JVC Everio G hard drive camcorder

by Marc

JVC Everio G
I have to confess it’s been a long time since I looked at camcorders. I always preferred still to video footage for some reason. This cought my eye though – JVC now have a camcorder with a built in hard drive instead of a tape / optical storage system.

There are two models, with 20gb and 30gb discs giving 7 and 10.5 hours recording at DVD quality and considerably more if you up the compression. My first thought was that 10.5 hours isn’t a lot and would be pretty limiting, but in the real world I don’t think it will be a problem. Once you’ve sat through some “my first home movie” experiences you realise that any take over about 10 seconds needs to have lots going on to avoid being seriously boring, and 10.5 hours is a *lot* of 10 second takes!

More information from the JVC Everio G website

2 reviews or comments

Peter Ferreira Says: October 2, 2005 at 3:36 am

I´ve been looking for a hard drive recording camcorder for ages. This kind of device took some time to finally show up on the market.

My immediate use for this kind of device is to put it on the dashboard and record the idiocy of the UK driving public!

Sounds harsh, but when you spent over 7 hours per day on the road you begin needing some sort of mental discipline to stay calm.

Marc Says: October 2, 2005 at 9:17 am

Deep breaths… Now say after me: “Ommmmmmm….” :-)

That’s not a bad idea – you’d have the evidence too if someone caused a crash.

I once saw a video shot when someone had mounted a camcorder to his motorbike where it could see both the road and the speedo. Not a clever move, all things considered!

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