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JVC Everio G Series Camcorders Announced

Hybrid Hard Drive/SD Line Includes 5.37-Megapixel Model for Razor-Sharp Still Images

Reaffirming its leadership in the hard drive camcorder category, JVC has launched a new line of Everio G Series camcorders, featuring four new models that offer improved picture quality, enhanced convenience features and record to either a built-in 30GB hard drive or removable SD card.

For 2007, the Everio line, the world’s first hard drive camcorders, offers advanced imaging technology and a new level of versatility that allows users to master the art of video storytelling. Innovations include a new imaging engine, one-touch DVD burning, one-touch back-up to a PC, in-camera editing features, an Everio dock and support for SDHC, the new high-capacity SD card. In addition, the new flagship GZ-MG555 will produce razor-sharp still images thanks to a 5.37-megapixel CCD, the largest offered in a hard drive/SD camcorder.

JVC’s newly developed Gigabrid engine improves picture quality throughout the line-up by integrating various noise reduction technologies to increase the signal-to-noise ratio by about 30 percent (3dB) over previous models. All 2007 Everio models feature shooting sensitivity equal or better than previous models. CCD image sensors in the line-up range from 680k pixels to 5.37megapixels, tailored for various shooting needs.

For enhanced convenience, JVC’s Everio camcorders offer a range of new features, including:

  • Everio Dock – Most 2007 Everio models includes a docking station that the camcorder snaps into. Leave the dock connected to a display, PC or Everio SHARE STATION, and there’s no need to connect cables when transferring files or burning DVDs. The Everio dock also charges the camcorder’s battery;
  • One-touch direct DVD burning — a touch of the Direct DVD button is all that’s need to burn footage from the camcorder to a DVD. Newly recorded data will be transferred to the burner;
  • Direct Back-Up — One touch back-up of video files to a PC;
  • i.LINK (IEEE 1394) output on the Everio dock permits easy dubbing to DVD or hard drive recorders, and allows the footage to be imported by many third party NLE (non-linear editing) applications.

New Everios also offer a new in-camera editing function, which, when combined with other Everio functions, makes it simple to edit and organize files in the camera. New for 2007 is a Partial Delete function that allows a portion of a video file to be saved as a new file, leaving out the unwanted material. To organize files, Everios continue to offer a Playlist function for arranging the sequencing of clips for playback or burning to DVD. Combined with Event Selection, a carryover feature that allows the user to tag clips with an icon representing an event category, Everio now makes it easier than ever to view, edit and burn recordings to DVD.

For users interested in bypassing the fully automatic mode, 2007 Everios offer five shooting modes that are easily selected through the use of an LCD panel graphic that depicts the shooting mode dial found on many still cameras. A push of the camcorder’s stick controller to the left of the display brings up the graphic and modes are easily selected by pushing the control stick up or down. The stick controller also provides easy access to other menu settings and playback controls.

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Also new for 2007 is the Quick Restart mode, which when engaged allows recording to start about one second after re-opening the LCD.

All Everio G Series camcorders continue to offer an SD card slot as an alternative to the hard drive for storing video and still recordings. New for 2007 is SDHC compatibility so they can handle the new generation of higher capacity cards. In addition, all Everio G Series camcorders have USB mass storage compatibility.

For burning Everio footage directly to a DVD, JVC offers the optional CU-VD20 SHARE STATION, a DVD burner that eliminates the need for a PC when creating DVDs. The new CU-VD20, which can be used to create DVD Video discs or digital still data discs, connects directly to the Everio camcorder or the Everio dock via a USB 2.0 connection. DVD burning is a simple three-step process that is controlled from the camcorder, converting Everio video files automatically for playback on most DVD players.

For editing and archiving footage, Everio camcorders come with a complete software suite. For Windows PCs, JVC includes CyberLink’s PowerCinema™ NE for Everio for browsing camera content and enabling Direct DVD/Direct Back-Up functions, PowerProducer™ 3 NE easy DVD burning, and PowerDirector™ 5 NE Express for editing.

The 2007 Everio line is comprised of four camcorders, each with a built-in 30GB hard drive. Each is compact and exceptionally lightweight, and all offer 16:9 recording and are equipped with a 2.7-inch widescreen LCD for real-time viewing of 16:9 aspect ratio video while shooting, and an SD card slot.

Feature Comparison

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GZ-MG130 GZ-MG155 GZ-MG255* GZ-MG555
Hard Drive 30GB 30GB 30GB 30GB
CCD 1.6″ 680k 1.6″ 1.07MP 1/3.9″ 2.18MP 1/2.5″ 5.37MP
Optical Zoom 34x 32x 10x 10x
Light/Flash Illumi. Light Illumi. Light Auto Flash Flash & Light
Docking Station No Yes Yes Yes
Max. Digital Still 640×480 1152×864 1632×1224 2592×1944

Also offers Low Light Plus: F1.2 lens and 3D NR.

Shooting Time – GZ-MG130, GZ-MG155, GZ-MG255, GZ-MG555, (approximate)

Mode
Ultra (DVD Movie) 7 hours
Fine (DVD Cam) 10.5 hours
Norm (TV) 14 hours
Eco (Internet) 37.5 hours

Pricing and availability:

Model Approximate Retail Price Available
GZ-MG130 $499.95 January
GZ-MG155 $599.95 February
GZ-MG255 $699.95 February
GZ-MG555 $899.95 March
CU-VD20 $199.95 March

About JVC Company of America
JVC Company of America, headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Victor Company of Japan Ltd., and a holding company for JVC companies located in North, Central, and South America. JVC distributes a complete line of video and audio equipment, including high definition displays, camcorders, DVD players and recorders, satellite systems, home and portable audio equipment, mobile entertainment products and recording media. For further product information, visit JVC’s Web site at http://www.jvc.com or call 800-526-5308.

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