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Everio GZ-HD6 is First Consumer HDD Camera to Output 1080p Using Chip Tricks, Says JVC

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JVC has fired out a bunch of new HDD-recording camcorders recently, but the Everio GZ-HD6 offers something special: it outputs video at a cracking 1080/60p pace. A smaller successor to last year's HD7, the HD6 has the same 3-CCD full HD sensor system, this time married to a 10x optical zoom lens. With a bigger 120GB hard drive, the new Everio can store about 10 hours of max-resolution video, as well as shooting to SDHC cards. And there is something even more magical about the HD6: its conversion engine.

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Despite recording in MPEG 2 1080i, the camera uses a conversion engine to fire out a 1080/60p signal through HDMI to your HDTV. This is, according to JVC, a world first. To find out whether this improves your video viewing quality, you'll have to wait until mid-February to buy it in Japan and spend ¥170,000 ($1,600) on the HD6 or ¥150,000 ($1,400) on its 60GB sibling, the HD5. [Impress AV Watch]

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@fyngyrz: With caveats, 1080i and 1080p are the same resolution. They are indistinguishable in low or zero motion shots. Sure, 1080p will be preferable but 1080i is really good, esp. if the compression is not too heavy and your deinterlacing is good. Of course most of your Blu-ray and HDDVD material is stored as 1080p23.97, either MPEG2, AVC, or VC1 (most HDDVD players actually output at 1080i60 but the movies are almost always stored progressive). People do need to pay attention to the horizontal rez specs too because, e.g., all the MPEG2 HDV camcorders shoot in 1440x1080i. (Off topic but most of DishNetwork's HD feeds are in 1440x1080i). I think most of the most recent AVC 1080i cameras shoot at 1920x1080. Just food for thought...