JVC Announces Interchangeable Lens 4k Camera

NOTE: For the moment at least this camera has been announced as Japan only. However it shows that this or something like this will probably come to the U.S. in the not-too-distant future.

JVC has announced the latest edition to their 4k camera line, and this time it features interchangeable lenses. The JVC GY-HMQ30 will capture up to 60p in 4K using an MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 codec. It has an 8 megapixel 1.25″ sensor, which works out at approximately 2.5 crop compared to full frame. Thats the same size as the Blackmagic 2k camera.

The Nikon F lens mount is a great addition over the fixed lens version, the GY-HMQ10. However it appears the new camera will not support auto focus. F-mount means that manual iris Nikon lenses (which they still make today) will work perfectly. Also Zeiss has used F-mount forma long time. It records to 4 SDHC cards, each card recording a quarter of the screen to achieve 4k resolution. 4X 32gig cards offer around 2 hours of footage.

Final Cut users will be happy to know that JVC’s clip manager provides support for Apple ProRes 422. Audio is captured via an in-built stereo mic, plus 2 XLR inputs. It also provides +48v phantom power. Other features include a full 4k time-lapse function (1,5 or 40 second intervals), and a Full HD trimming function. This allows you to pick an area of the 4k image using the touchscreen, and record a quarter sized crop at 1920X1080 resolution.

The camera is shipping soon in Japan at the equivalent retail price of $18,000. This is surely subject to change, and will likely creep down as the camera comes to the U.S.

With 4K fast becoming the standard for companies’ flagship lines, it’s seems pretty clear where the industry is heading over the next few years, especially with computing companies such as Apple now integrating 4K into their new releases. Panasonic, would you like to show us a 4k camera so we know you still exist?  Post by Eric C. Petrie