The 4K revolution continues: JVC GY-HMQ30 with Nikon F mount

June 13th, 2013
The 4K revolution continues: JVC GY-HMQ30 with Nikon F mount

JVC GY-HMW30

***Update*** This camera will be available on the Japanese market only

JVC expand their 4K line with a second camcorder, this time sporting a much needed interchangeable Nikon F lens mount.

The JVC GY-HMQ30 will capture up to 60p in 4K using an MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 codec. It has an 8 megapixel 1.25″ sensor, which works out at approximately 2.5 crop compared to full frame.

The Nikon F lens mount is a great addition over the fixed lens version, the GY-HMQ10. However it appears the new camera will not support auto focus.

It records to 4 SDHC cards, each card recording a quarter of the screen to achieve 4k resolution. 4X 32gig cards offer around 2 hours of footage.

JVC GY-HMQ30 4K

Final Cut users will be happy to know that JVC’s clip manager provides support for Apple ProRes 422.

Audio is captured via an in-built stereo mic, plus 2 XLR inputs. It also provides +48v phantom power.

Other features include a full 4k time-lapse function (1,5 or 40 second intervals), and a Full HD trimming function. This allows you to pick an area of the 4k image using the touchscreen, and record a quarter sized crop at 1920X1080 resolution.

Screen Shot 2013-06-13 at 18.22.56

The camera is ready to ship in Japan at the equivalent retail price of $18,000, which is nearly 4 times the price of the fixed lens version! This is surely subject to change, and will likely creep down as it filters across to Europe and the U.S.

With 4K fast becoming the standard for companies’ flagship lines, it’s seems pretty clear where the industry is heading over the next few years, especially with computing companies such as Apple now integrating 4K into their new releases.
With all the camera companies falling over themselves to compete for the top spot, it does leave the big question about where on earth Panasonic is in the race?

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Nathaniel Kohfield
Nathaniel Kohfield
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June 14th, 2013

4 SD cards recording 1080 to get 4k. First off thats the worst idea ever!! Second who in there right mind is going to spend that much time in post working with this footage just to get 4k. Go buy a BMC camera or a Scarlet! These camera companies are so desperate to jump on the (pointless for most) 4k band wagon that they would come up with a stupid idea like this camera! I agree with Angus Lion “JVC = Junk Video Cameras”

Eric Darling
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June 14th, 2013

Kludgy AND risky… Lose or experience the failure of one SD card, and your whole video is shot (or at least the framing that is desired). It literally quadruples the chance of lost footage. I can’t see how the workflow will be one that production companies, DPs or DITs appreciate.

Angus Lion
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June 13th, 2013

JVC = Junk Video Cameras

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