JVC announced at the CES 2012 the GY-HMQ10, the world’s first handheld 4K camcorder that records 3840×2160 Quad Full High Definition (QFHD) video images, which is four times the resolution of high definition TV. The camcorder is powered by JVC’s Falconbrid large-scale integration (LSI) chip for high-speed signal processing and sports a 1/2-inch 8.3 Megapixel CMOS imager. The Falconbrid LSI chip takes raw image data from the CMOS sensor and dematrixes (deBayers) it in real time, delivering real-time 3840×2160 footage at 24p, 50p, or 60p.
The JVC GY-HMQ10 comes equipped with a F.28 10x zoom lens with optical image stabilizer, a color viewfinder and a 3.5-inch LCD touchscreen display with an intuitive user interface. JVC’s 4K camcorder can also record 1080i or 1080/60p Full HD videos. It also includes trimming feature that allows users to crop an HD image from a 4K frame, directly on the camera using the touch panel LCD monitor. The handheld camcorder features also JVC’s Focus Assist, as well as manual and auto control of focus, iris, gain, shutter, gamma, color matrix, and white balance. Using MPEG-4 technology and a variable bit rate H.264 codec operating at up to 144 Mbps, the GY-HMQ10 records up to two hours of 4K video to economical SDHC or SDXC memory cards. It is capable of live 4K output via four HDMI terminals.
The JVC GY-HMQ10 has a compact and lightweight body and comes with built-in stereo mic for ambient sound pickup. It offers manual level controls for audio with audio metering in the LCD and viewfinder displays. Coming in March 2012, the JVC GY-HMQ10 handheld 4K camcorder will be priced at $4995.