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Can the JVC GY-LS300 output 10-bit HD video?

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#1 Jack Foreman

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Posted 11 September 2016 - 05:48 AM

It's a camcorder with 4K capabilities, but I don't really care about 4K. I just want a camcorder that can do 10-bit, 4:2:2 sampling & is HD.
I've been trying to find out whether the LS300 can output 10-bit video (through either the SDI or HDMI via external recorder), but have been unable to find anything concrete on the matter. Some say it can't, but I don't know if they mean it can't output 4K at 10-bit, or whether it can't even do it with HD.

In the comments' section on the LS300's trailer video 'Heist', the creator of the video says it can indeed output 10-bit HD video via external recorder: (It is in a reply to someone called Sammy S, & again hinted at in a reply to Michael Lafuente).

This is the only source I could find that claimed this. I just want to find a second one.

Additionally, if it can, what would be the best external recorder for the job?


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#2 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 11 September 2016 - 10:52 AM

When I first looked at one it was eight bit only, and I'm not aware of things having changed.
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Posted 11 August 2017 - 04:03 AM

Well if a person wants a 10bit HD camera on the cheap, and doesn't care about 4K, then BMPCC or Sony F3 are the obvious choices.


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Posted 11 August 2017 - 03:50 PM

Or if you need a small form factor, the GH5 records 10-bit 4:2:2 internal.


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Posted 12 August 2017 - 05:40 AM

Well, hopefully GH6 gains internal NDs then. 


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Posted 12 August 2017 - 05:52 AM

There's room in many of the lens adaptors that go on micro four-thirds cameras to mount ND filters; I wish someone would do that.


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Posted 12 August 2017 - 06:44 AM

They exist already!

But sadly you can't use it with a focal reducer at the same time! 
And not all have a clear filter option.
Hopefully an electronic variable ND for Nikon F to MFT arrives one day in the future.


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Posted 13 August 2017 - 12:54 AM

When I shoot with my GH5, I use the 12-25 and 35-100 native lenses, with a matte box and 4x4 ND's. The larger glass 4x4 ND's are much easier to work with than built-in filters. You can stack them, for example. When shooting native M4/3, then Lumix constant aperture 12-35 and 35-100 are perfectly fine lenses. The lens stabilization combined with internal 5 axis is amazing as well. 


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