Launch announcements of cameras with cool, unique features appear when we least expect it. Most of these cameras score home runs, while a few yield to the successful ones. Cameras with full HD video recording established a new standard in video recording. But the competition is pretty tough, obviously, as there are a number of cameras now sporting 1080p HD video recording capabilities.
Many people go for a high quality camcorder, rather than a feature rich camera, with the intention of recording memorable events as videos. 2k camcorders are pretty popular, but imagining a camcorder with video recording capability far surpassing the 2k camcorders is something many people thought, would never be real… at least not any time soon. But the Consumer Electronics Event this year at Las Vegas proved them wrong.
The CES 2012 was where JVC, a company popular for its excellent display technology and good quality camcorders, launched a first of its kind camera – JVC GY-HMQ10. The JVC GY-HMQ10 is the first 4k camcorder of the world and what more is surprising is the fact that the price tag of GY-HMQ10.
4k videos are equivalent to 1080p HD videos with four times their resolution. That is 4k videos will have 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution. 4k video recording is its coolest feature, but JVC GY-HMQ10 also supports 1080i and 1080p HD Video recording as well. The live 4k monitoring and projection is all thanks to the JVC’s Falconbird LSI chip. Using SDHC or SDXC memory cards for storage, the GY-HMQ10 can record AVCHD videos for up to 2 hours and at a surprising bit rate of 144 Mbps.
If you are wondering if 4k videos are going to be difficult to crop, then JVC says it is not. According to JVC, it is not difficult to crop 4k images to HD resolution. Impressively, this feature which is referred to as trimming can be done with the help of the camcorder’s screen. Speaking about screen, JVC GY-HMQ10 sports an LCD touchscreen of 3.5 inches size. The major obstacle for 4k video recording has always been the processing power. But JVC put in a lot of effort to outmanoeuvre the problem with its 4k camcorder.
Two balanced XLR jacks, manual audio level controls and built in stereo microphone are other added features of the camera. JVC stated that they would be able to ship the JVC GY-HMQ10 cameras for sale by March, for a price expected to be about Rs 2,60,000/- approximately in India.