The cost to shoot 4K is dropping. JVC showed working prototypes of their GY-HMQ10 4K Camcorder at CES. The camera features a 1/2.3″ Back-illuminated CMOS Sensor and ultra high resolution F2.8 10X Zoom Lens. The GY-HMQ10 records four separate MPEG-4 AVC/H.264(.MP4) streams and then processes the data using an array of custom JVC Falconbrid LSI chips that deBayer the image and provide a live 4K output while simultaneously compressing video for recording onto 4 separate SDHC memory cards. The 4 separate video files are then combined in post with software from JVC. The camera is able to record in 4K at 60fps/50fps/24fps Progressive at 144Mbps. The camera is also able to record full HD (1920 x 1080) at 50/60p or 50/60i onto a single memory card in the AVCHD format. When loaded with four 32GB SDHC cards the GY-HMQ10 can record 2 hours of 4K footage. The camera has four HDMI ports to connect to a 4K monitor or projector and also provides a downconverted HD signal via its HDMI interface.

The JVC GY-HMQ10 4K Camcorder should be available in April for $5000.

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