

JVC: Product Page | Press Release

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