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- JVC Everio GZ-GX1
- WiFi capability and Full HD 60p recording on JVC’s new flagship model.
JVC Everio GZ-GX1 First Impressions Review
One of the buzz terms this for camcorders this year at CES was AVCHD Progressive or AVCHD 2.0. For those who have yet to do their research, all this means is that AVCHD finally decided to get an update to accommodate progressive recording capability (the ability to record 1080p video). The new AVCHD Progressive also outlined standards for 3D recording, but that doesn't come into play with the GX1.
The GZ-GX1 does allow for 1080/60p recording (that's Full HD recording with a 60p frame rate), which is something that is not found on JVC's other new 2012 Everios. Unfortunately, the GX1 has no standard definition recording function, however, and that is something you get on the JVC V700 and V500 (the step-down models from the GX1).
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In addition to 1080/60p recording, the GX1 has four 1080/60i record modes that appear to be identical to the quality options offered on last year's Everio camcorders. The GX1 should show improved performance, though, as it includes the powerful Falconbrid processor engine—a feature that JVC has used before on select models only.
JVC opted to keep the GZ-GX1 lean by including no internal memory on the camcorder. This also makes the GX1 a bit cheaper than the flagship models from other manufacturers. In order to record with the camcorder, you'll have to go out and get yourself an SD memory card or two. The camcorder works with SD, SDHC, or SDXC memory cards, which go up to 64GB in size (but you can save money by getting smaller cards, like 16GB or 8GB).
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According to JVC, the GZ-GX1 loaded with a 64GB card can record around 5 hours of video with its highest-quality 60p setting... or roughly 29 hours of HD video in its lowest quality setting (EP mode).
The camcorder ships with Everio MediaBrowser 4 BE—the same software JVC has included with its Everio camcorders for years. The software may have a few updates this year, we don't know yet, but we'll take a good look at its features when we get a GX1 into our labs.
JVC also announced a feature on the GZ-GX1 that allows you to archive your footage to an external hard drive or Bul-ray disc without connecting the camcorder to a PC. You'll have to use a compatible burner or HDD to perform this operation, though.