JVC's GC-PX10 Is Part Camcorder, Part Camera, All Frankencam

Is this the Frankencam? Perhaps! JVC's new GC-PX10 is half video camera, half still shooter, and it's certainly one of the strangest hybrid cameras of any kind that we've ever seen. The company's marketing this as a camera that can offer pro-level performance and features, but in a semi-compact body. It shoots 12MP stills, 36Mbps progressive Full HD video, as well as super-slow motion. Sounds like an ideal all-in-one, really.

At the heart of the GC-PX10 is JVC’s new FALCONBRID high speed imaging engine, first seen in JVC’s Full HD 3D camcorder, the GS-TD1. FALCONBRID is a single-chip technology with the processing power to allow the GC-PX10 to record Full HD progressive video at 36Mbps for rich, detailed images. In addition, the camera can shoot 8.3 megapixel stills while recording Full HD video for clear, high-quality still images from recorded video. The camera’s image sensor is a 1/2.3” 12.75 megapixel back-Illuminated CMOS sensor. Digital still shooting in real time offers up to 12 megapixel resolution (4000 x 3000). An ISO6400 mode is available for increased sensitivity when shooting in dark environments. Rapid-fire still shooting of 8.3 megapixel (3840 x 2160) stills is possible at 60 shots-per-second, up to 130 shots total per burst, or 12 megapixel stills at 30 frames-per-second.

Other features that will appeal to the serious shooter include optical image stabilization with JVC’s Advanced Image Stabilizer, 10X optical zoom (19x Dynamic Zoom with no image degradation when zoomed), KONICA MINOLTA HD LENS, a mode dial for both automatic and manual settings (white balance, aperture and shutter), microphone output and headphone input. There's 32GB of internal storage, an SDXC/SDHC card slot, tiltable three-inch touch panel monitor, HDMI output and bundled LoiLoScope FX software for Windows. It'll ship later this month for a not-novice price of $899.95.