JVC has blown open the camcorder market at CES 2012 by introducing the world’s first 4K camcorder, the GY-HMQ10.
Expected to cost around £3,300, it houses an 8.3-megapixel sensor that shoots video at a 3840×2160 resolution. Though marginally less than Hollywood’s 4K camera’s, that’s still considerably higher than what you’d see projected down your local digital multiplex. It’s a resolution being identified as QFHD, AKA Quad Full High Definition, or 4 times 1080p.
Incredibly fast recording rates are also nessecary to pull off 4K video capture, and the GY-HMQ10 manages that too. It records at a rate of up to, 144Mpbs, drastically faster than your average 1080p camera’s 25MBps rate.
Recording onto SD and SDXC cards using a variable bitrate (VBR) h.264 codec, the camcorder also features a non-removable f/2.8 lens with 10x optical zoom, optical images stabiliser, 3.5-inch touchscreen and XLR sockets for pro audio inputs.
If 4K resolutions are higher than you need, you’ll still get top-notch 1080p flicks from the camera as well, thanks to the drastically better optical gear tucked in here compared to standard HD camcorders.
4K domestic screens are a little way off yet, but this year’s CES has proved perhaps their strongest springboard yet. It may take a few years, but this sort of camcorder will be exactly what you’ll need to make your holiday videos shine on the next wave of UDTVs on their way.