JVC to sell 30G-byte HDD camcorders in October

JVC will ship camcorders that store video on internal 20G-byte or 30G-byte hard disk drives from August.

Victor Co. of Japan (JVC) will start selling Everio G series palm-size camcorders in Australia this October. The camcorders contain hard-disk drives with huge capacity boosts compared to the company's prior models, promising consumers very long recording times, the company said on Wednesday.

In the October-March period, JVC sold over 80,000 of its first-generation Everio series, which had 1-inch, 4G-byte removable drives. Sales were good enough to encourage the company to pack the new models with much higher capacity 1.8-inch drives, according to Fusako Adachi, a spokeswoman for JVC in Tokyo.

The new lineup consists of the GZ-MG30 and GZ-MG50, which have 30G-byte drives, and the GZ-MG20, with 20G-byte drives. Each model has four recording modes, but even at the highest quality mode, the 20G-byte models can store well over four hours' worth of video, the company said. In the top-quality recording mode, the camcorders shoot MPEG-2 format video at 9M bps (bits per second). The 30G-byte drives can record up to 7 hours of video in that mode, and the 20G-byte drives 4.5 hours. At the lowest-quality setting, recording at 1.7M bps, the camcorders hold 37 hours of video and 25 hours, respectively, according to the company.

The GZ-MG50 model has a 1.33-megapixel CCD (charge-coupled device) that will allow digital still shooting at resolutions of 1152 pixels by 864 pixels, 1024 pixels by 768 pixels, or 640 pixels by 480 pixels, according to the company.

The other models have 0.68-megapixel CCDs, Adachi said.

The models include an SD memory card slot and a 2.5-inch flip-out LCD (liquid crystal display) monitor. The drives are protected by shock absorbers, the company said.

Images can be downloaded to PCs via USB (Universal Serial Bus) 2.0 connection. Image editing software is available for Microsoft Corp.'s Windows and Apple Computer Inc.'s operating systems, the company said.

Pricing will be available shortly.

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Paul Kallender

IDG News Service

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