WAYNE, N.J. – JVC Professional Products Co., is now shipping the GY-HM600, its
next-generation handheld ProHD camera. Introduced earlier this year at the 2012
NAB Show, the new HD camera features a built-in 23x zoom lens and delivers
superior low-light performance with excellent sensitivity (F11 at 2,000 lux).
With a 1.22 MP color viewfinder and color 3.5-inch LCD, the GY-HM600 can handle
tripod-based shots and run-and-gun situations. It is equipped with three,
1/3-inch 12-bit CMOS sensors, each with 1920x1080 pixels. The built-in Fujinon
HD lens has a focal range of 29-667mm (35mm equivalent) and has manual focus,
zoom, and iris rings, along with three ND filters. Other features include auto-focus
with face detection and an optical image stabilizer.
The camera records HD or SD footage in multiple file formats, including native
XDCAM EX (.MP4), Final Cut Pro (.MOV), and AVCHD, to non-proprietary SDHC or
SDXC media cards. In addition to relay mode for uninterrupted recording, the
GY-HM600 allows simultaneous recording to both memory cards for instant backup
or client copy. Plus, the Pre Rec (retro cache) feature continuously records
and stores up to 20 seconds of footage in cache memory to help prevent missed
shots of breaking events.
Equipped with a LANC-based remote connector and compatible with JVC’s ProHD
Compact Studio seven-inch monitor, the GY-HM600 can be used for an affordable
studio system. The camera also includes a time-code synchronization input as
well as HD-SDI and HDMI outputs. A built-in stereo microphone is ideal for
capturing natural sound, but the GY-HM600 also includes two XLR inputs with
phantom power, shotgun mic holder, headphone jack, and additional input for a
wireless mic receiver.
Another new ProHD camera, the GY-HM650, will be available this winter.
Specifically designed for mobile newsgathering, it has similar specs to the
GY-HM600 but includes built-in FTP and Wi-Fi connectivity. With its dual
codecs, it simultaneously produces full HD files and smaller, Web-friendly
files that can be delivered to a station without a microwave or satellite
The GY-HM600 has a suggested list price of $4,695, while the GY-HM650 will have
a suggested list price of $5,995.