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Victor JVC's Everio GZ-MC200 and GZ-MC100: The official word

Ryan Block, @ryan

Okay, so we've got the real scoop with newly announced Victor JVC's Everio GZ-MC200 and GZ-MC100 cameras, and four high-res shots of them courtesy of our friend David Elrich, of etown fame. Thanks Dave! Click to read on.

So after some confusion today about the proper specs of Victor JVC?s new Everio GZ-MC200 and GZ-MC100 camera/camcorders, we?ve got the real deal. Both the MC100 and 200 are identical in specs, differing only in form factor (kind of misleading given the model numbering scheme and $100 price difference), the GZ-MC200 having a seemingly un-ergonomic rotating grip, and appearing larger than the vertical-oriented GZ-MC100. They do indeed use a 4GB CompactFlash microdrive held in a shock-resistant chamber, which is user-replaceable with higher capacity drives (they?ve also got an SD slot; we don?t know why, but we?re not complaining!).

Each uses a 1/3.6-inch 2.12 megapixel CCD to record up to 60 minutes of almost-DVD-quality MPEG-2 video in Ultra Fine mode (8.88 Mbps including Dolby AC 3 audio, just shy of the 9Mbps of DVD), or about 5,500 2.1 megapixel still shots. It has 10x optical zoom and 200x digital zoom, supports data transfer via USB 2.0/1.1, and DPOF (Digital Print Order Format). The prices remain the same as stated earlier today; the smaller, sleeker GZ-MC100 for $1,200 and (confusingly) the larger, more unwieldy looking GZ-MC200 for $1,300.

The GZ-MC200

GZ-MC200 all opened up

From the front.

The GZ-MC100

[Via Business Wire, registration required]

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