WAYNE, N.J. — JVC America ventured out beyond the
world of 3D D-ILA video projectors at the recent International
CES to unveil a variety of approaches to stereoscopic
HD camcorders for 2011, and tipped its hand
to future offerings by demonstrating a prototype of what
one day may be the first consumer 4K-by-2K UltraHD
video camera to reach the market.
The company’s key announcement centered on what
it called the first camcorder capable of recording FullHD
1080 3D videos.
The GS-TD1, which will ship in March at an under
$2,000 suggested retail, incorporates a 5x optical zoom
twin GT lens system, dual back-illuminated CMOS image
sensors, and a new high-speed Falconbrid highspeed
imaging engine, which all combine to produce
two independent FullHD 1080i channels, one for each
The camcorder also offers 3D time-lapse recording,
3D digital still image capture, and a 3.5-inch glassesfree
3D touchscreen LCD monitor to playback 3D images
on the go.
The screen technology uses a parallax barrier to block
the left eye from seeing right-eye content and blocks the
right eye from seeing left eye content.
Sound is recorded with JVC’s Biophonic technology
that is said to produce 3D-like surround sound from twochannel
Images are recorded to 64GB of internal flash memory
and an SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot.
The GS-TD1 will also ship with 3D Media Browser
software to allow consumers to have a complete capture,
record, edit, archive and sharing solution.
As an entry level to 3D, the company also said it was
offering this year the GZ-HM960 ($899 suggested retail),
which incorporates a built-in real time 2D to 3D
converter. It can play back 2D footage and stills in 3D
on 3D HDTVs via HDMI or on the camcorders 3.5-inch
touchscreen display without 3D glasses.
As for the future, JVC demonstrated a prototype camcorder
capable of 4K-by-2K resolution, also known as
Exact resolution was listed at 3,840 by 2,160 pixels,
capable of producing 8.3-megapixel frames at 60 fps.
The system is based on newly developed processors
that are more than twice as fast as previous models. The
chips were also said to use less power and are cheaper
to make than the processors in current JVC camcorders.