JVC just introduced their GZ-MG47 (pictured) disk-based camcorder to the Everio line-up
while officially turning-out their GZ-MG505
-- bringing an end to her mysterious ways. The MG47 comes in at the low-end of the series with a 20GB hard drive capable of recording about 5-hours of MPEG-2 video quality (at highest quality settings) and features a single CCD for 1.3 megapixel snaps, and F1.2 lens capable of a 15x optical zoom. The MG505 is definitely the star though, as JVC's and apparently the industry's, first disk-based camcorder to feature a trio of CCDs. As such, the MG505 ushers in the promise of 30GB of HDD flexibility with the kind of 3CCD image quality previously limited to MiniDV recorders. No wonder it's already winning TIPA awards
. Expect to see the MG505 hit for retail sometime in July for about $1300 with the MG47 dropping about the same time.