JVC has unveiled three 4K/UHD handheld camera models this week at the Content & Communications World 2014 in New York City. The new GY-LS300 is a Super 35mm camcorder that accepts a variety of interchangeable lenses, the GY-HM200 is a versatile, full-featured 4K Ultra HD camcorder with HD streaming, and the GY-HM170 delivers 4K Ultra HD imagery in a palm-sized form factor and many professional features.
The GY-LS300, with an MSRP of $4,450, records to non-proprietary SDHC and SDXC media cards in a variety of image formats including 4K 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. It includes a unique feature called “Variable Scan Mapping” technology which maintains the native angle of view for a variety of lenses, including Super35, MFT, and Super16, thus greatly increasing lens options.
The GY-HM200, with an MSRP of $2,995, also delivers 4K Ultra HD, 4:2:2 Full HD (50Mbps), and SD imagery, but with a 1/2.3-inch BSI CMOS chip. It 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.
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 various hardware decoders. JVC’s “Streamconfidence” delivers real-time feedback of LTE and streaming status in the viewfinder.
While very compact, the economical GY-HM170 @ $2,495 features a heavy duty body with professional control layout and video profile settings for professional use. The camera records 4K 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 cameras will be available by March 2015.