JVC promised back at CES that its new consumer-grade GS-TD1 3D camcorder would be available in March and, well, it's now available. While that may not be a surprise, JVC has shaken things up a bit with the pricing since its official announcement -- instead of the full $2,000 that was originally expected, the camcorder will now set you back "just" $1,699.95. That will buy you a pair of 3.32 megapixel CMOS sensor that record 3D video at 1080i, a 5x optical zoom (or 10x in 2D mode), 64GB of built-in flash memory along with an SDXC card slot for expansion, and a 3.5-inch LCD that lets you view your videos 3DS-style without any glasses. Head on past the break for the complete press release.
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JVC First To Offer Full HD 3D Consumer Camcorder

WAYNE, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--JVC today announced the availability of the first camcorder on the consumer market that offers 3D video recording in Full High Definition. The new JVC GS-TD1 uses two camera lenses and two imaging sensors – one for each lens – to capture three-dimensional images in the same way that human eyes work.

Video shot using the GS-TD1 can be viewed in 3D on any 3D TV. Additionally, the camcorder shoots 3D video that can be burned to a Blu-ray disc or DVD-R for 3D playback on a compatible Blu-ray player.

The JVC GS-TD1 features two 3.32 megapixel CMOS sensors and a new JVC-developed high-speed imaging engine that processes the two Full HD images – left and right images at 1920 x 1080i resolution. Three shooting modes are offered, a feature that provides several options for HD resolution and archiving of 3D footage. These three shooting modes are: a new "LR Independent" format (MP4 MVC) that records in Full HD, the widely used "Side-by-Side" format (960 x 1080 X 2) for AVCHD 3D recording, and 2D AVCHD shooting.

The camcorder uses an F1.2 JVC 3D Twin HD GT lens with extra-low-dispersion glass for crisp, high-contrast images, as well as multiple aspherical lenses. The combination of the fast lens and back-illuminated CMOS sensors provides the GS-TD1 with outstanding low light performance.

Additional highlights include 64GB of built-in flash memory, SDXC card slot, 3D optical 5x zoom, Optical Axis Automatic Stabilization System for disparity control to give depth to 3D images, and Automatic Parallax Adjustment to optimize the 3D-video comfort zone. It also features a 3.5" 3D touch panel LCD monitor that displays 3D images without any need for 3D glasses, making it easy to check 3D images while shooting and watch 3D playback in the field.

The GS-TD1 comes with new Everio MediaBrowser 3D software (for Windows®) for full management, editing and sharing of content.

Options for archiving and playing back 3D recordings depend on the shooting mode used:

* Full HD 3D video, shot using the MP4 MVC mode, can be archived to a computer hard drive or Blu-ray disc drive. This Full HD material can be played back in 3D by running the footage back through the camcorder;
* AVCHD 3D (Side-by-Side mode) video can be burned to a DVD-R disc and played back in 3D on any AVCHD-compatible Blu-ray player – including non-3D AVCHD-compatible Blu-ray players – when the disc was created with a PC or JVC Share Station.

The JVC GZ-TD1 Full HD 3D camcorder is available now for $1,699.95. For images and multimedia content, visit http://pitch.pe/127916.

About JVC U.S.A.

JVC U.S.A., headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Victor Company of Japan Ltd. JVC distributes a complete line of video and audio equipment, including high definition displays, camcorders, home and portable audio and video equipment, and mobile entertainment products. For further product information, visit JVC's website at or call 1-800-526-5308.

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