JVC has announced that they have just released the world’s first handheld 4K camcorder, known as the GY-HMQ10, where it is capable of capturing, recording, and playing video images at four times the resolution of high definition television. Using JVC’s Falconbrid large-scale integration (LSI) chip, it is capable of delivering high-speed signal processing and a 0.5″ CMOS imager with 8.3 million active pixels. All that graphical firepower translates to the ability to deliver real-time 3840 x 2160 footage at 24p, 50p, or 60p.
Might this signal the start of a broad market for full 4K end-to-end production? Perhaps, and the GY-HMQ10 could very well, be hailed as a breakthrough product that opens up 4K imaging to users who previously would not even give it the time of day, years down the road should it take off in a big way. While high resolution 4K still picture imaging has been available for some time now in DSLR cameras, motion video capture still remains lagging behind simply because there was no processor fast enough to get the job done – until now, that is. The GY-HMQ10 will ship with manual level controls for audio, with audio metering in the LCD and viewfinder displays, while a microphone holder and two balanced XLR connectors with phantom power are located on the handle. It is not going to be cheap though, selling for $4,995 a pop as it arrives at world markets in March.