You are here

NAB 2012: JVC's Three Cameras You Must See

NAB 2012: JVC's Three Cameras You Must See

JVC has a follow up on the 4K camera they showed at CES 2012, but first, two new cameras, the GY-HM600 and the GY-HM650. Both have a small form factor, and can be handheld, so first we'll cover the GY-HM600.

This ProHD camera features a 23x zoom lens and combines it with great low-light performance. The GY-HM600 ($4,700) goes for versatility by working in multiple file formats like XDCAM EX and Final Cut Pro (MP4 and MOV respectively.) It will make use of SD cards and can relay them for continuous recording even after they fill up. A second function here is to simultaneously record to multiple cards so as to provide a client with an on the spot copy or give yourself a backup.

Viewfinders with 1.2MP color and 3.5-inch LCDs make for clean monitoring in most situations. The built in handle has a trigger and servo zoom control, and if that's not enough to get you to shoot while holding the handle consider the Pre Rec feature that continuously records and stores a max. of five seconds to help cover the head or tail of a shot that you missed. The GY-HM600 is rounded out with three 1/3-inch 12-bit CMOS sensors and a Fujinon 29-667mm lens, three built-in ND filters, two XLR inputs, and one input for a wireless receiver.

GY-HM650 ($5,700) seems accurately touted as a mobile news camera. Video can be set to record to two codecs, one at full HD and a second at 1/4 HD for the Internet. By the way, if the camera could talk it'd mention that it's got built-in FTP and Wi-Fi so no more running back to the news station just to drop in footage - no satellite or microwave connection needed. Much like the HM600, we see a Fujinon 29-667mm lens with zoom as long as 23x. This also gives it good light sensitivity, F11 at 2000lx.

These two cameras also share resolutions at 1920x1080, HD-SDI and HDMI outputs. The same mic input compliment puts the similarities to rest, the main difference is the connection to the Internet and $1,000. The GY-HM650 is also available a few months later than the GY-HM600 which will debut in Fall 2012. As promised, the news on the GY-HMQ10 is that, it's shipping - as of today!

The first handheld 4K cameras (GY-HMQ10, $5,550) are now reaching video producers as you are reading up on NAB 2012 news. Please discuss on the Videomaker forums.


April 16th, 2012