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JVC GY-HM600U ProHD

Professional HD camcorder

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Our take on the JVC GY-HM600U ProHD

The JVC GY-HM600U is a professional videographer's dream. It fits nicely in your hand and offers sharp images and lightning-quick processing speeds so you can be up and running as soon as you see a great shot coming together. A trio of 1/3" CMOS sensors — one each for the three primary video colors (red, green, and blue) — take in 1920 x 1080p HD images with exceptionally vivid detail and natural color. JVC's FALCONBRID™ engine processes your shots at lightning speed for superior recordings. The camera's 23X wide-angle zoom lens lets you get up close to the action, with a light-gathering range of f/1.6-3.0 so you're ready for just about anything.

Land the big story with a portable professional camcorder

The JVC GY-HM600U is a professional videographer's dream. It fits nicely in your hand and offers sharp images and lightning-quick processing speeds so you can be up and running as soon as you see a great shot coming together. A trio of 1/3" CMOS sensors — one each for the three primary video colors (red, green, and blue) — take in 1920 x 1080p HD images with exceptionally vivid detail and natural color. JVC's FALCONBRID™ engine processes your shots at lightning speed for superior recordings. The camera's 23X wide-angle zoom lens lets you get up close to the action, with a light-gathering range of f/1.6-3.0 so you're ready for just about anything.

Total control

The camera's primary functions are controlled by buttons and switches located within easy reach on the camera's body. Manual control of white balance, gain, shutter speed, neutral density filter settings and more are at your fingertips. When the action is happening quickly, the camera's focus assist function can be turned on, so you can shoot fast and in focus.

Professional connections

There's little point shooting live, on the scene if you can't get the footage out quickly. The GY-HM600U offers an array of broadcast-quality connection points, including a locking HD/SD SDI connector that can pass an uncompressed 4:2:2 HD signal or downconverted SD signal. The camera's HDMI connector outputs the same signal as the HD-SDI feed, which is especially useful for monitoring while shooting a live event. Two heavy-duty XLR connectors with Mic/Line capability ensure that you're able to capture premium sound to go with your top-notch video. Connections for audio monitoring, remote control, time sync and USB devices offer even more flexibility.

Product Highlights:

  • handheld professional HD camcorder
  • uses 3 separate full-HD, 1/3-inch CMOS image sensors, each with 2.07-million pixels
  • time code synchronization input/output for shooting with multi-camera setups
  • 23X Fujinon autofocus zoom lens with manual functions
    • 35mm equivalent: 29-667mm
    • f/1.6-3.0
  • FALCONBRID™ image engine processes data at blazing speed
  • optical image stabilization
  • shutter speed: 1/4-1/10000
  • 3-position neutral density filter (1/4, 1/16, 1/64)
  • live full-HD monitor output via HDMI or SDI, or both simultaneously
  • built-in stereo microphone
  • dual memory slots enable dual backup and continuous recording to optional SDHC/SDXC memory cards
  • comfortable hand grip included
  • folding 3.5" color (920,000-dot) 16:9 LCD display with smart focus assist function
  • 0.45" color (1.22 million-dot) 16:9 viewfinder
  • 2-channel audio recording (LPCM 16-bit/48kHz, AC3 AVCHD)
  • high-capacity SSL-JVC50 battery included
Special Features:
  • JVC's LoLux feature allows shooting in low-light conditions (up to +36db gain)
  • continually pre-records up to 15 seconds in cache memory so you don't miss your shot
  • variable frame rate shooting at 720p 35Mbps allows slow or fast motion playback
  • time sync two GY-HM600 series cameras with optional RCA cable
  • interval mode allows time lapse recording
Connections:
  • HDMI output
  • SDI output with BNC connection
  • dual USB ports
    • device port allows connection to a mass storage device
    • host port enables Wi-Fi using optional adapter
  • 3.5mm microphone jack for external microphone
  • 2.5mm connector for wired remote control
  • 3.5mm headphone output
  • dual professional XLR audio inputs with phantom power
  • filter diameter: 72mm
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Reviews

JVC GY-HM600U ProHD Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(1 Review)

So far so good

Wayne from Cincinnati Ohio on 9/18/2015

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Great camera. Easy to use, good quality video. Definitely would purchase again. Only fault with camera is zoom lens auto focus gets a little soft on full zoom in. Better to use manual focus in that instance. All other operations are great. Especially like multiple SD card inputs and overall ease of operation. When we need another camera, this will probably be it.

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General Features
Recording Features
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Inputs and Outputs

General Features

JVC ProHD Video: The JVC GY-HM600 compact ProHD handheld camcorder can record Full HD video. It has a high-quality Fujinon lens with 23x optical zoom for excellent video quality. The GY-HM600 has three 1/3" 12-bit CMOS image sensors, each capable of capturing Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution images. The camcorder comes with an attachable handle unit with additional recording and playback controls and two XLR audio inputs. Two SDHC/SDXC memory card slots for relay or simultaneous recording.

Imaging Device: The GY-HM600 is equipped with three 1/3" 12-bit Full HD CMOS image sensors, each with 2.07M pixels. The three image sensors individually process the R, G, and B color signals, achieving high color and image resolution, and achieving a high F11 sensitivity. Coupled with the image sensors is JVC's new-generation "Falconbrid" image processor which compresses and processes the images without loss for the highest image quality.

Recording Formats: The camcorder can record in QuickTime (MPEG-2 HD/H.264), MP4 (MPEG-2 HD), and AVCHD file formats. Files can be directly edited on Apple Final Cut Pro software or XDCAM EX Non-linear Editing Workflow.

Dual Card Slots: The GY-HM600 has two slots for SDHC/SDXC memory cards. The unit is compatible with SDHC cards from 4 GB to 32 GB, and SDXC cards up to 128 GB. When both card slots are loaded, you can record simultaneously to both cards (Dual Rec mode), creating an immediate backup. You can also perform Relay Recording, which lets you shoot continuously and seamlessly over multiple cards. When one card becomes full the camcorder automatically switches to the other card. SD cards with Speed Class 6 or higher performance are recommended.

3.5" LCD Monitor: The GY-HM600 is equipped with a 3.5" LCD monitor. The LCD has 920,000 pixels, and can be tilted downward 90° for overhead shots, and upward approximately 180° for low angle or self recording.

Lens: The camcorder is equipped with a Fujinon wide angle lens with 23x optical zoom and a focal length of 4.1mm-94.3mm. The 35mm equivalent is 29mm-667mm. Its maximum aperture is F1.6 at wide angle and F3.0 at telephoto. The bright lens allows you to capture details clearly, even in a dimly-lit room. The lens has a 72mm filter thread to accommodate screw-on filters.

ND Filter: The GY-HM600 has a 4-position ND Filter that adjusts the amount of light according to the brightness during shooting. You can set the ND Filter to 1/4, 1/16, 1/64, or off.

Optical Image Stabilization: The Optical Image Stabilizer reduces camera shake during video recording. You can turn the OIS on or off as needed.

Recording Features

Video Recording Quality: The GY-HM600 can record in HD and SD in multiple formats, including MPEG-2 Long GOP, which is widely used by TV broadcasters, and AVHCD, which is compatible with numerous editing systems. This gives you a wide variety of formats and recording modes to choose from:

Resolution MPEG-2 AVCHD H.264
HQ Mode
35 Mbps
MOV/MP4
SP Mode
25 Mbps
MOV/MP4
SP Mode
19 Mbps
MOV
HQ Mode
24 Mbps
MTS
SP Mode
17 Mbps
MTS
SD Mode
8 Mbps
MOV
HD 1920 x 1080 60i/50i
30p/25p/24p
    60i/50i 60i/50i  
1440 x 1080 60i/50i 60i/50i        
1280 x 720 60p/50p
30p/25p/24p
  60p/50p      
SD 720 x 480           60i

Audio Recording: The camcorder records in 2-channel LPCM, 48kHz, 16-bit for MPEG-2 Long GOP and H.264 formats, and in AC3 for AVCHD format.

Power Requirements

Battery: The GY-HM600 is powered by the SSL-JVC50 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (7.4V / 4900mAh / 37Wh). The battery charges in approximately 4 hours while attached to the camcorder, using the supplied AC adapter. A fully-charged battery will provide approximately 2 hours 45 minutes of continuous recording time.

Inputs and Outputs

HDMI: The camcorder has a Type A HDMI (full size) output for connecting an external monitor. You can output live video images and audio through the HDMI, or playback recorded material. No HDMI cable is included.

HD-SDI: In addition to the HDMI terminal, the camcorder has a BNC connector for outputting 3G-compatible SDI signals to a compatible monitor. You can simultaneously output uncompressed Full HD signals and audio signals from the SDI Out and HDMI terminals.

USB: The Mini-B Version 2.0 connector allows you to connect the camcorder to your computer for downloading your videos to a PC.

AV: The 3.5mm minijack AV output lets you connect the camcorder to a TV for outputting composite video and audio signals to a TV, DVD recorder, or VCR. No AV cable is included.

Note: Not all 4-pole mini-plugs have the same wiring configuration. For proper playback, any AV plug used with this camcorder must have this configuration:
  • Tip: Audio Left channel (white)
  • Ring 1 (next to tip): Video (yellow)
  • Ring 2 (next to collar): Ground
  • Collar: Audio Right channel (red)

Headphone Output: A 3.5mm headphone output is provided to allow you to monitor the audio with headphones while recording or playing back videos. You can adjust the audio output level using the Up/Down volume buttons on the side of the camcorder. The camcorder's built-in speaker is muted when headphones are connected.

Microphone Inputs: Two XLR inputs on the handle provide a 2-channel balanced input for connecting an audio device or a microphone. Each of the inputs has a separate rotary level control. A 3-way switch lets you set the input as follows:

  • Line: When connecting an audio device or mixer, set the input to "Line." The reference input level is +4 dBu.
  • Mic: When connecting a dynamic microphone, set the input to "Mic."
  • Mic + 48V: If using a condenser microphone that requires phantom power, set the input to Mic+48V. The connectors provides +48V of phantom power.

Aux Input: The GY-HM600 has a 3.5mm input for connecting the receiver of a wireless microphone system.

Remote: A 2.5mm sub-minijack is provided for connecting an optional wired remote control. You can operate the camcorder using either the on-board controls or the controls on the remote, with the remote controls taking priority.

DC Power: The camcorder has an AC adapter for connecting the camcorder to standard household electrical power. The AC adapter is used to charge the battery in the camera, or to power the camcorder during long recording sessions, playback to a TV, or downloading videos to external recording devices.

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If you purchased the camera from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings & controls to make it easier to understand and use on your own. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. I hope that helps. [ Larry  Apr 15, 2016 ]  Staff
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