updated 12:10 pm EDT, Fri September 25, 2009
JVC shows off 1080p pocket camcorder
JVC has introduced its latest digital camcorder first in Japan, the PICSIO GC-FM1. The company's first attempt at a pocket camera like the Flip, it measures just 5.8 by 2 by inches in size but packs an 8-megapixel still photo sensor that records video at 2.03 megapixels. The latter gives it 4:3 ratio 1080p (1440x1080) video at 30 frames per second in the H.264 (AVCHD) format on SD and SDHC memory cards. The GC-FM1 sports a 2-inch LCD screen, while an HDMI output lets users view their videos on HDTVs at full resolution.
Users can choose other video capture resolutions, including 720p, VGA and QVGA. While there is no optical zoom, a 4x digital zoom is standard. Electronic image stabilization also helps correct the traditionally shaky video common to pocket cameras. The useful recording lifespan is measured at 96 minutes.
Bundled MediaBrowser LE software lets Windows users create DVDs, quickly upload videos to YouTube or transfer them to iTunes; videos taken directly from the camera should be usable on Macs, however.
When the camera will ship isn't clear in translation, though it's most likely to appear before the end of the month. The GC-FM1 will be available in black, blue and purple and should have a typical price equivalent to $220. [via Impress]