updated 02:45 pm EST, Wed January 11, 2012
4K video to external display in near real-time
JVC has announced the world's first handheld 4K camcorder, the GY-HMQ10. The GY-HMQ10 uses JVC's on-camera Falconbrid Large-Scale Integration processing to deBayer RAW images from the camera's 8.3 million-pixel CMOS sensor in real time. Unlike other 4K cameras, such as RED's Scarlet-X 4K camera system, the GY-HMQ10 can output live 4K via four HDMI terminals to a monitor or projection system with almost no latency. JVC claims the camcorder is the first to be able to capture, process, display and record 4K images in real time.
The GY-HMQ10 records 4K motion 3840x2160 footage at 24p, 50p, or 60p. It can store up to two hours of 4K recordings on SDHC or SDXC memory cards, using MPEG-4 technology and a variable bit rate H.264 codec operating at up to 144 Mbps. It will also record in 1080i or 1080/60p full HD, which the camera stores on a single memory card. The ability to record in both 4K and HD had been requested by attendees at 4K forums held by JVC last year, and is unique in the camera industry. In addition, the camera can crop an HD image from a 4K frame either either in post production or in real time during camera playback using the camera's touch panel LCD monitor.
The GY-HMQ10 includes a built-in F2.8 10x zoom lens with optical image stabilizer, and both a color viewfinder and 3.5-inch touch LCD monitor. It has built-in stereo microphone, and a microphone holder and two balanced XLR connectors with phantom power are located on the handle.
The GY-HMQ10 is equipped with manual level controls for audio, as well as manual and auto control of focus, iris, gain, shutter, gamma, color matrix, and white balance.
The JVC GY-HMQ10 will ship in March 2012. Retail price is $4,995.
JVC GY-HMQ10 4K camcorder