JVC Announces New Rugged, All-Weather Floating Camcorders
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 16 May, 2017 - Wayne, New Jersey - Capturing life’s adventures on video isn’t always smooth sailing, which is why JVC developed two new rugged, weatherproof camcorders that can endure foul weather, get bounced around and still be ready to shoot. The new Everio R camcorders’ all-weather features, five-hour battery life, powerful optical zoom and other advanced functions offer opportunities to create unique videos that can’t easily be captured with a smartphone.
The two new camcorders, the GZ-R550 and GZ-R440, feature the company’s Quad-Proof structure – water resistance to a depth of 5m/16.4 feet, the ability to withstand a drop from 1.5m/4.9 feet, dust-proof, and freeze-proof down to -10°C/14°F. And they float! Contributing to the camcorders’ water and dust resistance is the internal high-capacity battery, which eliminates the risk of damaging the camera while changing batteries in wet weather. Moreover, the camcorders are compatible with third-party portable batteries – the type used for charging smartphones.
The new Everio R camcorders are designed for outdoor enthusiasts who want to capture high quality video when camping, skiing, hiking, boating or enjoying any outdoor activity where the use of a fragile smartphone is just too risky. They’re also ideal for family situations that can be dangerous for a smartphone, whether it’s a trip to the beach or poolside fun. Adding to their versatility, they can record with the LCD monitor closed, useful, for example, when mounting the camcorder to a bicycle.
The new line offers a combination of performance capabilities and innovative features for those who want to take their videos beyond what a smartphone can deliver. In addition to their weather- and shock-proof attributes, JVC’s new Everio R camcorders feature a large-caliber KONICA MINOLTA HD LENS with a 40x optical zoom and 60x dynamic zoom that maintains the picture’s HD resolution thanks to the camcorders’ powerful 2.5 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS image sensor. JVC’s FALCONBRID image processing engine and 24Mbps high bit rate recording further contribute to image quality, while JVC’s K2 technology delivers high quality sound. A 37mm filter thread allows users to attach various industry-standard filters for effects and added protection, as well as third-party conversion lenses. Everio R recordings are compatible with third-party editing software, including iMovie and Final Cut Pro X.
A range of other features gives Everio R camcorders some unique capabilities. Time counters for recording and playback make post production easy. The Self Check feature automatically repeats recording and playback at set intervals – useful for athletes who want to check their form. Slow motion playback is activated by just tapping the screen. Time-lapse recording enhances creative options, while zoom position memory returns the camcorder to a pre-set zoom position, convenient when shooting sports events.
The Everio R GZ-R550, available in matte black, features AVCHD recording, built-in Auto Illumi. Light and 32GB of internal storage. The GZ-R440 provides 4GB of internal memory and is available in matte black and orange. All new models will be available in mid-May.