JVC has launched its first 50Mbps camcorders.

The GY-HM850 and GY-HM890 shoulder-mount camcorders contain three, 1/3-inch 2.07 megapixel CMOS sensors that capture a full 1920x1080 image.

Built-in streaming capacity and FTP and GSM connectivity allows HD transmission from the camera without additional encoding hardware.

The GY-HM890 has been designed for use as an HD studio camera and comes equipped with a multi-pin connection that accommodates JVC fibre or multi-core camera modules and is compatible with studio components such as CCUs as well as box-style lenses.

It can also be used as a field production camera.

Both cameras feature interchangeable Fujinon 20x autofocus zoom lens.

They can record HD or SD footage which JVC said would be compatible with “most major NLE systems”, including Final Cut Pro (.MOV), XDCAM EX (.MP4), AS-10 (.MXF), AVCHD (.MTS), or H.264 (.MOV) files.

The cameras allow for simultaneous recording of a full HD file on one memory card and smaller, ‘web friendly’ H.264 files on the other.

A new H.264 Extreme High Quality (XHQ) recording mode offers “virtually lossless” H.264 50 Mbps recording.

JVC Professional Products European product manager Gustav Emrich described the cameras as “the most feature-rich ProHD products we’ve ever produced”.

He said: “With a GSM modem that you plug directly into the camera or a GSM mobile hotspot that you keep in your pocket, you can go live to a studio or the web.

“We believe the future is with the live video streaming and FTP service fully integrated into the camera.”

When paired with a GSM modem or Wi-Fi adapter, which is connected directly to the camera via USB, the cameras transmit footage to a facility in real time.

The cameras provide secure FTP file transfer on location, as well as live monitoring and camera and lens control via Wi-Fi from a PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad or Android device.

Built-in GPS allows location information to be recorded.

Metadata can also be edited on a smartphone or tablet and transferred to the camera via Wi-Fi.

The cameras will be launched at BVE, which takes place at Excel, London 25-27 February.

They are expected to ship in March.