JVC announces World’s first handheld 4K camcorder

JVC today announced the world’s first handheld 4K camcorder, the GY-HMQ10. Powered by JVC’s Falconbrid large-scale integration (LSI) chip for high-speed signal processing and a 1/2-inch CMOS imager with 8.3 million active pixels, it captures, records, and plays video images in real time at four times the resolution of high definition television (3840×2160) at 24p, 50p, or 60p. In addition to 4K imaging, the JVC GY-HMQ10 also captures and records 1080i or 1080/60p full HD in a format compatible with most editing systems, with extraordinary detail provided by its 8.3 megapixel imager and superior built-in F2.8 10x zoom lens with optical image stabilizer. Plus, an HD image can be cropped from an 4K frame in real time or in post-production using the camera’s 3.5-inch touch panel LCD display.

The JVC GY-HMQ10 can be used to feed four large 1080p flat screen monitors in a quad configuration (via four HDMI terminals) to create a large video wall presentation during a live event. Using MPEG-4 technology and a variable bit rate H.264 codec operating at up to 144 Mbps, the GY-HMQ10 records up to two hours of 4K video to economical SDHC or SDXC memory cards. For audio, the GY-HMQ10 is equipped with manual level controls and offers audio metering in the LCD and viewfinder displays. A microphone holder and two balanced XLR connectors with phantom power are located on the handle. The camera is also equipped with a built-in stereo mic for ambient sound pickup. The GY-HMQ10 has a suggested list price of $5,550.

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