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JVC GV-LS2 Live Streaming Camera

Remote controllable video camera with mechanical pan/tilt/zoom

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The JVC GV-LS2 live streaming camera is perfect for applications where you need live video streaming and recording from an unmanned position. With its mechanical tilt/pan/zoom capability, which povides a full-size HD picture for enhanced monitoring of the scene it's capturing, you'll have the detail you need for applications like home and business security. Pan up to 150 degrees and tilt up to 70 degrees, while having to ability to zoom 10X optically. The motors are extremely quiet, so you won't impact sound recording. Plus the very bright f/1.2 lens and Super LoLux technology will make sure you see the things other cameras in its class might miss.

Available apps for Android™ and Apple® smartphones and tablets assist you in controlling and monitoring the camera. Record to SD/SDHC/SDXC cards or stream in HD with broadcast / CCTV-friendly MPEG-2 transport streams, or web-compatible Motion JPEG formats, over both Wi-Fi and LAN connections.

Highlights:

  • 1/2.3" back-illuminated CMOS sensor
  • 29.5-407 mm equivalent focal range
  • f/1.2-2.8 aperture
  • remote controllable, networkable camera — perfect for unmanned applications like security
  • detailed HD streaming and recording capability
  • Wi-Fi® capable for live monitoring, remote operation, live streaming and recording on PC
    • free app available for Android™ and Apple® smartphones and tablets
  • super-quiet mechanical pan/tilt/zoom function delivers full HD quality from all shots, not a blown-up HD image
    • 10X optical zoom (digital 200X)
    • pan range: +/- 150 degrees (Wi-Fi), +/- 100 degrees (LAN)
    • tilt range: -30 to +40 degrees
  • advanced image stabilization (when pan/tilt/zoom functions not engaged)
  • Super LoLux technology provides enhanced low-light capabilities
  • manual exposure control for variable lighting conditions
  • Ethernet port for connection to a wired PC network
  • internal stereo microphone
  • takes SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards for on-board high-def video (MP4 AVC/H.264) recording
  • streams SD/HD MPEG-2 transport stream video, 640 x 360 JPEG video, AAC or LPCM audio
  • 5-1/8"W x 4-7/8"H x 4-1/4"D (camera on pantilter)
  • camera weight: 8.1 ounces
  • pantilter weight: 22.05 ounces
  • supplied accessories: AC adapter, LAN cable, PC software
  • warranty: 1 year parts, 90 days labor
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What's in the box?

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  • Live streaming camera (white)
  • Pantilter
  • 80" LAN flat cable (with RJ-45 modular plugs on each end)
  • 79" AC power cord
  • 15" Conversion cable (adapts AC adapter to Pantilter)
  • Rear camera cover
  • Application CD-ROM software
  • Product Registration Card/Questionnaire
  • Warranty sheet
  • JVC Canada Warranty card
  • Manual correction sheet
  • Software License Agreement
  • Basic User Guide (En/Sp/Fr/Po)
  • Info for purchasing an AV cable

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Features

Overview: The JVC GV-LS2 Live Streaming Camera lets you stream Full HD video via Wi-Fi and LAN connections. You can also record Full HD video to an optional SD, SDHC, or SDXC memory card, if desired. The camera comes with a powered pantilter for docking and remotely aiming the camera. The pantilter has a 3.5mm AV output and 3.5mm microphone input on the back.

Pantilter: The pantilter allows you to silently pan (move horizontally) +/-150° Wi-Fi (or +/-100° for a wired connection) and tilt (move vertically) -30° to +40° the camera using your computer or smartphone. The camera can be docked into the pantilter, or used without it. To prevent movement in a particular direction, you can engage the Pan Lock or Tilt Lock.

Lens: The camera has a bright F1.2-2.8, 3.76-37.6mm 10x optical zoom lens. The 35mm equivalent is 29.5 to 476mm with 16x dynamic zoom on, and 29.5 to 407mm with dynamic zoom off. There is a Digital Image Stabilizer helps to reduce the effects of camera shake, and can be set to soft, medium, or strong.

Image Sensor: The GV-LS2 is equipped with a 1/2.3", 12.4-megapixel, back-illuminated CMOS image sensor.

Recording to SD Cards: The camera can record AVCHD standard video (AVC/H.264) to an optional SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card at Full HD (1920 x 1080) with 2-channel Dolby Digital audio (48kHz/256 kbps). There are 4 Image Quality settings:

Recording Mode Bit Rate Recording Time
(64 GB SDXC card)
UXP 24 Mbps VBR 5 hrs 40 min
XP 17 Mbps VBR 8 hrs 10 min
SP 12 Mbps VBR 11 hrs 30 min
EP 4.8 Mbps VBR 28 hrs 50 min

Streaming: Wi-Fi and LAN connections are provided for streaming and remote operation. There are three choices in formats:

    Stream 1 Stream 2
Format 1 Video JPEG (640 x 360) None
Audio LPCM 16 kHz 16-bit 1 ch
Format 2 System MPEG-2 TS ---
Video H.264 Main Profile (720 x 480) JPEG (640 x 360)
Audio AAC 48 kHz 16-bit 2 ch LPCM 16 kHz 16-bit 1 ch
Format 3 System MPEG-2 TS ---
Video H.264 High Profile (1920 x 1080) JPEG (640 x 360)
Audio AAC 48 kHz 16-bit 2 ch LPCM 16 kHz 16-bit 1 ch
Standards: Wired: 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX; Wireless: IEEE 802.11b/g/n 2.4 GHz band only

Hot Shoe/Tripod Mount: The camera has a standard hot shoe on the top for adding camera accessories such as a video light or microphone. In addition, both the camera and pantilter have a standard 1/4" tripod thread for mounting.

Power Requirements: The GV-LS2 is powered by the supplied AC adapter. It can also be powered by an optional BN-VG139U Lithium-Ion Rechargeable battery for use when you are away from an AC outlet.

Supplied Software: The supplied CD-ROM includes the JVC CAM Control 1.0.0.0 software for controlling the camera from your PC. The software is compatible with Windows OS only running Internet Explorer 9 or later.

Mobile Application: A downloadable app is available to let you control the camera on the touch panel of a smartphone or tablet computer. The app is available for the following environments:

  • JVC CAM Control: available from the Apple App Store for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad with iOS 5.1.1. or later

  • JVC CAM Control Single: available from the Google Play Store for Android smartphones with OS 2.3 or later

  • JVC CAM Control Multi: available from the Google Play Store for Android tables with OS 2.3 or later, Screen size: 7" or more, Resolution: 1024 x 600 or more

 
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Written By JVonD, Boulder, CO on Thursday, April 11, 2013
 
There is a delay in the A/V stream making it somewhat useless when using the cam with other/different cams (hardware) when using Wirecast and Ustream Producer. The only way you could possibly use this with Wirecast and expect good A/V sync is when using only these cameras and running the audio into the cam via it's mic jack thus making the A/V sync stream run simultaneously. Don't get me wrong the camera is great! The P/T/Z is amazing and if you don't mind the delay, which JVC says is about 1-5 sec (3sec with direct for me) then it makes a perfect monitoring cam. Wish I could use it but for Wirecast and Ustream Producer there is no way! Retailers should be mentioning this in their specifications to avoid lots of returns. I was your Guinea Pig. Your welcome!
Pros:
P/T/Z, Wireless
Cons:
Stream Delay
Crutchfield response on Friday, April 26, 2013
Thanks for your review! We're glad you enjoyed the camera's quality, and we appreciate your concerns with A/V sync in multi-camera situations. This camera is mainly optimized to do its own compression and streaming preparation for upload to a network like Ustream, and as such is not optimized for being used in an A/V synchronized manner in a multiple camera setup. It's more of a standalone solution for streaming. For the situation you describe, the cameras used should be delivering typical video and audio signals from low-latency DV, HDMI, or SDI terminals, and then switched/encoded through software like Wirecast. Because the JVC GV-LS2 is doing its own encoding, there's a longer period of latency, which might vary depending on the complexity of the video being captured and compressed.
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