JVC GZ-MG77 and more
In February and March JVC’s new line of hard disk drive camcorders (GZ-MG21, GZ-MG27, GZ-MG37, GZ-MG77) are out in a store near you. The new line doesn’t come with any revolutionary functionaliy upgrades though. More information and pictures inside.
Press release from JVC:
AWARD-WINNING JVC EVERIO HARD DRIVE CAMCORDERS ENHANCED FOR 2006
New line offers direct DVD burning with optional JVC burner.
LAS VEGAS, January 5, 2006 – JVC’s breakthrough Everio G Series of hard drive camcorders gets even better for 2006, with new features that deliver enhanced performance and make hard drive video recording more attractive than ever.
Among the Everio innovations for this year is direct DVD burning, making it possible to create DVDs without a PC using a new JVC DVD burner or JVC-recommended burners from other manufacturers (compatible models will be posted to the JVC website). In addition, the transfer speed has been significantly increased, and a 32X optical zoom, a 2.7-inch widescreen LCD and an F1.2 lens are available on selected models.
JVC’s Everio G Series camcorders, the world’s first hard drive camcorders, eliminate the need to carry tapes, discs or any media at all, yet can record up to seven hours of DVD movie-quality video or more than 10 hours at DVD camcorder-quality on a built-in hard disc drive. Other advantages of hard drive video recording include the ability to quickly locate desired material, to effortlessly delete unwanted material and to easily rearrange playback sequence. The ground-breaking Everio G Series garnered several awards, including the Sound & Vision Editors’ Choice Award, Men’s Health 100 Best New Products For Men, Popular Science “Best of What’s New” and the CES Innovations 2006 Design & Engineering award.
For 2006, JVC is introducing two new 20GB models and two new 30GB models. Each is compact, exceptionally lightweight and includes easy-to-use editing and DVD burning software. The two 20GB models, GZ-MG21 and GZ-MG27, and the GZ-MG37 30GB model feature a 1/6-inch 680,000-pixel CCD, 32X optical zoom, Auto Illumi Light and can capture 640 x 480 stills. Thanks to new processing, these models also offer improved low light performance and reduced noise levels. The 30GB GZ-MG77 offers a 1/3.9-inch 2.2-megapixel CCD, F1.2 lens, 10X optical zoom, auto flash and 1632 x 1224 stills. It also offers JVC’s Low Light Plus, which combines the F1.2 lens with JVC’s 3D Noise Reduction (3D NR) that reduces video noise by approximately 30 percent and minimizes edge flicker. The top three models – GZ-MG27, GZ-MG37 and GZ-MG77 – include a 2.7-inch widescreen LCD. All four new Everio G Series camcorders include a 16:9 video mode and 16:9 widescreen mode, PictBridge compatibility for direct printing, SD card slot, USB mass storage compatibility, Data Battery that displays recording time remaining, remote control and Power-Linked Operation, which powers up the camcorder and engages the standby mode simply by opening the LCD. Operation has also been enhanced with a new four-way controller mounted on the outside edge of the LCD. Pressing the four “compass” points on the circular control operates menu settings, manual controls and playback control.
The top three models – GZ-MG27, GZ-MG37 and GZ-MG77 – offer built-in DVD burner control allowing them to be directly connected to an optional JVC DVD burner, the CU-VD10 SHARE STATION. The camcorders connect to the burner via a USB cable and the burner is easily controlled by the camcorder. Everio .mod files are converted to the DVD Video format and the SHARE STATION creates discs that can be played on most DVD players.
When transferring Everio footage to a computer, transfer speed has been significantly improved for 2006, taking approximately half as long to transfer data as the original Everio G Series models. One hour of Ultra model video, about 4GB, now takes about five minutes to transfer.
For use with PCs, Everio camcorders come with CyberLink’s PowerDirector Express NE for editing, PowerProducer 3 NE for authoring and PowerDVD 5 NE for playback. For Macintosh users, JVC provides Pixela’s Capty MPEG Edit EX for simple editing and file conversion to popular editing formats, and “mono DVD” for easy DVD authoring. An available option is Capty DVD for full function DVD authoring.
Pricing and availability:
GZ-MG21 $600 February
GZ-MG27 $700 February
GZ-MG37 $800 February
GZ-MG77 TBD March