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

JVC GY-HM170UA 4KCAM with Merlin Stabilizer and Arm & Vest Upgrade Kit

JVC GY-HM170UA 4KCAM with Merlin Stabilizer and Arm & Vest Upgrade Kit

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JVC JVC GY-HM170UA 4KCAM with Merlin Stabilizer and Arm & Vest Upgrade Kit

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JVC GY-HM170UA 4KCAM Compact Professional Camcorder with Top Handle Audio Unit Steadicam Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizing System Steadicam Merlin Arm & Vest JVC JVC GY-HM170UA 4KCAM with Merlin Stabilizer and Arm & Vest Upgrade Kit

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  • JVC Integrated-Lens GY-HM170UA 4KCAM
  • Top Handle Audio Unit with 2 XLR Inputs
  • Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizer
  • Merlin Arm & Vest Upgrade Kit
  • 4K Ultra HD 24/30p Recording at 150 Mbps
  • 4:2:2 1080p Video up to 60p at 50 Mbps
  • Dual SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Slots
  • Built-In ND Filters
  • Live 4K Output via HDMI
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  • 1Description

Capture highly stabilized video in up to UHD 4K at 24/30 fps and 150 Mbps to dual SD cards. This B&H Kit packages the handheld, integrated-lens JVC GY-HM170UA 4KCAM with the Merlin 2 Stabilizer and Merlin Arm & Vest.

The camera features built-in ND filters, manual gain control, and much more, and also comes with a Top Handle Audio Unit offering two XLR inputs. The Merlin units together provide multiple points of stabilization while resting easy on the body. The vest fits body types from approximately 50-350 lb and secures by thin hook-and-loop fasteners.

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

    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 4K in 24 or 30p, at a bit rate of 150 Mbps, 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 Mbps .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

    4K Ultra HD Recording at 150 Mbps
    With dual card slots, the GY-HM170 is capable of recording Ultra HD spec 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 Mbps, 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 Mbps 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.
  • Steadicam Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizing System

    Designed by Garrett Brown, the Steadicam Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizing System is a lightweight handheld gimbal stabilizer that lets you capture smooth, professional-looking footage whether you go up or down steps, indoors and out, through crowds, or wherever else the shot takes you. It weighs just 1.4 lb and its counterbalancing weight supports cameras up to 5 lb. The system utilizes a dual extended weight system that increases inertial stability and features a precise Folding-Caliper hinge that lets you fold and unfold the unit without any readjustment in balancing needed. Additionally, a multi-positional lens support platform is provided that adjusts to various heights and angles to help support longer lenses and camera bodies.

    The robust stage design offers a camera mount platform and features a multi-angle-viewable level
    A secure gimbal lock allows for precise tuning
    The lens platform adjusts to various heights and angles to help support longer lenses and camera bodies
    The ergonomic handle affords a comfortable grip for hours without undue fatigue for either right- or left-handed users
    All parts are stainless steel, aluminum, or brass for corrosion resistance
    Optional Merlin Vest and Arm available
    Secure metal interconnect to Merlin arm post
    UPC: 884613025502
  • Steadicam Merlin Arm & Vest

    The Steadicam Merlin Arm & Vest is an upgrade kit for the Merlin and Merlin 2 camera stabilizers. It fits body types from approximately 50-350 lb and secures by thin hook-and-loop fasteners.

    Application
    This upgrade allows the Merlin to operate with a vest and arm for a more professional feel and longer shot capability.
    UPC: 049383061604
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  • 1Description
  • JVC GY-HM170UA 4KCAM Compact Professional Camcorder with Top Handle Audio Unit
    Imaging System
    Sensor 1/2.33 CMOS
    Resolution Total: 12.76 million pixels
    Active Area: 9.03 million pixels
    White Balance Selection: A, B, and Preset
    Exposure Control
    Gain Selection: Low, Medium, and High (gain value user-defined)
    ND Filter 1/4, 1/16, Off (selectable)
    Lens
    Focal Length 4.6 to 56mm
    35mm Equivalent: 29.5 to 354mm
    Aperture f/1.2 to 3.5
    Zoom Optical: 12x
    Dynamic: 24x
    Filter Diameter 62 mm
    Image Stabilization Optical: Yes
    Display
    LCD Display Size 3.5"
    Resolution: 920,000 pixels
    Viewfinder Size: 0.24"
    Resolution: 1.56 million pixels
    Microphone
    Built-In Microphone Built-in stereo microphone
    Recording
    Recording Media 2 x SDXC card slots (dual, backup, and continuous recording supported)

    Note: UHS-I Class 3 or faster required for 4K recording
    Video Recording 4K (H.264 in .MOV Wrapper)
    UHD (150/70 Mbps): 3840 x 2160p 29.97/25/23.98

    HD 4:2:2 (.MOV)
    YUV 4:2:2 (50 Mbps): 1920 x 1080p 59.94/29.97/23.98
    XHQ (50 Mbps): 1920 x 1080p 59.94/50/29.97/25/23.98
    UHQ (35 Mbps): 1920 x 1080p 29.97/23.98
    UHQ (35 Mbps): 1920 x 1080i 59.94
    UHQ (35 Mbps): 1280 x 720p 54.94

    AVCHD NTSC
    Progressive (Max 28 Mbps): 1920 x 1080p 59.94
    HQ (24 Mbps): 1920 x 1080i 59.94
    SP (17 Mbps): 1920 x 1080i 59.94
    LP (9 Mbps): 1440 x 1080i 59.94
    EP (5 Mbps):1440 x 1080i 59.94

    AVCHD PAL
    Progressive (Max 28 Mbps): 1920 x 1080p 50
    HQ (24 Mbps): 1920 x 1080i 50
    SP (17 Mbps): 1920 x 1080i 50
    LP (9 Mbps): 1440 x 1080i 50
    EP (5 Mbps): 1440 x 1080i 50

    SD (AVCHD & H.264) NTSC
    720 x 480i 59.94

    Proxy NTSC
    HQ (3 Mbps): 960 x 540p 29.97/23.98
    LP (1.2 Mbps): 480 x 270p 29.97/23.98

    Proxy PAL
    HQ (3 Mbps): 960 x 540p 25
    LP (1.2 Mbps): 480 x 270p 25
    Bit Depth 8-bit
    Audio Recording 2-channel
    Connectivity
    Video Output 1 x HDMI (Ultra HD 4K supported)
    1 x AV, 3.5 mm stereo jack (tip/ring/sleeve)
    Audio Input 1 x 3.5 mm analog audio input
    Remote 1 x Remote port
    Controls
    User Assign Buttons 9 x Assignable buttons
    Audio
    Inputs 2 x 3-pin XLR
    General
    Power Voltage
    7.2 VDC (battery)
    12 VDC (AC adapter)

    Consumption
    Approximately: 8.1 W (with VF in 4K REC mode, default setting)
    Temperature Operation: 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
    Storage: 14 to 122°F / -20 to 50°C
    Humidity Operating: 30 to 80%
    Storage: Under 85%
    Dimensions 6.0 x 4.4 x 11.8" / 15.3 x 11.2 x 29.9 cm (camcorder only)
    Weight Approximately: 2.4 lb / 1.1 kg (camcorder only, with battery)
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.6 x 11.0 x 10.2"
  • Steadicam Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizing System
    Construction Stainless steel, aluminum, brass
    Load Capacity 0.5 to 5 lb (0.23 to 2.27 kg)
    7.5 lb (3.4 kg) with optional Merlin Arm & Vest
    Maximum Height Open: 15.3" (38.7 cm)
    Folded: 5.3" (13.5 cm)
    Minimum Height 8" (20.3 cm)
    Weight 1.4 lb (0.64 kg), without balance weights
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.4 x 10.0 x 5.1"
  • Steadicam Merlin Arm & Vest
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 20.5 x 14.5 x 8.85"

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