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JVC intros flagship ProHD GY-HM-790 and Panasonic the HPX-370

JVC intros flagship ProHD GY-HM790 camcorder Looks like a year of camera updates.

Along with this new JVC camcorder, Pansonic have announced the HPX-370 as an update to the HPX-300 (that was the top ranked, sub $10K camcorder in the 2009-2010 edition of the HD Survival Handbook).

The GY-HM790 is somewhat more expensive than the other models in the range, but sports 3 x 1/3″ CCDs (so no CMOS image wobble or slanting) with a modular design so that ANSI or BNC connectors can be added, to suit different peripherals or purpose-specific modules (like microwave uplink). Supports all major video formats.

Panasonic’s just-announced the upgraded HPX-370 from the HPX-300 (good deals were available on the run-out). Same size sensors but a sensor upgrade for lower noise and better sensitivity. Other than the upgraded sensor (at the same price) the HPX-370 is pretty much the same camera as the HPX-300. The AVC-Intra support makes it the highest record quality field acquisition camera under $10K (street price).

I was hoping for an NAB of radically new cameras with large sensors. I still have hope for Canon who have the best pedigree (of the majors) for large sensors, except they’re in the DSLR division, not the video camera one. Hopefully there are some bridges within the  company!