Brand New JVC GC-PX100B Procision Full-HD Ueber-Camcorder

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Brand New JVC GC-PX100B Procision Full-HD Ueber-Camcorder
Mar 3, 2013

JVC Procision GC-PX100 camcorder

Note that the B&H specs are not always correct, so I would read the features from the JVC link.

Okay, so I am contemplating getting this good-looking beast when it comes out hopefully in April. This a totally radical looking and capability camcorder, as you can see. It is in the JVC consumer line-up, but frankly, it probably outdoes many of the JVC pro-line 1/3-inch sensor camcorders. Wondering if anyone has had any recent good/bad experience shooting w. JVC's higher echelon camcorders, and what you guys think of this new one coming up?

There are much to like here and only one or two questions so far as far as I can tell.

I just adore the clever form factor. Finally, a small form factor, yet totally real dedicated camcorder -- instead of a still photo camera that can be used as a double duty video-cam. Huge difference in the ergonomics, mind you. Love the dedicated, pro camcorder class buttons, dials, rings.

Advantages of the upcoming JVC Procision GC-PX100 camcorder, as far as I can tell:
1.  12.8MP photosite backlit CMOS sensor for maximizing low-light performance.
2.  10X optical zoom that is both power and manual with professional servo rocker switch for power zooming. 
3.  19x range dynamic zoom (intelligent interpolated zooming feature).  
4.  Digital zoom range is up to 200x, gee-whiz.
5.  F1.2 brightness lens! I have not seen a 10x zoom range F1.2 zoom optic since who knows when. 
6.  Even in full 294mm telephoto setting, the lens is only an F2.8 iris. Bright! So -- F1.2 in wide angle, F2.8 in tele. Good luck getting a similarly equipped lens on something else. 
7.  Amazing 1080p60 video recorded at a respectable 36Mb/sec bitrate in either .MOV of MP4. On top of it, there is a 4Mb/sec bitrate, 24-bit quality, 96 kHz audio sampling LPCM audio recording, too. 
8. Also, AVCHD ver. 2.0 at 28Mbit/sec bitrate, as well as iFrame 720p at 36Mbit/sec, and a few other options, amazingly versatile.  High-speed recordings from 120fps up will be at lower recorded resolutions. 
9.  Still image recording capabilities are pretty darn decent, too. 
10. Optical image stabilization.
11. Zebra pattern for exposure control, focus peaking for MF, touch AE/AF, etc.  
12. Built-in Wi-Fi w. remote monitoring, remote control, remote recording, etc. 
13. Built-in video light + built-in flash + hot shoe.
14. External microphone, audio, headphone jacks. 
15. Dedicated DC external power input jack on the side of the camera (so you can run it off external battery or AC while it is tripod mounted without messing with the internal battery, which is truly great and again, pro-class feature.)
16. Comes with a 460K rez 3-inch LCD screen with a monitor hood & with 2-way grip belt. You can also add an optional electronic VF, Model. CU-VF100. 17. Time-lapse and stop-motion recording. 
18. Manual/servo power zoom, manual/auto ISO, manual/auto focus, etc. 
19. Auto, full manual, shutter-priority, aperture-priority modes selectable. 
o UWA perspectives without an add-on UWA adapter/converter, because lens is only covering 29.4mm at wide angle. So, a 0.8x, 0.75x, 0.7x, etc. WA adapter/converter might be needed for close quarters shooting. What I like less: n
All in all, a tantalizing offering -- this one does not appear to be your grandfather's JVC-corder, that's for sure. 
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