JVC Supporting 4K (UHD) In An Affordable Way

Three new cameras in the 4KCAM product line feature dual SDHC/SDXC card slots for dual, backup, and continuous recording.

Over the past three years JVC Professional Products, a division of JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation, has dominated the local station ENG market with lightweight fully featured HD camcorders (as part of its ProHD product family) that found favor with stations looking to put more cameras on the street, albeit models with 1/3-inch CCD sensors.

The next step for JVC, according to the company, is attempting to create a similar impact on those looking to shoot Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 resolution versus the full 4096 x 2160 spec) images—although not necessarily for news gathering—with a new product line that ranges from $4,450 to $2,495.

“I wouldn’t count out news stations shooting 4K [UHD] if the price is right, said Edgar Shane, General Manager, Engineering at JVC Professional Products. “The more we get these cameras into professional hands, the more 4K content will be available for broadcast, even if it’s not 4K news right now.”

JVC now offers a new 4KCAM product line (for ENG and digital cinema applications) that includes: the GY-LS300, a Super 35mm camcorder that accepts a variety of interchangeable lenses; the GY-HM200, a full-featured Ultra HD camcorder with live HD streaming; and the GY-HM170, a palm-sized Ultra HD camera with a variety of professional features.

“When we launched our ProHD product line, JVC made professional HD production affordable,” said Larry Librach, senior vice president, JVC Professional Products. “Our new 4KCAM product line follows that same tradition, with three new cameras that make ultra-high definition 4K economical for cinematographers, webcasters and broadcasters, corporate and live event production teams, and even independent shooters.”

The GY-LS300 records to non-proprietary SDHC and SDXC media cards in a variety of image formats including Ultra HD, Full HD with 4:2:2 sampling, SD, and Web-friendly proxy formats. It features JVC’s 4K Super 35mm CMOS sensor combined with an industry standard Micro Four Thirds (MFT) lens mount. JVC’s unique Variable Scan Mapping technology maintains the native angle of view for a variety of lenses, including Super35, MFT, and Super16. As a result, lens options for the camera are almost limitless.

JVC’s Shane said the combination of a Super 35 sensor and MFT mount allows users to leverage the largest variety of lenses and adapters without compromising image quality and lens characteristics. It gives filmmakers flexibility to use high-end cinema lenses or affordable glass to capture 4K/HD footage.

The GY-HM200 offers Ultra HD, 4:2:2 Full HD (50Mbps), and SD image acquisition with a 1/2.3-inch BSI CMOS chip. It also features a built-in 12x zoom lens with optical image stabilizer and 24x dynamic zoom in HD mode. Both the GY-LS300 and GY-HM200 include dual XLR audio inputs that are mic/line switchable and feature built-in phantom power, an integrated handle with hot shoe and dedicated microphone mount, and SDI and HDMI video outputs.

The GY-HM200 is also JVC’s most affordable streaming camcorder, and can stream instantly to Ustream or other destinations while simultaneously recording to SDHC/SDXC media cards. A built-in HD streaming engine with Wi-Fi and 4G LTE connectivity allows live HD transmission directly from the GY-HM200 and GY-LS300 to hardware decoders, Ustream, Wowza Streaming Engine, and the ProHD Broadcaster server powered by Zixi.

In addition, a variety of streaming protocols including RTMP allow the delivery of content directly to popular streaming websites and content delivery networks (CDN). Zixi’s Advanced Streaming Technology (AST) provides content-aware error correction and bandwidth shaping, while JVC’s Streamconfidence delivers real-time feedback of LTE and streaming status in the viewfinder.

The compact GY-HM170 features a heavy-duty body with professional control layout and records Ultra HD as H.264 files, and can record HD and SD footage in a variety of resolutions and frame rates.

Finally, the compact and economical GY-HM170 features a heavy-duty body with professional control layout and comprehensive video profile settings for professional use. The camera records Ultra HD as H.264 files, and can record HD and SD footage in a variety of resolutions and frame rates. Other features include an integrated 12x optical zoom lens with two ND filters, built-in stereo microphone and 3.5mm audio input, and live 4K UHD output through a built-in HDMI connector.

All three new cameras in the 4KCAM product line feature dual SDHC/SDXC card slots for dual, backup, and continuous recording and a 3.5-inch LCD display and 1.56 megapixel color viewfinder, both with smart focus assist functions, as well as two-channel audio recording.

The GY-HM200 has an MSRP of $2,995 and the GY-HM170 carries a list price of $2,495. Both will be available in February. The GY-LS300 has an MSRP of $4,450 and will be available in March.

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