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JVC Previews New Digital Cinematography and Aerial Technologies


JVC is providing a look at some of the 4K and aerial technologies it has in the pipeline at NAB with four new technology demonstrations. The first two prototypes signal JVC’s entry into the digital cinematography marketplace. The GY-LSX1 is a 4K shoulder-mount camera equipped with a Super 35mm sensor and PL lens mount. It delivers full 4K imagery at up to 60P, as well as HD imagery at up to 240P for super slo-mo applications. Also on display is the GY-LSX2, a handheld unit that uses Micro Four Thirds (MFT) lenses originally developed for DSLRs to deliver cinema-quality images in a compact camcorder. Both cameras feature a new 13.6 MP 4K CMOS image sensor developed by JVC’s sister company, AltaSens.

The new image sensor is also being integrated into a two-piece mini 4K camera, the GW-SPLS1. The tiny camera delivers 4K performance, records to SDHC media and offers IP control and viewing.

JVC is showing two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) equipped with the new GW-GBLS1 small-head camera gimbal systems. The system features a high-quality 4K small camera unit with a Super 35mm CMOS sensor that delivers 4096x2160or 3840×2160 resolution at up to 60p.

Housed in a gimbal designed with proprietary technology developed by JVC, the camera records footage locally to SDXC or SDHC media cards. However, the base of gimbal also houses technology that has the same IP capabilities as the GY-HM890. So, while the camera produces images suitable for cinematic applications, the system also has applications for broadcast news. For example, in the case of a breaking news event, a news station could launch a UAV over the scene and have live aerial coverage of the event transmitted back to the station in full HD resolution – without a news helicopter.

According to a JVC release, “We’re not ready for UAV ENG today – and neither, quite frankly, is the FAA – but this concept could very well be the future of aerial videography… From major metropolitan areas to smaller markets, this could open a whole new world for broadcasters.”

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