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Old April 16th, 2012, 08:17 AM   #1
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New JVC cameras

Here's JVC's new cameras from NAB. They look like hand held versions of the HM700 line, but now with 1/3" 1920x1080 CMOS chips.

JVC Professional Features page

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JVC / NAB 2012 News Releases
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Old April 16th, 2012, 08:36 AM   #2
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In fact there will be two models: the GY-HM650U ($5695)
http://pro.jvc.com/prof/attributes/f...&feature_id=01

and the GY-HM600 ($4695).
http://pro.jvc.com/prof/attributes/f...&feature_id=01

It will be interesting to compare them to the Sony EX1R and to the Panasonic AG-AC160 & AG-AC250.
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Old April 16th, 2012, 09:12 AM   #3
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Thanks to our amazing product design team, we will have an operational GY-HM600 concept unit in our booth, C4314 in the LVCC central hall.

Looking forward to seeing you all,

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Old April 16th, 2012, 09:55 AM   #4
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I wish I was in vegas to see it. I'm impressed with some of the innovative features of the 650. The ability to record to two codecs to two cards, one HD and one 1/4 HD is great for us. We are constantly posting to to web-sites and our internal intranet.

Also, it looks like you can Wifi push files from the camera via ftp?? Wow. And if I am reading this correctly you can use an iPAD for monitoring via Wifi from the camera? If so, that's really cool!!

Very smart design, I wish i could see it in person.

Good job JVC!
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Old April 16th, 2012, 09:57 AM   #5
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Way to go JVC! F11 @ 2000 lux is quite a stat for a 1/3" camera. That is laregeshoulder mount light sensitivity. Looking forward to seeing the images.

I know this might be a strange question but will this new chipset be available in the mini-shoulder mount design? I have always been drawn to this form factor. It would be a shame if one of the most innovative parts of the JVC line would be stopped along with the imaging update.
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Old April 16th, 2012, 10:56 AM   #6
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Wow!

Initial impression I'm very impressed.

What are the differences between the HM600 & 650? FTP transfer in camera, what is that!?

It doesn't look like I'd like the lens as much as the EX1 (I love the hard stops on zoom, focus and iris & this is hard to beat w/o going to a "real" ENG lens). But it is nice there is 3 rings & looks like all the switches were they should be.

Longer zoom range than Panasonic's 22x zoom AC130 / AC160 / HPX250. I wonder if Panasonic got the memo that they can't say they have the longest zoom in this class.

Though the Panasonic's 3 cameras go wider at an amazing 3.9mm lens, making even the XHA1 able to zoom in closer with it's 20x zoom. If you want to get closer, it looks like JVC is king of the hill at 94.3mm lens for 1/3" chips.

I know what I'll be looking at on my lunch break.
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Old April 16th, 2012, 12:19 PM   #7
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Codec flexibility looks to be what may make this win in some workflows' minds. AVCHD AND MPEG-2 on the same camera is unheard of until now.
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Old April 16th, 2012, 01:30 PM   #8
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I wonder if Panasonic got the memo that they can't say they have the longest zoom in this class.
Isn't JVC owned by Panasonic?
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Old April 16th, 2012, 04:05 PM   #9
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From: JVC - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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In 1953, JVC became majority owned by Panasonic Corporation.
To me it seems like JVC releases very, very different cameras than Panasonic. So either they do that intentionally to not compete, or they just operate as two independent companies.

One thing I really like about JVC over all of the other manufactures is the photos of new cameras they put online & all of the detailed information they have on the same page. (Heck, you can even find that info from discontinued products too!) Everyone else releases one, maybe two or three photos of a new camera. JVC releases three high resolution print quality images & then another dozen photos creating a nearly 360 view of the camera. I love that.
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Old April 16th, 2012, 06:20 PM   #10
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Nice lens, specs and very competitive price point too.
Color me interested.
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Old April 17th, 2012, 08:48 AM   #11
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Isn't JVC owned by Panasonic?
No, it isn't. JVC Kenwood is the formal company name.
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Old April 17th, 2012, 08:54 AM   #12
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Craig,

Do these new cameras offer a rear zoom control option? Maybe a rear iris control as well?

Thanks
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Old April 17th, 2012, 09:10 AM   #13
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These cameras will have LANC standard.
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Old April 17th, 2012, 09:15 AM   #14
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Craig,

If I am reading the specs right, it appears that the AVCHD codec recording mode is 60i only while the 35mbit/sec codec is all of the progressive frame rates.

Is there a reason for this? Just curious.
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Old April 17th, 2012, 10:03 AM   #15
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Also Craig (or anyone who can stop by the JVC NAB booth & can get an answer)...

Variable frame rate record options?
1080p60? Now, or firmware upgrade later?
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