Coming this April, JVC’s new Everio GZ-HD7 camcorder is the first consumer video camera to feature full 1920x1080i resolution hard disk recording. The camera records up to 5 hours of 1080i MPEG2 content on its internal 60GB hard drive.
It features a 10x optical zoom Fujinon lens, as well as optical image stabilization. The $1800 JVC Everio GZ-HD7 offers both point-and-shoot automation, as well as a variety of manual controls for focus, white balance, exposure, shutter and aperture controls and sharpness. The camera offers USB and i.LINK (Firewire) interfaces for moving data to a computer for editing, as well as an HDMI port for hooking directly to a TV for playback.
In addition, JVC plans to release an add-on DVD burner, the Share Station CU-VD40 ($400), which can be used to archive recorded footage without a computer, as well as to play back footage directly from an internal HDMI connection.