JVC’s has just released three new models to it’s 4K line-up, the one most filmmakers would be interested in is its high end GY-LS300 Super 35 4K camera.

Oddly the LS300 comes with a Micro 4/3 (MFT) mount, meaning the lens designed for that mount shouldn’t cover a Super 35 CMOS sensor. JVC is hoping the LS300 can adapt to all manner of interchangeable lenses, partly due to the flange being short making it perfect for use with adapters. Combined with the Variable Scan Mapping tech, which JVC says will “maintain the native angle of view” for numerous lens, including Super 16, Super 35 and you can even attach it to microscopes. The information as to how that tech works hasn’t been offered by JVC (it’s magic!) but we’re assuming it has to do with scaling/cropping the image, depending on what resolution/fps you use.

The LS300 also comes with 4:2:2 sampling, UHD and full HD recording at 60p/50Mbs, dual-codec recording (mov & AVCHD) simultaneously to (non-proprietry) SDHC or SDXC media cards, with 4K output via 3G-SDI or HDMI , dual XLR inputs with switchable mic/line and phantom power, integrated handle with hot shoe, and dedicated mic mount. It also supports IP network remote control, with remote viewing, metadata editing, and FTP of clips across network connections via optional adapters.

The other cameras released are the GY-HM200, a 4K Ultra HD camcorder with HD streaming, and the GY-HM170 a cheaper option 4K Ultra HD palm-sized camera.

Both the LS300 and HM200 have a built-in HD streaming engine with Wi-Fi and 4G LTE connectivity, allowing live streaming to Ustream, Wowza Streaming Engine, and the ProHD Broadcaster server (powered by Zixi) via the RTMP protocol. They also have Zixi’s Advanced Streaming Technology (AST) which gives content-aware error correction and bandwidth shaping, while JVC’s ‘Streamconfidence’ delivers real-time feedback of LTE and streaming status in the viewfinder.

All three new cameras feature dual SDHC/SDXC card slots for dual, backup, and continuous recording. The camcorders also include a 3.5-inch LCD display and 1.56 megapixel colour viewfinder, both with smart focus assist functions, and offer two-channel audio recording.

The GY HM170 and GY HM200 camcorders are expected to be available for market delivery in February 2015 with the GY LS300 available shortly thereafter.



GY-LS300 4KCAM S35mm Camcorder

“The combination of a Super 35 sensor and MFT mount is a brilliant solution to accommodate the largest variety of lenses and adapters without compromising image quality and lens characteristics. It gives filmmakers flexibility to use high- end cinema lenses or affordable glass to capture 4K/HD footage,” said Edgar Shane, general manager of engineering, JVC Professional Products.

  • Micro Four Thirds System Lens Mount
  • Variable Scan Mapping maintains native angle of view for a variety of lenses including Super 35, MFT, and Super 16. Adapters available for PL and EF mount lenses
  • 4K Ultra HD recording (150 Mbps, 24p/30p) to SDXC (UHS-I Speed class3) card
  • 4:2:2 Full HD recording at 50Mbps (24p-60p)
  • 3 position ND filter (1/4, 1/16 and 1/64)
  • HD-SDI (3G) and HDMI outputs (4K output via HDMI only)
  • 2-channel XLR audio inputs with phantom power
  • Shotgun microphone included
  • Dual SDHC/SDXC slots enable Dual, Backup and Continuous recording
  • Advanced JVC streaming engine compatible with USTREAM, Zixi, and Wowza Streaming Engine
  • IP Network Remote Control, Remote Viewing, Metadata editing, FTP clips
  • 3.5-inch color LCD display (920K pixel) with smart focus assist function
  • 0.24-inch color viewfinder (1.56M pixel) with smart focus assist function
  • Wired remote control supported
  • 10 user button assignable functions
  • Includes handle unit, SSL-JVC50 7.4V battery, AC adapter, and shotgun microphone

Price: US$4450



Resolution 3840 x 2180
Sensor Super-35mm-sized CMOS
File Formats .mov
LCD Monitor 3.5″ 920K pixels
Viewfinder 0.24″ 1.56MP
Recording Media 4K
SDXS: UHS -I, Speed Class 3HD
Video Format UHD
Recording Rate UHD
150Mb/s: 24/30 fpsHD
50Mb/s: 4:2:2 Full HD
Output 3G-SDI: 1 x BNC
Accessory Shoe Yes



GY-HM200 4KCAM Streaming Camcorder


The GY-HM200 delivers 4K Ultra HD, 4:2:2 Full HD (50Mbps), and SD imagery with a 1/2.3-inch BSI CMOS chip. It also features a built-in 12x zoom lens with optical image stabiliser and 24x dynamic zoom in HD mode. Both the GY-LS300 and GY-HM200 include dual XLR audio inputs that are mic/line switchable and feature built-in phantom power, an integrated handle with hot shoe and dedicated microphone mount, and SDI and HDMI video outputs. This is JVC’s most affordable 4K streaming camera, which can stream directly to Ustream or other destinations while simultaneously recording to SDHC/SDXC media cards.

  • 4K Ultra HD (3840×2160) recording (150 Mbps, 24/30p) to SDXC (UHS-I U3) cards
  • 4:2:2 Full HD (24-60p) recording at 50Mbps
  • 3G-SDI and HDMI outputs (Live 4K output via HDMI only)
  • 2 position ND filter (1/4, 1/16)
  • 2-channel XLR audio inputs with phantom power
  • Built-in stereo microphone
  • Dual SDHC/SDXC slots enable dual, backup, and continuous recording
  • Advanced JVC streaming engine compatible with USTREAM, Wowza Streaming Engine, and Zixi
  • IP network remote control, remote viewing, metadata editing, FTP clips (with optional network connection and adapter)
  • 3.5-inch color LCD display (920K pixel)
  • 0.24-inch color viewfinder (1.56M pixel)
  • Smart focus assist function on LCD and viewfinder
  • Wired remote control supported
  • 9 user button assignable functions
  • Includes handle unit, SSL-JVC50 7.4V battery, and AC adapter

 Price: US$2995


GY-HM170 4KCAM Compact Camcorder

JVC’s little palm recorder is a professional 4K camera in a small form factor, with pro control layout and comprehensive video profile settings. It records 4K Ultra HD as H.264 files, and can record HD and SD footage in a variety of resolutions and frame rates. Other features include an integrated 12x optical zoom lens with two ND filters, built-in stereo microphone and 3.5mm audio input, and live 4K UHD output through a built-in HDMI connector.

Price: US$2495



Excerpts fom PR

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