You can call it the Miniature or the GR-DVP3. Either way the latest DV camera from JVC is the smallest and lightest currently announced, according to the company.
At a press conference yesterday JVC UK managing director Noboru Tachikawa demonstrated how much smaller the DVP3 is than its predecessor, the DVP1, by producing the DVP1 from his jacket pocket and the DVP3 from his trouser pocket.
The DVP3 records t MiniDV tapes and includes DV in/out and a progressive scan 800,000 pixel CCD with a 520 line horizontal resolution and a super high band processor to restore lost luminance signals. It can also act as a digital still camera to capture 0.8mp images to DV tape or SD Memory card, where they can be downloaded via USB.
The camera features a 10x optical zoom (plus 100x digital zoom), a 2-inch CCD and Digital NightScope technology. While most night-shooting systems use infrared rays, JVC’s system boosts the camera’s normal shooting. This allows colour images with long-range depth to be captured.
A hot shoe on top of the camera allows one of three optional accessories to be attached and controlled. The three are an auto light for video work, a flash for still images and a stereo zoom microphone that’s automatically calibrated to the cameras zoom function.
Being consumer orientated the camera also ships with MP3 sound effects, filters and scene transitions – as well as a subscription to newsplayer.com, an online resource of 14,000 historical news clips for home users to play with.