April 17, 2005


LAS VEGAS - JVC, based in Wayne, NJ, is showing a professional yet affordable high definition camcorder at this year's NAB show. The "ProHD" GY-HD100U offers true 24p capture and recording capabilities along with the features and stability found in higher-priced, shoulder-style models.

The GY-HD100U uses three new 1/3-inch CCD image sensors, each one featuring an array of 1280x720 pixels (approximately 1 megapixel), with micro lenses. Its native resolution matches most of the HDTV displays available. In addition, the camcorder provides realtime playback in all major DTV formats, allowing for the easy conversion of recorded data to other formats without compromising quality. The camera includes a standard detachable 16x Servo Fujinon lens. It records to inexpensive MiniDV cassettes.

JVC is also offering a companion HD recorder/player, the BR-HD50U. The unit allows users to transfer both ProHD and Professional DV recordings to and from nonlinear editing systems.

JVC (www.jvc.com/pro) executives say the camera is expected to cost below $10K. Both the camera and the deck will be available in June.