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JVC Marks 10th Anniversary of ProHD, Offers New 4KCAM line

April 13th, 2015 Posted in News Roundup By SVG Staff

JVC Professional Video (Booth C4314), a division of JVCKenwood USA, is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its ProHD line and showcasing its new 4KCAM product line.

Three 4KCAM models — the GY-LS300 Super 35mm camcorder, GY-HM200 streaming camcorder, and GY-HM170 compact camcorder — accommodate a variety of workflows with the latest advances in 4K imaging and efficient encoding for seamless workflow integration

“The 4KCAM product line follows many of the same principles that have made our ProHD product line so successful over the last decade,” says Dave Walton, assistant VP, marketing communications. “Our three new camcorders make 4K affordable with native file recording to non-proprietary media cards. They deliver exceptional imagery and empower visual creativity for all levels of professional production.”

The flagship camera for the 4KCAM product line, the GY-LS300, is designed for cinematographers, documentarians, and broadcast production departments. It features JVC’s 4K Super 35 CMOS sensor and an industry-standard Micro Four Thirds (MFT) lens mount. JVC’s Variable Scan Mapping technology electronically adapts the active area of the Super 35 sensor to provide native support of PL- and EF-mount lenses, among many others. Using third-party lens adapters, the camera provides almost limitless lens options.

Both the GY-LS300 and GY-HM200 include a built-in HD streaming engine with WiFi and 4G LTE connectivity that allows live HD transmission directly to hardware decoders, the Wowza Streaming Engine, and the ProHD Broadcaster server powered by Zixi. With support for various streaming protocols including RTMP, the cameras can also stream directly to popular Websites and content-delivery networks (CDNs), including Ustream.

The GY-HM200 is suited for corporate video as well as ENG applications. It features a 1/2.3-in. BSI CMOS chip and built-in 12X zoom lens (24X dynamic zoom in HD mode) with optical image stabilizer. It delivers 4K Ultra HD, 4:2:2 Full HD (50Mbps), and SD imagery.

The GY-HM200 and the GY-LS300 also include dual XLR audio inputs that are mic/line-switchable with built-in phantom power, an integrated handle with hot shoe and dedicated microphone mount, and SDI and HDMI video outputs

Compact but powerful, the GY-HM170 features a heavy-duty body with comprehensive video-profile settings and controls for professional use. Keeping with JVC’s commitment to native-file workflows, it records 4K/Ultra HD as H.264 files and can record HD and SD footage in a variety of resolutions and frame rates. Other features include an integrated 12X optical zoom lens with two ND filters, built-in stereo microphone and 3.5mm audio input, and live 4K UHD output through a built-in HDMI connector.

Complementing the ProHD product line, 4KCAM cameras feature dual SDHC/SDXC card slots for dual, backup, and continuous recording. The camcorders also include a 3.5-in. LCD display and 1.56-megapixel color viewfinder, both with smart-focus assist functions, and offer two-channel audio recording. JVC has published a white paper on its new 4KCAM product line.

The GY-HM200 has an MSRP of $2,995, the GY-HM170 $2,495, and the GY-LS300 $4,450. All three camcorders are shipping now. Participating authorized JVC Professional Video U.S. dealers are offering a free Rokinon prime lens or Metabones lens adapter with the purchase of a new GY-LS300 camcorder through Sept. 30, 2015. Details are available at pro.jvc.com.