JVC Readies 4K-Recording Camcorders for Early 2015

November 13, 2014

By Greg Scoblete

 JVC has pulled back on the curtain on three new 4K video cameras it plans to launch in 2015.

All three new 4KCam series cameras feature dual SDXC card slots for either relay recording or backing up the contents of one card onto the other. The camcorders also feature 3.5-inch LCD displays and 1.56-megapixel color viewfinders, both of which feature smart focus assist functions. 

The top of the line will be the $4,450 GY-LS300. It features a 13.5-megapixel Super 35mm CMOS sensor and a Micro Four Thirds lens mount with JVC’s Variable Scan Mapping technology which enables the camera to maintain a native angle of view no matter which lens is mounted to the camera. JVC says its MFT mount delivers full coverage of the LS300’s Super 35mm sensor.

The LS300 supports 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) recording in the MOV format at 150Mbps (24 or 30 fps) alongside full HD with 4:2:2 sampling at 50Mbps (24 to 60 fps). It can output HD video via SDI or HDMI connections. It will ship with a shotgun mic and offers a pair of XLR inputs with phantom power. The camera will also support live streaming via IP using either Wi-Fi or 4G LTE USB adapters (sold separately). 

The LS300 is scheduled to ship in March.

You’ll be able to get your hands on the GY-HM200 a bit sooner, in February. It will share many of the features of the LS300 but uses a smaller, 1/2.3-inch BSI CMOS chip. It also features a built-in 12x optical zoom lens (29.5mm to 354mm, 35mm equivalent) with an aperture range of f/1.2-3.5. There are a pair of built-in ND filters. It will retail for $2,995.

Finally, the GY-HM170 will offer a more compact form factor than the HM200 plus the ability to record 4K UHD in the H.264 format. It features the same sensor as the HM200 and same lens but loses the XLR inputs, SDI output, IP connectivity and live streaming. It’s also due in February for $2495