JVC takes home video image quality to a new levelJuan Pablo Conti ©RapidTVNews | 16-01-2012
Japanese consumer electronics manufacturer JVC has used CES 2012 to introduce the world's first handheld camcorder capable of capturing video in QuadHD resolution, a format four times more powerful than Full HD.
Also known as 4K (due to its nearly 4,000 pixel horizontal resolution: 3,840, to be precise; vs. 2,160 vertical pixels) the format was already available on professional digital cinema cameras, video monitors and a handful of televisions that retailed for as much as US$50,000.
Starting in March, those fortunate consumers who have already purchased one of these super-screens will have the chance to shoot home videos in a resolution to match such an investment. The complementary gadget will also look like a bargain at US$5,000 – just 10% of what they paid for their 4K TV.
Oddly for a product that is ultimately aimed at conquering the consumer market, JVC has chosen a name for its new camcorder that can be called many things... but "catchy" is definitely not one of them: meet the GY-HMQ10.
"We're witnessing the birth of what is destined to become a broad market for full 4K end-to-end production," said the OEM's product manager Gustav Emrich. "The GY-HMQ10 is a breakthrough product that opens up 4K imaging to users who previously wouldn't have considered it."
The camcorder features an LSI chip from JVC's Falconbrid line of high-speed signal processing devices, as well as a 1/2-inch CMOS integrated circuit with 8.3 million active pixels. It is this combination of powerful electronics that lets the camcorder capture real-time 3840 x 2160 footage at 24, 50 or 60 frames per second.
Using SDHC or SDXC memory cards, a maximum of two hours of full 4K video can be recorded. Alternatively, users can opt to reduce the capture resolution to 1080p (Full HD) or 1080i in order to produce longer recordings.