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JVC demonstrates new 4KCAM camcorders

JVCKENWOOD showcased its new 4KCAM product line at the 2015 NAB show. The GY-LS300 Super 35mm camcorder, GY-HM200 streaming camcorder and GY-HM170 compact camcorder accommodate a variety of workflows with the latest advancements in 4K imaging and efficient encoding for seamless workflow integration.

“The 4KCAM product line follows many of the same principles that have made our ProHD product line so successful over the last decade,” said John Kelly, managing director. “Our new camcorders make ultra-high definition 4K affordable with native file recording to non-proprietary media cards. They deliver exceptional imagery and empower visual creativity for all levels of professional production.”

The GY-LS300 is designed for cinematographers, documentarians and broadcast production departments. It features JVC's 4K Super 35 CMOS sensor and an industry standard Micro Four Thirds (MFT) lens mount. JVC’s unique Variable Scan Mapping technology electronically adapts the active area of the Super 35 sensor to provide native support of PL and EF mount lenses, among many others. As a result, using third-party lens adapters, the camera provides almost limitless lens options.

Both the GY-LS300 and GY-HM200 include a built-in HD streaming engine with Wi-Fi and 3G/4G connectivity that allows live HD transmission directly to hardware decoders and the Wowza Streaming Engine. With support for various streaming protocols, including RTMP, the cameras can also stream directly to popular web sites and content delivery networks (CDN) including Ustream.

JVC’s most affordable streaming camcorder, the GY-HM200 is ideal for corporate video as well as ENG applications. It features a 1/2.3-inch BSI CMOS chip and built-in 12x zoom lens (24x dynamic zoom in HD mode) with optical image stabiliser. It delivers 4K Ultra HD, 4:2:2 full HD (50Mbps) and SD imagery. The GY-HM200 and the GY-LS300 also include dual XLR audio inputs that are mic/line switchable with built-in phantom power, an integrated handle with hot shoe and dedicated microphone mount, and SDI and HDMI video outputs

Compact but powerful, the GY-HM170 features a heavy duty body with comprehensive video profile settings and controls for professional use. Keeping with JVC’s commitment to native file workflows, 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.

An ideal complement to JVC’s successful ProHD product line, 4KCAM 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.