JVC GZ-MG505: Three CCD, Hard Drive Camcorder

JVC’s GZ-MG505 has three 1.33MP (1.23MP effective) CCDs for red, green and blue (RGB). JVC’s pixel shift technology somehow quadruple the pixel count to record still pictures with 5 megapixels. That’s still pictures. In video mode, the GZ-MG505 is a bit purer: 774,180 effective pixels for each color (RGB) resulting in a 2.3 megapixel video image. With the 30GB hard disk (which I think is one of those “duh!” features that everyone should be putting on camcorders) you can store up to 37 hours of video content. MSRP is a whopping $1299.99.

For that kind of money, I might just have to shell out and get the GZ-MC500US that lets you record in MPEG2 (720 x 480 – DVD resolution) with Dolby Digital Audio. The only thing about this is that you’re limited to how big CFs can get. Currently they are at 8GB, but still much smaller than the 30GB in the GZ-MG505.

Source: JVC

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