At NAB 2014 JVC showed 4 different 4K cameras. While they referred to these as concept cameras, it was also stated that some of these 4K cameras will be available later in 2014. Sounds like these concept cameras are fairly far along in terms of development - and not that far off from production.
We look forward to seeing what the JVC 4K cameras offer. At this stage, here is what we know about the 4 different models.
The JVC GY-LSX1 is a Super 35mm production camera that offers cinema grade 4K image quality with unparalled flexibility. Equipped with a live 4K output and a host of recording options, this modular camera sets the standard for next-generation television production.
* Super 35 image sensor (developed by JVC)
* PL lens mount
* Optional converters for 2/3-in B4 and other mounts.
* MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 4:2:2 codec
* Records to SDHC/SDXC UHS-I U3 memory cards
* 4096 x 2160 4K, 3840 x 2160 UHD recording up to 60p
* 1920 x 1080 recording up to 120p for smooth slow motion (1280 x 720 up to 240p)
* 4 audio channels
* Live output via HD-SDI (x4) or HDMI 2.0 (x1)
* Advanced IP communications capability including remote control and streaming
The GY-LSX2, a handheld unit that uses Micro Four Thirds (MFT) lenses originally developed for DSLRs to deliver cinema-quality images in a compact camcorder. Both cameras feature a new 13.6 MP 4K CMOS image sensor developed by JVC’s sister company, AltaSens.
* Super 35 image sensor for 4K 24p, 30p recording
* Micro Four Thirds lens mount converters available PL and for other types of lenses
* MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 codec
* 4K recording onto SDHC/SDXC
* Dual codec system can realize HD/SD, HD/Proxy
* Simultaneous recording and streaming possible
The new image sensor is also being integrated into a two-piece mini 4K camera, the GW-SPLS1. The tiny camera delivers full 4K performance, records to SDHC media, and offers IP control and viewing. The final prototype represents potentially disruptive technology that could literally change the ENG landscape. JVC has two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in its booth equipped with the new GW-GBLS1 small-head camera gimbal systems. The system features a high-quality 4K small camera unit with a Super 35mm CMOS sensor that delivers 4096x2160or 3840x2160 resolution at up to 60p.
* High quality 4K small camera unit Super 35mm CMOS sensor, up to 4K/60p, HD/24p
* Micro four-thirds (MFT) lens mount
* Basic system includes: 4K camera and video unit
* Small and lightweight
* Foldable 7-inch HD LCD monitor
* Multi-control capable
* Remote video shooting with 5m cable (up to 20m optional) for live stage shooting, mounting behind goals
* Easy mounting with grips
* Multi-camera control capable.
The message: 4K is coming and its coming soon to market from JVC. And not just one camera, but a whole system. From hand-held, shoulder mount, camera-head only, aerial filming. JVC seems to be taking on acquisition to the highest levels, be it cinema, broadcast or anything else. And the beauty of the JVC system is the same sensor is used throughout the 4 different 4K cameras, meaning images between each of the cameras can be precisely matched.