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JVC GY-HM170UA 4KCAM Compact Professional Camcorder with Top Handle Audio Unit

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JVC GY-HM170UA 4KCAM Compact Professional Camcorder with Top Handle Audio Unit
Key Features
  • 1/2.33" CMOS Sensor
  • Ultra HD 4K 24/30p Recording at 150 Mb/s
  • 4:2:2 1080p Video up to 60p at 50 Mb/s
  • Dual SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Slots
4K is no longer reserved for theatrical cinema presentation; it is in demand at all levels of production. With Ultra HD recording, the GY-HM170UA 4KCAM Compact Professional Camcorder with Top Handle Audio Unit from JVC is designed to fulfill the requirement for professional functionality. It offers ND filters, custom-assign buttons, and professional audio inputs with manual gain control in a form-factor closer to a consumer camcorder. The camera records 3840 x 2180 UHD 4K in 24 or 30p, at a bit rate of 150 Mb/s, encoding the file in an .MOV-wrapped H.264 codec. With two SDHC/SDXC card slots, the camera supports dual, backup, and continuous recording. Besides 4K, it can also record 1080p at up to 60 fps in an 8-bit 4:2:2 50 Mb/s .MOV file, or in AVCHD for compatibility with consumer editing software.
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JVC GY-HM170 Overview

4K is no longer reserved for theatrical cinema presentation; it is in demand at all levels of production. With Ultra HD recording, the GY-HM170UA 4KCAM Compact Professional Camcorder with Top Handle Audio Unit from JVC is designed to fulfill the requirement for professional functionality. It offers ND filters, custom-assign buttons, and professional audio inputs with manual gain control in a form-factor closer to a consumer camcorder. The camera records 3840 x 2180 UHD 4K in 24 or 30p, at a bit rate of 150 Mb/s, encoding the file in an .MOV-wrapped H.264 codec. With two SDHC/SDXC card slots, the camera supports dual, backup, and continuous recording. Besides 4K, it can also record 1080p at up to 60 fps in an 8-bit 4:2:2 50 Mb/s .MOV file, or in AVCHD for compatibility with consumer editing software.

For monitoring, there is a flip-out LCD screen with a 920,000-pixel panel, plus a 0.24" viewfinder with 1.56-megapixel resolution—the latter being especially helpful when working in bright daylight. For an external monitor, connecting to a live switcher, or recording video externally, there is an HDMI port with live 4K output. The included top handle audio unit features two XLR audio inputs for use with external microphones, offering switchable Mic/Line/Mic +48 inputs with independent gain control. It attaches to your camera's accessory shoe and secures with a slotted thumbscrew. It features electrical contacts on its foot that enable audio signal transmission to the camera without any cable required. An accessory shoe and shotgun mic clamp are available on top.

Camcorder

Ultra HD 4K Recording at 150 Mb/s

With dual card slots, the GY-HM170 is capable of recording UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) to either SDHC or SDXC cards that are at least UHS-I Class 3 or faster. It records at a bit rate of 150 Mb/s, encoding the footage in an .MOV-wrapped file suitable for editing in a number of applications.

Live 4K Output through HDMI

You can output 4K live through the HDMI port for monitoring or connecting to a 4K switcher or external recording system. The HDMI port also allows you to preview previously-recorded content in its full Ultra HD glory.

Also Records in HD

Since you may still need to deliver in HD, two HD codecs are offered as well. There is an .MOV-wrapped 50 Mb/s format that gives you 4:2:2 color space for compliance with many broadcast standards, as well as an AVCHD setting for shoots where file size takes precedence, or the footage needs to be edited using consumer editing software that only supports AVCHD.

Dual Recording

Two SDHC/SDXC memory card slots support the following modes:
  • Dual recording: Recording a high resolution "master" to one card and a low resolution "proxy" to the other
  • Backup: Recording the exact same format to both cards
  • Continuous: Once the first card fills up, the camera rolls over to the second, allowing you to shoot indefinitely

Viewfinder and Flip-Out LCD

The 3.5" LCD panel features a 920,000-pixel resolution, while the 0.24" viewfinder—great for outdoor shooting—has a 1.56 million-pixel resolution. A focus assist overlay can be enabled when using either display to help ensure critical focus—essential when recording 4K with manual focus.

24x Dynamic Zoom

Taking you beyond the 12x optical zoom is dynamic zoom. Although this is a type of digital zoom, it can take advantage of the fact that the sensor is over-sampled, enabling a seamless transition from optical to dynamic with minimal quality loss.

Two-Position ND Filter

Helping cut light to enable the use of a slower shutter speed for more natural motion blur, the ND filter offers two settings, 1/4 and 1/16, plus Off.

Nine User-Assignable Buttons

User-assignable buttons allow you to program infrequently accessed settings so you don't have to dive into the menu every time a change is needed. When unassigned, these buttons revert to their default settings, which are helpfully labeled alongside each number.

Output

The camera incorporates an HDMI output, and standard definition video is available through the AV port.

Top Handle Audio Unit

XLR Inputs

The top handle unit incorporates two 3-pin XLR inputs that allow you to attach balanced microphones or wireless audio inputs. Each input supports line, microphone, and mic +48 selections with independent gain control for accepting input from different audio sources.

Camcorder Connection

The top handle attaches directly to the camcorder, which provides power for the top handle. Electronic contacts on the top handle audio unit and the camcorder obviate the need for a connecting cable, which makes using the top handle simple and reliable to set up and use.

Mic Clamp

The top handle incorporates a microphone clamp and accessory shoe.
UPC: 046838070853

JVC GY-HM170 Specs

Imaging
Sensor ResolutionActual: 12.4 Megapixel
Effective: 9.03 Megapixel
Sensor Type1/2.33"-Type CMOS Sensor
Image StabilizationOptical in Integrated Lens
Built-In ND FilterMechanical Filter Wheel with 2 Stop (1/4), 4 Stop (1/16) ND Filters
Exposure Control
Shutter Speed1/10000 to 1/4 Second
Gain0 to 24 dB (Native)
30 to 36 dB (Expanded)
Internal Video Capture
Recording ModesH.264
3840 x 2160 at 23.98p/25p/29.97p [70 to 150 Mb/s]
MOV 4:2:2
1920 x 1080 at 23.98p/29.97p/59.94p [35 to 50 Mb/s]
1280 x 720 at 59.94p [35 Mb/s]
AVCHD
1920 x 1080 at 50p/59.94p [28 Mb/s]
Built-In Microphone TypeStereo
Audio RecordingMOV: 2-Channel 16-Bit 48 kHz LPCM Audio
Interface
Media/Memory Card SlotDual Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC [U3/V30 or Faster Recommended]
Video I/O1 x HDMI (HDMI 1.4) Output
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRRS A/V (Composite) Output
Audio I/O2 x XLR 3-Pin Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Input
Power I/O1 x Barrel Input
Other I/O1 x 2.5 mm Sub-Mini Control Input
Monitor
Size3.5"
Resolution920,000 Dot
Display TypeArticulating LCD
Viewfinder
TypeBuilt-In Electronic (LCOS)
Size0.24"
Resolution1,560,000 Dot
Environmental
Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Storage Temperature14 to 122°F / -20 to 50°C
Operating Humidity30 to 80%
Storage Humidity85%
Battery TypeJVC BN-VF823
Power Consumption8.1 W
Dimensions (W x H x D)6 x 4.4 x 11.8" / 15.3 x 11.2 x 29.9 cm
Weight2.4 lb / 1.1 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight5.85 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)13.5 x 11 x 10.1"

JVC GY-HM170 Reviews

Camcorder

By Juan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-10

Excellent buy

Entry level camcorder

By Theodore
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-03

I'm not a professional so this being my first served it's purpose. Although I have been in the AV industry for several years, I am familiar with most of the functions and this camera is very simple.... Great camera for the price

NICE CAMERA FOR THE PRICE

By Bob
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-03

High quality image and good set of features. Light weight, yet robust build. Very nice.

Could have been better

By Norman
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-02

I genuinely wanted to like this camcorder. It has many features and manual controls that I prefer when shooting my projects. I was content to overlook the smaller sensor, low light limitations, and the less-than-stellar onboard monitor & eyepiece. However, there was one issue with this camera that made it completely unusable: ghosting. In all of my test footage, anything with motion was plagued by this ugly and very noticeable ghosting effect leaving visible trails of extra and unnecessary motion blur all over the image. No matter how I programmed the camera or what I did to the footage in post, I could not get it to stop. I know it was not an issue with my lighting equipment because the camera did the same thing in broad daylight. My best guess is that this JVC camera uses a poor image processor that cannot accommodate motion very well. While this may be a decent camcorder for particular situations, I'm sorry to say that I would not recommend it as your primary camera. Maybe as a crash cam or a backup, but not as your main machine. The good news is that the friendly folks over at B&H provided me with a perfect refund. Thank you for your understanding and assistance, B&H. You guys still rock the world of cameras.

Great production Camera

By Alfonso
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-05-11

I mainly using this camera for indoor controled light space, even that is an old camera, has great performance.

Recommend an external monitor

By Brenden
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2020-07-05

Seems to do everything I need it to. The screen it has is VERY washed out and makes it difficult to judge exactly how well your scene is exposed without using the histograms/zebra. I also wish it had was some sort of stop and/or knob for the zoom ring. It's very smooth, but is difficult to move without having your whole hand around it and gripping tightly.

factastico

By Alejandro
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-30

Una cmara excelente a muy buen precio

Uso profesional

By IVAN JOVANNY
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-20

Buena calidad con precio bajo y ha Sido una bendicin.

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