JVC GY-HMQ10 Professional Handheld 4K Camcorder

Home > Main Page > Professional > GY-HMQ10
  • JVC GY-HMQ10 Professional Handheld 4K Camcorder
    Product Code: GYHMQ10
    JVC GY-HMQ10 Professional Handheld 4K Camcorder
  • Sennheiser ME 66 + K6
    Sennheiser ME66 +K6
    ME 66 + K6
    ME 66 Short gun Microphone Head + K6 Powering Module for Batter/Phantom Powering
    JVC GY-HMQ10 Professional Handheld 4K Camcorder

The GY HMQ10 Professional Handheld 4K Camcorder is the world's first hand held camcorder capable of capturing and recording of 4K GFHD (Quad Full High Definition) video at 4 times the resolution of full HD-3840 x 2160 images at 24p, 50p and 60p. Now you can deliver stunning cinema-quality recordings with a small form factor, self-contained camcorder.

Great images begin with a great optical system. The GY-HMQ10 employs a razor sharp F2.8 10x zoom lens specifically designed for 4K imaging. A high speed 1/2-inch class CMOS device with 8.3 million active pixels (3840 x 2160) captures live progressive images at up to 60 frames per second. This tremendous amount of data is then processed using an array of custom JVC Falconbrid LSI chips that deBayer the image and provide a live 4K output while simultaneously compressing video for recording onto separate solid state memory cards. 4K recordings up to 2 hours in length can be made using four 32GB SDHC cards.

Operation and form factor are very similar to JVC's popular GY-HM150 with manual or auto control of focus, iris, gain, shutter, gamma level, color matrix, and white balance.The GY-HMQ10 also functions as a Full HD camcorder capable of recording 1920 x 1080 at 50/60p or 50/60i onto a single memory card in the AVCHD format.

- 1/2.3" (approx. 6.2x3.5 mm) Back-illuminated CMOS Sensor (8.3 million active pixels) with Bayer filter
- Ultra high resolution F2.8 10X Zoom Lens
- (F2.8 to 4,5 - f=6.7-67 mm) (35 mm conversion: 42.4 to 424 mm)
- 20x Dynamic Zoom available in HD mode (10X optical, 11X-20X digital)
- Built-in optical image stabilizer
- 4K Recording: 3,840 x 2,160
- MPEG-4 AVC/H.264(.MP4) 4 Stream Separate Recording 60fps/50fps/24fps Progressive at 144Mbps
- 4K recording for up to 2 hours (32GB SDHC, x4)
- JVC file utility for combining separate streams into single editable file (available from JVC website at no charge)
- Also functions as a full-HD camcorder
- AVCHD progressive (.mts) 60i/60p or 50p/50i
- Interval (time lapse) recording in both 4K and HD modes
- JVC's patented "FOCUS ASSIST" function
- Full HD (1920x1080) trimming function
- 3 assignable user buttons
- 2 audio channels
- 4K mode: AAC, 2ch, 48kHz,16bit
- HD mode: AC3, 2ch, 48kHz, 16bit
- Manual audio level controls with audio meter
- XLR inputs with 48V phantom power
- Large 3.5-inch 920,000 pixel LCD display with touch panel
- 0.24" Lcos 260,000 pixel viewfinder
- Records to inexpensive SDHC/SDXC memory cards
- 4 used in the 4K mode
- 1 used in the HD mode
- Wired remote control capability

Technical Description

The GYHMQ10 was developed using the most advanced technology found in any professional camcorder. High resolution (4K+) still picture imaging has been around for several years in point and shoot digital cameras. Motion video capture with these cameras has always been done at a lower resolution because of lack of processing power. Likewise, high end digital motion picture cameras can capture 4K images, but often provide a raw data output to an external storage array for later processing-again due to lack of processing power in the camera. There just hasn't been the ability to capture, process and record full 4K images in real time in such a small form factor until now.

FALCONBRID: JVC'S Next-generation High-speed Picture Engine
Falconbrid is JVC's high-speed processor developed for advanced video applications and utilized in the GY-HMQ10. 40nm processing is incorporated into a single chip, offering high performance and low energy-consumption with an economical design. Raw image data from the camera's CMOS device is de-matrixed (deBayered) in real time and processed to provide the optimum image parameters. Unlike many high end 4K cameras, the GY HMQ10 is able to output 4K images to a monitor or projection system in real time with virtually no latency. For recording, another Falconbrid processor handles H.264 encoding and formating into the required MPEG4 format. Multiple Falconbrid processors are used in the GY-HMQ10.

JVC GY-HMQ10 Professional Handheld 4K Camcorder  

Records to SDHC/SDXC

The GY HMQ10 uses economical and widely available SDHC/SDXC Memory Cards as recording media. In 4K mode, encoded video at up to 144 Mbps is recorded simultaneously to quad memory cards. A supplied JVC software utility merges the four separate les into a single le that can be edited on compatible NLE systems.


1/2-inch class CMOS device with 8.3 million active pixels
The GYHMQ10 employs a single 1/2.3-inch CMOS device that provides 3840 x 2160 images-4 times (2H x 2V) the resolution of full HD cameras and monitors. It provides good sensitivity and excellent performance over a wide range of lighting conditions. Utilization of a single device simplifies the optical design of the camera resulting in more precise images with minimal aberration. Details are crisp and accurate throughout the entire image plane. The 3840 x 2160 (square pixel) image conforms to the same 16:9 aspect ratio used throughout the video industry.
JVC GY-HMQ10 Professional Handheld 4K Camcorder  
4K (3840x2160p) Recording
In the 4K mode, the GY-HMQ10 records progressive video at a variable bit rate up to 144 Mbps (36 Mbps X 4) using MPEG-4/H.264 encoding. The image is separated into 4 quadrants, each recorded onto a separate SDHC card. This method allows for the use of economical and widely available SDHC memory cards. When playing back from the camera, all four memory cards are accessed in sync, and output may be either 4K or downconverted to HD. JVC also provides a software utility that combines the four recorded files into a single file compatible with 4K editing systems.
JVC GY-HMQ10 Professional Handheld 4K Camcorder  
Playback from the GY-HMQ10
Displaying 4K recordings or live video is ideally performed on a native 4K monitor or projector. JVC and a number of other manufacturers offer such projectors, typically used in theaters and other large screen venues. Recently, some manufacturers have introduced LCD monitors with 3840 x 2160 panels and with inputs for 4K signals. It is expected that more panels such as this will become available in the coming years.

Professional 4K monitors and projectors typically have four inputs, one for each screen quadrant. The GY HMQ10 connects to these monitors using the 4 HDMI outputs provided on the camcorder.
JVC GY-HMQ10 Professional Handheld 4K Camcorder  
If the monitor or projector is equipped with separate DVI or HDSDI inputs, then adapter cables or interface boxes must be used. If no 4K monitor is available, a standard HD monitor may be used since GY-HMQ10 provides a downconverted HD signal via its HDMI interface.

4K Clip Manager Software - Archive and Merge Utility
A Mac-compatible software utility is available for free download to simplify the process of ingesting and converting the files recorded with the GY-HMQ10. A single USB cable is all that's necessary to connect the camera to the Macintosh computer. The utility will recognize the 4 memory cards in the camera and generate a single thumbnail for each scene. Right-clicking on the thumbnail begins the conversion to a single 4K Prores file suitable for editing on Final Cut Pro X. If camera thumbnails are dragged to the HDD, all of the associated files are automatically copied to the destination. Installation of Final Cut Pro X is necessary for this utility to operate.
JVC GY-HMQ10 Professional Handheld 4K Camcorder
JVC GY-HMQ10 Professional Handheld 4K Camcorder
3.5-inch Touch LCD Display
The 3.5-inch (920,000 pixel) 16:9 aspect ratio Touch LCD monitor provides not only an alternative to the viewfinder when shooting, it also displays a wide array of monitoring and setup indications. Easy to operate, this full screen touch panel and new GUI enable fast and intuitive control.
JVC GY-HMQ10 Professional Handheld 4K Camcorder  
Full HD (1920x1080) trimming function
As mentioned above, the GY HMQ10 provides a full frame downconverted HD output of its 4K signal via an HDMI interface. One very useful feature of this camera is its ability to output an HD window from a full 4K frame. By pressing the touch screen during playback, a 1920 x 1080 window is created and the camera outputs a full HD frame of that window. Touching the camera's Touch Screen during recording or playback creates a Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 window, which can be moved freely within the 4K frame by simply moving one's finger..
JVC GY-HMQ10 Professional Handheld 4K Camcorder  
The GY-HMQ10 is also a Full HD camcorder!
Thanks to its 1/2-inch class 4K image sensor and high quality lens, the GY-HMQ10 provides high quality HD recordings in the popular AVCHD Progressive format. Its Falconbrid processing engine provides full HD recording and playback at 1920 x 1080, including 1080 60P. In the HD mode, a single SDHC or SDXC memory card is utilized. When recording in the HD mode, the camera's zoom range is extended to 20X (10X optical, 11X-20X digital).
JVC GY-HMQ10 Professional Handheld 4K Camcorder
Professional Audio Connectors with Manual Controls
The GYHMQ10 records 2 channels of 16 bit audio sampled at 48Khz. In the 4K recording mode, audio is recorded in the Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) format. When recording in the HD mode, audio is encoded with the Dolby Digital AC3 codec. Audio levels are controlled manually or automatically using AGC. An audio meter is provided in the LCD and VF displays to facilitate adjustment. Balanced XLR connectors on the handle permit the use of external microphones (optional) and/or a wireless receiver. 48V phantom power is available for each microphone. Versatile input switching allows the microphone signal to be directed to the desired channel. A built-in stereo microphone is also provided for ambient sound pickup.
In 4K mode, audio is recorded as 2ch AAC.
JVC GY-HMQ10 Professional Handheld 4K Camcorder

JVC GY-HMQ10 Professional Handheld 4K Camcorder


Patented "FOCUS ASSIST" function
Achieving exact focus with 4K and HD signals is critical. JVC's Focus Assist turns focusing into a fast, easy and accurate process. When Focus Assist is activated, the picture in the viewfinder becomes monochrome and all objects which are in focus appear with colored edges. Focus Assist works equally in the viewfinder as well as on the LCD panel. The Focus Assist function can be assigned to any of the USER buttons.

JVC GY-HMQ10 Professional Handheld 4K Camcorder  

Rotary Optical Image Stabilizer (ROIS)

With the increased resolution and sharpness of HD and 4K pictures, even a small amount of camera shake can becomes noticeable. JVC's Rotary Optical Image Stabilizer corrects for lateral and vertical movement of the camera without the degradation of image quality associated with digital image stabilisation systems. The result is pristine HD and 4K images that remain sharp and stable.

Wired Remote Control

The GY-HMQ10 is supplied with a wiredremote interface (ø 3.5mm connector) forremote operation when using the camcorderon a tripod, jib, crane or boom.

JVC GY-HMQ10 Professional Handheld 4K Camcorder  

GY-HMQ10 Recording Times

JVC GY-HMQ10 Professional Handheld 4K Camcorder  



Power DC 12V (AC adapter), DC 7.4V (Battery)
Power consumption More than 17.5 W (in 4K mode with LCD monitor) (when LCD screen backlight is set to [Level 3])
Dimensions 139 (W) x 198 (H) x 271 (D) mm (5-15/32" x 7-25/32" x 10-21/32") (with Audio unit)
Weight Approx. 1.7 kg (3.6 lbs) (Including battery, microphone, SDHC cards)
Operating temperature 0˚C to 40˚C (32˚F to 104˚F)
Storage temperature -20˚C to 50˚C (-4˚F to 122˚F)
Operating humidity 35% to 80%
Storage humidity Under 85%
Image sensor 1/2.3" 8.3M pixels Back-illuminated CMOS
Synchronizing system Internal synchronization
Stabilizer Optical image stabilizer (ROIS)
Lens F2.8 to 4,5, 10x, f=6.7-67 mm (35 mm conversion: 42.4-424 mm)
Filter diameter When the hood is detached: 46 mm (screw pitch: 0.75 mm) Compatible with filter, tele-converter and wide-converter
When the hood is attached: 72 mm (screw pitch: 0.75 mm) Compatible with filter only
Shutter speed 1/2 to 1/4000
Gain 0dB, 3dB, 6dB, 9dB, 12dB, 15dB, 18dB, AGC
LCD display 23.5" LCD, 920,000 pixels, 16:9, color, Touch Panel
Viewfinder 0.24" LCOS, 260,000 pixels, 16:9, color
Recording media SDHC/SDXC (Class 6/10), SDHC/SDXC Slots x 4
Video recording 4K: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (.MP4) 4 Stream Separate Recording HD: AVCHD/AVCHD Progressive
Recording mode 4K settings:
3840 x 2160/60p/50p/24p
VBR, Approx.144 Mbps (Max) MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio: AAC 2ch, 48 kHz/16bit 384kbps
HD settings:
1920 x 1080/60p/60i/50p/50i
60p/50p mode: VBR, Approx. 28 Mbps
UXP mode: VBR, Approx. 24 Mbps
XP mode: VBR, Approx. 17 Mbps
SP mode: VBR, Approx. 12 Mbps
EP mode: VBR, Approx. 5 Mbps
Audio: AC3 2ch, 48 kHz/16bit 256kbps
Video frame rate NTSC settings:
4K: 3840 x 2160/59.94p, 23.98p
HD: 1920 x 1080/59.94i, 59.94p
PAL settings:
4K: 3840 x 2160/50p
HD: 1920 x 1080/50i, 50p
Video output Mini HDMI output x 4 (4K: HDMI x 4 HD: HDMI x 1)
Audio input XLR x 2 (MIC, +48V/LINE) (Built-in stereo microphone is available)
Remote control φ3.5mm mini jack (4-pin)
Headphone φ3.5mm mini jack (Stereo)
USB Mini-USB2.0, Type- B
Battery pack x 1, AC adapter x 1 (On machine battery charge function is available)
Battery pack (SSL-JVC50), Battery charger (LC-2J)


Read our blogs