JVC will soon add to its Everio range of hard-disk drive camcorders with a model that can record high-definition (HD) video, it said today.
The GZ-HD7 can record a widescreen image at 1080i (1080 horizontal lines of resolution and interlaced), which is just below the 1080p (progressive scanning) system judged to be the highest of several video quality levels that fall within the high-definition bracket. It packs a 60G-byte hard-disk drive that holds five hours of video when captured at the highest of several recording modes. The camera records in the MPEG-2 format and capacity can be extended to around seven hours in "SP" mode by cutting down the vertical resolution.
Features include 3CCD (charge coupled device) image sensors, 10X optical zoom, optical image stabilization and USB (Universal Serial Bus), HDMI (high-definition multimedia interface) and iLink interfaces. JVC said the USB is primarily for saving data, the HDMI for playback to a high-definition TV and the iLink for streaming. Conventional analog component, S-Video and composite outputs are also installed.
The GZ-HD7 will be available in April in the U.S. and cost around $1,800. Details of availability in other countries was not announced.