updated 08:20 am EDT, Thu July 19, 2007
JVC Everio HD3
JVC on Thursday expanded its Everio cameras with the HD3, a new model that it says will bring HD video to more people. The 3CCD camera is 27 percent smaller than the HD7 but still produces 1440x1080 video and contains a 60GB hard drive for extensive recording; in extended mode, the camera can record as much as 7 hours of video at full resolution without a substantial drop in quality. Video can also be captured to Class 6 or higher SD and SDHC cards when footage needs to be easily transportable, JVC says. The camera includes a handful of image quality assist tools such as digital shake reduction, aperture or shutter priority, and visual aids for exposure and focus.
Previewing and authoring movies is also advanced, the company claims. In addition to HDMI output for watching raw footage in full HD, the HD3 can link with the company's USB Share Station to burn DVD backups of unedited clips; a dual-layer disc will store up to 55 minutes of full-resolution video. Hookups for FireWire and USB let users edit clips through video editors such as iMovie HD and Final Cut Pro, or in Windows author videos directly to Blu-Ray through a bundled copy of CyberLink BD.
JVC hopes to ship the camera to North America by early September for $1,300.