Wayne, NJ—JVC announced two rugged, weatherproof Everio camcorders that are designed to endure foul weather, get bounced around and still be ready to shoot. In addition to their all-weather features, the GZ-R450 and GZ-R320 offer five-hour battery life and long optical zooms.
Built with JVC’s “quad-proof” structure, the camcorders are waterproof to a depth of 16.4 feet, can withstand a drop from 4.9 feet, are freezeproof down to 14° F and are dustproof. They will also operate in temperatures as high as 104° F and will float if dropped in water. Both camcorders will be available in late July.
Not only are the Everio camcorders built to be more rugged than smartphones, they also offer superior optics via a large-caliber Konica Minolta HD lens with 40x optical zoom. A 60x dynamic zoom function uses the camcorders’ 2.5MP back-illuminated CMOS image sensor to maintain the picture’s HD resolution. The camcorders’ FalconBrid image processor, the same processor used in JVC 4K professional cameras, is engineered to deliver sharp images and sound. And audio quality is enhanced with JVC’s K2 technology, which is applied during recording for effective sound restoration during playback.
The battery in both models is internal for water resistance, eliminating the risk of damaging the camcorder when exchanging batteries in bad weather. The battery’s five-hour life can be extended with compatible third-party portable batteries.
Everio GZ-R450. This top-end camcorder provides Full HD 1,920×1,080/60p AVCHD progressive video recording, 10 megapixel still image capture, advanced image stabilization and a built-in auto Illumi light. Its new close-up sub-window function allows simultaneous recording of a group of people and a close-up to be displayed in a sub-window on its 3-inch touch screen. Other features include: 32-gigabytes of internal memory; an SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot; USB charging; intelligent auto mode; face detection; touch AE/AF; special effects, such as grainy monochrome, food mode and baby mode; time-lapse recording; auto wind cut; and a built-in zoom mic.
The GZ-R450 is bundled with Everio Media Browser 4 software and works with iMovie and Final Cut Pro X. It comes in black with a rugged, coarse surface that doesn’t show fingerprints and smudges. Suggested retail price: $499.95.
Everio GZ-R320. This quad-proof camcorder also offers a 40x optical zoom Konica Minolta HD lens, 60x dynamic zoom and a 2.5MP BSI CMOS sensor that can capture 10MP photos and Full HD 1,920×1,080/60p video. Other features include: an SD/SDHC/SDXC slot; USB charging; a 3-inch touch-panel LCD with touch AE/AF; advanced image stabilization; intelligent auto; face detection; special effects recording; time-lapse recording; auto wind cut; and a built-in zoom mic. It too comes with Everio Media Browser 4 software and supports iMovie and Final Cut Pro X.
Available in black and orange, the GZ-R320 is priced at $399.95. us.jvckenwood.com