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JVC Introduces Five New MiniDV Camcorders

Selected models offer 32X optical zoom and built-in tele-conversion lens.

A new five-model JVC MiniDV camcorder line made its debut today, offering advancements in performance and handling.

The new line is distinguished by several new features, including selected models with a 32X optical zoom, 16:9 modes and a built-in tele-conversion lens. JVC’s new MiniDV camcorders are easier to use than ever thanks to a new Auto button — just press the button to switch between manual and automatic operation. And all models feature a new on-screen menu system that sorts menu layers by category, making operation easier.

Also offered are already-popular JVC features, such as a data battery that displays time remaining with and without LCD use; live slow, which records in slow motion while retaining real-time audio; JVC’s Auto Illumi-Light for illuminating dark scenes; Power-Linked operation that turns on the power and puts the camcorder in standby mode simply by opening the LCD; and the company’s Clear LCD Monitor that delivers a bright, clear image by reducing reflection and glares, even in bright sunlight.

For 2006, JVC offers four models with a 680K-pixel CCD. In addition, there is a 1.33-megapixel model, the GR-D650, that features a built-in 1.3X tele-conversion lens and JVC’s Low Light Plus — combining an F1.2 lens with the company’s 3D noise reduction that reduces visible video noise by approximately 30 percent and delivers superior low light performance.

Following is a summary of features in JVC’s 2006 line of MiniDV camcorders.

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  • 32x optical /800X digital hyper zoom
  • 1/6-inch 680,000 pixel CCD
  • 2.5-inch LCD color monitor
  • Super High-Band Processor with 520 lines of resolution
  • NightAlive (for low-light shooting)
  • 90-minute Data Battery
  • Color viewfinder
  • Web-camera function (via IEEE 1394)
  • DV input/output
  • Wide (16:9) Mode
  • Power-Linked Operation
  • Multi-language on-screen (4 Languages)
  • Auto button
  • Approximate Retail Price: $300
  • Available: February 2006

GR-D370 Adds:

  • Live Slow
  • High Quality Wide (16:9) Mode
  • Auto Illumi-Light
  • Digital still capture
  • SD/MMC card slot
  • Multi-language on-screen (7 Languages)
  • Approximate Retail Price: $330
  • Available: February 2006

GR-D395 Adds:

  • Full function remote
  • Three-hour data battery
  • Approximate Retail Price: $370
  • Available: March 2006

GR-D396 Adds:

  • Two 90-minute data batteries
  • Approximate Retail Price: $380
  • Available: March 2006

GR-D650 Adds:

  • 15x optical /700X digital hyper zoom
  • 1/5-inch 1.3 Megapixel CCD
  • Tele Mode (1.3x)
  • Digital Still Capture (1280 x 960)
  • Super High-Band Processor with 540 lines of resolution
  • Megabrid Engine
  • Low Light Plus (F1.2 lens & 3D Noise Reduction)
  • Approximate Retail Price: $450
  • Available: February 2006

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 and South America. JVC distributes a complete line of video and audio equipment, including high definition displays, camcorders, VCRs, D-VHS recorders, 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 or call 800-526-5308.

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