updated 02:00 pm EDT, Mon April 16, 2012
JVC announce broadcast cameras, release 4K
JVC has announced two new ProHD handheld cameras designed for broadcasters and the release of the first handheld 4K camcorder at the NAB show today. The GY-HM600 and GY-HM650 are what JVC calls "next-generation handheld ProHD" cameras suitable for mobile broadcasting, and the previously announced GY-HMQ10 is a camera which allows for realtime capture, record, and display of 4K video.
Both the GY-HM600 and GY-HM650 have 1.22MP color viewfinders, 3.5-inch LCD screens, three 12-bit CMOS sensors capturing at 1920x1080 each, Fujinon HD lenses with focal ranges of 29mm-667mm, and dual XLR mic inputs. They also use Pre Rec caching, storing up to five seconds of footage to help prevent missing any action by starting to film too late or stopping too early. Recordings can be stored to SDHC and SDXC cards as MP4, MOV and AVCHD files. The GY-HM600 can perform relay recording between multiple cards and simultaneous recording to both cards. This can be done by the GY-HM650 as well, but it can also record to multiple formats, allowing both HD and quarter HD resolution versions designed for web content to be created at the same time.
The GY-HMQ10 camera is what JVC call the world's first handheld 4K camcorder. Using on-camera Falconbird Large-Scale Intergration it can process deBayer RAW images from its 8.3 megapixel CMOS sensor in real time. It is also said to be capable of 4K live output via four HDMI terminals with little visible latency. It can record at 3840x2160 as well as normal HD resolution footage.
The GY-HM600 is expected to cost $4,695 when it ships late this year, while the for the GY-HM650 is expected to arrive around the same time for $5,695. The GY-HMQ10 4K camcorder is listed at $5,550 and is available now.