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The GY-HMQ10 is the world's first hand held camcorder capable of capturing and recording real-time video at 4 times the resolution of full HD—3840 x 2160 images at 24p and 50p. Now you can deliver stunning cinema-quality recordings with the same ease of operation as a standard HD video camera.
Great images begin with a great optical system. The GY-HMQ10 employs a razor sharp F2.8 10x zoom lens specifically designed for 4K imaging. A high speed 1/2-inch class CMOS device with 8.3 million active pixels (3840 x 2160) captures live progressive images at up to 50 frames per second. This tremendous amount of data is then processed using an array of custom JVC Falconbrid LSI chips that deBayer the image and provide a live 4K output while simultaneously compressing video for recording onto separate solid state memory cards. 4K recordings up to 2 hours in length can be made using four 32GB SDHC cards.
Operation and form factor are based on JVC's popular GY-HM150 with manual or auto control of focus, iris, gain, shutter, gamma level, color matrix, and white balance.
The GY-HMQ10 also functions as an exceptional HD camcorder thanks to its larger 4K imager and superb optics. It records full HD (1920 x 1080) at 50p or 50i onto a single memory card in the AVCHD format.
Introducing the new GY-HMQ10 4K camera
London, 11th January 2012 – JVC Professional Europe Ltd. today announced the GY-HMQ10, the world’s first handheld 4K camcorder, which captures, records and plays video images at four times the resolution of high definition television. Powered by JVC’s Falconbird large-scale integration (LSI) chip for high-speed signal processing and a 1/2-inch CMOS imager with 8.3 million active pixels, it delivers real-time 3840x2160 footage at 24p and 50p.
“We’re witnessing the birth of what is destined to become a broad market for full 4K end-to-end production,” said product manager, Gustav Emrich. “The GY-HMQ10 is a breakthrough product that opens up 4K imaging to users who previously wouldn't have considered it.”
High resolution 4K still picture imaging has been around for several years in DSLR cameras. Motion video capture with these cameras has always been done at a lower video resolution because of lack of processing power. Likewise, high end digital motion picture cameras may capture 4K images, but often provide a raw data output to an external storage array for later processing - again due to lack of processing power in the camera. There just hasn't been the ability to capture, process, display and record full 4K images in real time until now.
JVC's exclusive Falconbrid LSI processing takes raw image data from the camera's CMOS device and dematrixes (deBayers) it in real time. Unlike many high end 4K cameras, the GY-HMQ10 is able to output 4K images to a monitor or projection system in real time with virtually no latency. This capability opens up applications in cinematography, medical microscopy, telepresence, specialised observation / surveillance, and live wide-view event coverage.
Using MPEG-4 technology and a variable bit rate H.264 codec operating at up to 144 Mbps, the GY-HMQ10 records up to two hours of 4K video to economical SDHC or SDXC memory cards.
In addition to 4K imaging, the GY-HMQ10 also captures and records astonishing 1080i or 1080/50p full HD, with extraordinary detail provided by its 8.3 megapixel imager and superior lens. HD is recorded on a single memory card in a format compatible with most editing systems, along with the ability to crop an HD image from a 4K frame. This can be accomplished in post production, or in real time during camera playback. The “trimming” feature makes HD cropping easy using the camera's touch panel LCD monitor.
Similar in size to JVC’s popular GY-HM150 ProHD camcorder, the GY-HMQ10 includes a build-in F2.8 10x zoom lens with optical image stabiliser, as well as a colour viewfinder and 3.5-inch touch LCD monitor with a new, intuitive user interface. The GY-HMQ10 is built in a familiar, comfortable and lightweight form factor for hours of field production with minimum fatigue.
The GY-HMQ10 is equipped with manual level controls for audio, with audio metering in the LCD and viewfinder displays. A microphone holder and two balanced XLR connectors with phantom power are located on the handle. The camera is equipped with a built-in stereo mic for ambient sound pickup.
Other features include JVC’s patented Focus Assist, as well as manual and auto control of focus, iris, gain, shutter, gamma, colour matrix and white balance. Plus, the camera has the unusual capability of live 4K output via four HDMI terminals.
“Historically, JVC has been a leader in camcorder and display technology, and the GY-HMQ10 is our latest breakthrough,” added Gustav. “It's part of a larger move at JVC to bring 4K technology to a wide range of customers.” In September 2011, JVC introduced an affordable line of 4K projectors to the home theatre market. The company's high-end 4K projectors are widely used in commercial flight simulators and planetariums. “4K is the logical step beyond HD,” he added, “and JVC is uniquely positioned to lead the industry in this new direction.”
Please Note: Optional shoe-mounted microphone not supplied.
|Power||DC 12V (AC adapter), DC 7.4V (Battery)|
|Power Consumption||More than 17.5 W (in 4K mode with LCD monitor) (when LCD screen backlight is set to [Level 3])|
|Dimensions||139 (W) x 198 (H) x 271 (D) mm (5-15/32" x 7-25/32" x 10-21/32") (with Audio unit)|
|Weight||Approx. 1.7 kg (3.6 lbs) (Including battery, microphone, SDHC cards)|
|Operating Temperature||0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)|
|Storage Temperature||-20°C to 50°C (-4°F to 122°F)|
|Operating Humidity||35% to 80%|
|Storage Humidity||Under 85%|
|Image Sensor||1/2.3" 8.3M pixels Back-illuminated CMOS|
|Synchronizing System||Internal Synchronization|
|Stabilizer||Optical Image Stabilizer (ROIS)|
|Lens||F2.8 to 4,5, 10x, f=6.7-67 mm (35 mm conversion: 42.4-424 mm)|
|Filter Diameter||When the hood is detached: 46 mm (screw pitch: 0.75 mm) Compatible with filter, tele-converter and wide-converter|
|When the hood is attached: 72 mm (screw pitch: 0.75 mm) Compatible with filter only|
|Shutter Speed||1/2 to 1/4000|
|Gain||0dB, 3dB, 6dB, 9dB, 12dB, 15dB, 18dB, AGC|
|LCD Display||3.5" LCD, 920,000 pixels, 16:9, color, Touch Panel|
|Viewfinder||0.24" LCOS 260,000 pixels, 16:9, color|
|HD VIDEO RECORDING|
|Recording Media||SDHC/SDXC (Class 6/10), SDHC/SDXC Slots x 4|
|Video Recording||4K: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (.MP4) 4 Stream Separate Recording|
|HD: AVCHD/AVCHD Progressive|
|Recording Mode||4K settings:|
|3840 x 2160/60p/50p/24p|
|VBR, Approx.144 Mbps (Max) MPEG-4 AVC/H.264|
|Audio: AAC 2ch, 48 kHz/16bit 384kbps|
|1920 x 1080/60p/60i/50p/50i|
|60p/50p mode: VBR, Approx. 28 Mbps|
|UXP mode: VBR, Approx. 24 Mbps|
|XP mode: VBR, Approx. 17 Mbps|
|SP mode: VBR, Approx. 12 Mbps|
|EP mode: VBR, Approx. 5 Mbps|
|Audio: AC3 2ch, 48 kHz/16bit 256kbps|
|Video Frame Rate||NTSC settings:|
|4K: 3840 x 2160/59.94p, 23.98p|
|HD: 1920 x 1080/59.94i, 59.94p|
|4K: 3840 x 2160/50p|
|HD: 1920 x 1080/50i, 50p|
|Video Output||Mini HDMI output x 4 (4K: HDMI x 4 HD: HDMI x 1)|
|Audio Input||XLR x 2 (MIC, +48V/LINE) (Built-in stereo microphone is available)|
|Remote Control||ø 3.5 mm mini jack (4-pin)|
|Headphone||ø 3.5 mm mini jack (Stereo)|
|Provided accessories||Battery pack x 1, AC adapter x 1 (On machine battery charge function is available)|
|Optional accessories||Battery pack (SSL-JVC50), Battery charger (LC-2J)|
This brings 4K recording to the prosumer/professional in a small form factor camcorder. I'll wait until the price drops before considering one of these, though.Sorry to rain on anyone's parade, but 2 hours on one 32GB card just won't be enough for us event videographers. And am I correct in assuming there's only one card slot?And I'm sure JVC could have done better than 10x zoom. So it's not going to cut it in my industry.Otherwise, it's a great bit of kit and will do wonders in forging ahead the 4K market.
Adrian Kelaty on 2012-04-15