Japan's JVC has added to its popular Everio series with the GZ-MC500. Like the tiny hybrid's predecessors, the GZ-MC500 records to a micro disk drive, allowing for easy transfer of images and video to a computer for editing. But what is new are the three 1.33-megapixel CCDs - for better video quality - and a five-megapixel CCD sensor for capturing digital still images. Just a four-gigabyte removable hard disk drive, manufactured by Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, is available at present. This is enough for up to 60 minutes of high-quality video in the MPEG-2 format. Expect drives in the eight to 10GB range to become available later this year. But this drool tool does not come cheap - expect to pay about US$1,800 for the GZ-MC500.