Reprinted from a JVC press release:

JVC Professional Products Company expands its ProHD family line of products with the introduction of the GY-HD200U. Targeted for independent filmmakers and stringers, this high definition camcorder carries the “Compact-Shoulder” form factor popularized by the GY-HD100U, and is capable of HDV720/60P true progressive image acquisition due to the implementation of JVC’s new “Super Encoder” developed for the latest line of ProHD products.

60P provides 60 full frames of information per second, excellent for viewing and analyzing motion, as well as for delivering an “overcranked” recording for superb slow motion when the final output is 24P. The GY-HD200U utilizes all of the accessories currently available for the GY-HD100U, including the new 1/3″ mount HD lenses being introduced at NAB 2006.

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To further enhance the ability to utilize multiple types of lenses, JVC has also created an exclusive optional lens adapter — HZ-CA13U — specifically designed for the 1/3″ bayonet mount of JVC ProHD camcorders which enables the use of 16mm film prime lenses with a PL (Positive Lock) mount to address the needs of the cinematography community. The GY-HD200 is also capable of inverting the image from a prime lens so that special editing functionality is not required for correct recording of the image.

“Our intention with the design of this camera is to emphasize the flexibility of interchangeable lenses, whether it is for ENG or for cinematography” said Craig Yanagi, National Marketing Manager, Creation Products, JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS COMPANY. “By utilizing the exclusive HZ-CA13U lens adapter, facilities with a large stock of 16mm film lenses–particularly film schools and rental houses–will especially benefit from this revolutionary capability, and filmmakers universally will benefit from the wide variety of 16mm lenses available today.”

Additionally, the GY-HD200U now has Enhanced Cinema Gamma capability further empowering the photographer to enhance the captured image. The camcorder also records in both SD – including 24P and 24PA – and HD, and has JVC’s patented focus assist function that enables the user to precisely focus on each scene by highlighting details in the viewfinder to facilitate HD focusing. The camera also features two XLR connectors for each audio channel and records CD quality audio at 384Kbps in the MPEG1 Layer 2 format with the audio level indicators visible on the viewfinder and on the flip-out LCD display.

The suggested list price for the GY-HD200U is $7,995.00 (Tentative). The suggested list price of the HZ-CA13U lens adapter has not been determined. Delivery for both products is expected to begin in October 2006.

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