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In 2012, JVC delivered the GY-HMQ10, what the company referred to as the “first handheld camcorder capable of recording 4K video.” Now, while that camera only supports Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) video, it does allow you to shoot and record 4K on a compact camcorder with a built-in zoom lens. However, since then, JVC was pretty quiet on the 4K camera front. Quiet perhaps, but anything but stagnant. At NAB 2014, JVC announced and revealed its coming lineup of four single-sensor 4K cameras.
The four cameras use the same Super 35mm-sized sensor, lending a cinematic feel to your images, and they support both DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) and Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) formats. The big production camera, the GY- LSX1, is a full-sized shoulder-mount camera, which is aimed at the ENG and Cinema market. JVC based the camera’s design on input from working cinematographers. It features a PL mount, threaded support rods, and rosettes built into the camera body. The GY-LSX2 is similar in form factor to the GY-HMQ10, but features an MFT mount, so you can use lenses of your choice with almost any mount, with the proper adapter. This compact camcorder features dual-codec recording, and can stream your video, while simultaneously recording internally to SDHC/SDXC media cards.
JVC’s GW-SPLS1 is essentially a two-piece version of the GY-LSX2, with the camera head (sensor and mount) separated from the recorder unit. The design essentially allows you to mount the camera in places that a camcorder typically could not go. It comes with a cable that allows you to position the camera head and video unit approximately 16' apart, which is useful for use on short jibs, and supports cable runs approximately 65' long. JVC has also taken the GW-SPLS1 and built it into a gimbal-stabilization system. This dedicated camera/gimbal system provides camera stabilization, avoiding post stabilization and loss of resolution. Available handgrips make it a stabilized handheld rig, but where the system shines is when it is mounted to remote aerial rigs, providing 4K images, wide lens choices, and built-in HD wireless transmission.
Looking forward to the release of these cameras, it is clear that JVC is defining a 4K strategy that addresses the varying needs of video production, creating specific solutions instead of relying on third-party workarounds.