JVC Professional claims to have introduced the world’s first handheld 4K camcorder.
The GY-HMQ10 can record images at a resolution of 3840x2160, four times the resolution of today’s high definition images.
"We’re witnessing the birth of what is destined to become a broad market for full 4K end-to-end production," said product manager, Gustav Emrich. "The GY-HMQ10 is a breakthrough product that opens up 4K imaging to users who previously wouldn't have considered it."
JVC appears somewhat ahead of the curve in introducing a 4K camera. TVs capable of displaying that level of resolution are currently not available to consumers.
Today's HD televisions can display images at a maximum resolution of 1920x1080.
Viewers only achieve that level of resolution, however, when watching Blu-Rays. Most TV channels broadcast at the lower 720p.
According to JVC, however, the new camera is ideal for cinematography, medical microscopy, telepresence, surveillance and live wide-view event coverage.
"Historically, JVC has been a leader in camcorder and display technology, and the GY-HMQ10 is our latest breakthrough," said Gustav.
"It's part of a larger move at JVC to bring 4K technology to a wide range of customers."
"4K is the logical step beyond HD and JVC is uniquely positioned to lead the industry in this new direction."
The camera has a list price of GBP £4340.