We are just in lust around here over the JVC HD Everio GZ-HD7, a 3-CCD camcorder that was introduced at CES in January and is aimed at consumers but has lots of pro-level features. For starters, the GZ-HD7 uses a clever pixel shifting technique to deliver the full HD raster, 1920 by 1080i—that's not 1080p, granted, but certainly an improvement over that garden-variety 1440x1080 HDV format favored by most consumer HD camcorders.
Most importantly, its 60GB hard drive on board does away with that pesky videotape, a remnant of the dark ages that we won't miss one bit. It has a pretty good lens on it, too, f/1.8 - 1.9 Fujinon glass that JVC uses in its broadcast line of HD cameras. With its HDMI, DV and USB outputs, it's looking like a near-perfect consumer HD camcorder (on paper) for around $1799. Available next month, we'll get our hands on one, showing and telling you all about it.
JVC HD Everio GZ-HD7 Full High-Definition 3-CCD Camcorder [New Launches]