Over at HDVideoPro, they’ve got the scoop on a new 4K Camcorder from JVC, the GY-HMQ10.

UPDATE: Dan Carr also managed to find an prototype interchangeable-lens version of this 4K camera, fitted with a Nikon F mount. Dan says a JVC employee indicated that pricing might be around $10,000 USD. You can watch his video interview with JVC’s Craig Yanagi here. The prototype discussion starts at around 3:10. I’m sure we’ll see more news on this prototype at NAB.

But back to the camera we know about, the HMQ10. Reportedly due to ship in March of this year for $4,995 US, this compact camcorder delivers a 3840×2160 image at 24p, 50p, and 60p from a 1/2″ imager. Technically that output resolution is called Quad HD, and it matches what RED’s “4KHD” mode offers (3840×2160).

“The Falconbrid LSI takes the raw data and deBayers your shots in real time. The GY-HMQ10 also is able to output 4K images to a monitor or projection system in real time as well. Using a variable bit rate H.264 codec at up to 144-Mbps, the GY-HMQ10 can record up to two hours of 4K video to SDHC or SDXC memory cards.

The GY-HMQ10 can also capture full 1920 by 1080 if you choose and what’s great is you have the ability to crop an HD image from a 4K frame, which is similar to what you can do on a RED EPIC. This “trimming” feature can be done through the camera’s touch panel LCD monitor or in post.”

Quick side note for the camera history buffs, that MSRP in the UK will equal “4K for £4K.” More info over at JVC, and JVC’s feature summary follows:

1/2.3″ Back-illuminated CMOS Sensor (8.3 million active pixels)
Ultra high resolution F2.8 10X Zoom Lens
(F2.8 to 4,5 — f=6.7-67 mm) (35 mm conversion: 42.5 to 425 mm)
Built-in optical image stabilizer
4K Recording: 3,840 x 2,160
MPEG-4 AVC/H.264(.MP4) 4 Stream Separate Recording 60fps/50fps/24fps Progressive at 144Mbps
4K recording for up to 2 hours (32GB SDHC, x4)
JVC file utility included for combining separate streams into single editable file
Also functions as fully featured full-HD camcorder
AVCHD progressive (.mts) 60i/60p or 50p/50i
Interval (time lapse) recording in both 4K and HD modes
JVC’s patented “FOCUS ASSIST” function
Full HD (1920×1080) trimming function
3 assignable user buttons
2 audio channels
4K mode: AAC, 2ch, 48kHz,16bit
HD mode: AC3, 2ch, 48kHz, 16bit
Manual audio level controls with audio meter
XLR inputs with 48V phantom power
Large 3.5-inch 920,000 pixel LCD display with touch panel
0.24″ Lcos 260,000 pixel viewfinder
Records to inexpensive SDHC/SDXC memory cards
4 used in the 4K mode
1 used in the HD mode
Wired remote control capability

One Response to “JVC Introduces a Compact 4K Camcorder, shipping in March”  

  1. 1 Jan Becker


    There was this other Camcorder at the JVC booth at CES tucked in the corner, overseen by most: It was also a 4K camcorder but with a 1.25 inch sensor and exchangeable lens mount. Same recording workflow onto 4 SD cards. Another breakthrough product.
    I guess well see more of it at NAB. I posted a photo of it on my twitter account:


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