Electronics manufacturer, the JVCKENWOOD Corporation, which manufactures and sells video, audio, and radio equipment globally under the JVC and KENWOOD brands, has joined the Micro Four Thirds (M4/3) group.

The company is exhibiting the first of its new products this week at the NAB 2014 in Las Vegas, the   world’s largest tradeshow for broadcasting equipment. Three prototypes will be on show, all offering 4K video recording. The first is a 4K mini camera system equipped with a 4Ksuper35mm image sensor, newly adopted flexible interchangeable M4/3 mount camera head, and built-in large-screen monitor. Also with the same image sensor and an M4/3 mount is a  4K compact handheld camera recorder and a  4K shoulder mount camera recorder with a PL Mount for interchangeable lenses.

The 4Ksuper35mm image sensor has been produced by Altasens, which is wholly owned by JVCKENWOOD. It is a 22.6 x 17 mm combined sensor and processor chip with an effective resolution of 13.6 megapixels, which can output Cinema 4K (4096 x 2160 pixels) or Quad HD (3860 x 2160 pixels) video at up to 72 fps, making it suitable for professional movie recording.

The Micro Four Thirds system was originally developed by Olympus and Panasonic but has grown to include Astro Design, Blackmagic Designs, Carl Zeiss, Cosina, JK Imaging, Kenko Tokina, Photron, Schneider-Kreuznach, SVS-Vistek, Tamron and View Plus as members. Sigma has begun to produce lenses for the system.