JVC has introduced the GY-LS300 4KCAM Handheld S35mm camcorder, a relatively compact Micro Four Thirds model featuring 4K Ultra HD-resolution recording. JVC has incorporated a JVCKENWOOD AltaSens 4K CMOS Super 35mm sensor alongside the MFT lens mount, promising full native angle of view for different lens standards including Super 35, MFT, and Super 16 via its proprietary Variable Scan Mapping tech.

As with other models in the maker's 4KCAM lineup, the GY-LS300 is able to record 4:2:2 Full HD signals up to 60p/50Mbps, which are then stored in .MOV format files. A live 4K signal can be output to an external display using HDMI, with an on-board converter available to push out 4K signals in a down-converted HD resolution for non-UHD displays.

The camcorder offers wireless streaming, IP network remote control and remote viewing with an option to simultaneously stream live video directly to broadcasting sources while recording to SDHC/SDXC memory cards (there are dual slots). Says the maker, the GY-LS300's streaming engine supports Zixi, USTREAM, and the Wowza Streaming Engine, and can directly live stream to YouTube. 

The model comes with a shotgun microphone, and features a 3.5-inch 920k-pixel LCD monitor and a 0.24-inch 1.56m-pixel color viewfinder. There's support for a wired remote control, adapters for EF, C and PL mount lenses, and a 3-position ND filter. Rounding out the features are 2-channel XLR audio inputs with Phantom Power offered through a detachable handle.

The GY-LS300 is now available for pre-order. B&H Photo has it priced at $4,450 USD for the body only.

Press release:

JVC launches 4KCAM product line

London, 12th November 2014 – JVC Professional has today launched its new 4KCAM product line, comprising three new handheld camcorders and a camera system. The GY-HM200 is a versatile, full-featured 4K Ultra HD camcorder with HD streaming and the compact GY-HM170 delivers 4K Ultra HD images in an economical, palm-sized camera with professional features. The GY-LS300 handheld 4K camera and GW-SP100 camera system – previewed at the recent IBC2014 show – each offer 2K/4K recording; the GY-LS300 is a Super 35mm 2K/4K camcorder that accepts a variety of interchangeable lenses, while the GW-SP100 is a 2K/4K mini camera system featuring remote head and recorder. 

When JVC launched its ProHD product line, JVC made professional HD production affordable. The new 4KCAM product line follows that same tradition, with new cameras that make ultra-high definition 4K economical for cinematographers, webcasters and broadcasters, corporate and live event production teams and independent filmmakers.

GY-LS300 Super 35mm camcorder

The GY-LS300 records to non-proprietary SDHC and SDXC media cards in a variety of image formats including 4K Ultra HD, full HD with 4:2:2 sampling, SD and web-friendly proxy formats. It features JVC's 4K Super 35mm CMOS sensor combined with industry standard Micro Four Thirds (MFT) lens mount. JVC’s unique Variable Scan Mapping technology maintains the native angle of view for a variety of lenses, including Super 35, MFT and Super 16. As a result, lens options for the camera are almost limitless.

“The combination of a Super 35 sensor and MFT mount is a brilliant solution to accommodate the largest variety of lenses and adapters without compromising image quality and lens characteristics,” said Gustav Emrich, European product manager. “It gives filmmakers the flexibility to use high-end cinema lenses or affordable glass to capture 4K/HD footage.”

In summary

The 4KCAM product line is an ideal complement to JVC’s successful ProHD product line. All the new cameras feature dual SDHC/SDXC card slots for dual, backup and continuous recording. The camcorders also include a 3.5-inch LCD display and 1.56 megapixel colour viewfinder, each with smart focus assist functions, and offer two-channel audio recording. An ideal complement to JVC’s successful ProHD product line, the new 4KCAM cameras will be available by Spring 2015, with European pricing still to be confirmed.