Camcorders : The First of JVC’s Wi-Fi Camcorders, the Everio GZ-EX250, Is Now AvailableMarch 20, 2012
The Wi-Fi feature is available on four 2012 Everio camcorders that combine the benefits of a conventional camcorder, such as a powerful zoom, with the communication convenience of a smartphone. Several unique features are available thanks to the built-in Wi-Fi. A free app for an Android device or iPhone/iPad makes it easy to wirelessly transfer video and stills to a smartphone for quick sharing via the internet. It also allows the phone to be used as a remote control for the Everio and offers geotagging of video and photo files in conjunction with the smartphone’s GPS.
Video E-mail allows 15-second video clips (640x360 pixels) to be sent directly from the Everio to up to eight e-mail addresses, while an auto photo e-mail function automatically e-mails stills taken using Everio’s movement detection function to a computer or smartphone. Additionally, “live monitoring” permits real-time monitoring on a smartphone or computer of images taken with the Everio.
Like all new Everio models, the GZ-EX250 records in 1,920x1,080 Full HD based on the AVCHD format, and it offers high-quality recording in UXP mode with a 24 Mbps sampling rate. It also has an HDMI output for viewing video on the latest large-screen TVs.
The Everio E/EX series models offer basic point-and-shoot simplicity and a number of helpful features. Using either of the two EX models, even beginners can shoot excellent video with the help of such functions as: smile meter, which shows how big a smile is in percentage points; smile shot, which automatically takes a digital still when it detects a great smile; and pet shot, which automatically shoots stills when a dog or cat faces the camera. Various animation effects, like ribbons and glasses that correctly superimpose onto people’s faces, and handwritten titles can be added to decorate any shot.
The GZ-EX250 also boasts a Konica Minolta HD lens with 40x optical zoom to capture close-up shots from far away, with no sacrifice in optical quality, and advanced image stabilizer was added to effectively counter camera shake. Another new feature for 2012 is a zoom microphone that changes the focal point to match the picture so what’s seen can be more clearly heard. There’s even a silent mode that lets users mute camcorder sounds and darken the LCD for those times when unobtrusive recording is advised, such as when recording school plays or lectures.