JVC unveiled its new top-of-the-line Everio camcorders for 2011 with the announcement of the GZ-HM960 and the GZ-HM860. Both camcorders include 3.5-inch touchscreen LCDs as well as 10.6-megapixel back illuminated CMOS sensors, but only the GZ-HM960 has the coveted 2D to 3D conversion output feature. The GZ-HM960 does not record 3D video (that feature is limited to the JVC GS-TD1), but it is JVC's only new camcorder with 3D conversion.
These new high-end Everios feature many of the same options found on last year's GZ-HM1 camcorder from JVC. Differences include a new f/1.2 lens with a 29.9mm wide angle, as well as an updated LCD that now features a touchscreen system instead of JVC's unique Laser Touch Strip. Both the GZ-HM960 and the GZ-HM860 have built-in Bluetooth technology that allows you to sync videos and photos wirelessly with Google Maps for location tagging purposes.
Little is known about the 2D to 3D conversion system on the GZ-HM960, but JVC did announce that converted video will be viewable in 3D right on the camcorder's LCD—without the need for any special 3D glasses. Content converted to 3D can also be viewed on a compatible 3D television.
Both camcorders include 16GB of internal flash memory, SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slots, 10x optical zoom, and Full HD recording at a 24Mbps bitrate (AVCHD compression). JVC will ship HDMI cables with each camcorder as well.
The GZ-HM960 will be available for $949, while the GZ-HM860 is a bit cheaper with a $749 price tag. JVC expects a February 2011 availability for both camcorders.