JVC has unveiled the $4,995 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.
The GY-HMQ10 is powered by JVC’s Falconbrid 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 3840×2160 footage at 24p, 50p, or 60p.
JVC’s Falconbrid LSI processing takes raw image data from the camera’s CMOS device and dematrixes (deBayers) it in real time. The GY-HMQ10 is also able to output 4K images to a monitor or projection system in real time with virtually no latency, according to JVC. In addition to 4K imaging, the GY-HMQ10 also captures and records 1080i or 1080/60p full HD.
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, says JVC.
The GY-HMQ10 will begin retailing from March this year onwards.