In the last few years JVC have popped there head up a few times with some interesting products. At the start of last year they released their GY-HMQ10, which attracted a fair amount of attention at first because of its cheap price for great feature ratio – 4K for $5000. Now they are back with a camera thats able to shoot 600fps for just under $1000, JVC GC-PX100. However there is a slight catch. 600fps will not be glossy HD at 1920 x 1080, it is likely to be standard def (maybe 320 x 176). It may still be usable for some people though and its exciting to see higher fps heading to the consumer market.
Here are the specs
- 1920 x 1080p 60fps at 36Mbps
- Back-Illuminated 1/2.3-inch 12.8 Megapixel CMOS Sensor
- 5 Shooting Speeds Up to 600fps, 12MP Still Images at 9fps
- Built-In Wi-Fi
- SC/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Slot
- 29.5mm F/1.2 Wide Angle Lens
- 10x Optical Zoom & 16x Digital Zoom
- 3″ Touch Panel LCD
- Optical Image Stabilizer with A.I.S.
- K2 Audio & Zoom Microphone
A feature that I am looking forward to seeing is its WIFI ability. It will be able to view liveview video on a tablet or smartphone directly from the camera. This is a nice feature and hopefully we will carry on seeing more and more devices being released with this option. Here’s what they say from the press release:
With Wi-Fi connectivity, video and images can be wirelessly sent to and viewed on a smartphone or tablet. And for coaches and others with an interest in analyzing an athlete’s performance, the free “JVC CAM Coach” app for iOS and Android allow annotations to be made on the playback image. Flaws in an athlete’s form can be noted by drawing on the screen and easily seen by both coach and athlete using the large screen a tablet provides, and without the need to disturb the camera setup. There’s also Twin View, which enables simultaneous side-by-side playback of two different video clips after they’re transferred to a tablet, for comparative viewing.
Also the Twin View option could be a really handy feature when comparing different takes. However it does say ‘after they’re transferred to a tablet’ so I am assuming you will have to transfer the files to the tablets harddrive,which could be a slight problem if your device is full of other things you use. Either way its still quite a handy feature.