Our reader Andy Urtu alerted us to the firmware updates for the JVC prosumer camcorder line which add among other improvements the 120fps high speed video mode at full 1080p 1920*1080 resolution to the popular camera line. Thanks Andy!
What came as sort of a surprise and some mitigated anger to current recent owners of the camera, JVC announced that the JVC GY-LS300 4k, HD and SD capable camcorder will now be offered at $1,000 USD cheaper from a MSRP of $3,995 to $2,995. Furthermore it has a few new features added in a free firmware upgrade to current and new owners of the camera in April.
The update brings full HD 120fps capability to an already robust camera along with “JVC Log Gamma” recording mode. The camera offers a Micro 4/3 mount for easy use of different lens mounts including Canon and Nikkor lenses which is a big strength of this setup. Hundreds of adapted lenses can be used from almost any manufacturer. The JVC Log mode is supposed to increase dynamic range by 800%. We find that claim a little on the superlative side and probably will bring 2-3 real stops improvement in DR.
Today Panasonic has released the GH4 Firmware v2.1. It is mainly a usability/performance and external recorder update. No slow motion bit rate or frame rate improvements on this release. We analyzed a before and after on the files and detected no change in data. However recorded 4k footage has performance improvements. It is good to see that the camera continues to be updated by Panasonic and adding features filmmakers care about.
The following features are included: