JVC GY-LS300 4K Super 35mm camcorder “First Thoughts”
The JVC GY-LS300 will be on show at the Glasgow Science centre on Tuesday the 17th March at the Visual Impact, Look Listen Experience show.
I am a tad busy at the moment and can’t give this camcorder my full attention but hope JVC can lend it to me for a few more days. As it happens I am off to Edinburgh filming on Tuesday so can only attend the show till about 12pm.
Here are some of my findings so far…
This is a stroke of genius by JVC, we have a camera that takes a far wider range of lenses with the appropriate lens adapter, JVC sent me a Metabones Canon to MTF Speed Booster. With a full frame Canon 50mm f1.4 lens you can access all of the Super 35mm sensor.
Low light testing…the LS300 can easily use 12dBs of gain without compromising your picture, I will go into this in more detail on the video review.
When I first added my Panasonic 12-35 f2.8 MTF lens I was horrified to find vignetting at the top of frame, a call to Mike Turner soon had me into the VSM mode. The LS300 gives you full access to your MTF lenses from auto focus to full aperture control.
You get HD-SDI and HDMI sockets at the hand grip side of the camera and a zoom rocker switch, I tested my Panasonic 45-175 power zoom lens and it works a treat, this once again will be shown on the video review.
Did I find any negatives about the camera…that will have to wait for the video. Please remember the version I have is an engineering sample so any negatives may be sorted out by firmware.
So far I am very impressed with JVCs LS300, out of the box glorious rich natural colours a common feature with JVC camcorders, having interchangeable lenses and a servo zoom rocker switch helps sell this camera and Variable Scan Mapping is just pure genius.
UPDATE : JVC have recalled the camera for other commitments so the video review will be delayed till I get it back at the end of this month.