JVC has new Everio camera ready to rock and roll
JVC of Japan is back with a spanking new Everio camera which will go one up on all of its other rivals – why do we say so? Well, it comes with integrated Bluetooth wireless technology that allows it to “talk” to other similarly equipped wireless devices. Of course, let us not get sidetracked by this and focus on what the Everio GZ-HM550 can do as a camcorder first before moving on to see the capabilities of Bluetooth connectivity. The Everio GZ-HM550 will sport a 10.6 megapixel CMOS sensor for recording high quality Full HD video and nine megapixel digital stills, and 32GB of internal flash memory which can be further expanded thanks to an SD/SDHC memory card slot.
Right, on to the Bluetooth now – it basically allows you to control the camera using nothing else but a smartphone, while you can also geo-tag your recorded videos as well as snapped photos through a compatible Bluetooth headset. Needless to say, you will still need to install the application which it ships with before it is able to pair up with a compatible Bluetooth-equipped smartphone. Using this software, one can control the camera remotely, letting you record, zoom and play operations. With a GPS device in tow, it is a snap to record location data of where movie and still files were recorded. All relevant data stored will be synchronized with Google Earth when viewing the file on a PC, and you can also take advantage of a Bluetooth-equipped headset to monitor the recorded sound or for voice recording. Hmmm, sounds fine and dandy for the rest, but don’t you think a regular remote control would work just fine for this camcorder if you want to operate it from afar? Guess having the Bluetooth option allows you to lose the remote without feeling a tinge of regret or panic.
Other hardware specifications include a 10.62 megapixel Back-illuminated CMOS sensor, 1920 x 1080 Full HD video shooting, real nine megapixel digital stills, a KONICA MINOLTA HD LENS with 16x dynamic zoom without suffering from any degradation of picture quality, an LED light and a flash for shooting in dark situation, Advanced Image Stabilization and advanced shooting functions. All that shooting could prove to be painful on your arms, which is why the Everio GZ-HM550 comes with a redesigned grip belt that works in two ways, as that of a conventional handle-style grip when both ends are snapped in place, or as a strap when one end of the belt is released. Expect to pick up the JVC GZ-HM550 Bluetooth-enabled camera for $799.95.