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Dennis Hissink : January 4th 2005 - 07:39 CET

JVC introduces new Mini DV digital camcorder line

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JVCJVC introduced a new Mini DV digital camcorder line, distinguished by a new compact design that's easier to use and small enough to take anywhere. For 2005, JVC offers a wider range of camcorder options, from value-packed entry-level models to feature-rich units. "From top to bottom, this year's camcorder lineup offers more features per model than anything that has come before," said Dave Owen, General Manager, Consumer Video, JVC Company of America. "As in previous years, JVC continues to dominate the market in offering a unique, compact design - 30 percent smaller than 2004 models - while still paying special attention to comfort, usability, convenience and style throughout the 2005 line."
JVC introduces new Mini DV digital camcorder lineAmong the new features for this year are a 25x optical zoom on all Compact series models, while Ultra-Compact Series camcorders offer a 15x optical zoom and JVC's Low Light Plus, which combines the company's 3D noise reduction with an F1.2 Super Bright lens to deliver superior low-light performance. Also new for 2005 is a Data Battery function, available in both Compact and Ultra-Compact models, that gives users a one-touch view in the LCD or viewfinder of remaining battery and recording time.

An exciting new feature available on select models is JVC's exclusive Live Slow feature that for the first time makes it possible to record slow motion images and play them back with real-time sound. In addition, footage shot at normal speed can be played back in slow motion with real-time sound. Live Slow is ideal for playing back and enjoying hard-to-see moments because the speed is one-quarter of normal playback speed. Scenes can be shot in Live Slow with the press of a button, and the footage will be recorded in slow motion. Live Slow is available in all of JVC's new camcorders with the exception of the Compact Series GR-D250 and Ultra-Compact Series GR-DF430.

The Ultra-Compact Series' Low Light Plus uses an F1.2 Aspherical Super Bright lens, which offers 2.3 times the brightness of an F1.8 lens and 1.8 times the brightness of an F1.6 lens. That performance is enhanced by JVC's 3D noise reduction that delivers a 2dB improvement in the signal-to-noise ratio and reduces video noise by approximately 30 percent. Flicker is eliminated and color reproduction is improved.

At the top of the Ultra-Compact Series is the GR-DF550, which uses JVC's Megabrid 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 video and clear, high resolution progressive still images.

Both new JVC camcorder series feature a new design that makes them easy to take along and easy to use. The Ultra-Compact Series features a unique new design that combines a compact camera body with a handgrip that is ideally sized to be comfortable and secure to hold.

All new JVC Mini DV camcorders feature the one-touch convenience of the new Data Battery function that displays battery power and calculates remaining recording time with the power on or off to prevent users from running out of power during mid-shooting. Also, to make shooting easier, JVC's Clear-View LCD monitor suppresses diffusion of internal light to deliver a brighter, clearer image, and also reduces reflection and glare from external light so that images are always clearly visible even when shooting outdoors in bright sunlight.

For superior image quality, all JVC Mini DV camcorders feature a Super High-Band Processor that restores the high-band components of the luminance signal to ensure a crisp, clear picture. Advanced models include a 1.33-megapixel CCD for 540 lines of horizontal resolution, while entry-level models feature a 680,000 pixel CCD that delivers 520 lines of resolution.

JVC's commitment to image quality is further evidenced in its Mini DV camcorders' ability to capture digital stills with no motion blur. This year all models, with the exception of the entry level GR-D250 and GR-DF430, offer a progressive shutter that allows stills to be captured by the entire frame, eliminating the blur that occurs when separate fields are combined to form a frame. In addition, the 1.33 megapixel models can capture 27 percent more visual information than 680,000-pixel cameras, providing images of 1600 x 1200 pixels, 1024 x 768 pixels and 640 x 480 pixels.

Throughout JVC's Mini DV line, the camcorders are designed with the PC in mind, offering multiple PC connection options, including USB and iLink (IEEE 1394) DV cable.

Compact Series

JVC's Compact Series Mini DV camcorders feature new styling that is 30 percent smaller than 2004 models and a 25x optical zoom on all models.

GR D250: 25x optical /800X digital zoom, 1/6-inch 680,000 pixel CCD, 2.5-inch LCD monitor, Super High-Band Processor with 520 lines of resolution, NightAlive (for low-light shooting), Data Battery, color viewfinder, web-camera function, DV input/output (i.LINK, IEEE 1394 compliant). Nationally advertised value: $429.95. Available: January 2005.

GR D270: Adds - Live Slow, Auto Illumination Light, software, HG digital stills with two image size settings (1024 x 768, 640 x 480 pixels), interval snapshot, multi-language on-screen. Nationally advertised value: $449.95. Available: January 2005.

GR D295: Adds, - Full function remote, two data batteries included
Nationally advertised value: $499.95. Available: January 2005.

Ultra-Compact Series

JVC's Ultra-Compact Series Mini DV camcorders are highlighted by a new EZ Grip design and features that include the new Live Slow function and Low Light Plus.

GR DF430: 1/6-inch 680,000 pixel CCD, F1.2 Super Bright lens, EZ Grip, 15x optical/700x digital zoom, 2.5" LCD, 520 lines of resolution, Live Slow, 3-D Noise Reduction, NightAlive, Auto Illumination Light, Web-camera function, Data Battery, MPEG-4 email video clips, multi-language on-screen, analog input, interval snapshot, mic terminal, cold shoe, editing software provided, DV input/output, remote control (i.LINK, IEEE 1394 compliant). Nationally advertised value: $499.95. Available: March 2005.

GR DF450: Adds - USB Video Class, memory card slot, HG digital stills: 1024 x 768. Nationally advertised value: $549.95. Available: March 2005.

GR DF550: Adds - 1/4 .5 inch 1.33 megapixel CCD, HG digital stills with four image size settings (1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 1024 x 768, 640 x 480 pixels), Megabrid engine. Nationally advertised value: $599.95. Available: March 2005.

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