Issue 28



18 November 2014

JVC has announced three handheld additions to its professional 4KCAM line up including the high end GY-LS300 Super 35 4K camera. The model features JVC’s 4K Super 35mm CMOS sensor combined with a Micro 4/3 (MFT) lens mount, a combination the company says will accommodate the largest variety of lenses and adaptors without compromising image quality and lens characteristics.


JVC's high-end high end GY-LS300
JVC’s high-end high end GY-LS300

“It gives filmmakers flexibility to use high-end cinema lenses or affordable glass to capture 4K/HD footage,” says JVC Professional’s general manager of engineering, Edgar Shane.

The LS300 also comes with 4:2:2 sampling, UHD and full HD recording at 60p/50Mbs, dual-codec recording (mov & AVCHD) simultaneously to (non-proprietary) SDHC or SDXC media cards, with 4K output via 3G-SDI or HDMI, dual XLR inputs with switchable mic/line and phantom power, integrated handle with hot shoe, and dedicated mic mount. It also supports IP network remote control, with remote viewing, metadata editing, and FTP of clips across network connections via optional adapters.

The other two models are the GY-HM200, a 4K Ultra HD camcorder with HD streaming, and the GY-HM170, a cheaper option 4K Ultra HD palm-sized camera.

Both the LS300 and HM200 have a built-in HD streaming engine with wi-fi and 4G LTE connectivity, allowing live streaming to Ustream, Wowza Streaming Engine, and the ProHD Broadcaster server (powered by Zixi) via the RTMP protocol. They also have Zixi’s Advanced Streaming Technology (AST), which gives content-aware error correction and bandwidth shaping, while JVC’s ‘Streamconfidence’ delivers real-time feedback of LTE and streaming status in the viewfinder.

All three new cameras feature dual SDHC/SDXC card slots for dual, backup, and continuous recording. The camcorders also include a 3.5-inch LCD display and 1.56 megapixel colour viewfinder, both with smart focus assist functions, and offer two-channel audio recording.

“When JVC launched their ProHD product line, they made professional HD production affordable,” says distributor Noel Oakes of Quinto Communications. “Now their new 4KCAM product line follows that same tradition with three new cameras that make ultra-high definition 4K economical for cinematographers, webcasters and broadcasters, corporate and live event production teams, and even independent shooters.”

The GY HM170 and GY HM200 camcorders are expected to be available in February 2015 for US$2495 and $2995 respectively, with the GY LS300 soon after for US $4450.


Source: media release


JVC Professional:

Australian distribution:
Quinto Communications: (02) 9894 4244 or


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