JVC has announced that their interchangeable lens 4K camcorder – the GY-LS300 – will receive a firmware update that will open up 120fps slow motion recording in HD. With a release date of April 2016, this free update will add usability to an already capable and relatively affordable package. The JVC GY-LS300 was released in 2015 as an interchangeable lens alternative to the JVC GY-HM200 4K Camcorder. Replacing the fixed, variable aperture lens with a micro four-thirds lens mount, and the 1/2.33″ CMOS sensor with a super 35mm, the camera was evidently aimed for a more cinematic use. The combination of a M43 mount type without the limitations of the smaller M43 sensor also allows for greater flexibility in combination with various lens adapters. Beyond 4K and 4:2:2 HD recording, the GY-LS300 features internal ND filters, a J-LOG profile, dual SD card recording, HDMI and SDI outputs, XLR handle and IP-based remote control and monitoring with the addition of an inexpensive WiFi USB dongle. The camera can also perform variable scan mapping on the 4K sensor for lenses that project a smaller image circle. This also allows for digital zooming with minimal image quality loss, and works great to zoom in with prime lenses or extend the range of zoom lenses. These features may remind you of the Sony FS5, introduced late in 2015 as a big competitor in the market of the more affordable 4K cinema cameras. There are a few reasons, however, why the JVC hasn’t made a bigger splash with their LS300 to rival the FS5. Users have reported that while compact, the body feels rather cheap and plasticky, and doesn’t inspire you with confidence that it would sustain the strains of daily professional use. Also, the quality of both the EVF and the LCD screen have been heavily criticised. The recording codecs also are not as robust and, at least until April, the maximum frame rate available in HD is 60, way below what users have come to expect as standard. The new free firmware, while nowhere near the 240fps of the FS5, will at least offer an adequate amount of slow motion at 120fps. The most important point to remember, though, is that at $2,995 for the body only, the LS300 is almost half the price of the Sony alternative. It is up to users to determine whether the LS300’s shortcomings are really worth shelling out an extra $3,000 for the Sony FS5. The JVC GY-LS300: underwhelming or underhyped?Read more
You might have heard about that JVC has now also entered the large sensor market. And that this intriguing little camera covers super35mm on an MFT mount, which makes no sense. Oh but it does make sense, and the looks of this camera are truly noteworthy, so read on for all the details. As Edgar Shane from JVC put it this lens mount is MFT and many people rightfully say that MFT lenses shouldn’t cover its super35mmm sized sensor. But apparently there are quite a few lenses that will cover it very well and the Olympus models Edgar mentioned are just the tip of the iceberg. Some examples of lenses that cover super35 or more include the famous Samyang cine lenses, most of which have been adapted to MFT and will cover a full frame sensor. If you’re into cine-glass, there’s the whole range of Zeiss’ lovely CP.2 primes with interchangeable lensmount that can all be equipped with their respective MFT base. Add to that any other lens you might want to use with the numerous adapters from MFT to any other lens mount system. If you’re into using a zoom rocker again, there are even lenses by Panasonic like this one that incorporate internal zoom electronics and will be activated by the JVC’s zoom rocker. In terms of specs the JVC GY-LSX2 has some really intriguing figures to offer. Not only is it very small and looks very ergonomic to handle, but it offers 4K with frame rates up to 30p as well as a slow motion feature at 2K resolution that will go up to 240fps. The footage is being recorded internally with an h.264 kind of codec. Given JVC’s history in sensor design one can expect the lowlight capabilities to be at least acceptable. The quality of the footage itself looked very impressive. There was a 4K screen nearby that showed helicopter footage with great detail. While the brilliance of other 4K footage recorded by a RED camera on a second screen also nearby couldn’t be matched, the results were quite remarkable. This footage is yet to hit the internet. The JVC GY-LSX2 is announced with a price point “under $6000” and to come at the end of 2014. The bigger brother, called GY-LSX1 will feature a higher framerate (60p) at 4K resolution, offer a shoulder-mount form factor and seems to come in at around twice the price of the small one. There might be other features to justify the higher price point as well.Read more
Taken from JVC press release NAB 2014 4KCAM SHOULDER CAMERA RECORDER GY-LSX1 The JVC GY-LSX1 is a Super 35mm production camera that offers cinema grade 4K image quality with unparalled flexibility. Equipped with a live 4K output and a host of recording options, this modular camera sets the standard for next-generation television production. Super 35 image sensor (developed by JVC) PL lens mount Optional converters for 2/3-in B4 and other mounts. MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 4:2:2 codec Records to SDHC/SDXC UHS-I U3 memory cards 4096 x 2160 4K, 3840 x 2160 UHD recording up to 60p 1920 x 1080 recording up to 120p for smooth slow motion (1280 x 720 up to 240p) 4 audio channels Live output via HD-SDI (x4) or HDMI 2.0 (x1) Advanced IP communications capability including remote control and streamingRead more
NAB 2014-JVC press release: 1. [Reference Exhibit] 4K mini camera system equipped with a 4K super 35mm image sensor, newly adopted flexible interchangeable Micro Four Thirds (MFT) Mount* camera head, and built-in large-screen monitor, will be exhibited. Moreover, our originally developed “Gimbal System” application, which combines image stabilization essential for usage such as aerial shots, will also be exhibited. This proposal will provide a new solution to expand the shooting field of the 4K camera system. 2. [Reference Exhibit] Interchangeable 4K compact handheld camera recorder A “4K compact handheld camera recorder” will be on exhibit, featuring a 4K Super35mm image sensor, and MFT* Mount to flexibly accept a wide range of interchangeable lenses. 3. [Reference Exhibit] Interchangeable 4K shoulder mount camera recorder A “4K shoulder mount camera recorder” will be on exhibit, featuring a 4K Super35mm image sensor, and PL Mount for interchangeable lenses. For our entire NAB 2014 coverage, click here.Read more
Olympus official press release: April 7th 2014 Olympus Imaging Corp. and Panasonic Corporation jointly announced the Micro Four Thirds System standard in 2008 and have since been working together to promote the standard. Now we are pleased to announce that JVCKENWOOD Corporation (headquarters: Yokohama, Kanagawa Pref., Japan, President & Representative Director: Shoichiro Eguchi) has recently joined the standard and has committed to develop products compliant with the Micro Four Thirds System Standard. The JVCKENWOOD Corporation, which manufactures and sells video, audio, and radio equipment globally under the JVC and KENWOOD brands, has joined the Micro Four Thirds group and will soon be introducing an exciting new line of advanced new Micro Four Thirds products. The release of these new products will add to the growing diversity of the Micro Four Thirds System lineup, which now consists of a wide range of products that represent the unique characteristics of each participating company. As the originator of the Micro Four Thirds System standard, Olympus Imaging Corp. will continue to develop and enhance our interchangeable-lens digital camera system lineup to meet the diverse needs of our customers. For our entire NAB 2014 coverage, click here.Read more
***Update*** This camera will be available on the Japanese market only JVC expand their 4K line with a second camcorder, this time sporting a much needed interchangeable Nikon F lens mount. 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. 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.Read more
Last year Sony showed us a semi professional slow motion camera for under $7k with their Sony FS700. What an exciting announcement that was. And we’re back to dreaming with JVC’s tiny 600fps beast. Unfortunately it is very likely that we will not see HD at that framerate.Read more
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