At $2,000, the new JVC GS-TD1 3D HD camcorder, which debuted at CES, is pricey. And it's somewhat bulky, although JVC says it will be lighter than its current top-of-the-line HD camcorder, the HD7. The GS-TD1 will include two lenses and two sensors to capture 1080i 3D video (on two channels) using the company's new Falconbrid processor.
The GS-TD1 will also have a very bright f/1.2, 5x optical zoom when recording in 3D mode (which can double as a 10x zoom in 2D modes), and it stores about 4 hours of high quality 3D video on 64GB of internal flash memory, which can be expanded using an SD, SDHC, or SDXC card.
The GS-TD1 can also capture 3D stills and 3D time-lapse videos and lets you view them all on a large, 3.5-inch 3D touchscreen LCD. It will be available in March.
JVC also unveiled 11 other digital HD camcorders. Many include the longest optical zoom range, 40x, available for a consumer HD camcorder. Prices will range from $230 to $950.
JVC also had a surprising announcement: In conjunction with the introduction of its new Falconbrid processor (the same one in the new 3D model), the company unveiled a new high-speed "multipurpose" digital camera, although the company provided almost no details on what exactly made it multipurpose. But if this product comes to market later this year or next, it marks JVC's entry into the product category of digital cameras.