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JVC GY-HM150U Compact Handheld 3-CCD Camcorder

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Product Highlights
  • 3-CCD
  • Integrated 10x Fujinon Zoom Lens
  • 1920 x 1080i @ 35 Mb/s (MPEG-2)
  • Also Records SD (480i)
  • QuickTime, MP4, or AVI File Formats
  • Ultra-Compact Form Factor
  • 2.7" LCD - 230,000 Pixels
  • Two SDHC/SDXC Card Slots
  • Dual XLRs & Included Microphone
  • Rotary Optical Image Stabilizer

The GY-HM150U Compact Handheld 3-CCD Camcorder from JVC is an ultra-compact professional HD camcorder that records 35 Mb/s Long-GOP MPEG-2 to SDHC/SDXC cards. Offering an integrated 10x Fujinon zoom lens and three progressive CCD imagers, the camcorder debuts a Dynamic Digital Signal Processor from JVC that processes the full 1920 x 1080 signal, regardless of recording mode. Despite its tiny size, the HM150U slides right into most professional workflows in ways that far surpass the flexibility of AVCHD-recording models.

The camera records 35 Mb/s 1080i video natively as QuickTime files for effortless integration with Final Cut Pro, or it can be saved in MP4 format for compatibility with XDCAM EX workflows. And building on the success of its predecessor, the HM100U, the HM150U adds a proprietary Rotary Optical Image Stabilizer (ROIS), pre-rec & time-lapse recording, and standard-definition recording, for compatibility with SD workflows that require fast turnaround times.

The HM150U also features wider options for recording to its two SDHC/SDXC card slots: You can set it record either sequentially or simultaneously to both cards, for instant backups. With dual 64 GB SDXC cards installed, you can record full HD video for hours without changing out media. This endurance, coupled with its small size and removable handle, make the HM150U a strong choice for capturing fully professional video under adverse conditions that might require surreptitious operation.

Three 1/4" Progressive-Scan CCDs
Three 1/4" progressive-scan CCDs – one each for red, green and blue – provide rich, accurate colors. To separate primary colors, JVC has incorporated a high-accuracy Fujinon glass prism and a proprietary mounting technology
Diagonal Offset Technology
The Red and Blue pixel locations are shifted relative to Green, allowing the sampled luminance information to be significantly increased in both horizontal and vertical directions. This results in much higher-resolution images without sacrificing sensitivity. Furthermore, using a global shutter, the design minimizes wobbling during quick pans and fixed-pattern noise in low-light conditions, contributing to a more stable image
Fujinon 10x Zoom HD Lens
The GY-HM150U utilizes a high-definition lens by Fujinon, a world leader in HD lens technology. This lens features three aspheric elements that minimize the weight and space required, while producing less distortion, ghosting, and flare. In addition, the lens surface is coated with a new Electronic Beam Coating (EBC) that greatly reduces degradation caused by light reflecting off the lens surfaces leading to greater light transmission and reduced flaring and ghosting. To protect the lens, a flip-in cover is provided, eliminating the need for an external cap

The focal length of the lens ranges from 3.7-37 mm (39-390 mm at 35 mm film equivalents), offering a good balance of wide angle and zoom. For wider angle shooting, the built-in lens hood can be removed and an optional wide-angle converter fitted.

Focus is controlled manually or automatically. A smooth servo zoom is controlled with a conventional rocker on the handgrip, or manually on the lens. For close-up shooting, a macro mode allows for shooting subjects as little as 2-inches away from the lens. Exposure (iris) is automatically or manually controlled, letting the shooter adjust the depth of focus by selecting the appropriate F stop. The current F stop is displayed in the viewfinder in the manual mode

Rotary Optical Image Stabilizer
With the increased resolution and sharpness of HD pictures, even a small amount of camera shake becomes noticeable to the viewer. Newly developed for this camcorder, JVC's Rotary Optical Image Stabilizer (ROIS) corrects for lateral and vertical movement of the camera without the degradation of image quality associated with digital image stabilization systems. The result is pristine HD images that remain sharp and stable
1080p Digital Processor (DSP)
At the heart of the GY-HM150U is a custom JVC-developed dynamic digital signal processor. Processing is performed on the full progressive 1920 x 1080 signal, regardless of the camcorder's settings, ensuring the highest picture quality in any shooting mode. All major HD resolutions are supported, including 1920 x 1080, 1440 x 1080, and 1280 x 720, as well as 720 x 480 (SD). Integrated into the chip are five digital noise-reduction technologies that evaluate the signal and apply the appropriate compensation while increasing vertical resolution by about 30%
Upgraded 35 Mb/s MPEG-2 Encoder
The GY-HM150U utilizes the encoder technology developed for JVC's renowned GY-HM790 series camcorders that are used at major television stations. JVC's proprietary codec is capable of providing highly efficient compression up to 35 megabits per second, a bit rate that can support full 1920 x 1080 encoding. This is significantly higher than the data rates used in other handheld camcorders, and it results in recorded images of exceptional quality. MPEG-2 long GOP is the most widely accepted broadcast standard compression, supported by all popular editing systems and broadcast servers.

The GY-HM150 supports all major HD signal formats, including 1920 x 1080, 1440 x 1080, and 1280 x 720

Standard-Definition Recording Capability
Responding to the needs of the industry, the GY-HM150U, in addition to its capability as an HD recorder, offers standard-definition recording for maximum flexibility. Recording in SD provides a time-saving alternative to down-conversion of HD material for SD broadcasts, which is still an industry standard in many countries worldwide. This feature offers a fundamental advantage for professionals with time-sensitive SD workflows
Native File Recording
Because it uses QuickTime as its native file format, the GY-HM150U is the perfect choice for users of Apple's Final Cut Pro editing system. Both HD and SD MOV files recorded by the camcorder can be dropped directly into Final Cut Pro, keeping them first-generation and eliminating the time-consuming process of file conversion.

For users of all major NLE systems, including solutions from Adobe, Avid, Grass Valley, Sony, and Apple, the GY-HM150U supports the MP4 file format, which can be brought into your editing system without re-encoding. HDV-compatible M2T files can also be created from these MP4 files using the ProHD Clip Manager (Version 1.1).

Finally, the popular type-2 AVI file format can be recorded in SD for easy import into almost all current and legacy NLE systems

Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC) Recording
The GY-HM150 records on widely available SDHC Class 6 or Class 10 memory cards, currently available in capacities up to 32 GB, and SDXC memory cards for capacities up to 64 GB and even higher. The camera provides two memory card slots, for a total of up to 64 GB of SDHC storage – enough for more than 6 hours of continuous HD recording (at 720p).

Dual SDHC/SDXC card slots make the GY-HM150U a truly versatile camcorder. Footage is recorded either to both cards simultaneously, or from one card to the other in relay. Simultaneous recording means that it easily creates backup or duplicate files while shooting without the need for any external equipment – either for a client copy or simply for peace of mind. In relay recording mode, shooting is continuous and seamless over multiple cards. When one card is full, the camcorder switches seamlessly and automatically to the other card. And because cards are hot-swappable, there is in effect no limit to the continuous shooting time in any mode, even with lower capacity cards. Hot-swappable media also means it is possible to start editing footage from one card while still shooting to the other. The dual card slots also offer the flexibility of scene-by-scene card selection. Additionally, while the Rec trigger is used to pause and unpause recording on one card, the other card can act as a continuous backup that overrides the pause function. Also, when recording, clips separated with the Rec trigger can be saved as a conjoined clip using Clip Continuous mode, and the Clip Cutter mode allows you to separate clips by using the User button as a trigger.

SD media offers the best combination of price, availability, capacity, reliability, and transfer speed. With no moving parts and no pins or other extrusions, SDHC/SDXC cards are both durable and reliable, and compare favorably with all other media types on a cost-per-minute basis

Uncompressed Audio with Manual Controls
The GY-HM150 records two channels of uncompressed LPCM (linear pulse code modulated) 16-bit audio sampled at 48 kHz. Audio levels can be controlled manually, or automatically using AGC. An audio meter is provided in the LCD and VF displays to facilitate adjustment. Balanced XLR connectors are provided on the handle for an external microphone and/or wireless receiver. 48V phantom power is available for each microphone. Versatile input switching allows the microphone signal to be directed to the desired channel. A shotgun microphone is provided, as well as a built-in stereo microphone for ambient sound pickup
Compact Handheld Form Factor
The GY-HM150 is the smallest pro format 3-CCD camcorder available – about the size of the lens of a 2/3" camera. At only 3.1 lb (including BN-VF823 battery, SDHC/SDXC card, and microphone), it can be used comfortably for hours, and without the need for clumsy support bracing. Its size makes it ideal for handheld POV use and for applications where a full-size camera would be impractical – such as traveling into potentially hostile situations. For a smaller footprint and less conspicuous shooting, the handle can be easily removed. When media needs to be concealed, Micro-SDHC memory cards can be used with a card adapter
Shooter-Friendly Controls and Layout
Ergonomics has played a major role in the design of the GY-HM150U. The handgrip makes the camera very comfortable to hold for any operator, even on long shoots. And despite its extremely compact dimensions, all the camcorder's main functions are accessible directly from controls and switches on the camera body, right where you would expect them to be. To conserve on space, a single ring is used for both manual focus and manual zoom. When holding the camera by the grip, zoom and trigger controls operate the same as on full-size cameras. Available controls on the camera body include:

  • Lens zoom/focus selector
  • Iris dial with manual/auto switch
  • White balance: selectable between preset and 2 user settings
  • Auto white set
  • Gain (L,M,H)
  • Full auto (on/off)
  • Auto/Manual focus
  • ND filter (in/out)
  • User1/User2/User3 (dedicated) User4/User5/User6 (shared) (allows user to predefine functions such as Focus Assist, Color Bars, TC setting, LoLux, Zebra, Tele/Macro, Clip continuous, Clip cutter, Backup trigger, AE area, Clip review, Record and Stop)
  • Shutter (shutter priority, set)
  • Record start/stop
  • Still/video select
  • Audio controls: Independent CH1/CH2 controls; manual/AGC select (independent CH1/CH2); mic/line CH1/CH2 select switches; headphone volume level
  • Media management functions: Quick review; live/playback select; display
Patented Focus Assist Function
Achieving exact focus with HD signals is critical. JVC's Focus Assist turns focusing into a fast, easy, and accurate process. When Focus Assist is activated, the picture in the viewfinder becomes monochrome and all objects which are in focus appear with colored edges. Focus Assist works equally well in the viewfinder as on the LCD panel. The Focus Assist function can be assigned to any of the User buttons
Pre Rec Mode (Retro)
How many times have you missed a crucial moment because you didn't hit the record button in time? With Pre Rec enabled, the camcorder continuously buffers up to 5 seconds of video, so that when recording is started the cached video is included in the recorded file, giving you up to a 5 second head start
Time Lapse (Interval) Recording
The enhanced time-lapse feature offers variable recording intervals and frequency settings, allowing for total control when creating time-lapse effects
Wired and Wireless Remote Control
The GY-HM150U comes with a wired remote interface (3.5mm connector) for operating the camcorder remotely when using a tripod, jib, crane, or boom. However, the wired remote is not included and must be purchased separately. An infrared remote control is provided, which is a great tool for operating the camera remotely
Versatile Manual Controls
When operating the camera in the manual mode, depth of field can be adjusted by manually setting the iris. Aperture priority automatically selects the correct shutter setting based on the iris selection. Shutter can be manually adjusted from 1/4 to 1/10000 seconds. Other manual adjustments include:

  • LoLux mode – a JVC-exclusive feature that permits shooting in adverse lighting conditions
  • H detail and V detail adjustment
  • Knee setting (AUTO/LOW/MID/HIGH)
  • Zebra pattern with range specification is possible
  • Color matrix/gain adjustment: gain settings of 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18 dB & ALC can be assigned to the "L/M/H" gain switch
  • Gamma adjustment, which gives rich expression of gradation
Data Battery
When used with JVC Data Batteries, the remaining battery power (by percentage and remaining recording time in minutes) can be checked with the touch of a button, even while the camera's power is off. One BN-VF823U Data Battery (7.2V, 2190mAh) is provided for a recording time of over 2 hours
2.7" LCD Display
The 2.7" (230,000 pixel) 16:9 aspect ratio LCD monitor provides not only an alternative to the viewfinder when shooting, it also displays a wide array of monitoring and setup indications. To the left of the screen is a mini joystick and push button for navigating menus and selecting options, as well as a zoom control and a recording start/stop button
Video/Audio Outputs
For external monitoring or capture, the GY-HM150U is equipped with a variety of video output options, including HDMI and component output for HD or down-converted SD video, and composite output for SD video only. HDMI output is via a standard HDMI connector and outputs full uncompressed HD video as well as uncompressed digital audio

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Image Device 3-CCD, 1/4" progressive sensors with diagonal offset technology
Signal System HQ mode, 1920 x 1080 (35 Mb/s VBR, MPEG-2 MP@HL)
1080/60i, 1080/50i, 1080/30p, 1080/25p, 1080/24p, 720/60p, 720/50p, 720/30p, 720/25p, 720/24p

SP mode, 1440 x 1080 (CBR, 25 Mb/s, MPEG-2 MP@H-14)
1080/60i, 1080/50i


SP mode, 1280 x 720 (CBR, 19 Mb/s, MPEG-2 MP@H-14/HL)
720/60p, 720/50p, 720/30p, 720/25p, 720/24p
SD Video, 720 x 480 (DV compression, 25 Mb/s, 4:1:1, 8-bit)
480/60i
Video Codec MPEG-2 Long GOP
File Format QuickTime for Final Cut Pro (HD/SD)
MP4 (HD)
AVI type 2 (SD)
Lens Fujinon 10x lens, 3.7-37mm (39-390mm 35mm equivalent)
f/1.8-2.8
Filter Diameter 46mm (no hood)
Screw pitch: 0.75mm

72mm (hood attached – filters only; no tele converters or wide converters)
Screw pitch: 0.75mm
Built-in Filters Neutral Density: 1/10, Off
Stabilization Optical image stabilizer
Sync System Internal synchronization (built-in SSG)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio Not specified by manufacturer
Horizontal Resolution Not specified by manufacturer
Sensitivity Not specified by manufacturer
Minimum Illumination 5 lux (typical, 1920 x 1080 mode, f/1.8, +18 dB, with 16-frame accumulation)
Vertical Smear Not specified by manufacturer
LCD Monitor 2.8", 230,000 pixels, 16:9, color
Viewfinder 0.24", LCOS, 260,000 pixels, 16:9, color
Memory Card Slot 2x SDHC (Class 6/10) / SDXC
Shutter Speed Range 1/3.75-1/10000, EEI
Gain Selection 0 dB, 3 dB, 6 dB, 9 dB, 12 dB, 15 dB, 18 dB, LoLux, AGC
Signal-to-Noise Ratio Not specified by manufacturer
Maximum Recording Time With 2x 64 GB SDXC cards in 35 Mb/s mode: Approx. 400 minutes
Audio
Audio Signal Format Linear PCM 2-channel, 48 kHz/16-bit
Signal-to-Noise Ratio Not specified by manufacturer
General
Input and Output Connectors Composite Video Out (480i, 4:3/16:9): 1x 3.5mm mini jack
Component Video Out (480i/720p/1080i): 1x multi-pin cable
HDMI Out (480i/720p/1080i): 1x HDMI Type A
Analog Audio In: 2x XLR, mic (+48V) / line
Analog Audio Out: 1x 3.5mm mini jack
Headphone Out: 1x 3.5mm mini jack
Remote Control In: 1x 3.5mm mini jack
USB 2.0: 1x USB Mini-B
Power Requirements 7.8V DC (with battery)
11V DC (with AC adapter)
Power Consumption 7.8W (with VF and LCD screen backlight set to Standard)
Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Storage Temperature -4 to 122˚F (-20 to 50˚C)
Operating Humidity 30-80%
Storage Humidity Under 85%
Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.5 x 7.1 x 14.5" (13.8 x 17.9 x 36.6 cm)
Weight 3.1 lb (1.4 kg) including battery, microphone, cards
JVC GY-HM150U Compact Handheld 3-CCD Camcorder
  • BN-VF823 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack - 7.2V, 2190mAh
  • AC Adapter
  • Battery Charger
  • Shotgun Microphone
  • Wireless Remote Control
  • Component Cable
  • A/V Cable
  • 1 Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    JVCGY-HM150U Compact Handheld 3-CCD Camcorder
     
    4.4

    (based on 64 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (36)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (22)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    91%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (48)
    • Great picture quality (46)
    • Zoom range/performance (40)
    • Great sound (39)
    • Image stabilization (28)

    Cons

    • Poor in low light (19)
    • Limited zoom (5)
    • Poor image quality (5)
    • Poor still image (3)

    Best Uses

    • Documentaries (40)
    • HD shooting (39)
    • Weddings (34)
    • Travel (33)
    • Movies/short films (31)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro videographer (31), Semi-pro (19), Enthusiast (9), Casual user (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (61)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Good, but don't expect point 'n shoot

    HD video cams have been available many years but few have had all the capabilities I wanted in a single package. Several major features...three color chips, HD (not AVCHD) and SD...Read complete review

    HD video cams have been available many years but few have had all the capabilities I wanted in a single package. Several major features...three color chips, HD (not AVCHD) and SD recording, XLR audio inputs, and two card slots...were among the "must haves" on any camera I'd consider.

    Of course, all these features had to be on a camera I could afford!

    JVC's GY-HM150U fills the bill better than any other camera I've seen. It has a decent price that was sweetened by a nice rebate and extended warranty when I ordered one.

    The box had only been open a short time when I realized this camera would require more "user involvement" than other cameras I'd owned. I read most of the Owner's Manual while the battery charged. That was time well spent. There is a lot to learn and I don't know it all yet!

    I like the placement of controls and the assortment of features. I appreciate the ability to assign functions to so many buttons. The miniature "joystick" that controls menu functions is easy to use.

    Neither the viewfinder and LCD screen are particularly crisp. However, this is the first camera I've ever owned with an LCD screen bright enough to be seen in complete daylight.

    Picture quality is wonderful in both HD and SD. Videographers can shoot in full-auto or manual modes. I've gotten far better results in manual. This is the first camera on which I've consistently used the zebra function. It helps when adjusting exposures in manual mode.

    The HM150U seems to be an "all or nothing" camera. Full automatic mode or full manual mode. I miss aperture and shutter-priority options. If AE is available, I've not found it yet!

    White balance is easy to set manually...important because this camera isn't as good in "auto white balance" mode as other cameras I've owned.

    Battery life is unremarkable. I've been getting about 90 minutes on a charge with the LCD open. My other cameras will run over four hours with an open LCD and dedicated microphone on the hot shoe.

    I'd like to report more fully on the camera's capabilities but unfortunately haven't been able to use it much due to a defect found a few hours after the unit arrived.

    The problem surfaced Friday evening. JVC doesn't support professional equipment on weekends. Consequently the replacement process couldn't begin until the following week.

    Ironically, I did talk with a representative in the consumer electronics department on Saturday.

    To their credit, JVC has a "Perfect Experience" policy that provides replacement for equipment that is defective out of the box. The policy is easy to locate on their web site.

    Finding people to help with the replacement was a different matter. I found several 800 and toll numbers and called each, hoping one would reach a call center where an agent would open a trackable ticket and refer to the correct workgroup.

    Instead I reached voice mailboxes and left the same lengthy message over and over.

    Two weeks and many calls/emails later, a replacement arrived. It works beautifully.

    Most JVC employees were polite and seemed interested in resolving the problem. Their support process, however, appears to be be broken.

    With what I now know I'd buy the GY-HM150U again. It packs a lot of features into a reasonably-priced camera. The ability to manually control exposure and other functions is important to me.

    This camera would be difficult for videographers without a good understanding exposure control to adjust and use. Also, if support is a concern, you may consider other alternatives.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Do not buy this camera

    I have been in video production for ten years and tend to stick with lower level video equipment due to budget and the types of projects I do. I bought this camera for the...Read complete review

    I have been in video production for ten years and tend to stick with lower level video equipment due to budget and the types of projects I do. I bought this camera for the two reasons: 1. SD/HD 2. XLR inputs. The three major issues with this device are:1. Terrible low light and medium light settings. If you have to shoot in a lot of ambient light than this camera will let you down. It looks okay in a well lite environment but still does not have a very clean picture. Also, the LCD and viewfinder are not calibrated correctly and the image you see is much different than what is being recorded. The lighting issue is due partially to the small sensor. It is one of the smallest in its class. Spend the money and get a camera with a good sensor. 2.Durability is also an issue. We have had the camera for 18 months. In that time the internal fan has gone out (which had to be fixed by JVC) and most recently the menu button has stopped working. We cannot access the menu to adjust settings.3. Shooting in HD is problematic. When you shoot in HD you will notice glitching in your footage due to slow transfer rate from camera to SD card. If you have a steady shot with little to no movement this is not an issue but if you are doing a lot of pans and zooms it messes with the transfer speed.I would not recommend this camera. There are other products in this class with better functions and durability.

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    5.0

    EXCELLENT VALUE

    By Zman

    from Florida

    About Me Pro Videographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Picture Quality
    • Great Sound
    • Great Zoom
    • Zoom range/performance

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Documentaries
      • HD Shooting
      • Home Movies
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Movies/Short Films
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about JVC GY-HM150U Compact Handheld 3-CCD Camcorder:

      The mpeg 2 HD format is great for my FCP 7 edit system. No conversions necessary as all files are .mov.
      Excellent picture and very familiar JVC controls for manual and automatic use.
      A little larger viewfinder would be great but the picture clarity on the smaller one is excellent.

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      5.0

      Best affordable pro camera on market!!!

      By Rocket

      from Milwaukee,WI

      About Me Pro Videographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Great Sound
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Zoom range/performance

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Documentaries
        • HD Shooting
        • Home Movies
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Movies/Short Films
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about JVC GY-HM150U Compact Handheld 3-CCD Camcorder:

        Quality, dependability, easy to use! I love this camera! I use it in film school and bought my own for my business. It works great and I wouldnt use any other camera. The 2 channel audio recording has made my work remarkably better. The footage is easily compatible with all computer systems. The footage is quality and can be manually or auto focused. This product is quality and I would not use anything else.

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        3.0

        You get what you paid for

        By Julia

        from Phoenix

        Comments about JVC GY-HM150U Compact Handheld 3-CCD Camcorder:

        I like the how the camera is set up similar to the EX1 and XDCAM, but the quality is not nearly as good. For the money, it is pretty nice, but it does not do well in low light.

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        1.0

        Do not buy this camera

        By jabreedl

        from Rocky Mount, NC

        About Me Pro Videographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use

        Cons

        • Poor Image Quality
        • Poor In Low Light
        • Poor Still Image

        Best Uses

        • Home Movies

        Comments about JVC GY-HM150U Compact Handheld 3-CCD Camcorder:

        I have been in video production for ten years and tend to stick with lower level video equipment due to budget and the types of projects I do. I bought this camera for the two reasons: 1. SD/HD 2. XLR inputs. The three major issues with this device are:1. Terrible low light and medium light settings. If you have to shoot in a lot of ambient light than this camera will let you down. It looks okay in a well lite environment but still does not have a very clean picture. Also, the LCD and viewfinder are not calibrated correctly and the image you see is much different than what is being recorded. The lighting issue is due partially to the small sensor. It is one of the smallest in its class. Spend the money and get a camera with a good sensor. 2.Durability is also an issue. We have had the camera for 18 months. In that time the internal fan has gone out (which had to be fixed by JVC) and most recently the menu button has stopped working. We cannot access the menu to adjust settings.3. Shooting in HD is problematic. When you shoot in HD you will notice glitching in your footage due to slow transfer rate from camera to SD card. If you have a steady shot with little to no movement this is not an issue but if you are doing a lot of pans and zooms it messes with the transfer speed.I would not recommend this camera. There are other products in this class with better functions and durability.

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        4.0

        An excellent little camera

        By Imryh

        from Boston, MA

        About Me Pro Videographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Audio Inputs
        • Easy To Edit Xdcam-ex
        • Easy to Use
        • Great Picture Quality
        • Great Sound

        Cons

        • Limited Zoom
        • No Sdi Output
        • Poor In Low Light
        • Small screen

        Best Uses

        • HD Shooting
        • Home Movies
        • Interviews
        • Travel

        Comments about JVC GY-HM150U Compact Handheld 3-CCD Camcorder:

        We have three of these cameras, and use them primarily for shooting interviews and sports-realated b-roll. They have great audio inputs and monitoring, and provide ample ProcAmp settings.

        The screen is a little small for manual focusing, so I would recommend getting an external monitor to mount on the camera's cold shoe.

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        5.0

        Great

        By Erin

        from Virginia

        About Me Semi-pro Videographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Great Features

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about JVC GY-HM150U Compact Handheld 3-CCD Camcorder:

            Camera is used by students in a media course at our high school. Price is great and the camera is wonderful. Wish it had come with a case, but found a case here that was reasonably priced.

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            5.0

            Awesome camera for the price

            By PEG operator

            from Virginia

            About Me Pro Videographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Great Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Documentaries
              • News gathering
              • Special Events
              • Travel

              Comments about JVC GY-HM150U Compact Handheld 3-CCD Camcorder:

              If you want to shoot movies... move on. This is a newsgathering and special events camera. It's made for professionals who need to get the video on the air asap. Menu system is identical to the bigger brothers from JVC. Also shoots SD which is perfect for most PEG users. PC or Mac workflow is awesome.

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              5.0

              Love This Camera

              By Stickman

              from Brooklyn NY

              About Me Pro Videographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Amazing Image Quality
              • Easy to Use
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Picture Quality
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Lightweight
              • Zoom range/performance

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Documentaries
                • HD Shooting
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Movies/Short Films

                Comments about JVC GY-HM150U Compact Handheld 3-CCD Camcorder:

                I can't say enough about this little workhorse. I bought it just over two years ago as i began a documentary project (I sold my Canon XLHHD to a film student). Right off the bat the weight, the feel, the features made shooting run and gun a dream. I have been shooting 1080 24 and it looks like i am shooting on film. Some clips of what i shot wound up on the local broadcast news and it was beautiful.
                The camera is light. Which means shooting hand held is a dream. i can go long periods of time, whether it is a long interview or just some long B-Roll takes without straining too much. I usually leave it set to auto focus and manual exposure and i am off to the races.
                I don't know what the film student was talking about regarding the low light problems and white balance issue. My camera white balances like a champ, and that includes white balancing off the door panel of a white van.
                As for shooting in low light, i use this camera regularly to shoot theatrical performances from 30 feet away and the picture is clear, crisp and beautiful.
                I usually get about 2 hours out of each battery, i have three so i never run short.
                I substituted my Senheiser SM-66 shotgun for the mic that came with the camera and the sound quality is uber-responsive. I have to keep the levels between 4&5 otherwise i blow out my ears.
                I have shot over two hundred hours of footage with this camera and i would not trade it for anything. It's a work horse.

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                4.0

                Great Camera!

                By Ckarnold5220

                from Dayton, TN

                About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Great Sound
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Zoom range/performance

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Documentaries
                  • HD Shooting
                  • Home Movies
                  • Movies/Short Films
                  • Travel

                  Comments about JVC GY-HM150U Compact Handheld 3-CCD Camcorder:

                  I love this camera. I am just starting out as a freelance videographer and this is my first major purchase. I have worked with JVCs before and this one holds its own right there with the big boys. Functionality is great! Very easy to use and is light weight. Great for shooting outdoors and well light areas. Did have a slight problem in low light. I was shooting in a gymnasium and the shots did come out a little dark but nothing that couldn't be adjusted in the editing process. Other than that, no issues. Definitely a good camera for "newbs" like myself. Highly recommend.

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                  5.0

                  Great Product

                  By Adam

                  from Hastings, NE

                  About Me Casual User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about JVC GY-HM150U Compact Handheld 3-CCD Camcorder:

                        Bought for promotional videos, adjustment to partial darkness is less than desirable but basic lighting equipment easily fixes problem.

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                        5.0

                        Big Things From A Small Package

                        By Doug

                        from Cheyenne, WY

                        Comments about JVC GY-HM150U Compact Handheld 3-CCD Camcorder:

                        Great lens image. Easy to use. HD quality and record direct into FCP for editing.

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                        5.0

                        Great image quality

                        By Dome

                        from Norwich, VT

                        About Me Video Enthusiast

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                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Great Picture Quality
                        • Great Zoom
                        • Large Clear LCD

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Documentaries
                          • HD Shooting
                          • Home Movies
                          • Movies/Short Films
                          • Travel
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about JVC GY-HM150U Compact Handheld 3-CCD Camcorder:

                          Will be using this for making indie low-budget movies. Had experience using an earlier model and after researching other models, I decided this model offered everything I needed at a reasonable (though not the cheapest) price. I don't mind paying the extra as B/H has excellent return policy and I didn't want to risk buying from someone just to save a few bucks.
                          Image quality is stupendous, probably due to 3 CCD and nice lens. This model has super quiet zoom function and nice clear LCD. Menuing makes sense, and directions are very complete, though not pleasure reading. I like the double bay for SD cards, and I put 2 @ 32 GB in there. Very nice FULL auto feature, which can be set to full MANUAL for everything (iris, focus, White Balance, Sound).
                          All in all, a great camera for the level of work I am doing, and worth the extra money.

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                          4.0

                          Great for crouded areas.

                          By Filmaciones Telez

                          from Indianapolis Indiana

                          About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • Great Picture Quality
                          • Great Sound

                          Cons

                          • Poor In Low Light

                          Best Uses

                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about JVC GY-HM150U Compact Handheld 3-CCD Camcorder:

                          Lightweighted and great resolution. Poor in low light, need to set gain to 6 or higher which makes video image blurry. Other than that it is a great camera.

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                          4.0

                          JVC vs Panasonic (hard to find info)

                          By sawdeanz

                          from FL

                          About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                          Pros

                          • 2 sd card slots
                          • Easy File Management
                          • Easy to Use
                          • Excellent Lens Hood
                          • Great Picture Quality
                          • Great Sound
                          • Included Mic

                          Cons

                          • Poor In Low Light
                          • Poor LCD
                          • Slow Zoom Servos

                          Best Uses

                          • Documentaries
                          • HD Shooting
                          • Home Movies
                          • Travel
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about JVC GY-HM150U Compact Handheld 3-CCD Camcorder:

                          I have had this camera for several months now, and used it to shoot some weddings, and most significantly a humanitarian trip to Africa, which really put it through its paces. My impression is overall very good.The first thing I want to point out and which I had great trouble figuring out is that you must have updated software to use the footage. Though it claims utmost compatibility with apple quicktime, it requires at least Macintosh OS 10.8.3 Mountain Lion to have the necessary codecs, and for windows you need a third party player like the free vlc media player. This I learned the hard way and was disappointed that this info wasn't readily available. I believe this is related only to the 150u and not the older 100u. This shouldn't be a problem (Mountain Lion is only $[$] to upgrade at this time) but it could cause compatibly issues if you are working with other professionals who don't happen to have the latest OS version (like I did). The advantage once you do have the updated codecs is that as others have said footage management is easier on both windows and mac, as the files are self contained, and there is no need to capture footage through final cut pro or premiere, which saves time, and also makes it easier to manage and view footage through your OS browser. The reason I chose this particular camera was the features and necessary audio inputs which many cameras of this style and price point surprising don't include. The main competitor to this I believe is the Panasonic AG hmc40 which my friend uses and I have had experience with. Video quality and low light performance on the two are comparable, and editing the two side by side one notices no perceptible difference, with maybe a slight edge to the JVC because of the 3CCD as oppose to the 3CMOS. This did make color matching a bit tricky, and the Panasonic has the characteristic CMOS rolling shutter camera flash issues while the JVC did not. One plus is that by adjusting the shutter speed (as slow as 1/3) on the JVC you can improve low light performance greatly at a cost of blurry movement, something that still has saved me many times. Not sure what the stats on the Panasonic are, but it is a very useful and easy to adjust feature.There are many other differences feature wise between the two which you can compare elsewhere, but I will point out that I very much like the 2 sd card slots on the JVC, the integrated lens cover, and included microphone and SLR ports. The lens hood also has threads for a filter (72 mm), and I recommend using this for polarizing filters as the 46mm ones will be hard to take on and off. as I also like the dedicated timelapse mode, which the Panasonic lacks, and the various resolution modes, although I wish it had a full hd 60p option. 60p is available in lower resolutions though.The included microphone is quite satisfactory. It is cheaply made, consisting of a thin plastic body, but it is very good at picking up good, directional sound and is best for use in interviews or picking up conversation even in noisy environments. Using it for voiceovers or compared with a dedicated lavalier mic will expose its audio quality weaknesses, but for what it is intended for it is a great value, and leaps and bounds above any standard built in mic. In operation the most glaring difference will be with focusing. The panasonic has a much better flip out monitor and more responsive focus ring. The JVC's monitor is low resolution enough to negatively impact ones ability to ensure focus. You must either trust in the focus assist or be very familiar with the camera to make sure you don't miss a shot because it is slightly out of focus. One thing that could help would be a focus/zoom value display which would show the degree of focus as a number on the screen to use as a reference point during filming, a feature common on many other camcorders, including the Panasonic, but which is absent from the JVC. I hope they release a firmware update to include this. The focus ring is dissapointingly not manual, but instead controls a servo that translates the motion into zooming/focusing, which is very slow, definitely not as easy or fun to use as a dslr or high end camera lens. I can't recall if the Panasonic is genuinely manual or not, but it is nonetheless much more responsive.In conclusion the JVC is still an excellent camera for the money, enjoying updated and numerous recording options and features, good quality, and proper audio components, suffering mainly from the focus system and viewing monitor, as well as low light performance which is a given.

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                          5.0

                          Does Exactly What I Wanted

                          By Cameraperson Diane

                          from Long Beach, CA

                          About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Great Picture Quality
                          • Great Sound
                          • Great Zoom
                          • Zoom range/performance

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • HD Shooting
                            • Movies/Short Films
                            • Travel

                            Comments about JVC GY-HM150U Compact Handheld 3-CCD Camcorder:

                            This product was exactly what I was looking for--video that could input into FCP 7 on my Mac with no hassle. And it does just. The only drawback for me is the small size which makes it hard for my fingers to operate some of the buttons (in particular, the on-off control). I would recommend this camera to a friend.

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                            5.0

                            Great Purchase

                            By JC

                            from West Tennessee

                            About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to Use
                            • Good Image Stabilization
                            • Great Sound
                            • Great Zoom
                            • Zoom range/performance

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home Movies
                              • Movies/Short Films
                              • Travel
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about JVC GY-HM150U Compact Handheld 3-CCD Camcorder:

                              The camera was purchased for a 170 member church in which they record morning worship services. The camera is in a stationary position however can easily be moved and record various other events. Our customers liked how easily the camera operated and wasn't difficult to go into the menu and configure.

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                              5.0

                              Green Screen Production Upgrade

                              By Start up CEO w/o video expertise

                              from Fresno, CA

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                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy to Use
                              • Great Picture Quality

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Green Screen

                                Comments about JVC GY-HM150U Compact Handheld 3-CCD Camcorder:

                                We needed to upgrade from our older HD Sony Camcorder for our Green Screen videos and have been very happy.

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                                5.0

                                Excellent camear

                                By Angie

                                from Rolla, Missouri

                                About Me Video Enthusiast

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                                Pros

                                • Easy to Use
                                • Great Picture Quality
                                • Great Sound
                                • Great Zoom

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Documentaries
                                  • HD Shooting
                                  • Indoors/Low Light

                                  Comments about JVC GY-HM150U Compact Handheld 3-CCD Camcorder:

                                  Camera does everything we need it to do for capturing activities. It makes it incredibly easy to capture the audio.

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                                  5.0

                                  Used heavily on current Documentary

                                  By Vermont Location Scout

                                  from Vermont

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                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Good Image Stabilization
                                  • Great Picture Quality

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Documentaries
                                    • Movies/Short Films
                                    • Travel
                                    • Weddings/Events

                                    Comments about JVC GY-HM150U Compact Handheld 3-CCD Camcorder:

                                    Un wrapped the camera packages, and the wide lens, spent lots of time going over the manual in great detail- then did two long days of a do-or-die corporate video shoot. We filmed Farmers and their families with interviews and lots of B-roll. This is my 5th or 6th professional video camera, and my first ownership of a camera that also shoots HD. I have been a Lighting/Cameraman (and sound recordist) for 20 years. I bought this for it's beautiful imaging, that it shoots HD and SD, and as a FCP 7 user, the workflow of how fast i can go from loading the affordable SD cards, to editing under tight deadlines. What's not to like? This camera and I are off to a great start. Using my self-designed monopod with a fluid head, I was able to quickly get tons of great shots- in very little time. As a lightweight field camera- this is proving to be a great choice.

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                                    2.0

                                    Poor performance

                                    By Matt Attack

                                    from Orange County

                                    About Me Pro Videographer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy to Use
                                    • Good Image Stabilization

                                    Cons

                                    • Poor Image Quality
                                    • Poor In Low Light

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Documentaries
                                    • Home Movies
                                    • Travel
                                    • Weddings/Events

                                    Comments about JVC GY-HM150U Compact Handheld 3-CCD Camcorder:

                                    I'm a film student who works for a small video/photo company. As a cinematographer, I have worked with a wide variety of cameras. Including RED cinema and Alexa, so maybe I'm just spoiled, but I don't think so. Since the video company I work for is small and on budget, we wanted to get a cheap camcorder, that had all the features we need, especially XLR ports for audio, we also shoot on Canon Dslrs. After using this camera for a while for multiple projects, I have to say that I am not impressed. There are camcorders from other brands in the same price range, that I believe out perform this camcorder.

                                    So first problem that I have with this camera is that, the video it produces, is just plain ugly. I don't know why it's so ugly. I've worked with other 3CCD camcorders that can produce absolutely beautiful shot, but not this camera. Part of the problem is probably the cheap lense. The camera also have a very very shallow depth of field. Even shooting at a 1.8 stop, the DOF is extremely disappointing.

                                    Next, problem I have with this camera is that it is terrible in lowlight. We shoot a lot of weddings where we can't utilize our lights in the church, so the footage ends up very grainy. We also shoot a lot of outdoor parties that run into the night, so this camera really brings down the quality of our videos.

                                    Then, there is the white balance. The preset settings are totally off. The sensor is this camera favors a green color and when preset to 5600k it comes off with more green then it should. It takes forever to get the white balance right, which it never does, which means I have to spend more time in post color correcting.

                                    When it comes to how the camera was built, it is very small and light, which can be good, but too light that many hand held shots, will look to shakey the LCD is extremely inaccurate and small. The EVF is a little bit more accurate, but still very poor, but I recommend always using the EVF over the LCD. There's one ring dedicated to both zoom and focus that you can switch between, which is a little disappointing to me. Id rather have two rings, one for focus and one for zoom. You can not set the zoom speed, which makes slow push ins and outs extremely difficult to achieve. There's a digital ND filter which is kinda of nice.

                                    The XLR ports are probably the best selling point and feature of this camera. Unfortunately if you man handle the camera a lot, you have to be careful with making sure you aren't accidentally moving the janky audio controls.

                                    Overall, this Camera is extremely disappointing and poor in quality. If you want pro quality, look elsewhere. This is far from a professional camera and there are so many better options out there for similar prices. I will give this camera two stars, because it is not a bad camera to learn on. Give this to some students who have no knowledge with cameras. The camera does have a good workflow, but that doesn't make up for everything it lacks.

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