NAB 2014: JVC showcase four 4K cameras

JVC have been busy at NAB 2014, doing everything from demoing streaming solutions to showing off the GY-HM8890 (want). But the biggest draw on their stand so far has been their four 4K camera prototypes: the GY-LSX1, the GY-LSX2, the GW-SPLS1, a two-piece mini camera, and the gimbal-mounted GW-GBLS1.

Here’s the relevant bit from their official show press release:

In 2012, JVC introduced the world’s first handheld 4K camcorder, the GY-HMQ10. At the 2014 NAB Show, we are providing a look into an expanding 4K future with four new technology demonstrations. The first two prototypes signal JVC’s entry into the digital cinematography marketplace. The GY-LSX1 is a 4K shoulder-mount cameras equipped with a Super 35mm sensor and PL lens mount. The GY-LSX1 delivers full 4K imagery at up to 60p, as well as HD imagery at up to 240p for super slo-mo application. Also on display is the GY-LSX2, a handheld unit that uses Micro Four Thirds (MFT) lenses originally developed for DSLRs to deliver cinema-quality images in a compact camcorder. Both cameras feature a new 13.6 MP 4K CMOS image sensor developed by JVC’s sister company, AltaSens.

The new image sensor is also being integrated into a two-piece mini 4K camera, the GW-SPLS1. The tiny camera delivers full 4K performance, records to SDHC media, and offers IP control and viewing. The final prototype represents potentially disruptive technology that could literally change the ENG landscape. JVC has two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in its booth equipped with the new GW-GBLS1 small-head camera gimbal systems. The system features a high-quality 4K small camera unit with a Super 35mm CMOS sensor that delivers 4096x2160or 3840×2160 resolution at up to 60p.

Housed in a gimbal designed with proprietary technology developed by JVC, the camera records footage locally to SDXC or SDHC media cards. However, the base of gimbal also houses technology that has the same IP capabilities as the GY-HM890. So, while the camera produces images suitable for cinematic applications, the system also has applications for broadcast news. In the case of a breaking news event, for example, a news station could launch a UAV over the scene and have live aerial coverage of the event transmitted back to the station in full HD resolution – without a news helicopter. There are plenty of UAV cameras on the market, but none have the IP-based technology to deliver a live news report like the GW-GBLS1.

We’re not ready for UAV ENG today – and neither, quite frankly, is the FAA – but this concept could very well be the future of aerial videography. Reliable IP-based ENG backhaul to stations is already a reality, and stations are enjoying the savings associated with JVC’s IP-based camcorders in the field for live reports. Imagine those same cost efficiencies applied to UAV technology compared to the expense of operating a news helicopter. From major metropolitan areas to smaller markets, this could open a whole new world for broadcasters.

Nofilmschool have some key specs and images courtesy of Tim Dashwood, in case you all their laps of the Twittersphere. Have a gander!

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