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JVC unveils new handheld ProHD camcorders

27 February 2017
JVC unveils new handheld ProHD camcorders

JVC is demonstrating two upgraded models in its 600 Series of ProHD mobile news camcorders, including the GY-HM660, the “industry’s first” streaming camcorder with an integrated IFB (interruptible foldback) audio.

Both the GY- HM660 camera, which replaces the current GY-HM650, and the GY-HM620, which replaces the GY- HM600, feature new CMOS image sensors, designed for for greater sensitivity, together with a brighter LCD display for improved daylight viewing.

The cameras both feature three new 12-bit CMOS sensors with improved F13 (50Hz) sensitivity for superior low-light performance. The cameras also include an upgraded 3.5-inch LCD display, which can be swivelled for use as a talent monitor, as well as a 1.22 MP LCOS colour viewfinder. The integrated Fujinon 23x auto focus zoom lens offers a wide 29-667mm (35mm equivalent) focal range and includes three ND filters as well as manual zoom, focus and iris rings.

Designed for news, sports and independent production, the cameras record HD and SD footage in a variety of file formats – including 1080p/60/50 and XHQ with virtually lossless 50mbps H.264 (.MOV) – to SDHC or SDXC media cards. With two card slots, both the GY-HM660 and the GY-HM620 support relay mode for uninterrupted recording or simultaneous recording to both cards for instant backup or client copy.

The Pre Rec feature can be set to continuously record and store up to 15 seconds of footage in cache memory to help prevent missed shots of breaking events. The GY-HM660 can also record full HD on a memory card while simultaneously streaming footage for live broadcast.

“JVC continues to expand our advanced IP technologies,” said Gustav Emrich, European product manager. “The new GY-HM660 will allow reporters in the field to communicate with the studio through IFB while streaming live HD reports from the field. We’ve also added SMPTE 2022 forward error correction for increased stream reliability.”

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