The first ever AVC/MPEG-2 HD camcorders are to go on sale this summer.
JVC’s Everio HD30 and HD40 are the first camcorders that capture picture in AVCHD (H.264) or MPEG-2 format with the ability to use either.
The dual-format provides access to the superior long time compression afforded by AVCHD, as well as MPEG-2’s superior editing and post-production environment.
With the ability to record up to 50 hours of 1920×1080 video in Extended Play mode, the HD40 also claims to be the “longest-running HD camcorder available”.
Full quality recording time is 15 hours.
The HD40 boasts a 120GB HDD and the HD30 offers the same recording capabilities but with a built-in 80GB HDD instead.
JVC is also offering a third HD camcorder aimed more at the entry level. The HD10 has a 40GB HDD and has a 1440×1080 resolution.
All three Everio models supports HDMI 1.3 output with Deep Color on compatible HDTVs, a newer HD Gigabrid Duo image processing chip and the option of using either Firewire or USB for transfers.
The camera lines come with Windows editing software and a plug-in to allow MPEG-2 editing in Final Cut Pro and iMovie. AVCHD support is already built into Apple’s latest software.
The camcorders are to go on sale in early August with price tags of $800 USD for the HD10, $1,000 USD for the HD30, and $1,300 USD for the high end HD40.