By Lisa Johnston
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LAS VEGAS — JVC Kenwood USA used International CES to unveil a new line of Everio camcorders, including models with expanded Wi-Fi functionality.
The company also unveiled a new flagship JVC prosumer camcorder model (GC-PX100), offering FullHD 1080 highbit- rate progressive- recording and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Highlights of the 2013 Everio lineup include a new imaging sensor for improved image quality, powerful optical zoom lenses, and new viewing and sharing functionality.
The Everio models start with the entry-level GZ-E100 ($230 suggested retail); step-up to the GZ-E300 ($250), EX310 ($300) and EX355 ($350); and advance to the high-performance GZ-E505 ($350), EX515 ($400) and EX555 ($450). Also offered is the GZ-VX815 ($500), billed as a high-performance model that adds a stylishly sleek design.
Most models in the series this year incorporate a new Everio 2.5-megapixel back-illuminated CMOS image sensor with 2 million effective pixels for FullHD resolution and improved low-light performance.
The GZ-VX815 steps to a 12.8-megapixel sensor.
Seven of the eight consumer line models also include telephoto optical zoom lenses with magnification ranges to 40x or 38x. Four models also feature a new wide-angle lens focal length of 29.3mm (35mm equivalent).
JVC has expanded Wi-Fi functionality with live streaming over the Internet via services including Ustream. It has also added one-touch auto backup to instantly transfer recorded video to a PC using a wireless connection.
Also new is the optional Pan Cradle, which allows remote panning and tilting of the camera from a smartphone or tablet.
Wireless data-transfer capability includes sending video to a smartphone or tablet (AVCHD files are converted to high-definition MP4 or standard definition), as well as non-converted iFrame data transfer to an iPod, iPad or Android smartphone.
JVC offers a free app in the Apple App Store and Google Play for wireless communication functions. Everio Wi-Fi models are also supported by a QR code-based Wi-Fi setup utility.
All models offer native FullHD 1080 recording using AVCHD file compression and standard-definition recording (except the GZ-VX815).
Wi-Fi models also offer an iPhone/iPad-compatible iFrame recording mode.
Other features in all models include K2 professional technology applied during playback (GZ-E100) or during recording (all other models), and Auto Wind Cut that intelligently reduces wind noise.
The GZ-VX815 adds an F1.2 Super Bright Lens and 12-megapixel still image capture.
A Best Play function in all Everio models provides fast playback digest of the best scenes from recorded footage. The system uses a cluster of functions including Best Scene mode, which allows tagging of favorite scenes while recording or later on; Best Face mode, which automatically picks out scenes containing registered faces; and Best Smile mode, which picks out just the scenes containing smiling subjects.
The Everio GZ-E100 and GZ-E300 are available this month. The rest of the Everio line will be available in February.
For prosumers, the JVC GC-PX100 shoots FullHD 1080/60p video at 36Mbps, to allow Full HD slow-motion playback. It also adds an F1.2 lens, 1/2.3-inch 12.8 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor and optical image stabilization.
Five shooting speeds are available, ranging from 120 fps to 600 fps — a mode dial is added next to the lens. The camera will also grab bursts of nine still images from video at the touch of a button, similar to what can be done using the motor drive on an SLR still camera.
Other shooting modes for capturing action include high-speed digital still recording at up to 60fps and variable speed time-lapse recording.
The camera’s Wi-Fi connectivity allows sending video and images wirelessly to a smartphone or tablet. A free JVC Cam Coach app for iOS and Android devices allows making annotations on the playback image.
Twin View enables simultaneous side-by-side playback of two different video clips after transfer to a tablet, for comparative viewing.
The GC-PX100, which will be available in March at a $1,000 suggested retail, was designed for fast handling. It features an SLRtype body, and all key controls and functions are placed for intuitive operation. It includes a 3-inch tilting LCD monitor, a monitor hood, and the ability to work with an optional color viewfinder.
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