Jigsaw24 recommends 4K hand-held cameras for college and university…

Want your students to have the best possible start in their professional life? Help them stay on top of their game and up to speed with industry standard professional equipment like the Sony PXW-X70, JVC GY-LS300 and Panasonic AG-DVX-200 video camcorders. Here’s why we think these three camcorders are a great choice for higher and further education…

If you’re faced with a room full of students all keen to develop a career within a video/journalism/media-based speciality, refreshing your tech can not only provide them with transferable skills that they can use when they enter the world of work, but it can also be a valuable selling point to attract students to your institution. Bearing this in mind, here’s three industry-standard camcorders which we deem to be suitable investments to prepare your students for the world of work.

1. Sony PXW-X70 4K ready camcorder

The Sony PXW-X70 4K ready camcorder is becoming increasingly popular with professionals. It was the first camera on the market to combine the dual benefits of a large sensor with a fixed lens, enabling incredibly shallow depth of field, with a real broadcast-quality workflow. A price tag of around £1500 means this camcorder is a professional and practical choice which isn’t going to break the bank. It’s great for run-and-gun style shooting, with the streaming capabilities needed for electronic news gathering, which makes this a suitable choice for broadcast journalism students. At NAB 2015, Sony announced a firmware update that would enable 4K ultra-HD recording. Read up on the full spec here.

2. JVC GY-LS300 super 35mm 4K camcorder

The JVC GY-LS-300 is fully equipped for any shooting scenario and any lens. There are many large sensor cameras with interchangeable lens systems available, but what’s special about the JVC LS-300 is that regardless of what fitting of lens you attach (EF, E Mount, MFT) the camera settings can be adjusted to alleviate any crop factor. So although its specs reads as Super-35 sensor, with a MFT mount and adaptors you can attach a whole range of glass, without losing any width to your shot. Like most of the JVC range, the JVC 300 also comes with full streaming capabilities. Read up on the full spec here.

3. Panasonic AG-DVX-200

Newly announced at NAB 2015, the Panasonic 4K AG-DVX-200 packs a lot of punch for its £3500 price tag. Like the X70, it’s a large sensor camera, but Panasonic have gone for MFT. Sharing the profile characteristics of the Panasonic ‘VariCam’ brand, expect an impressive colorimetry, and rendering of skin-tones, and V-log curve. With 12 stops of latitude, a five-axis image stabiliser and the ability to shoot to Panasonic’s AVC-Intra codec, you get a lot of camera for your money, which students will love! While the DVX-200 isn’t currently shipping, keep checking back in with us to keep up with its progress!

[UPDATE, 13/10/15 – Turns out, Panasonic defied our predictions from back in April and didn’t go for AVC-Intra after all. However, the camera is now shipping and you can find more accurate details here.]

In action

Take a look at the work we’ve done with Staffordshire University to help them bring industry standard studio equipment to their range of film, video and journalism students. We helped them to upgrade their in-house newsroom to HD, replaced a cumbersome studio back end with NewTek’s TriCaster, and updated their studio cameras to more recent models.

Thinking about updating your tech and looking for some advice? Give our education team a call on 03332 409 306 or email learning@Jigasw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter or ‘Like’ our Facebook page

Anthony C
Anthony C
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2 thoughts on “Jigsaw24 recommends 4K hand-held cameras for college and university…

  1. Sorry, but I don’t believe the DVX200 has AVC-Intra recording – that’s one of the main criticisms levelled against it. It’s also incorrect to say “Like the X70, it’s a large MFT sensor camera”. The X70 is 1″ sensor – not MFT.

  2. Hi Dave,

    Thanks for your comment. This post was written in April, way before the camera shipped and at a time when Panasonic were keeping a lot of its details under wraps, and obviously our prediction was wrong. This post should have been updated when the camera shipped, but obviously it slipped through the net and we’ve not made the correction. We’ll get it updated now.

    Thanks for the spot!

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