JVC has announced a new series of camcorders that eliminates the need to carry tapes, discs, or any media at all, yet can record up to seven hours of DVD movie-quality video. They also record more than 10.5 hours at a quality level comparable to a DVD camcorder's 30-minute mode.
The new JVC Everio G Series camcorders record to a built-in hard disk drive and will be available in 20 and 30 gigabyte (GB) versions, offering unprecedented camcorder storage capacity. JVC's initial Everio G offering consists of four models. The GZ-MG20 with 20GB hard disk and the GZ-MG30 with 30GB hard disk provide seven and 10.5 hours respectively of DVD camcorder-quality (30-minute mode) video.
Step-up versions with a 1.33 Megapixel CCD are the seven-hour 20GB hard disk GZ-MG40 and 10.5-hour 30GB hard disk GZ-MG50. To put the storage capacity in context, it would take 22 DVD camcorder discs (8 cm/1.4GB discs) to hold seven hours of video. Despite the high capacity storage, Everio G camcorders are palm-sized and weigh less than 14 oz. with the battery attached.
Their design is similar to a MiniDV camcorders, and include a 2.5-inch flip-out LCD monitor. Both cameras feature multiple connections allowing TV playback, dubbing to a VCR or DVD recorder, transfer to a PC or Apple Macintosh for DVD creation, editing, or posting to the Internet, or even burned directly without a PC to a full length movie DVD disc using an optional DVD burner.
The Everio G series GZ-MG50 and GZ-MG30 offer more than seven hours of storage at 9Mbps, which is close to the maximum bitrate for DVD movie quality recording, or 10.5 hours at 6Mbps, comparable to DVD Cam recordings. Two more modes are available for even more recording time. The entry level GZ-MG40 and GZ-MG20 offer an impressive 4.5 hours of storage at 9Mbps, and more than seven hours at 6Mbps.
Everio G Series models will be available in August at the following approximate prices: GZ-MG20, $800; GZ-MG30, $900; GZ-MG40, $900; GZ-MG50, $1,000.