Last week JVC announced the pending release of two new camera models; the GY-HM100 and GY-HM700. But new cameras get released every month, so what’s the big deal with these models?
Well, they are the first cameras that record the footage in the QuickTime format…ready to drag and drop from the camera into a Final Cut timeline…maintaining the first-generation image quality (and saving a lot of transcoding time).
What’s more, the camera records to inexpensive SDHC cards. You can get SDHC cards that hold up to 32GB for around $60 USD. By comparison, the cards required by the poplular Panasonic P2 cameras run over $1,000 USD…for the same 32GB storage capacity.
Now granted, both the new JVC and Panasonic P2 cameras are pro-level gear…they run around $4,000 USD. But these cameras are noteworthy to the “average Joe” for this reason.
Technology advances in cameras always trickle down from the pro level to the consumer level. That means if you’re working with tape-based cameras (like me), the day will soon come where you can switch to solid state media without any headaches over importing the footage or worries over loss of quality.
In fact, I would expect to see even more camera models “teaming up” with the top video editing software packages (Final Cut, Premiere, Vegas), where the camera records in a format ideal for that package.
But until then, if you’d like to learn more about JVC’s new cameras, you can go here.