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JVC puts hard drive in camcorder

JVC has launched the world’s first digital media camera with its own hard drive, the Everio still and video camera.

JVC has launched the world’s first digital media camera with its own hard drive, the Everio still and video camera.

Actually, the company has released two cameras, with the Everio being made available in profile style and vertical style, the GZ-MC200 and the GZ-MC100 respectively. Both models feature a 4GB storage device which includes a removable one inch hard disk drive (HDD), allowing them to shoot up to 60 minutes of high-quality MPEG-2 video images, or 9,999 JPEG digital stills.

The storage device in the Everio is a MicroDrive, the same as in Apple’s I-Pod mini devices. Users can purchase additional MicroDrives or, as a cheaper option, the Everio also has a slot for regular Compact Flash or SD memory cards. However, it is the inclusion of the HDD that JVC is trumpeting as a key feature for Everio.

“Installing a HDD in any type of video camera has always caused problems, as the device is sensitive to movement – especially that caused by an unsteady hand,” said Mitsuo Nishida, marketing manager at JVC Gulf. The company claims to have solved this problem through a floating suspension system which physically removes the HDD from any external impact.

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