JVC Company of America has announced a new MiniDV video camera it calls the “microPocket DV” that packs all the features found on its top-of-the-line MiniDV units, but is small enough to fit in your pocket.
The GR-DVP3 is a 680,000-pixel CCD camera weighing a mere .78 pounds, and will be available in April. JVC was not available with information on pricing. The product comes with USB and FireWire ports, and a removable 8MB SD Memory Card. At 520 lines of horizontal resolution, the GR-DVP3’s built-in digital still camera can capture crystal-clear still images for output in either XGA mode (1024 x 768 pixels) or VGA mode (640 x 480 pixels).
The camera comes with Mac-ready USB drivers and Presto! PhotoAlbum for Mac to create digital photo albums.
JVC has made it easier for users to spice up videos with a variety of
MP3 Digital Sound Effects. Available on the provided SD Memory Card, these sound effects can be inserted into a recording at any time, either during shooting or afterwards during editing. Among the effects provided are applause, cheering, laughter, explosion, buzzer, and fanfare.
The camera also sports a 16-bit PCM digital stereo audio system that offers a choice of either 2-channel (16-bit linear, 48kHz sampling) or 4-channel (12-bit non-linear, 32kHz sampling) recording, enabling two different stereo soundtracks to be recorded for the same footage.
Also included is a wide range of digital effects, including fades, wipes, and dissolves that can be used to provide smooth transitions between scenes as the user is recording. Among the many effects and transitions available are black & white effect, classic film effect, strobe effect, corner wipe, and shutter wipe.