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The perfect introduction to versatile digital video, the GR-DVL555 combines the high-quality digital video and a built-in digital still camera in an extremely easy-to-use package. SD-ready card slot and USB interface, Digital NightScope for night scene shooting, and provided image processing software make this camcorder the ideal way to begin your exploration of digital video.
The Super High-Band Processor intelligently calculates and restores the high-band components of the luminance signal that would be lost in conventional processing. This ensures extremely high horizontal resolution of 520 lines. In addition to high-quality motion video, the GR-DVL555 also features a built-in digital still camera to capture digital still pictures. It takes VGA (640 x 480 pixels) size digital stills and stores them on the provided MultiMediaCard. You can choose image quality between Fine and Standard depending on your needs. The removable MultiMediaCard lets you easily transfer image and sound data to and from a PC. Just remove the card and load it into the optional adapter or card reader - the stored data can be dragged and dropped on your PC just like any other file. And since the card slot is SD-ready, you can also use an SD Memory Card to store larger volumes of data. For easier and even more convenient data transfer capability, the USB terminal is provided for fast, Plug and Play data downloading from the SD Memory Card/MultiMediaCard to a compatible PC. Since the USB Mass Storage Class support is provided, just hook up the camera via cable and it will appear on your computer screen as a drive unit. The GR-DVL555 is provided with a DV terminal (i.LINK: IEEE 1394 compliant) for fast, lossless digital transfer to a computer, as well as for dubbing to another DV unit in native DV format. This handy analogue input terminal makes it easy to upgrade your old tapes to digital, or incorporate footage from analogue sources in your digital videos. In addition to the 10x optical zoom, this camera also features a powerful 300x digital zoom with spline interpolation to smooth contours that helps you pick out a face in the crowd. A digital image stabilizer, which helps to eliminate camera shake without affecting image quality, is handy when zooming in for a portrait. The GR-DVL555's 3.5" LCD monitor makes it easy to frame shots when shooting, and for reviewing footage after recording. A built-in Auto Light switches on automatically to illuminate scenes, allowing you to capture a natural range of colors even when the light is low.