New JVC Workflow-Friendly ENG Cameras Announced at NAB

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JVC announced two powerful ENG cameras at NAB 2012, the GY-HM600 and GY-HM650. Both of these professional handheld HD camcorders feature 1/3-inch 1920 x 1080 12-bit CMOS sensors, F11 light sensitivity at 2000 lux, a fast f/1.6 Fujinon Auto Focus 23x zoom lens, optical image stabilization, built-in three-position ND filters, dual SDXC/SDHC card slots for dual backup or continuous recording, viewfinders and 3.5-inch LCD screens. The video you shoot can be formatted to suit any video-editing software, as the cameras can create .MOV files for Final Cut Pro, as well as .MP4 (XDCAM EX), MPEG2, H.264 and AVCHD.

Where they differ is that the GY-HM650 comes equipped with some never-before-seen capabilities. Most notably, it is able to upload footage with its built-in FTP and Wi-Fi connectivity. This means that a truck isn’t necessary to transfer HD video back to the station. This is a first for any camcorder, and puts the GY-HM650 in a class all its own for field journalism. You can also use its dual card slots to capture two versions of the video simultaneously. One card can capture uncompressed HD footage, and the other can capture a compressed version for web delivery. In addition, it features built-in GPS and the ability to create MXF files.

GY-HM600 Click for more images GY-HM650 Click for more images

All of the inputs and outputs one expects on a professional video camera are found on both models. You have SDI output on BNC, an HDMI output, dual Mic/Line XLR inputs with phantom power, a 3.5mm audio input and a headphone output as well. They both feature timecode input and output on RCA. Both cameras are extremely compact and lightweight, offer outstanding lowlight performance, a long 23x wide angle lens, and the cameras are purpose-built from the ground up for HD news gathering, sports broadcasting and independent video productions.

  GY-HM600 GY-HM650
Image Sensor 1/3" 2:2M pixels progressive scan 3CMOS 1/3" 2:2M pixels progressive scan 3CMOS
Lens Fujinon F1.6-3.0, 23x, f=4.1-94.3mm (35mm conversion:29 to 667mm) Fujinon F1.6-3.0, 23x, f=4.1-94.3mm (35mm conversion:29 to 667mm)
Filter Diameter 72mm 72mm
Shutter speed 1/4 to 1/10000 1/4 to 1/10000
ND filter 1/4, 1/16, 1/64 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
LCD display 3.5" 920K pixels, 16:9 3.5" 920K pixels, 16:9
Viewfinder 0.45" 1.22M pixels, 16:9 0.45" 1.22M pixels, 16:9
Built-In GPS No Yes
Dual Codecs No Yes
FTP and Wi-Fi Connectivity No Yes
Memory Card Slot 2x SDHC/SDXC memory card Class 6/10 2x SDHC/SDXC memory card Class 6/10
Video Codecs MPEG2 Long GOP(HD), AVCHD, H.264(SD)  MPEG2 Long GOP(HD), AVCHD, H.264(SD) 
File Formats MOV(HD/SD:H.264), MP4(XDCAM EX), MTS(AVCHD)  MOV(HD/SD:H.264), MP4(XDCAM EX), MTS(AVCHD), MXF 
Video Output 1 x 3.5mm mini jack AV, 1 x SDI BNC, 1 x HDMI 1 x 3.5mm mini jack AV, 1 x SDI BNC, 1 x HDMI
Audio Input 2 x XLR, 1 x 3.5mm mini jack 2 x XLR, 1 x 3.5mm mini jack
Audio Output 1 x 3.5mm mini jack AV, 1 x 3.5mm headphone 1 x 3.5mm mini jack AV, 1 x 3.5mm headphone
Remote 1 x 2.5mm mini jack 1 x 2.5mm mini jack
Power  DC 12V (AC adapter), DC 7.2V (battery) DC 12V (AC adapter), DC 7.2V (battery)
Power Consumption Approx. 12W (with VF and LCD monitor) Approx. 12W (with VF and LCD monitor)
Dimensions 7 x 7.8 x 16.4" (178 x 198 x 416mm)  7 x 7.8 x 16.4" (178 x 198 x 416mm) 
Weight (with battery) 5.3 lb (2.4 kg) 5.3 lb (2.4 kg)

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I am looking at the table with differences between the two models. It seems they differ in: Built-In GPS, Dual Codecs, FTP and Wi-Fi Connectivity.

Perhaps you should rename "Dual Codecs" feature in the table to "Dual Codec Recording" - otherwise it is really confusing.

Here's how JVC lists the dual codec aspect of the GY-HM650 on their site:

Dual Codec: Recording simultaneously HD + SD or HD + ¼HD (for Web delivery)