April 7, 2014

JVC Enters Cinema Marketplace, Announces Four New Super-35 4K Cameras at NAB 2014

4-4K-JVC-CamerasIt's camera season here in Vegas, and adding to the mix is JVC, announcing not one (who announces just one camera anymore?) but four new 4K-capable large sensor camcorders. So if you haven't already had enough new cameras to sift through yet, hit the jump for the details.

Here's a bit of the backstory of JVC's involvement with 4K from their press release:

In 2012, JVC introduced the world’s first handheld 4K camcorder, the GY-HMQ10. At the 2014 NAB Show, we are providing a look into an expanding 4K future with four new technology demonstrations. The first two prototypes signal JVC’s entry into the digital cinematography marketplace.

Release dates and pricing is currently unknown for all these cameras:

JVC 4k Cameras at NAB 2014

Photo courtesy of Tim Dashwood

GY-LSX1 4K shoulder mount camera:

  • Super-35mm sensor.
  • PL lens mount.
  • 4K (4096×2160 or 3840×216) at up to 60p
  • HD up to 240p for super slo-motion.
  • Records to SDHX, SDXC UHSI memory cards in MPEG-4 AVC/h.264 4:2:2 codec
  • 4 audio channels.
  • 4K signal output via quad HD-SDI or HDMI 2.0.
  • Advanced IP communications capability (remote control and streaming).
  • 1920×1080 derived from a 2/3″ equivalent windowed portion of the sensor.
  • Genlock and TC in/out.
  • ISO sensitivity, dynamic range unknown.

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GY-LSX2 4K handheld camera:

  • Super-35mm sensor.
  • Micro Four Thirds lens mount.
  • 4K at 24p and 30p can be recorded onto SDHC/SDXC cards.
  • Optional simultaneous recording to HD and SD or HD and proxy, as well as simultaneous recording and streaming.

The other two cameras from this announcement were designed specifically for broadcast applications:

GW-SPLS1 a two-piece mini 4K camera:

  • Super 35mm sensor.
  • Micro Four Thirds lens mount.
  • 4K can be recorded to SDHC/SDXC cards.
  • Live output via quad HD-SDI or HDMI 2.0.
  • Same 13.6MP sensor as the LSX models.
  • Records to SDHC media.
  • IP control and viewing.
  • Genlock and timecode capability.
  • 5-meter tether cable is included, with an optional 20-meter cable.
  • The recording half of the unit has a folding 7″ monitor.

JVC GW-GBLS14K at NAB 2014

Photo courtesy of Tim Dashwood

GW-GBLS1:

  • The head from the GW-SPLS1 together with a complete gimbal system.
  • Super 35mm CMOS.
  • 4096×2160 or 3840×2160 resolution at up to 60p.

Until we get pricing information and more information about the dynamic range of the new sensor, it's hard to place these cameras in the race. What do you think about JVC's new offerings? Join the discussion in the comments below.

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So, I guess that old (September, 2013) Atomos president prediction of twenty new 4K cams in time for the NAB'14 was fairly accurate.

April 7, 2014

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DLD

Yep :)
4K is raining on us.
Thanks.

April 7, 2014

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kuk

My lord.... It's raining 4K cameras.

April 7, 2014

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CC

Isn't that pic of the handheld version just that crazy nikon mount thing they released in Japan only a while ago? You remember, the one they were charging EIGHTEEN GRAND for and recorded onto 4 sd cards...

April 7, 2014

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Juggernaut

The above Photos are of Prototypes, the final product may differ from those Prototypes. Previously JVC showed a Prototype at a Show and then came out with the Camera later. The newest 4K Camcorder, for professionals, (not shown in the Photos above) is:

GY-HMQ10U -- 4K COMPACT HANDHELD CAMCORDER -- MSRP: $5,550.00
http://pro.jvc.com/prof/attributes/features.jsp?model_id=MDL102132

Recording Media: SDHC/SDXC (Class 6/10), SDHC/SDXC Slots x 4
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4K Recording: 3,840 x 2,160
MPEG-4 AVC/H.264(.MP4) 4 Stream Separate Recording 60fps/50fps/24fps Progressive at 144Mbps
4K recording for up to 2 hours (32GB SDHC, x4)
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Also functions as a full-HD camcorder: AVCHD progressive (.mts) 60i/60p or 50p/50i
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Records to inexpensive SDHC/SDXC memory cards: 4 used in the 4K mode, 1 used in the HD mode.

Preliminary Info about the GW-GBLS1 Gimbal Camera is here: http://pro.jvc.com/pro/pr/2014/brochures/4K_products/GWGBLS1_gimbal_came... and some more Info is available at my YT Site (link above).

April 22, 2014

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Rob

Hopefully their QC has improved since we called their cameras "Japanese Victor Crap."

April 7, 2014

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ronn

They're huge with the ENG community, with the emphasis on the work flow and features rather than on pure cinematic quality. IMO, this means that pretty much everything you see on TV will be at least recorded, if not streamed, in 4K. And the pressure to stream in 4K is hitting the boiling point fast.

April 7, 2014

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DLD

weak but promising info

i would expect this from an indie kickstarter announcement but come on JVC , a few mock dummy camera photos with specs only on paper , nice but wont hold breath in next coming months

April 7, 2014

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jaye

Why make a s35 camera with MFT mount?

April 7, 2014

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Emil

MFT so you can adapt anything on it...

April 7, 2014

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mathenge

Except native MFT lenses because most of them will vignette, right?

April 7, 2014

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How m43 lenses will vignette with a bigger sensor than what they're designed for? My only issue is if it will have ND filters. This little camera can be big with the event videographers.

April 8, 2014

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IvI

If the sensor is larger than the glass in the back of the lens, wouldn't it be dark around the edges? or vignette? Maybe I'm confused here, but the reason so many lenses work on the m4/3rds sensor is that most lenses are for 35mm film, which makes it cover the entire micro four third sensor. JVC seems to have it backwards unless their doing some up scaling or some trickery. Or I just don't understand it properly, which wouldn't be the first time.

April 9, 2014

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I had the same question. Wouldn't that make your camera instantly incompatible with all of the lenses that natively mount to it? Are standard MFT adapters going to work with the larger sensor? And if so, will they communicate between the lens and body? Man, JVC puts out some strange products.

April 7, 2014

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I am rooting for JVC to come thru the rubble and take back the crown - the HD100 was a cool camera.

April 7, 2014

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We love 'em underdogs. I'm with you, Between BM, AJA and JVC I have my 'please make a big splash' section covered.

April 8, 2014

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IvI

In light of Black Magic offering a MFT studio camera, this has me wondering if MFT is on the way to becoming the replacement for 2/3" sensors... at least in some market segments. As for the S35 cameras with MFT, It would stand to reason there is a selectable sensor crop for native lenses.

April 7, 2014

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dano

By the way, most/all of these JVC 4K cams are at their mock-up stage.

April 7, 2014

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DLD

must be damn costly cause once when JVC worked out 4k it was around $100000 , now days 4k will available under 3k , perhaps JVC know the present market or if not that will be the end of this company's camera business

April 8, 2014

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arn

Man, remember when SD video (a la VX1000, VX2000, etc) lasted so many years and now, HD and HD+ is moving so exponentially fast that it's become quite difficult to stay current, unless your funds are unlimited, unlike mine. Neat to look at and behold the new hardware though. I guess that's what makes us dreamers, dreamers!

April 8, 2014

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Yeah it feels that way, but I think 1080 HD will be around for awhile. At least until monitors and TVs start coming down in price.

April 8, 2014

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Alex

Will these record 4k to 1 SDHC card, or do 4 streams need to be stitched together? Hopefully they distance themselves from their $18k F-mount camera.

April 8, 2014

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dural78