Hands-On Review: JVC GY-HM650 ProHD Mobile News Camera

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The JVC GY-HM650 is an intriguing camcorder for news producers for one very good reason: it integrates FTP and Wi-Fi connectivity, which means that by using a wireless mobile hotspot, you can send raw video back to the station immediately after you shoot it. In this video, Kelby Media's Mia McCormick reviews the HM650 and finds that this feature works as advertised.

In general, the three-chip HD camcorder is a professional workhorse, with HD-SDI output, built-in ND filters, and an integrated 23x zoom lens with manual zoom, focus and iris rings. It's capable of recording two different video formats at once to SD cards, for instance, HD and SD simultaneously, or HD and a small Web-friendly file. 

Sensor 1/3" 2.2M pixels progressive scan 3CMOS
Synchronizing System Internal
Stabilizer Optical image stabilizer
Lens Fujinon F1.6-3.0, 23x, f=4.1 - 94.3mm (35mm conversion: 29 to 667mm)
Filter Diameter 72mm
Shutter Speed 1/4 to 1/10000
Gain -6, -3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18 dB, Lolux, ALC
ND Filter 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
LCD Screen 3.5" (8.9 cm) 920K pixels, 16:9
Viewfinder 0.45" (1.1 cm) 1.22M pixels, 16:9
Recording Media 2x SDHC/SDXC memory card class 6/10
Video Recording Video codec: MPEG2 Long GOP (HD), AVCHD, H.264 (SD)
File format: MOV (HD/SD: H.264), MP4 (XDCAM EX), MTS (AVCHD)
Recording Mode MPEG-2 Long GOP:
NTSC setting —
HQ mode: 1920 x 1080/59.94i, 29.97p, 23.98p, 1440 x 1080/59.94i, 1280 x 720/59.94p, 29.97p, 23.98p
SP mode: 1440 x 1080/59.94i
PAL setting —
HQ mode: 1920 x 1080/50i, 25p, 1440 x 1080/50i
SP mode: 1440 x 1080/50i

AVCHD
NTSC setting —
HQ mode: 1920 x 1080/59.94i, SP mode: 1920 x 1080/59.94i
PAL setting —
HQ mode: 1920 x 1080/50i, SP mode: 1920 x1080/50i

SD (H.264)
NTSC setting: 720 x 480/59.94i

Proxy (H.264)
NTSC setting: LP/LV mode: 480 x 270/29.97p, 23.98p
PAL setting: LP/LV mode: 480 x 270/25p

Audio Recording LPCM 2ch, 48kHz/16-bit (MPEG-2 Long GOP/H.264), AC3 (AVCHD)
Video Output (1) AV output (f3.5mm mini jack)
(1) SDI output
(1) HDMI output
Audio Input (2) XLR (MIC, +48V/LINE)
(1) f3.5mm mini jack
Audio Output (1) AV output (f3.5mm mini jack)
Headphone (1) f3.5mm mini jack
Time Code Link Input/Output (1) RCA
Remote (1) f2.5mm mini jack
Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Storage Temperature 14 to 122°F (-20 to 50°C)
Operating Humidity 35 to 80%
Storage Humidity Under 85%
Power DC 12V (AC adapter), DC 7.2V (battery)
Power Consumption Approx. 12W (with VF and LCD monitor)
Dimensions 7 x 7.8 x 16.3" (17.8 x 19.8 x 41.6 cm)
Weight Approx. 5.3 lb (2.4 kg)

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