JVC intros camcorder sports 720p/60 capabilities

JVC Professional Products Company today has introduced a new 720p/60 version of its HDV camcorder that can meet the needs of sportscasters abd other broadcast video professionals. The GY-HD250U HD camcorder, with a list price of $10,995, also has professional features like HD-SDI output and genlock.

In addition to its studio capability, the GY-HD250U offers the comfort and stability of a shoulder-style camcorder with a full complement of features needed for Electronic News Gathering (ENG), and cinematography applications.

“We designed the GY-HD250U with multiple applications in mind,” said Craig Yanagi, National Marketing Manager, Creation Products. “The fact that the camera has flexible connectivity, is lightweight and can record in multiple progressive formats is certain to meet the various needs of the professional industry. The options on this camera are sure to make this the camera of choice for a wide range of studio, facility and field production.”

The GY-HD250 records true 1280 x 720 progressive at 60 frames per second thanks to a new advanced codec that provides ultra efficient compression without visible motion artifacts. It has built-in genlock capability, component and HD-SDI output, with professional connectors mounted on a magnesium die cast chassis.

The GY-HD250U also features the choice of several interchangeable lenses, enhanced cinema gamma, external time code synchronization, BNC connectors, built-in mount for an Anton Bauer Gold Mount 14.4V professional battery, and the patented focus assist feature.

The GY-HD250U offers flexible recording options for any production environment. The camera’s built-in HDV recording system records full raster high-definition video on inexpensive MiniDV cassettes. With the optional DR-HD100U Direct-to-EditT recorder, a hard disk workflow can be achieved, while simultaneously creating back-up material on digital tape.

The GY-HD250U can easily be converted to a cost effective studio camera with the KA-HD250 studio adapter, following the tradition of the popular GY-DV550U professional DV camera. The camera’s optional CCU provides connection to industry standard 26-pin multicore cabling for power, genlock, R/B gain, black level and intercom up to 330 feet. An optional pan and tilt head and 16:9 LCD studio viewfinder make it ideal for educational, religious, cable and broadcast studios.

TThe GY-HD250CHU camera head only version is also available for $9,995.