Way back in the halcyon days of the early '80s, when whacked-out funkmeisters De La Soul sang about three being the magic number, little did they realise that they were following in the prophetic footsteps of such freaks as Nostradamus and the guy who got put in the stocks and pelted with rancid cucumber when he suggested the boy might not be crying wolf ‘just for a laff’ this time.
You see, breaking an image into three colours – red, green and blue – then giving each its own sensor means you can capture more colour and detail. Perfect for a camcorder, then.
JVC’s latest Everio not only has three CCD sensors but also houses the lovely modernities we’ve come to expect from the range. A 30GB hard disk is good for storing over seven hours of DVD-quality MPEG2 footage, there’s a massive 2.7in widescreen LCD and a 10x optical zoom lens.
For you still-image buffs, the MG505 also takes 5MP photos and has a built-in flash. There’s also an SD card slot, so you can keep the hard disk for movies only.
So, aside from the lack of hi-def recording – something Sanyo and Sony have already dipped their toes into – this is potentially the best camcorder ever.