CES 2014: JVC GZ-R70 and GZ-R10 are Tough Guys

wet camcorder with LCD screen open

JVCs two new cameras GZ-R70 and GZ-R10 bring action-camera-durability to the traditional camera form factor. Like the aging action star, these show promise of no excuse good video. When JVC asks for proofing, they mean it, with IPX8 certification, both the GZ-R10 and GZ-R70 can be submersed under 16 feet of water, and for most of us, that's as far as we'll want to go. If you've ever put a camera in freezing water (nods knowingly), you know you're testing a camera's limits, and these two from the Everio line give you some room to breath easy with usability down to 14 F and 10 C. Then while you're on land, or at least grabbing air in action sports, the shock and dustproof features will factor in. The drop distance is less than five feet, so not something you'll want to mess with much, but it's much better than many electronics out there.

compact and durable red camera

On to the video capability right? Almost, since the GZ-R70 and GZ-R10 are being made durable, we'd like the battery to last, so try 4.5 hours, and no worrying about picking up extras, the internal battery eliminates any need to swap batteries in hostile weather. With the camera set, you can finally start shooting with the back-illuminated sensor and JVC's Falconbrid system. Another consideration that you might have missed in planning your outdoor shooting adventure is audio, JVC didn't forget, the K2 technology helps restore audio and clean up wind noise. If you've had any trouble using your Everio footage with iMovie or Final Cut Pro, functionality with these should be no problem.

In mentioning these features, the GZ-R10 and GZ-R70 differ in memory and cost (if JVC follows their own trend one the R70 will have 16GB and the R10 will have none). The GZ-R70 is $500 and available in April 2014 while the GZ-R10 is $400 and available in March 2014.

Check out the GZ-R70 on the CES Show Floor

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Tue, 01/07/2014 - 12:19pm

Press Release

JVC Announces Rugged, All-Weather Camcorders

LAS VEGAS, January 7, 2014 – JVC injects action into the camcorder market with the introduction of a line of rugged, weather-proof Everio models that allow video to be shot in most any weather and offer opportunities for creating unique videos that can’t easily be captured with a smartphone or traditional camcorder. The new models also feature an internal, long-life battery – 4.5 hours on a single charge – for even more versatility.

The two new JVC Everio camcorders, the GZ-R70 and GZ-R10, feature JVC’s Quad-Proof structure – water resistance to a depth of 5m/16.4ft, the ability to withstand a drop from 1.5m/4.9ft, as well as dust-proof and freeze-proof down to –10˚C/14˚F – packaged in a familiar camcorder form factor. 

The new line offers a combination of performance capabilities and innovative features for those who want to take their videos beyond what a smartphone or other camcorders can deliver. In addition to their weather- and shock-proof attributes, JVC’s new Everio camcorders feature a 40x optical zoom, 2.5 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS image sensor, audio that zooms with the picture, and compatibility with third-party editing software, including iMovie and Final Cut Pro X.

The new Everio line’s Quad-Poof technologies were first offered in JVC’s ADIXXION action cameras, designed for shooting point-of-view action video. Bringing the technology to the Everio series means that all kinds of videos can be created under a wide range of weather conditions. There’s even the “oops-proof” factor – no need to worry if the camcorder is accidently dropped onto the ground or even into a pool. Contributing to the camcorders’ IPX8 certified water resistance and IP5X dust resistance is the internal high-capacity battery, which eliminates the risk of damaging the camera while changing batteries in bad weather. Moreover, Everio is compatible with third-party portable batteries (the type used with smartphones for emergency charging). Video can be shot while charging to go beyond the internal battery’s 4.5 hours, or Quick Charge for one hour and add an extra 1.3 hours of recording time if the portable battery current is over 1.0A.

The definitive advantage that Everio camcorders offer over smartphones is quality optics. Everio is equipped with a large-caliber KONICA MINOLTA HD LENS with high-quality 40x Optical Zoom. With 60x Dynamic Zoom, the 2.5M Back-illuminated CMOS Image Sensor maintains the picture’s HD resolution even when exceeding the optical zoom range. And the JVC FALCONBRID engine provides efficient video and audio processing to deliver beautiful images and sound. Adding to audio quality is JVC K2 Technology applied during recording for effective sound restoration during playback. Outdoors, gusts of wind won’t spoil the soundtrack thanks to an original algorithm that effectively attenuates wind noise picked up at the mic.

The two new JVC Everio camcorders are differentiated by internal memory capacity, a built-in LED light is included in the GZ-R70, and the GZ-R10 is available in black, blue and red. They will be available at the following prices:

  • • GZ-R70: $499.95 (Available April 2014)
  • • GZ-R10: $399.95 (Available March 2014)

About JVC Americas Corp.

Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, JVC Americas Corp. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVC KENWOOD Corporation. JVC Americas distributes imaging and home entertainment products for the consumer market, and video equipment for the broadcast and professional markets. For further product information, visit JVC’s website.

The information contained herein was correct as of the time of this release. In some cases it may not match the latest information.

GZ-R70/R10 Primary Features

  •  32GB (R70) Internal Memory
  •  QUAD-PROOF Body
  •  4.5H Internal Long-Life Battery
  •  40x Optical Zoom (60x Dynamic Zoom)
  •  2.5M Back-illuminated CMOS Sensor
  •  SD/SDHC/SDXC Card Slot
  •  Compatible with Portable Battery and USB Charging *
  •  FALCONBRID Image Processing Engine
  •  10 Megapixel Stills
  •  3.0-inch Full Screen Touch Panel
  •  Advanced Image Stabilizer (A.I.S.)
  •  Intelligent AUTO
  •  Face Detection / Touch AE/AF
  •  Special Effects REC (Rough Monochrome / Food Mode / Baby Mode)
  •  Time-Lapse REC
  •  24Mbps High bit rate Recording
  •  K2 Technology in REC Mode
  •  Auto Wind Cut
  •  Auto Illumi. Light (R70)
  •  Built-in Zoom Mic
  •  1920 x 1080/60P Output
  •  Everio Media Browser 4 Software Supplied
  •  Works with iMovie and Final Cut Pro X

* When used with a portable battery of