JVC GY-HMQ10 First Impressions Review
JVC made waves at CES this year with the announcement of its first 4K camcorder—the GY-HMQ10.
JVC is known for having lots of "firsts" at CES, and for releasing plenty of products that are ahead of the curve. In 2004, JVC showed off the first consumer HD camcorder, last year JVC had one of the few 3D camcorders at CES on the show floor, and this year JVC unveiled its long-anticipated 4K camcorder—the GY-HMQ10.
In order to make its 4K camcorder happen, JVC built upon its powerful Falconbrid processor that the company introduced on its Double Full HD 3D camcorder last year at CES. The camcorder also makes use of four SD memory card slots in order to record four individual streams of video content that, together, create a unified 4K video image. It's certainly an unusual process that is more power-intensive and complex than anything we've seen in the industry for quite some time. But JVC is banking on the idea that 4K video is just a few years away from taking off, otherwise the GY-HMQ10 will end up as a novelty camcorder with little use to anyone in the industry.
The JVC GY-HMQ10 will retail for around $4995, with the first deliveries scheduled for March, 2012.