The JVC GY-HD110U is a revised version of JVC's ProHD camera. The initial version, the GY-HD100U was the first HDV camera to record true progressive images at 24 frames a second while maintaining a professional style ENG form factor. All previous features have been included in this model along with some extras that will increase overall usability. The GY-HD110U is a direct result of extensive research through user based feedback and is a testament to JVC's commitment to providing the most complete video cameras for professionals.
Features include a black and white viewfinder display mode, choice of three image formats on composite out, a special mirror mode when flipping the LCD, along with many others. These additions do not change the appearance of the camera. Everything is identical to its predecessor, making the overall feel very familiar to users of previous versions.
- Viewing Enhancements
- The GY-HD110 has many enhanced viewing options, such as the ability to display both the LCD and viewfinder images simultaneously when using an Anton Bauer, IDX, or PAG battery mount. The camera also includes a black and white viewfinder function to help camera operators' monitor contrast. The focus assist technology on the camera has also been improved to include more viewing modes. Lastly, the LCD can now be mirrored when flipped vertically, which is especially useful in news gathering where self-viewing is necessary.
- Increased Audio Control
- Audio capability has been increased with an audio limiter in manual mode, a 13-segment audio level indicator along with manual audio control within full auto shooting mode (FAS). Full auto mode can be very helpful in situations such as news gathering, where time management is critical. These extra audio controls give operators more flexibility when shooting in hostile shooting conditions.
- MPEG-2 Based Encoding
- JVC is one of the original developers of the MPEG-2 compression system. MPEG-2 is an interframe encoding system that combines multiple frames of digital picture data into a group of pictures (GOP). It then removes redundant information from the GOP resulting in far greater efficiency than with intraframe systems, such as DV, that compress every frame separately. JVC pioneered high definition MPEG-2 recording with its D-VHS format used by major motion picture studios for screening and playback of dailies. JVC's advanced MPEG-2 codecs are used by major television networks and satellite providers. In the GY-HD110U JVC has utilized a highly efficient MPEG-2 codec that compresses the full HD resolution without downsizing the image.
- 24-Frame Cine-Style Capture and Recording
- Twenty-four frames per second progressive acquisition produces recorded images that have a more polished, film-like appearance than typical interlaced video cameras. Virtually all high end digital cinematography cameras utilize the 24P system. The GY-HD110U uses three newly developed 1/3" native high definition CCDs that produce a more refined HD look without scaling. Since the native 24-frame material is recorded to tape, it is possible to transfer the recordings to film without frame rate conversion. Time code is recorded in the 24P mode, so recordings made with the GY-HD110U can be edited with film based and high end digital systems with ease.
- Interchangeable Bayonet Lens
- The GY-HD110U includes a bayonet mount 16x Servo Fujinon lens. Operation is the same as with all professional lenses with mechanical control of focus, zoom and iris functions. The built-in servo zoom and iris functions can also be used if desired. JVC has developed and patented a focus assist function that highlights detail in the viewfinder to aid with critical detail focusing.
- Extensive User-Adjustable Video Looks
- Creating a true cinematographic look involves more than just recording at 24 frames per second. The camera's gamma, detail and black levels can be adjusted to the user's preference. When combined with the correct lens filters and lighting techniques, film like performance can be obtained that's tailored to the mood of the scene. There is even a skin tone detection feature that automatically reduces the amount of enhancement in facial areas so that your subjects will not have a wrinkled, television-like appearance. All custom settings can be stored on an inexpensive SD memory card and transferred to another camera if desired.
- Output Choices
- The user can chose between letterbox, squeeze and sidecut when outputting through the composite connection.