JVC HD Everio GZ-HD3 high definition 60 GB hard disk drive camcorder

JVC America today announced the launch of a new consumer high definition camcorder HD Everio GZ-HD3 that combines a 3-CCD image sensor, high definition 1440 x 1080 recording and embedded 60GB hard disk storage in a compact size that fits in the palm of the hand. The palm-sized camcorder GZ-HD3 features a lightweight, compact body 27 percent smaller than the GZ-HD7, and a 2.8” 16:9 Widescreen Clear Bright LCD Monitor for viewing a bright, high-contrast image while shooting. The HD Everio GZ-HD3 uses a Konica Minolta HD lens that ensures optimum performance with JVC’s 3-CCD and HD recording technologies. By using three 16:9 progressive scan CCDs, each dedicated to one of the three primary colors – red, green, blue – the image sensor can capture truly lifelike images and deliver vivid and accurate color reproduction. Since the CCDs themselves are 16:9, they record a pixel array with native 16:9 dimensions for viewing on an HDTV and authoring to DVD or Blu-ray disc.

In addition to an SP mode that allows up to about seven hours of HD recording, the GZ-HD3 is also equipped with an XP mode that records at a higher bit rate for those extra special scenes. By connecting the GZ-HD3 directly to the optional CU-VD40 HD Everio SHARE STATION via USB, the user can burn HD footage to 12cm DVD discs to make backups and permanent archives of selected scenes in any desired order with just a few simple steps. The JVC HD Everio GZ-HD3 will be available in early September, and will sell for about $1,300.