January 10, 2011

JVC Announces 1080p Consumer 3D Camcorder and Demonstrates 4K Prototype

The 2011 Consumer Electronics Show took place this weekend, and among hundreds of new product announcements were a couple of interesting camcorders from JVC. The googly-eyed 3D GS-TD1 is the first 1080p 3D consumer camcorder (seen at left; previous 3d cameras were limited to 720p), and JVC also showed an as-yet unnamed 4k camcorder that looks to match RED's resolution:

Details are scarce on the 4K camcorder, which is technically only a prototype, but a working one at that. It's also worth noting that JVC has been touting this 4K camera since 2007, but they're now apparently showing footage from the camera. CNET has seen some:

The camera, which offers an image resolution of 3,840x2,160 pixels, shoots 8.3-megapixel frames at a rate of 60 frames per second. This is only possible because JVC has developed new processors that are more than twice as fast as previous models... What amazed us most, though, was how crystal-clear the picture is... The quality is so high that it looks like we popped to New York to snap some guy crossing the street. That's not to say the camcorder's perfect, though. We noticed some colour fringing on certain objects, for example. Overall, however, the smoothness of the picture and remarkably crisp images are truly exciting. We really felt like we were looking out of a window when we viewed the image.

Slashgear got their hands on the 3D camcorder, which touts the following specs:

The JVC Everio GS-TD1 will go on sale in March 2011. For $2,000, it comes equipped with 64GB of internal flash storage space, image stabilizer, 3D sound and a pair of ultra fast, high res, extra-low-dispersion glasses, and a round-iris diaphragm HD GT F1.2 lens.

JVC Shows off 4K Camcorder
JVC GS-TD1 Full HD 3D Camcorder hands-on

[via FreshDV]

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What I want is a full 4k/3D camera, with ultra-high dynamic range, and a 3D HDTV with 4k resolution to go with it! THAT would be a cool combination!!! No waiting around for Hollywood to grind out content to watch, just go shoot your own! I'm not suggesting I'd shoot standard Hollywood-fare type movies here - I like the ability to shoot stuff that interests me and the people around me... somebody's wedding, a birthday party, a trip to an exotic place or whatever... with that kind of image quality, it would absolutely be justification for having this stuff! I hear a lot of folks whining about 3D not being worth bothering with, and that it will be just a passing fad as in the past. To those folks I say, you're welcome to stay mired in the past if you like. As for myself and most of the other people around you, WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT 3D AND WANT TO EXPERIENCE STUFF IN THE MUCH MORE REALISTIC MEDIUM OF 3D, VERSUS JUST STANDARD 2D. If you don't agree, feel free to go off somewhere and sit down and pout for as long as you like, but the world is going to move right along without you!

January 13, 2011 at 2:25PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM