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The JVC High Def Camcorders Evolution

Posted on 27 May 2010


JVC to Sony in video electronics is like the Microsoft to Apple rivalry. JVC’s products have set mainstream standards. It created the videotape standard, the VHS, the first camcorder (video camera and recorder self-contained) and its digital tape camcorder used the miniDV format, a broadcast industry standard. What this means to the consumer is that if you buy a JVC brand, it’s unlikely that you’ll experience serious format compatibility issues related to editing, uploading or viewing of clips on websites or DVD players.

Older models used a miniDV tape for storage. The latest consumer models, the Everio line, are smaller, lighter, easier to shoot, and uses a mini hard drive or flash memory card for storage. Tapes can hold about 40 minutes worth of high quality clips. Memory cards with 16 GB can hold 3-3/4 hours and 8 GB can hold 2 hours. An 80 GB hard drive holds 19 hours.

The optical zoom in the newer JVC high definition camcorder models (up to 39X) enlarges images through the lens. The dynamic zoom feature (up to 45X) zooms a little beyond its optical limits without distortion. Digital zoom (up to 400X) electronically “blows up” the image. The automatic setting controls exposure, focus, and color balance, simplifies the shoot and produces good results.

Everio models GZ-HD and GZ-HM are strong in optical zoom and uses traditional light sensory electronics (CCD) as its “film.” Comparatively, Models GZ-MG and GZ-MS have less zoom power but uses a more stable and accurate light sensory (CMOS.) These models are pricier.

All the Everio high definition camcorders are compatible with Microsoft and Apple computers. Accessories include software to facilitate the transfer of the clips to the computer and a transfer cable (USB).

Two attractive features of the Everio are one-touch transfer to YouTube (a free video clip website) and time-lapse photography. YouTube is a portal that allows friends, family and if you so choose, the public to view your video presentation. YouTube rules specify a certain video format and a time limit (10 minutes.) The Everio’s built-in one-touch feature makes it easy for you to satisfy those requirements. Time-lapse is a way to expose 1 frame every 1 – 80 seconds. The play back is at a 30 frames per second rate. This feature lets you replay a flower blooming or a snail crawling in the time span of a few seconds or minutes.

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