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JVC intros HD3 cam with 60GB drive

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.

by MacNN Staff





  1. SwissMac

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What file format?

    Any idea what file format the new cam will use? Most of the current HD cams use AVCHD which cannot be edited on a Mac.

  1. macvette

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Aspect Ratio???

    The stated resolution seems odd for an HD camera, 1440 x 1080. At first I thought "cool, a 1080p prosumer camera." Then I did the math. 1440 / 1080 = 1.3333 and 4 / 3 = 1.33333. Wide screen is 16 / 9 = 1.77777 and 1920 / 1080 = 1.77777. Am I missing something here?? Is some other resolution used for widescreen HD on this camera? Please explain if I'm wrong...

  1. csimon2

    Joined: Dec 1969


    AVCHD and PAR

    AVCHD can be edited with FCP6.

    While the resolution of the camera may be 1440x1080, the PAR of the pixels is 4:3, which when displayed at 1:1 is 1920x1080. There is a difference in PAR (pixel aspect ratio) and DAR (display aspect ratio). Almost all cameras in the sub PRO-Master category (AVCHD, DVCPRO HD, HDV, HDCAM) store video in a format that is not 1:1 1920x1080. In the case of DVCPRO HD in fact, the image is recorded at 1280x1080. But on display, all of these formats display natively at 1920x1080. This technique is very similar to DVD MPEG-2, where the pixels are typically stored at 720x480 (3:2), but widescreen is presented at 854x480 and standard is 640x480.

  1. OtisWild

    Joined: Dec 1969


    cheap 1080

    I'm pretty sure the Sony "HD" cameras are also 1440x1080, but I think they have anamorphic lenses or something.

    Is this an AVCHD camera? If so, it's worthless for iMovie :(((((((

  1. csimon2

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Cheap 1080

    There really isn't much wrong or "cheap" about 1440x1080 resolution, if done correctly and in the proper format. The best HDCAMs and DVCPRO HD cameras do an excellent job capturing scenes and they don't have to rely on being 1:1 recorders. For a display device, you probably do want 1:1 1920x1080 capabilities; but for a recorder this really isn't that necessary for anything except maybe film (1920x1080 is still kind of stretching it for film) or theater reproduction because everything else will be compressed down to much lower quality when it comes to distribution.

  1. lockhartt

    Joined: Dec 1969


    True 1080p?

    Canon's new HG10 has a 1920x1080 sensor at the same price point (once it ships in October), though it is confirmed AVCHD.

    I would expect the AVCHD barrier may be removed next week with a revision to iLife.

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