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JVC “People who have an interest in capturing high-quality video of fast-moving action will appreciate the uncommon capabilities of the “Procision” GC-PX100. At its core is Full HD 1920×1080/50P at 36Mbps for extremely high quality images. To slow down fast movements for analysis or art, high bit rate progressive recording enables Full HD slow-motion video playback. And the full range of recording speeds, from high-speed to time-lapse, are flexibly controllable by a single dial next to the lens. The bright and fast F1.2 lens, 1/2.3” 12.8Megapixel Back-Illuminated CMOS Sensor, and Optical Image Stabiliser provide an ideal inlet for high quality images. And with built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, playback images can be beamed to and viewed on smart devices. Used together with special apps developed exclusively for this camera and downloadable free of charge from Apple App Store or Google Play Market, this camera’s high-performance functions and Wi-Fi capability take on special meaning as the ultimate “assistant coach” as it now will enable coaches to watch the video stream on a tablet while scribbling annotations onto the playback image, and more. Those looking for ways to improve their performance or prove their talent through visual power will find JVC’s GC-PX100 a perfect qualifier for their needs.

As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, and for video enthusiasts, JVC’s GC-PX100 will be worth much more than that with its uncanny ability to capture precise moments even with fast-moving action. Content creators and sports coaches alike can take advantage of the GC-PX100’s unique capabilities, such as 36Mbps/50P high bit rate progressive recording which enables Full HD slow-motion video playback. Clear slow motion images will help athletes to recognise how they can improve, and will yield dynamic images for creative visual content. To accommodate any situation there are five shooting speeds available ranging from 100fps to 500fps, and they’re freely selectable by turning a single dial located conveniently next to the lens. There is also a function to grab bursts of 9 still images from video at the touch of a button, similar to the motor drive on an SLR still camera.

AVCHD, MP4 and MOV format recording is supported, including iFrame compatible 720p. In MOV mode the audio is recorded in Linear PCM for highest quality and usability in post-production. Brilliant images are assured by the bright and fast F1.2 wide-angle GT lens, 1/2.3” 12.8Megapixel Back-Illuminated CMOS Sensor and Optical Image Stabiliser, and give this camera serious ability to shoot excellent visual content outside a controlled studio environment.

Also contributing to the truly unique character of this flagship camcorder is built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, and by installing the free app “JVC CAM Coach” on a tablet, it’s possible to watch and annotate videos by “drawing” onto the touch screen. Flaws in an athlete’s form can be pointed out graphically on the spot. The large screen of a tablet offers comfortable on-site viewing by both coach and athlete, and means the camera won’t have to be dismounted from a stationary position (such as on a tripod) for viewing. Another helpful function of this app is Twin View, which enables simultaneous side-by-side playback of two different video clips after they’ve been transferred to a tablet. Comparative viewing will help expose details that otherwise would be missed. A simple yet very helpful function is the Tagging function, which lets the user tag any scene for easy access later on. The combination of GC-PX100 and smart device puts incredible analytical power in the hands of any coach, and brings unique tools into the hands of creators.

“Uncommon” camera features abound, such as Zoom Position Memory. This allows you to instantly switch to Full Wide, Full Tele, or a user-selectable position in between, enabling responsive capture of your subject, such as immediately going from a field full of people to a specific individual. Buttons and controls have been positioned to facilitate responsive access and maximise the user’s videographic technique. In short, JVC’s GC-PX100 is an extremely well made camera, and in the hands of creators and coaches, it may prove to be a gold mine.”

HDW : UPDATE. Sometimes the consumer side of major organisations come up with cameras that would fit very nicely into the professional side. Having looked at JVC’s web site I remembered the previous model the PX10, this camera has a 10x optical zoom, it also records at 1080 50p at 36Mbps, it also films high speed video 250fps/50p but no mention of 720 or 1080.

So from that info we can assume the PX100 has a minimum of 10x optical f1.2 glass and records hi speed video at 50p.

UPDATE : The PX100 has a 10x zoom.

Although this camera has a small sensor this would bypass the need for any Sony FS700 priced at £6K for the minority of times you will ever need slow motion. My thanks to Matt for giving me the URL. (PS. I STILL WANT ONE)


Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

16 thoughts on “JVC’s Hi Speed consumer Procision GC-PX100 “100-500fps @ 50p” (March £700)

  1. I will speak with our consumer division and see if we can get hold of a unit to test

    HDW : That would be fantastic Kris

  2. No mention of the zoom range, so I’m guessing with it’s 12.8MP sensor, it’s digital zoom only.

    It’ll be interesting to see the output from this.

    HDW : Mike for the small amount of times you ever need Slow mo this might just be the answer, PS It has also got an f1.2 lens and your wrong about digital zoom you can see its got a chunk of glass.

  3. JVC hasn’t disclosed the resolutions yet, but I dare say that there is absolutely no chance that the PX100 will be able to shoot “100-500 fps at 1080 50p”.
    Standard format is 1080p50 (and 1080p60 in the US model, of course), but with higher frame rates the resolution will go down and at 500p I don’t expect to see even VGA. This camera seems to be intended for athletes and coaches who benefit from slow motion clips to improve the training, but high-speed picture quality of PX100 will be nowhere near the FS700. But honestly: No one would expect this from a consumer camcorder anyway.

    the lens is another point JVC had said not much about yet, but presumably it is a 10x optical zoom lens starting at around 29mm focal length. There might be a dynamic and a digital zoom function also.

  4. The ability of high speed shooting in 720 x 480 would be an unbelievably amazing performance for such a small consumer camera but on the Japanese page you linked to, it says resolution at 600fps is 320 x 176, which is a lot more plausible. Obviously there was a mistake on the page which is now corrected.

  5. I asked JVC Europe and this is what I got to know:

    100fps 640×360
    200fps 640×360
    250fps 640×360
    400fps 320×176
    500fps 320×176

    I am surprised because the USA models seems to have 1280×720 at 120 fps.

    HDW : If this is the case it’s a waste of time !

  6. I agree,
    in the near future we can expect consumer camera’s that can shoot 1080p video at 120fps or 720p video at 240fps. Ambarella has the technology for this.
    I think for now I will buy a Casio ex-ZR1000 to experiment with slow motion video (512×384 240fps) and buy again a camcorder when it comes with a decent resolution.

  7. Oh I hope that’s wrong. I was really hoping for 100fps or even 200fps at 720p. If it’s not even competing with the Panasonic FZ200 bridge which does 100fps at 720p and 200fps at vga for a lot less cash then I suspect JVC will be missing the boat with this one.

    I’ll wait a couple more weeks to see what they launch with and then decide where to spend my cash.

  8. I also wish JVC would put 1080p50/60 on the GY-HM650/600 … I’ve been waiting and waiting and am about to give up and buy a Sony that has AVCHD 2.0 … after all, that spec came out nearly 2 years ago and EVERY NEW CAMERA but the JVC seems to have it … frustrated beyond description.

  9. I’ve just seen a post that says that BH in the states are showing a pre-order spec sheet with 120fps at 720p so it looks like the early reports may be correct.
    I assume JVC will come clean soon!

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