By Chris Nicholls

SYDNEY: JVC has introduced a pair of new high definition Everio camcorders that they claim are the world’s first to offer 1080p at 50 frames per second (fps).

The GZ-HD6 and GZ-HD5 HD (RRP $2,199 and $1,849 respectively) camcorders also claim to be 40 percent smaller than JVC’s previous top-end GZ-HD7 without any sacrifice in image quality.

Both cameras use a Fujinon HD lens, progressive scan 3CCD sensor system and HD ‘Gigabrid’ image processing engine. Both can output 1080p at 50 FPS via a HDMI 1.3 cable.

Even in 1080p, the top-end HD6 model can record for up to a claimed 10 hours, thanks to its 120GB hard disk, while the 60GB GZ-HD5 can record for up to five hours. 1440 long play mode means recording times increase to 24 hours (GZ-HD6) or 12 hours (GZ-HD5).

Users can insert micro HD cards to boost storage capacity.

The GZ-HD6 and HD5 come with Windows applications for editing and authoring to DVD and Blu-ray, as well as plug-in software for importing footage into various Macintosh applications.