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JVC Demonstrates Ultra-High-Resolution Imaging at NAB

At NAB 2009, JVC provided a glimpse into the world of ultra-high-resolution imaging with a live demonstration of its KY-F4000 real-time 4K camera. Live 60p images from the KY-F4000 were displayed on JVC’s new 56-inch LCD panel with 4K resolution. The compact KY-F4000 camera features a single 1.25-inch CMOS image sensor of 3840x2160 pixels capable of producing live images with four times the resolution of full HD.

The KY-F4000 features ultra-high-resolution imaging, with a 60-progressive-frame live output capability, including HD-SDI Dual Link (4:2:2/10-bit 4-ch) and DVI Single Link (4:4:4/8-bit x 4-ch). The camera also features a built-in genlock input, HD-SDI 1080 (60i/59.94i). Additional specifications include an RGB Bayer color filter and switchable 60p/59.94 frame rate. A Nikon F-mount was used for the demonstration.

The KY-F4000's two-piece design includes a compact, lightweight (6.6 lb.) camera head that is ideal for pan-and-tilt mounting applications. The CCU processor can be separated from the camera head at a distance of 328 feet.

Other 4K cameras on the market, such as those from RED Digital Cinema and ARRI, are used primarily for cinema applications that do not require live signal output. The live-signal-output capability of this 4K camera makes it a good choice for high-end applications including:

  • Teleconference: Corporate/military conference systems can fully utilize 4K display systems (already installed) with cameras that can bring a new level of realism to remote conferencing.
  • CAD/Design
  • Distance Learning: 4K imaging can provide the ultimate real-time experience in a learning situations, especially those involving live demonstrations and procedures.

“By including real-time output for display or transmission, the engineers at JVC are really thinking ahead,” says Edgar Shane, senior product engineering manager of JVC U.S.A.. “Where other 4K cameras on the market have been designed for cinema and are processing at 24p to 30p, we are offering full 60p output, with live transmission capability, because we believe that’s the future of ultra high resolution.”

With the demonstration of the KY-F4000, JVC is positioned to be a major player in the 4K arena. JVC is currently shipping a 4K D-ILA projector, the DLA-SH4K. The addition of a 4K camera and 4K LCD monitor brings full capture capability and further display options to the product line.

The KY-F4000 will be available in April 2010, priced under $200,000.