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JVC's compact MiniDV video camera GR-D290 offers innovative features, covering everyone's shooting needs, from beginners to the experienced users.
JVC introduces the Live Slow technology with the GR-D290. This technology allows, for the first time ever, the user to record slow motion images and play them back with real-time sound. Live Slow is extremely useful for playing back precious or hard-to-see moments as the speed is slowed down to a quarter of normal playing speed. This effect is achieved by the camera recording the picture at 1/4 the normal speed, and thus showing with great clarity a slow motion effect. Slow motion images are recorded with sound on a DVC tape and played back in real time, thus allowing one to view greater detail in the image. In addition, even footage shot at normal speed can be played back with the slow motion effect. In this way precious moments become all the more enjoyable.
With the GR-D cameras JVC also introduce a 25x optical zoom and 800x digital zoom. These precision lenses offer new possibilities to users. Images can be enlarged up to 25 times without encountering jagged edges or other undesirable noise in the image. The picture can further be enlarged up to 800 times when the digital zoom is employed. These zoom lenses demonstrate JVC's commitment to push existing technology to new levels.
JVC's Super High-Band Processor expands the cameras signal's frequency range to raise horizontal resolution to 520 lines or more, thereby taking full advantage of the DV format's original high resolution. JVC's 3D NR (3-Dimension Noise Reduction) compares field A to field A, and field B to field B across two frames so that the scanning lines are identical and noise can be reduced more accurately. As a result, the signal-to-noise ratio is improved by 2 dB and noise is reduced by about 30%. So, flicker is eliminated and color reproduction is improved, enhancing overall picture quality.
The USB interface present on the GR-D290 easily interfaces with many recent laptop and desktop personal computers. This USB port supports USB Video Class for high-speed industry standard video streaming and data transfer without the need for an IEEE 1394. With the provided "CyberLink DVD Solution", one-touch DVD burning, as well as VCD burning, is possible, allowing you to store sharp, high-quality images that can be viewed with crisp reproduction, even on a large-screen.
The GR-D290's built-in Digital Still Camera function lets the user shoot HG Digital Stills with 2 image size settings (1024x768/640x480-pixel) and store them on MultiMediaCard (provided with the GR-D290). Stored data can be quickly transferred due to USB Mass Storage Class compatibility. Or, the camera's memory card can be inserted into an optional Floppy Disk Adapter or PC Card Adapter for easy transferring to a computer.
The GR-D camcorders feature a 2.5" Clear LCD Monitor which provides bright and vivid images with reduced surface reflection and glare when shooting outdoors, so users enjoy shooting under the sun without the washed out image common with conventional LCDs. It's also possible to view through the viewfinder and LCD monitor simultaneously, especially convenient in situations where you want to share the view with other people.