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JVC Shows Off World's First 4K Handheld Camcorder

With so many products claiming to be the thinnest this, or the lightest that, CES really does make it difficult for companies to impress. However, JVC's latest announcement barely had to try, as the company's got a 'world's first' in tow this week. The company this week unveiled its GY-HMQ10 camcorder, the world's first handheld camcorder to record 4K content.

"We're witnessing the birth of what is destined to become a broad market for full 4K end-to-end production," said Edgar Shane, general manager of engineering. "The GY-HMQ10 is a breakthrough product that opens up 4K imaging to users who previously wouldn’t have considered it."

With JVC’s Falconbrid LSI chip and a 1/2-inch CMOS imager boasting 8.3 million active pixels under the hood, the GY-HMQ10 delivers real-time 3840 × 2160 video at 24p, 50p, or 60p. MPEG-4 and a variable bit rate H.264 codec operating at up to 144 Mbps translates to as much as two hours of 4K video to SDHC or SDXC memory cards.

Of course, a piece of equipment like this doesn't come cheap. Scheduled for delivery in March of this year, the GY-HMQ10 will set you back a massive $4,995. International pricing and release details have not yet been mentioned.