What makes a camcorder a news camera? at DVinfo.net

Go Back   DV Info Net > JVC ProHD & MPEG2 Camera Systems > JVC GY-HM 600/700/800 Series Camera Systems

JVC GY-HM 600/700/800 Series Camera Systems
GY-HM6xx, HM7xx and HM8xx ProHD camcorders & decks.

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old September 19th, 2018, 11:17 AM   #1
New Boot
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Redmond, WA
Posts: 14
What makes a camcorder a news camera?

I'm shopping for a general purpose camcorder and come across the JVC GY-HM620.

Why is it called a "mobile news camera"? How is it different from a general purpose camcorder?
Peter Wu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 19th, 2018, 11:48 AM   #2
Obstreperous Rex
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: San Marcos, TX
Posts: 27,050
Images: 513
Re: What makes a camcorder a news camera?

Hi Peter,

To understand the HM620, you have to consider it along with its sibling, the HM660.

The HM660 is referred to as a "mobile news camera" because it has the ability to stream HD video live over IP direct to a television news station or a mobile production truck. Anybody can buy it, but it was made for JVC's primary customers in the broadcast television news market such as the Sinclair Broadcast Group.*

The HM660 is "mobile news" because it also includes a return audio function over IP, which allows a remote producer to talk to the local crew off-air, through back-channel audio.

So the HM620 is pretty much identical to the HM660, except it doesn't have the live streaming capability. It still falls under the "mobile news" category, but sure, you could use it as a general-purpose video camcorder. In fact, a lot of people do just that.

Have you seen my Buyer's Guide for this and other JVC ProHD and 4KCAM camcorders? It has a lot of this type of info, plus links to brochures, user manuals, and more. Check it out at:

Buyer’s Guide: JVC Professional 4KCAM and ProHD Camcorders at DV Info Net

Hope this helps!


* in fact, JVC camcorders provided to Sinclair have a secret Acquisition Authenticity Mode switch hidden inside, which allow them to be toggled between "real news" and "fake news."

Search DV Info Net | DV Info Net Sponsors | A Decade (+5) of DVi | ...Tuesday is Soylent Green Day!
Chris Hurd is offline   Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

(800) 223-2500
New York, NY

B&H Photo Video
(866) 521-7381
New York, NY

Texas Media Systems
(512) 440-1400
Austin, TX

Precision Camera
(800) 677-1023
Austin, TX

(800) 323-2325
Mineola, NY

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > JVC ProHD & MPEG2 Camera Systems > JVC GY-HM 600/700/800 Series Camera Systems

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:21 AM.

DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2018 The Digital Video Information Network