JVC announced two new camcorders in Japan. The GR-X5 has a 1.3 megapixel 3CCD eye and takes still pictures at a 5 megapixel resolution. It is also 16/9-compatible. The big advantage of this model is the shape and design, which makes it very nice to hold in your hand. It fills up MiniDV and SD cards, and is quite small (3.5 x 3.5 x 3.8 inches) and light (19 ounces). Pricing information has not been announced yet.
The Everio GZ-MC500 is new in Japan, but already available in the US. This model is an improved version of the GZ-MC200 and has a 1.3 megapixel 3CCD sensor and a 5 megapixel CCD for pictures.