Many still cameras can shoot videos. Just as many videocams can shoot stills. Both are built primarily for their main function, with the extra feature making for a nice bonus. The JVC GC-PX10, on the other hand, has been built to do both as its primary duty.
Billed as a "true hybrid," JVC claims the camera can capture videos and snap images with equal levels of proficiency. Just like a real SLR, it can nab 12 megapixel pictures and even take 8.3 megapixel action stills at 60 fps for up to 130 shots (about 2.1 seconds). And just like a proper videocam, it can take 300 fps action videos for super slow motion playback and full 1080p recordings at a 36 Mbps sampling rate.
The JVC GC-PX10 is a hybrid still and video camera that combines elements of both device categories inside and out. Features include a 12.75 megapixel back-illuminated image sensor, a Konica Minolta HD lens, 10x optical zoom, built-in flash with a 2 meter optimal range, a high speed imaging engine, 32GB of internal solid state memory, and a complete set of interfaces. It measures 5.2 x 2.6 x 4.8 inches and weighs 1.2lbs with batteries.
Since it's meant to perform dual talents, some of the ports and controls have been put along the lens housing rather than the body. It also integrates a tilting LCD, so you can shoot at more unusual angles compared to a regular SLR.
Availability for the JVC GC-PX10 is slated sometime this month, priced at $899.95.