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JVC launches GC-PX10 hybrid 12MP stills/1080p video camera in US

By dpreview staff on Oct 6, 2011 at 22:15 GMT

JVC has announced the GC-PX10, a 12 megapixel/1080p60 hybrid stills/video camera with 10x optical zoom. The model, which combines a 1/2.3" back-illuminated CMOS sensor can shoot 1080p60 video at bitrates of up to 36Mbps, full-resolution images at 30fps or 8.3MB images at 60fps. The camera, which appears to be a US version of the previously-announced, Japan-only GC-PX1, can also capture slow-motion video at 300fps. It includes 32GB of built-in memory, as well as accepting SDXC, SDHC and SD cards.

Press Release:

New JVC Video/Still Hybrid Camera Offers Pro-Level Performance and Features

WAYNE, NJ, October 3, 2011 – JVC today announced a new digital camera that uses a new high speed imaging engine to shoot both high quality digital still images and stunning Full HD video.  The JVC GC-PX10 is a true hybrid camera that shoots 12 megapixel stills and Full HD 1920 x 1080/60p video.  In addition, it offers such professional-level capabilities as 60 shots per second still image shooting, 300 frames-per-second video recording for high-quality super-slow motion and the ability to capture pristine still images from video.

At the heart of the GC-PX10 is JVC’s new FALCONBRID high speed imaging engine, first seen in JVC’s Full HD 3D camcorder, the GS-TD1. FALCONBRID is a single-chip technology with the processing power to allow the GC-PX10 to record Full HD progressive video at 36Mbps for rich, detailed images.  In addition, the camera can shoot 8.3 megapixel stills while recording Full HD video for clear, high-quality still images from recorded video.  The camera’s image sensor is a 1/2.3” 12.75 megapixel back-Illuminated CMOS sensor.

Digital still shooting in real time offers up to 12 megapixel resolution (4000 x 3000). An ISO6400 mode is available for increased sensitivity when shooting in dark environments.  Rapid-fire still shooting of 8.3 megapixel (3840 x 2160) stills is possible at 60 shots-per-second, up to 130 shots total per burst, or 12 megapixel stills at 30 frames-per-second. This surpasses the capabilities of digital SLR cameras currently available.

For super-slow motion shooting, the GC-PX10 can shoot video at 300 frames-per-second.  Image resolution is VGA (640 x 360), making it more than sufficient for online posting and viewing. But more importantly, this mode can be used for approximately two hours straight. So, to offer an extreme example, it’s possible to record an entire soccer game in super-slow motion.

Other features that will appeal to the serious shooter include optical image stabilization with JVC’s Advanced Image Stabilizer, 10X optical zoom (19x Dynamic Zoom with no image degradation when zoomed), KONICA MINOLTA HD LENS, a mode dial for both automatic and manual settings (white balance, aperture and shutter), microphone output and headphone input.

The camera offers 32GB of internal memory, SDXC/SDHC card slot, tiltable three-inch touch panel monitor, HDMI output and bundled LoiLoScope FX software for Windows®.

The JVC GC-PX10 will be available this month for $899.95.

Comments

Total comments: 72
Aahigh
By Aahigh (Dec 9, 2012)

It's been a while since this was released, but I still like this as a great camera although the price is a little high. I wouldn't want it to be my only camera, but being the first camera to do continuous 300 frames per second recording for under $1000 is a big deal. I am still getting an NEX FS700U Sony camera soon, but even that camera, while it does full 1080p240 recording only does 8 seconds at a time. The new GoPro Hero3 is also very competitive for slow motion so make sure you look at that before committing to this camera, but I think they each have their own strengths and recommend getting this camera if you can afford for it to not be your only camera.

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Francis Sawyer
By Francis Sawyer (Oct 21, 2011)

So it's hard-coded at 60 FPS? No 24 or 25?

What a waste. Blowing the bitrate on unnecessarily high frame rates is stupid.

You'd be compressing the images less than half as much shooting st 24 FPS.

Sad to see this kind of ignorance in 2011.

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Dave Henderson
By Dave Henderson (Oct 15, 2011)

"So, to offer an extreme example, it’s possible to record an entire soccer game in super-slow motion."
Just the thing for Partick Thistle fans.

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LiSkynden
By LiSkynden (Oct 11, 2011)

This is almost exactly like the old Sony DSC-F717 from the year 2000 or something ....
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sonydscf717/

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aroundomaha
By aroundomaha (Oct 11, 2011)

I was thinking exactly the same thing!

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blofelder
By blofelder (Oct 11, 2011)

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raimaster
By raimaster (Oct 11, 2011)

everyone... what makes different?? it's like old FZ20, it has constants aperture f/2.8 until 10x zoom.

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newcameraguy2821
By newcameraguy2821 (Oct 10, 2011)

Sorry - wrong post

Comment edited 25 seconds after posting
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newcameraguy2821
By newcameraguy2821 (Oct 10, 2011)

Here are two video previews of the camera:

http://shrt.fm/oAecQf

http://shrt.fm/qoXCwc

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arc97
By arc97 (Oct 8, 2011)

For that large a camera and barrel, you would expect a much larger optical zoom range.

Also, spending $900 for something these days without wide angle just doesn't make sense. Sure it's good at HD video, but even the current Canon SX230 HS can do 1080P with 28mm wide angle and a 14x zoom.

It looks like a fun toy...sort of like the Casio EX-F1 from a few years ago....whatever happened to that?

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keeponkeepingon
By keeponkeepingon (Oct 8, 2011)

Casio dropped the high end cameras and instead keeps on putting out a zillion low end cameras.

The latest and greatest the EX-ZR100 is the queen of features with every bell and whistle under the sun except.... Image Quality and a body that does not feel like it is going to fall apart when you pick it up. (former owner)

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Sonnik
By Sonnik (Oct 8, 2011)

IMHO, this is the worst flash placement!

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Narupol
By Narupol (Oct 8, 2011)

But it is good for macro photographer and dentist.

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jewelfuji
By jewelfuji (Oct 8, 2011)

Price very high

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Erik Neu
By Erik Neu (Oct 8, 2011)

I saw a report on this camera on japanese TV last year. To be able to record movies and stills at the same time and having the possibility to shoot long slow motion clips is a big plus.
JVC is always good for thinking out of the box and bringing unusual design and ideas to the market, I remember therir first digital tape video cameras in the shape of a walkman.

I would love to try out this camera for my project ''Childhood Memories''.

Have a look at: http://www.gofundme.com/6n2tk

Erik
Vietnam

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SteveNunez
By SteveNunez (Oct 8, 2011)

You guys are quite wrong- JVC has had this body style for years.....way before the NEX cameras.........Google (image) search JVC MC500

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junni
By junni (Oct 7, 2011)

body shape of sony F505 and NEX

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Michael Chen
By Michael Chen (Oct 7, 2011)

the first glance gives me an impression of a NEX-5 ghost.

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wutsurstyle
By wutsurstyle (Oct 7, 2011)

Holy mother of all that is blessed. Thank you JVC for entering the video/camera hybrid system with emphasis on video, rather than focusing on the camera and "adding video" (sorry Canonikon). I think the take away here is the high bandwith Falconbird processor and 32gb internal memory to utilize it - 8.3mp stills DURING video recording, 12mp at 30 fps, VGA at 300 fps up to 2 hours real time.

On a side note, I wonder what the minimum focus distance is for that lens. The flash/modeling light is unusually close to the front lens element.

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keeponkeepingon
By keeponkeepingon (Oct 7, 2011)

Everyone does stills DURING video recording.

For example the Casio ZR100 can even do burst shooting during video and record 10mp at 40fps all for $200.

VGA at 300fps may be "class leading" but only golfers may be willing to pay a $600 premium for it.

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Oct 7, 2011)

"Everyone does stills DURING video recording.
For example the Casio ZR100 can even do burst shooting during video and record 10mp at 40fps all for $200."

Well, actually, that's not entirely true. Very-very-very few decent(!) digital cameras, P&S and DSLR/SLT/EVIL alike, are capable of taking stills during video recording. And if they can, in many cases they aren't full-sized (e.g., with the GH2 - it captures 2 Mpixel images). As far as (semi-)decent cameras with acceptable stills/video IQ are concerned, it's probably only the new Nikon 1 series that is able to capture full-res stills during video recording.

"VGA at 300fps may be "class leading" but only golfers may be willing to pay a $600 premium for it."

300 fps can be very handy in many circumstances; for example, I use 120 fps VGA on my P300 very frequently for computer and LED / CFL light benchmarking/evaluating purposes. That is, there are a lot of areas they're usable at - not only at recording sports events.

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keeponkeepingon
By keeponkeepingon (Oct 7, 2011)

"Well, actually, that's not entirely true. Very-very-very few decent(!) digital cameras, P&S and DSLR/SLT/EVIL alike, are capable of taking stills during video recording. And if they can, in many cases they aren't full-sized (e.g., with the GH2 - it captures 2 Mpixel images). As far as (semi-)decent cameras with acceptable stills/video IQ are concerned, it's probably only the new Nikon 1 series that is able to capture full-res stills during video recording."

Full size stills during video (with no annoying canon pauses) was first offered in 2010 with samsungs WB2000 and is currently offered in the Olympus SZ-30MR. While Casio's ZR100 reduces the size from 12 to 10mp when recording stills during video it can record those stills during the movie at 10fps (faster than my T2i when it's not recording a movie).

Those are just "off the top of my head", I'm sure there are more, hense the "everyone does" comment.....

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Oct 7, 2011)

Yup, there are cameras, but the more/most popular ones (P&S: Canon S9x, Pana LX3/5, Canon SX230 HS etc.; m4/3: GH1/2, APS-C: all NEX series; all Sony SLT and DSLR, all Canon DSLR, all Nikon DSLR and pocket (e.g., P300) cameras etc.) don't support taking (with the GH2, high-res) stills while shooting videos.

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wutsurstyle
By wutsurstyle (Oct 8, 2011)

I actually have the WB2000, otherwise known as the TL350. I even did an extensive review on amazon. The uninterrupted still capture during video recording is limited to 6 shots full resolution. The limitation being the bandwith and/or buffer size for dedicated cameras. It wasn't clear in the article, but I have a feeling the JVC hybrid can shoot more than 6 because of the falconbird and internal memory.

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keeponkeepingon
By keeponkeepingon (Oct 8, 2011)

"Yup, there are cameras, but the more/most popular ones (P&S: Canon S9x, Pana LX3/5, Canon SX230 HS etc.; m4/3: GH1/2, APS-C: all NEX series; all Sony SLT and DSLR, all Canon DSLR, all Nikon DSLR and pocket (e.g., P300) cameras etc.) don't support taking (with the GH2, high-res) stills while shooting videos."

And this will be popular?

I doubt it. It's another niche camera with niche features that few can afford.

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Oct 9, 2011)

"I doubt it. It's another niche camera with niche features that few can afford."

Highly doubt it... the lens starts at 44mm, which is pretty narrow for being used as a travel / generic-usage video camera (interiors, many people indoors etc.) Sure, 44mm is OK with movies - but I don't think anyone would use this for movie making instead of the GH2 (or, in a higher price category, the RED).

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raimaster
By raimaster (Oct 11, 2011)

fast lens - constant aperture f/2.8 until 10x zoom. that makes different !!

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wakeskier
By wakeskier (Oct 7, 2011)

If only they could have included an option for 120fps at 1280x720 resolution...

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Tuukka
By Tuukka (Oct 7, 2011)

Does it take bite/blow-triggers? and how much does it weight?
How wide can you make the lens with an adapter?

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Oct 9, 2011)

WA adapters generally destroy IQ and add a lot of weight to the camera. It's the best to go straight for the Pana GH2 if you want very high quality and WA.

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keeponkeepingon
By keeponkeepingon (Oct 7, 2011)

Cute camera

Interesting "blast from the past format"

Ackward but a little more sturdy than the Pinocchio lenses on most super zooms.

The only thing I can't get over is $900?????

I don't see them selling a lot at that price.

Heck that's GH2 territory. Why would most folks buy this over a GH2?

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Joe Ogiba
By Joe Ogiba (Oct 7, 2011)

I agree, the showstopper for me is a fixed lens with no wide angle. I will stick with my GH2 and fast primes like the 25mm F0.95 Nokton and Panasonic TM700 3MOS 1080p60 camcorder.

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Oct 7, 2011)

"no wide angle"

Agreed. In Full HD mode, it's 43.3mm – 433.0mm (specs are at http://camcorder.jvc.com/product.jsp?pathId=8&modelId=MODL028962&page=14 ) – this sucks... digital cameras (and even better P&S cameras like the Nikon P300 or, for example, the Pana ZS3/TZ7) can shoot at 23...24mm. (The Pana has a 25mm lens, but, as with the GH1/GH2, more horizonta pixels are used in 16:9 mode, making the lens about 23.5 mm's). All this at a FAR better image quality than any current video camera with a wideangle converter.

One of the best things in taking videos with stills cameras is the (with better ones like the above – or with EVIL / DSLR ones) quality wideagle. JVC's camera lacks exactly this – I in no way would purchase it. I've suffered a lot of traditional consumer video cams starting at about 40mm, I'd never return to such a narrow lens.

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Rich
By Rich (Oct 8, 2011)

Well, because in spite of the rave reviews the GH2 gets about its sharpness in video mode (and don't get me wrong, it IS good for what it is) this thing should probably be easily capable of outresolving any DSLR for video, simply because it's doing it the RIGHT way by taking a full sensor scan and downsampling it (a la RED) instead of using the smoke and mirror shortcuts of binning or subsampling. Now as far as dynamic range goes the GH2 (or most other DSLRs) should beat the pants off this thing, but for resolution I expect this thing to be king

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Joe Ogiba
By Joe Ogiba (Oct 8, 2011)

So maybe it will be between my GH2 and TM700 so it's still a showstopper for me since my TM700 has a F1.5 Leica zoom that starts at 35mm.
http://vimeo.com/14493684

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Oct 8, 2011)

Rich: "because in spite of the rave reviews the GH2 gets about its sharpness in video mode (and don't get me wrong, it IS good for what it is) this thing should probably be easily capable of outresolving any DSLR for video, simply because it's doing it the RIGHT way by taking a full sensor scan and downsampling it"

The GH2 also downsamples all pixels, doesn't it? Otherwise, it wouldn't be THAT good, resolution- and moire-wise, particularly when using Vasily's Mbps hack to offer the recording more storage.

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Rich
By Rich (Oct 9, 2011)

No the GH2 doesn't sample all pixels, it just has a better sampling method than its competitors. Its sensor isn't nearly fast enough to be able to pull off a full frame grab 24+ times per second (with the exception of the heavily cropped tele-conversion mode). The new Nikon 1 cameras are fast enough, but unfortunately they're not taking advantage of it for video

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Oct 9, 2011)

"The new Nikon 1 cameras are fast enough, but unfortunately they're not taking advantage of it for video"

Yup, they should have implemented full 60p support.

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Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (Oct 10, 2011)

Does GH2 do 300 FPS VGA for two hours?

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Bright Storm
By Bright Storm (Oct 7, 2011)

Exactly, it is Sony 707/717, but without the turning hand grip, so the old sony is better :) Also the lens was faster (F:2) at wide end :)

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elefteriadis alexandros
By elefteriadis alexandros (Oct 7, 2011)

Hey.. that's my Sony 717!!
Huh professional!! stay cool man.

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grafli
By grafli (Oct 7, 2011)

no F2,8 through the whole range!
At tele it's F4,5. But thas ok too.
for 500$ I would buy that thing!

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misolo
By misolo (Oct 7, 2011)

It's not ok that they print 1:2.8 on the lens, rather than 1:2.8-4.5. It's dishonest.

The zoom starts at 43mm-equivalent for video, and 37mm-equivalent for stills. Seems like a strange design choice to me, but maybe there's a market for it.

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Oct 9, 2011)

"The zoom starts at 43mm-equivalent for video, and 37mm-equivalent for stills. Seems like a strange design choice to me, but maybe there's a market for it."

Many other cameras do the same: the Sony NEX 5n, A65/A77, the iPhone 4 etc. This must have been a forced decision (43 mm equals two times 1920, while, for taking shots, you can use the entire width of the CCD/CMOD) to avoid excessive subsampling. The hardware must have been unable to do the latter - unlike with, say, the GH2.

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Erik Neu
By Erik Neu (Oct 7, 2011)

I saw a report on this camera on japanese TV last year. To be able to record movies and stills at the same time and having the possibility to shoot long slow motion clips is a big plus.
JVC is always good for thinking out of the box and bringing unusual design and ideas to the market, I remember therir first digital tape video cameras in the shape of a walkman.

I would love to try out this camera for my project ''Childhood Memories''.

Have a look at: http://www.gofundme.com/6n2tk

Erik
Vietnam

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Klarno
By Klarno (Oct 7, 2011)

JVC often shares a lot of design cues and technology with Sony. The fact that this says Konica Minolta and looks like a NEX is far from surprising.

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straylightrun
By straylightrun (Oct 7, 2011)

Konica Minolta? I thought they went out of business and were took over by Sony.

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jlamesa
By jlamesa (Oct 7, 2011)

They just leave the Camera line business (sold to Sony) , but they keep on optical lenses ,medical & healthcare and business copiers activities.

Just take a look at their website : http://www.konicaminolta.com/

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Clyde Coman
By Clyde Coman (Oct 7, 2011)

Wow 300 FPS 640X360 image suze is great. NO EFV ? I don't know how to use there cameras in the bright sunlight. Maybe others do, let me in on it.

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AlephNull
By AlephNull (Oct 13, 2011)

EFV? I guess that's an Electronic Find Viewer...

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Nate21
By Nate21 (Oct 7, 2011)

very interesting hope jvc enters the ring swinging

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thx1138
By thx1138 (Oct 7, 2011)

Sounds impressive, but it would have been nice if had used a 1/1.6" sensor and hi res LCD.

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marike6
By marike6 (Oct 7, 2011)

For consumer video cameras, 1/2.3" sensor is one of the larger sizes. Even professional video cameras, use mostly 1/3" CMOS sensors. Back to consumer video cams, 3 in this market segment have a larger, and they are all Sony NEX-VG video cameras with APS-C sensors. But they cost 2 1/2 X's more. No, the newer 1/2.3" back illuminated CMOS sensors are quite good, and I expect this JVC to perform well.

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SteveNunez
By SteveNunez (Oct 6, 2011)

We need a dedicated JVC forum!

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SteveNunez
By SteveNunez (Oct 6, 2011)

I think this is fantastic despite what others are saying.
36 mbps video is nothing to sneeze at and full 1080p60 is fantastic.....we\ll just have to wait for a review to see how good it actually is......I hope the Image Stabilization is good as well as the dynamic range in contrasty situations- 2 areas JVC has struggled with in the past........but this is all new technology for them and this is a great innovative approach. I wish JVC well with this and if the video image quality is good I will definitely buy one!

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jlamesa
By jlamesa (Oct 6, 2011)

Sony SLR must be the forum, it wears a Konica Minolta Lens...

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RayUK
By RayUK (Oct 6, 2011)

And which forum does this get discussed in?

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Cheezr
By Cheezr (Oct 6, 2011)

how sad that they skimped on a critical part, the only viewfinder is a lo-res lcd, wtf?
the story of jvc products, some good ideas and some bad decisions = below average products.

shame really.

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AlfBundy
By AlfBundy (Oct 7, 2011)

How Do you know about the lo-res LCD viewfinder ? There's no mention of the resolution in this news.

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JackM
By JackM (Oct 6, 2011)

Where have I seen this camera before? Oh right, here:
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sonydscf717/

except this camera has a better red-eye generator. and probably better video.

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M Lammerse
By M Lammerse (Oct 6, 2011)

Indeed, that was exactly my thought also! I've owned that camera of Sony (707, later 717) However it did not have 12MP and a swivel back lcd :-)

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RayUK
By RayUK (Oct 6, 2011)

"In addition, the camera can shoot 8.3 megapixel stills while recording Full HD video for clear, high-quality still images from recorded video"
So does that mean you can frame-grab an 8.3mp still AFTER recording ?

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RayUK
By RayUK (Oct 6, 2011)

Sorry, should have been a main item, not a Reply

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SteveNunez
By SteveNunez (Oct 6, 2011)

JVC has used this body style for years.....it's not a copy of the Sony F505 series..............do a Google search for JVC MC500 and MC505 and you'll see this is a very similar body style to those much older JVC cams.

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Luke Kaven
By Luke Kaven (Oct 6, 2011)

The important take-away from this is the 30 x 12MP still frames per second. I don't know how long it can sustain that. But here we are at 4K video resolution in a consumer cam. This tells us that the latest DSP devices have the kind of bandwidth necessary for streaming full resolutions images in real-time, and that we can expect to see video derived from full-frame captures become commonplace in the near future. That is a huge improvement in video quality.

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Photato
By Photato (Oct 6, 2011)

12MP wow
This news title is so 2003...
Sensor size, who cares. lol

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biciclistu
By biciclistu (Oct 7, 2011)

FullHD = 2MP
Nikon System 1 = 10MP
What part of this JVC camera 12MP specifications did you found it odd???????

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chyll2
By chyll2 (Oct 6, 2011)

Wow. a non-interchangeable, small sensor NEX 5

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cinemascope
By cinemascope (Oct 6, 2011)

Konica Minolta Lens???

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JackM
By JackM (Oct 6, 2011)

Konica Hexar AF had a razor sharp lens...

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star shooter
By star shooter (Oct 6, 2011)

Why 300 FPS? Why didn't JVC allow a selection of speeds by the user? 300 at 640.320 rez is piteful. I shoot action sport with stills and movie on the Canon 1dMKIV and Nikon 3Ds but a movie camera shooting at 120,150 or even at 200 FPS would give a better rez for printing for newspaper and magazine than 300 at the lower rez. Come on Sony or Canon, beat'em at their own game. We don't want a crappy low rez output at 300 fps, we want 4 + Meg stills from slo-mo and a decent LCD screen. Leave out the plastic bits and give the am and pro a decent tool to work with.

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tcyimages
By tcyimages (Oct 7, 2011)

I think you're missing the point: This obviously isn't aimed at pros - you say yourself that you have those machine guns of DSLRs for that, why would JVC even bother to compete???
It's an amazing suite of technology to be bringing to the consumer market. Enough processing power for 8MP images at 30FPS, for under $1000?? That's awesome, and something I'd love to have in my camera bag.

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