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JVC GY-LS300CHU Ultra 4K HD 4KCAM Super 35 Pro Camcorder & Mic Top Handle Audio Unit with:

  • Top Handle Unit with XLR Inputs
  • Shotgun Microphone
  • Body Cap
  • SSL-JVC50 Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Instruction Manual
JVC GY-LS300 Ultra 4K HD 4KCAM Super 35 Pro Camcorder with Top Handle Audio Unit & Microphone

An exquisite, full-featured 4K Super 35 video camera.

The JVC GY-LS300 is compact, convenient, and ultra high definition. It is equipped with a 4K Super 35 CMOS sensor and accommodates a wide range of cinema and photographic micro 4/3 lenses and adapters that enable it to deliver dazzling cinematic effects. You can create hours of pristine recordings on SDHC/SDXC media in a variety of image formats including 4K Ultra HD, Full HD with 4:2:2 sampling, SD and web-friendly proxy formats. Its dual codec design allows you to make 2 copies of your program simultaneously, and you can even stream live HD over the internet to content delivery networks such as USTREAM while recording full HD.

Version 2.0 makes the GY-LS300 even more spectacular by adding features such as JVC Log, Prime Zoom, Cinema 4K and Cinema 2K, a Histogram Display, Color matrix/Black paint adjustment functions. No other full featured removable lens video camera offers this much flexibility in such a compact and convenient form factor

Connect to the internet via optional Wi-Fi or 4G LTE modem and stream HD instantly to USTREAM or any other destination while recording to the SDHC memory card. No other camcorder comes close to delivering so much in a complete, well-equipped package.

The top handle unit incorporates two 3-pin XLR inputs that allow you to attach balanced microphones or wireless audio inputs. Each input supports line, microphone, and mic +48 selections with independent gain control for accepting input from different audio sources.

Key Features:

Super 35 Optical Format
The GY-LS300 features a JVCKENWOOD AltaSens 4K CMOS Super 35 image sensor, a premium solution for uncompromised cinema production, ultra-clear broadcast video, as well as full resolution 4K video. The Super 35 sensor coupled with the camera's Micro Four Thirds mount offers professionals unprecedented flexibility in achieving creative photographic effects, such as the above illustrated shallow depth of field "bokeh" effect.

Micro Four Thirds Lens Mount
The matching of our Super 35 sensor and Micro Four Thirds (MFT) lens mount makes for a brilliant marriage between high-end cinematic imagery and affordable glass. Dozens of high quality Micro Four Thirds lenses are readily available and require no adapter.

Thanks to the short flange focal distance (slightly less than 20mm) most cinema lenses can be adapted for use. Various mount adapters are available, including PL mount, Canon EF mount, Nikon, and C-Mount. The mount's electrical connections are compatible with many auto focus, iris and power zoom lenses -- even when using an adapter.

One important difference from most Micro Four Thirds cameras is that the GY-LS300 uses a Super 35 imager -- approximately 35% larger than a standard MFT imager. JVC's mount provides full coverage of the imager meaning that Super 35 lenses may be used without worry of vignetting. In fact, a number of S35 lenses are available that do not require an adapter. For the professional on a budget, having a camera this versatile can literally save thousands of dollars in avoided new lens purchases.

Micro 4/3 Mount Super 35 lenses with integrated MFT mount Optional adapters enable you to use PL & EF lenses

Unparalleled Flexibility
Most people would assume that the Super 35 sensor (large) and an MFT mount (small) is a mismatch being the MFT sensor is 26% smaller than the Super 35 sensor. But, where the JVC GY-LS300 is concerned that is simply not true! How? It's easy, the GY-LS300 is compatible with a wide array of lens mounts enabling photographers the ability to choose just the right lens, with the perfect aperture, and choice field of view for any scene. And then, JVC's unique Variable Scan Mapping technology maintains the native angle of view for any and all compatible lenses!

Native Field of View for Any Lens
Thanks to the revolutionary technology we call Variable Scan Mapping, VSM for short, the GY-LS300 lets you choose the lens you want as it enables the camera to maintain the native angle of view for a large variety of lenses including many popular Super 35, MFT and Super 16.

How does it work? With the right third-party adapter and lens, VSM intelligently remaps the pixels on the sensor chip in accordance with the native field of view of the lens so that the pixels fill the entire picture frame-thereby eliminating vignetting. So, thanks to VSM, professional cinematographers can actually use high-end, large format cinema 35 lenses on a handheld camera that will correctly frame those lenses!

The images below illustrate how VSM maximizes the pixels on the sensor chip to accommodate lens sizes and maintain their original field of view.

Ultra HD 4K Recording at 150Mbps and Live Output
The GY-LS300 was built to deliver stunning, life-like 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) video in a compact form-factor, making it versatile for a wide range of applications. With 4x the resolution of Full HD, the video quality of this 4K camera is better in every way -- it achieves greater detail, truer colors, and overall amazing footage. And now, working with 4K has never been easier! Insert an SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I Speed class 3) memory card and record hours of 4K material. Recordings are made using the Quicktime (.MOV) file format and are compatible with many popular editing systems. Connect a 4K Ultra HD monitor with a single HDMI cable, and view the camera's live 4K signal. You can also play back recorded files directly from the camera.

Full HD 4:2:2 Recording at 50Mbps
The ability to record H.264 4:2:2 24-60p at 50 Mbps makes the GY-LS300 an ideal camera for broadcasting and cinematic production houses alike. The color accuracy of 4:2:2 enables the GY-LS300 to deliver exceptional color resolution even when images are in sharp contrast to the background which is particularly useful when strong colors are in contrast to bright backgrounds or in green screen uses.

Virtually Lossless H.264 50Mbps Recording
The GY-LS300 is also equipped with the H.264 Extreme-High Quality (XHQ) 50Mbps (MOV) recording mode used in HD SLRs. MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 offers approximately twice the compression efficiency of conventional codecs, and offers superior motion prediction, so even at the same bit rate it provides a smooth and detailed picture with virtually no block noise even when recording rapid action sequences. Added to this, the 50Mbps bit rate is high enough to support full HD 1920 x 1080 encoding in 24-60p or 50i/60i, resulting in stunningly detailed HD images.

Web-friendly (Proxy) File Formats
Lower resolution H.264 files (480 x 270p, 960 x 540p, 720/480i, 720/576i, 1440/1080i) may be recorded simultaneously with full HD files. These files are significantly smaller than HD files, and thus are very suitable for immediate posting to the web. A file recorded in the 960 x 540 mode is approximately 1/10th the size of a full HD file recorded at 35 Mbps, and therefore takes a fraction of the time to FTP from the camera and to post. The smaller files may be quickly imported to an iPad for easy editing using iMovie or Pinnacle Studio. Transporting video to the web or back to the studio has never been faster. With the GY-LS300, it is also possible to create SD and HD files simultaneously.

Version 2.0
The version 2.0 upgrade to the GY-LS300 made it an even more versatile camera. It adds "JVC Log" (J-Log), a mode that boosts the dynamic range up to 8X. It also adds new Cinema 4K and Cinema 2K recording modes, a unique Prime Zoom feature that uses the camera's innovative technology to allow zoom capabilities when using prime lenses, and a histogram. Other features newly supported in version 2.0 include a / Spot Meter, Color Matrix/Black Paint adustment, and 4K Recording at 70Mbps. As with all our camera firmware upgrades, versions 2.0 and 3.0 are free to all existing GY-LS300 owners. Go to or scan this QR code for access.

Version 3.0 adds 120FPS Slo Mo
Create artistic effects or watch replays to examine sporting skills with 120fps Slo Mo as part of the 3.0 upgrade.

New JVC Log Gamma
JVC Log mode delivers wide latitude and high dynamic range -- up to 800 percent -- to create images that truly rival the look of film. By preserving more information over the entire dynamic range of the Super 35 sensor, log images will look flat and lack contrast but contain more information for grading and manipulation in post production giving you the opportunity to create truly stunning, cinematic results.

Prime Zoom
Prime lenses have a fixed focal length, but the GY-LS300's Prime Zoom features takes advantage JVC's unique variable scan mapping which allows you to dynamically map the pixels on the image sensor to your target output resolution. When used with an MFT prime lens, the image can be adjusted between the maximum scan area and minimum scan area using the camera's zoom rocker. Most useful when recording in HD, Prime Zoom uniquely allows you to zoom with prime lenses, or extend the range of zoom lenses.

Cinema 4K and Cinema 2K Recording
For the ultimate cinema look, record images in Cinema 4K (4096 x 2160) at 150 or 70 Mbps, or Cinema 2K (2048 x 1920) at 50 Mbps each with a 17:9 aspect ratio for digital cinema presentations. Both modes support recording in 23.98p or true 24p to match the frame rate of film.

Version 2.0 adds a histogram display, which is useful for checking the exposure by showing the brightness distribution of the image. The function is accessed through a convenient user button, and the range can be set to provide top and bottom limits.

Dual SDHC/SDXC Card Slots
The GY-LS300 is designed to create hours of recordings on affordable non-proprietary SDHC/SDXC media in 4K Ultra HD, Full HD with 4:2:2 sampling, and SD and web friendly proxy formats. Its dual codec design also allows you to make two copies of your program simultaneously. Or, with relay recording mode, you can shoot continuously and seamlessly over multiple cards. When one card is full, the camcorder switches seamlessly and automatically to the other card. And, because cards are hot swappable, you can literally shoot until you run out of cards!

Streaming and Cloud Services
While the GY-LS300 can record high quality video/audio onto SDHC/SDXC cards, it is also capable of streaming LIVE video/audio via network. Coupled with the superior mobility of the camera, this wireless capability enables faster delivery of LIVE video in missioncritical ENG applications. Stream backhaul LIVE to the newsroom using either Wi-Fi or 4G-LTE network, whichever is more stable and costeffective in your area.

Advanced IP Network Communication and Streaming
The GY-LS300 features JVC's latest IP communications engine, giving you remote control and monitoring of vital camera functions from a tablet, smartphone, or computer anywhere in the world. Live streaming is possible in HD or lower resolutions, depending on available bandwidth. JVC's Advanced Streaming Technology (AST) includes Zixi powered Forward Error Correction with ARQ, delivering high quality streams even under challenging conditions. Connect your GY-LS300 to an optional Wi-Fi or LTE modem and share your program with an audience anywhere in the world via content delivery networks such as USTREAM and YouTube. Just press one button and you're streaming HD to the world!

Fluent Adaptive Streaming Technology (F.A.S.T)

  • Routing
    With F.A.S.T. feed the GY-LS300 is able to stream to the ProHD Broadcaster (BR-800) which can route streams from multiple cameras to various destinations including decoders, content delivery networks (e.g. USTREAM) or other servers. The camera can also be remotely monitored.
  • Robust Error Correction
    Optional broadcaster BR-800 actively monitors the quality of the incoming stream(s) and instructs the camera(s) to repeat packets (ARQ) and/or apply forward error correction (FEC). Up to 30% packet loss is corrected, delivering a robust, reliable HD stream in most cases. Stream status is provided to the camera operator with an indication in the viewfinder.
  • Recording
    Incoming streams can be set to record automatically or at a preset time. Streams may be downloaded, or set for automatic playback later. Zixi error control ensures outstanding image quality. Recorded video streams may also be tagged for video-on-demand (VOD) playback. The VOD menu provides URLs in various streaming formats for outside playback.
  • Remote Control
    A single click on the server console brings up the remote control for the connected GY-LS300. Control functions include lens (zoom, focus, iris) and camera settings (gain, shutter, WB, paint, LoLux, etc.) Zoom presets may be registered and triggered remotely. Recording and live streaming may also be triggered remotely -- invaluable for minor adjustments when a single reporter is operating the camera.

Top Handle Audio Unit
The top handle attaches directly to the camcorder, which provides power for the top handle. Electronic contacts on the top handle audio unit and the camcorder obviate the need for a connecting cable, which makes using the top handle simple and reliable to set up and use. The top handle also incorporates a microphone clamp and accessory shoe.

XLR Inputs
Two 3-pin XLR inputs allow you to attach balanced microphones or wireless audio inputs. Each input supports line, microphone, and mic +48 selections with independent gain control for accepting input from different audio sources.

Additional Features:

  • Newly developed 4K Super 35 CMOS image sensor
  • JVC Log to capture 800% dynamic range
  • Color matrix / Black paint adjustment
  • 120fps HD recording for smooth slow motion**
  • Spot meter
  • Micro Four Thirds System Lens Mount
  • Variable Scan Mapping (VSM) maintains native angle of view
  • Prime Zoom feature links VSM to zoom rocker enabling lossless zoom with prime lens
  • Cinema 4K (4096 x 2160) 24p recording at 150 Mbps
  • Cinema 2K (2048 x 1080) 24p recording at 50 Mbps
  • 4K Ultra HD recording (150 Mbps, 24p/25p/30p) to SDHC/SDXC(UHS-I Speed class3) card
  • 4K Ultra HD recording (70 Mbps, 24/25p/30p) to SDXC/SDHC(Class 10) card
  • 4:2:2 Full HD recording at 50Mbps (24p-60p)
  • 3 position ND filter (1/4, 1/16 and 1/64)
  • HD-SDI (3G) and HDMI outputs (4K output via HDMI only)
  • HD-SDI and HDMI outputs can feed and trigger external recorder
  • 2-channel XLR audio inputs with phantom power
  • Dual SDHC/SDXC slots enable Dual, Backup and Continuous recording
  • Advanced JVC streaming engine compatible with USTREAM, Zixi and Wowza Streaming Engine
  • IP Network Remote Control, Remote Viewing, Metadata editing, FTP clips*
  • 3.5-inch color LCD display (920K pixel) with smart focus assist function
  • 0.24-inch color viewfinder (1.56M pixel) with smart focus assist function
  • Histogram Display
  • Wired remote control supported
  • 10 user button assignable functions
  • Includes handle unit, SSL-JVC50 battery, AC Adapter and shotgun microphone
* Requires appropriate network connection and adapter
** Requires Version 3.0 upgrade available late April 2016
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JVC GY-LS300 Ultra 4K HD 4KCAM Super 35 Pro Camcorder

Video Format: Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (4K/HD/SD/Proxy), AVCHD (HD/SD)
File format: MOV (H.264), MTS (AVCHD)
Video Resolution: 4K (H.264)
NTSC setting: 3840 x 2160 / 29.97p, 23.98p (150Mbps)
PAL setting: 3840 x 2160 / 25p (150Mbps)
Cinema 4K: 4096 x 2160 / 24p, 23.98p (70, 150Mbps)
HD (H.264)
NTSC setting: YUV422 mode: 1920 x 1080 / 59.94p, 59.94i, 29.97p, 23.98p (50Mbps)
Cinema 2K: 2048 x 1080 / 24p, 23.98p (50Mbps)
XHQ mode: 1920 x 1080 / 59.94p, 59.94i, 29.97p, 23.98p (50Mbps), 1920 x 1080 / 59.94i, 29.97p, 23.98p (35Mbps), 1280 x 720 / 59.94p (35Mbps)
PAL setting: YUV422 mode: 1920 x 1080 / 50p, 50i, 25p (50Mbps)
XHQ mode: 1920 x 1080 / 50p, 50i, 25p (50Mbps), 1920 x 1080 / 50i, 25p (35Mbps), 1280 x 720 / 50p (35Mbps)
NTSC setting: Progressive mode (Max 28Mbps): 1920 x 1080/59.94p
HQ mode (24Mbps): 1920 x 1080 / 59.94i, SP mode (17Mbps): 1920 x 1080 / 59.94i
LP mode (9Mbps): 1440 x 1080 / 59.94i (Web mode), EP mode (5Mbps): 1440 x 1080 / 59.94i (Web mode)
PAL setting: Progressive mode (Max 28Mbps): 1920 x 1080 / 50p
HQ mode (24Mbps): 1920 x 1080 / 50i, SP mode (17Mbps): 1920 x 1080 / 50i
LP mode (9Mbps): 1440 x 1080 / 50i (Web mode), EP mode (5Mbps): 1440 x 1080 / 50i (Web mode)
NTSC setting: 720 x 480 / 59.94i (8Mbps)
Proxy (H.264)
NTSC setting: HQ mode (3Mbps): 960 x 540 / 29.97p, 23.98p, LP mode (1.2Mbps): 480 x 270 / 29.97p, 23.98p
PAL setting: HQ mode (3Mbps): 960 x 540 / 25p, LP mode (1.2Mbps): 480 x 270 / 25p
HQ mode (3Mbps): 960 x 540 / 25p, LP mode (1.2Mbps): 480 x 270 / 25p
Audio Recording: LPCM 2ch, 48kHz/16-bit (4k/HD/SD MOV)), AC3 2ch (AVCHD), μ-law 2ch (Proxy)
Image Sensor: Super 35 13.5 M pixels progressive scan CMOS
Synchronizing: Internal synchronization
Shutter Speed: 1/6 ~ 1/10000
Lens Mount: Micro Four Thirds system mount
Gain: 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18,21,24 dB, Lolux (30,36 dB), AGC
ND Filter: None, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
LCD Display: 3.5-inch 920k pixels, 16:9 tiltable LCD
Viewfinder: 0.24-inch 1.56 M pixel, 16:9
Wi-Fi: via optional Wi-Fi adapter or 4G LTE modem
Video Output: AV output (ø3.5mm mini jack x1)
SDI output (BNC x1)
HDMI output x1
Live Video Streaming: Protocol: RTMP, MPEG2-TS/UDP, MPEG2-TS/TCP, RTSP/RTP, ZIXI
Bitrate: 0.2 - 12 Mbps
Resolution: 1920x1080, 1280x720, 720x480, 480x270
Microphone: Built-in or external
Audio Input: ø3.5mm mini jack x1
XLR x2 (MIC,+48V/LINE) (with included top handle unit)
Audio Output: AV output (ø3.5mm mini jack x1)
Headphone: ø3.5mm mini jack x1
Remote: ø2.5mm mini jack x1
Accessory Shoe: Hot Shoe
Interface: Mini HDMI Out (Type A) (Ultra HD 4K supported), AV/Headphone Out, Mic In (Plug-in power), DC In
Accessory Shoe for external Mic, light, etc.
USB: HOST x1 (Network Connection), DEVICE x1 (Mass storage) Supported devices: Verizon, AT&T 4G LTE modems, Wi-Fi and LAN adapters
Storage: 2x SDHC/SDXC memory card (4K: UHS-1 U3, HD: 50Mbps Class10, MOV HD: Class 6, AVCHD: Class4)
Power Source: SSL-JVC50 Li-ion Battery
Power Consumption: Approx. 7.9W (with VF in 4K REC mode, default setting)
Dimensions (WxHxD): 5.3 x 7.5 x 14.1 in. (13.5 x 19.1 x 35.9 cm) (body only)
Weight: 3.75 lbs. (1.7kg) (camcorder body only with battery)
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