JCV Kenwood Joins Micro Four Thirds Standard, Develops 4K Camcorder

We wonder if the new 4K Micro Four Thirds camcorder from JVC will look anyting like this.

We wonder if the new 4K Micro Four Thirds camcorder from JVC will look anyting like this.

Good news for the video world! JVC Kenwood has recently joined the Micro Four Thirds standard, and is currently developing a new 4K camcorder with a Micro Four Thirds mount at NAB 2014. However, what will set the this camcorder off from all other Micro Four Thirds cameras is its sensor, which will sport the lager Super 35mm form factor. As a reminder, Super 35mm is similar in size to APS-C, which means it is considerably larger than the Four Thirds format.

This is a very interesting development. For one, it brings some extra competition for the Panasonic GH4, which is currently the only Micro Four Thirds camera capable of 4K video recording. Also, this seems to be the first attempt to put a larger sensor into a camera with a Micro Four Thirds mount. It will be interesting to see how this works out, and whether native Micro Four Thirds lenses that were designed for the smaller sensor will work on the camera.

At this time, there are no technical specifications or pictures of the prototype camera available, except that the device will sport a a “large” LCD monitor. It also appears as though the camcorder itself will be separate from the recording device, which reminds us of the Sony A7S. It is uncertain from the machine translated press release whether the prototype device will be shown at NAB in Las Vegas. For those attending the show, shoot us an email if you run across it!

Via Four Thirds User and DC Watch