12 Nov 2014

JVC launches an entire range of 4K camcorders

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With three new camcorders and a 4K remote head camera, this is possibly the most prolific launch in the history of 4K

We don't know what the collective noun for a whole bunch of handheld 4K cameras is, but that's just what JVC has released today.

It's essentially a complete new range of 4K camcorders that's likely to catapult JVC into the forefront of freelancers and news organisations alike.

Most surprising of all is that amongst this plethora of cameras is a fully-fledged 35mm sensor device with a Micro Four Thirds lens mount. Surprisingly and significantly, JVC can now build their own sensors, giving them membership of a somewhat exclusive club.

Here are the cameras in slightly more detail. We'll have full reviews as soon as we can get the cameras.

GY-HM170E compact 4KCAM handheld camcorder
(US Price $2,495)

 

GY-HM170E compact 4KCAM handheld camcorder GY-HM170E compact 4KCAM handheld camcorder

 

This is a compact camera with a professional control layout also capable of shooting 4:2:2 HD at 50 Mbps.  It has a 12x optical zoom lens and a 4K CMOS 1/2.3 inch sensor with over 12 million pixels.

It also features a built in ND filter

Here's a summary of the features:

Single 1/2.3-inch CMOS image sensor with 12.76 million pixels (9.03 active)
High quality integrated 12x F1.2-3.5 zoom lens (35mm equivalent: 29.5-354mm)
Dynamic zoom in HD mode combines optical zoom and pixel mapping to create seamless and lossless 24x zoom
4K Ultra HD recording (150 Mbps, 24/30p) to SDXC (UHS-I Speed clas

s3) card
4:2:2 full HD recording at 50Mbps (24-60p)
Live 4K UHD output via HDMI connector
2 position ND filter (1/4, 1/16)
Built-in stereo microphone
Dual SDHC/SDXC slots enable dual, backup and continuous recording
3.5-inch colour LCD display (920K pixel) with smart focus assist function
0.24-inch colour viewfinder (1.56M pixel) with smart focus assist function
Wired remote control supported
9 user button assignable functions
Includes BN-VF823U 7.2V battery, AC adapter

GY-HM200E 4KCAM live streaming camcorder
(US Price $2,995)

GY-HM200E 4KCAM live streaming camcorder GY-HM200E 4KCAM live streaming camcorder

This appears to be similar to the GY-HM170E but has additional streaming capabilities, and Dual XLR audio inputs as well as HDSDI outputs.  Full details below:

Single 1/2.3-inch CMOS image sensor with 12.76 million pixels (9.03 active)
High quality integrated 12x F1.2-3.5 zoom lens (35mm equivalent: 29.5-354mm)
Dynamic zoom in HD mode combines optical zoom and pixel mapping to create seamless and lossless 24x zoom
4K Ultra HD recording (150 Mbps, 24/30p) to SDXC(UHS-I Speed class3) card
4:2:2 full HD (24-60p) recording at 50Mbps
Live 4K UHD output via HDMI connector
2 position ND filter (1/4, 1/16)
HD-SDI (3G) and HDMI outputs (4K output via HDMI only)
2-channel XLR audio inputs with phantom power
Built-in stereo microphone
Dual SDHC/SDXC slots enable dual, backup and continuous recording
Advanced JVC streaming engine compatible with USTREAM, Zixi and Wowza Streaming Engine
IP network remote control, remote viewing, metadata editing, FTP clips (requires appropriate network connection and adapter)
3.5-inch colour LCD display (920K pixel) with smart focus assist function
0.24-inch colour viewfinder (1.56M pixel) with smart focus assist function
Wired remote control supported
9 user button assignable functions
Includes handle unit and SSL-JVC50 7.4V battery, AC Adapter
External microphone not included

GY-LS300E Super 35mm camcorder
(US price $4,450)

GY-LS300E Super 35mm camcorder GY-LS300E Super 35mm camcorder

This is a very interesting development. It's a Super 35mm CMOS sensor with 4K resolution and a Micro  Four Thirds lens mount. There's clearly a lot of detail still to come about this camera. For example, the "Variable Scan Mapping sounds interesting. Apparently "Super 35mm Cinema lenses may be used and will retain their native angle of view (appropriate adapter required). When the camera is used with MFT, Super 16 and other size lenses, JVC's proprietary Variable Scan Mapping feature will maintain the lens's native angle of view. This gives filmmakers the flexibility of using widely available MFT lenses as well as high end cinema lenses. The unique combination of the MFT mount, the larger Super 35mm image sensor and Variable Scan Mapping give the camera nearly limitless lens options."

Recording is to .MOV files, 4:2:2 in the case of HD, at up to 50 Mbps, and in 4K, we assume it's 4:2:0 at up to 150 Mbps at 24p and 30p.

It's going to be interesting to see where this camera fits and what its competitors are.

Here is a summary of the capabilities of this camera:

Newly developed 4K Super 35mm CMOS image sensor
Micro Four Thirds System Lens Mount
Variable Scan Mapping maintains native angle of view for a variety of lenses including Super 35, MFT and Super 16.
Adapters available for PL and EF mount lenses
4K Ultra HD recording (150 Mbps, 24p/30p) to SDXC(UHS-I Speed class3) card
4:2:2 Full HD recording at 50Mbps (24p-60p)
3 position ND filter (1/4, 1/16 and 1/64)
HD-SDI (3G) and HDMI outputs (4K output via HDMI only)
2-channel XLR audio inputs with phantom power
Shotgun microphone included
Dual SDHC/SDXC slots enable Dual, Backup and Continuous recording
Advanced JVC streaming engine compatible with USTREAM, Zixi and Wowza Streaming Engine
IP Network Remote Control, Remote Viewing, Metadata editing, FTP clips (requires appropriate network connection and adapter)
3.5-inch colour LCD display (920K pixel) with smart focus assist function
0.24-inch colour viewfinder (1.56M pixel) with smart focus assist function
Wired remote control supported
10 user button assignable functions
Includes handle unit, SSL-JVC50 7.4V battery, AC Adapter and shotgun microphone

GW-SP100E remote head 4KCAM camera system

GW-SP100E remote head 4KCAM camera system GW-SP100E remote head 4KCAM camera system

This is a clever 4K remote head camera system with a recorder/player. 4K video cam be captured at 50/60p. The camera has a 4/3 lens mount. More details below:

Super 35mm bayored 13.6 Megapixel CMOS sensor
Micro Four Thirds mount
Connection to camera head via optional 1m, 5m or 15m wired cable
Separate recording and playback device
Separate RCU controller
Up to 4K Ultra HD 50/60p recording at 4:2:2 150 Mbps
4K single file recording at 150Mbps
SD recording
2x dual slot recording (4 slots) for continuous or back up recordings
SDHC and SDXC memory card support
AVDHD / AVC H.264 / MPEG-4
7-inch full HD LCD display
HDMI outputs up to 4K Ultra HD at 50/60p
4x 3G SDI outputs (4K UHD)
1 HD-SDI output (HD)
Video output for control (3.5mm)
2x XLR for mic or line input
3.5mm headphone socket
2.5mm LANC control
6-pin interface for RCU

The new cameras will be "available by Spring 2015"

Turn the page for first the European press release, and again for the US press release.



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