CES 2013 Invigorates The Camcorder

In the old days, there used to be these things called camcorders that people would take with them to capture video at family functions, sporting events, and other occasions worth preserving for posterity. Of course, once the standard smartphone began delivering HD photo capture and video recording capabilities, a single mobile device was all most required on a daily basis to preserve the memories unfolding before them.

This year at CES 2013, however, the camcorder is making a comeback.  In fact, the product category is generating more buzz than its enjoyed in recent years. And one of the standouts in the field this turn is JVC’s Procision GC-PX100 – a a 1,920 x 1,080 camcorder that shoots at 36Mbps.

According to the camcorder maker, this bit-rate is ideal for the type of quality slow-motion capture and special effects that a smartphone can’t provide today.

The full range of recording speeds – from high-speed to time-lapse – are flexibly controllable by a single dial next to the lens, JVC said at CES yesterday.

The bright and fast F1.2 lens, 1/2.3″ 12.8Megapixel Back-Illuminated CMOS Sensor, and Optical Image Stabilizer provide an optimal inlet for high quality images. And with built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, playback images can be beamed to and viewed on smart devices.

Pretty impressive, right?

“As they say,” JVC reminds us, “a picture is worth a thousand words, and for video enthusiasts, JVC’s GC-PX100 will be worth much more than that with its uncanny ability to capture precise moments even with fast-moving action.”

Available in March, the camcorder comes with a $1,000 price tag.