JVC, Panasonic show hybrid cameras

JVC's PX10

JVC has said it is launching the GC-PX10 digital camera to select markets around the world. It will handle both digital still photography and video recording, taking 12-megapixel stills and Full HD video, and also delivering what JVC calls “pristine” stills from video.

About the latter: The video is recorded in progressive format, with an very fast 36 Mbps sampling rate creating large amounts of visual data, so each frame of video, says the company, is a “crystal clear still image without blur.”

The still image burst rate is claimed to be 50 fps, with high-speed video shooting possible at 250 frames per second, yielding super-slow motion footage.

As can be seen from the picture, the shape is conventional for still cameras although apparently not as bulky, promoting two-handed usage.

Video is Full HD 1920 x 1080 with maximum still image size of 4000 x 3000. Rapid fire at 50 fps is at a slightly reduced 3840 x 2160, says JVC, for a max of 130 shots.

As for super-slow motion at 250 frames per second, which when played back slows movement down to one fifth of normal speed, the company says image resolution is VGA (640 x 360). Interestingly, JVC says this mode can be used for up to approximately 2 hours straight.

Key to all of this visual capability is JVC’s high-speed imaging engine, Falconbird. This JVC-original processor was released in December 2010 and has since been featured as the core technology in JVC’s 3D camcorder GS-TD1, as well as the latest Everio lineup. In terms of performance, this is single-chip technology that’s actually capable of processing 4K2K images, says the company.

Other technologies that went into the GC-PX10 include the 1/2.3-inch 12.75-megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor, Optical Image Stabilisation with Advanced Image Stabiliser function, a 19x Konica Minolta HD lens, K2 technology for high quality sound, 32GB internal memory, tiltable 3-inch Touch Panel monitor, HDMI output, and bundled LoiLoScope FX software (for Windows).

There’s no word as yet on Canadian availability, but it is scheduled for world launch at the end of September.

Meanwhile Panasonic has announced a twin-lens 3D digital camera, with 3D HD video capability, which it says will be available this winter.

The LUMIX 3D prototype will also shoot 2D photos and HD video.

The camera’s compact size was achieved by employing two recently-developed 4x zoom lenses with thin, folded optics with Optical Image Stabilization.

Apparently, because of the two lenses, the camera can shoot both 2D stills and video at the same time.

3D HD video is captured in AVCHD format.

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