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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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GR-D350:

  • 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 http://www.jvc.com or call 800-526-5308.

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