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JVC GY-HC500U Handheld Connected Cam 1" 4K Professional Camcorder

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Key Features
  • 1" CMOS Sensor, 20x Optical Zoom
  • 3840 x 2160 60/50/30/25/24p
  • UHD 4K, HD, SD, SD-Proxy Recording
  • HDR via HLG or J-Log1 (10-Bit)
JVC's GY-HC500U Handheld Connected Cam 1" 4K Professional Camcorder is a UHD 4K camcorder that shoots in both NTSC and PAL compatible frame rates and is designed to seamlessly work with both a traditional as well as IP workflows. It features a 1" CMOS sensor and an integrated 20x optical zoom lens, while the camera can create a 40x digital zoom. The camera can capture in UHD, HD, SD, and you can record SD as proxy, recording up to 30p to the built-in media card slots or 60/50p to an optional SSD. The camera supports HDR by recording in HLG or JLog1 (10-bit).
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JVC GY-HC500 Overview

JVC's GY-HC500U Handheld Connected Cam 1" 4K Professional Camcorder is a UHD 4K camcorder that shoots in both NTSC and PAL compatible frame rates and is designed to seamlessly work with both a traditional as well as IP workflows. It features a 1" CMOS sensor and an integrated 20x optical zoom lens, while the camera can create a 40x digital zoom. The camera can capture in UHD, HD, SD, and you can record SD as proxy, recording up to 30p to the built-in media card slots or 60/50p to an optional SSD. The camera supports HDR by recording in HLG or JLog1 (10-bit).

The camera captures in various flavors of ProRes as well as MP4, and it is capable of streaming HD over IP via wired connection. The integrated 20x zoom lens features three manual control rings for iris, focus, and zoom. The EVF features LCOS technology and over 1.2 million dots of resolution, while the built-in flip-out LCD viewfinder is just under 4" diagonally. The camera can live stream HD while recording 4K and outputting 4K via the HDMI output. It features IFB and return video over IP as well as auto FTP so your video files transfer automatically. It has 2 x SDHC/SDXC card slots and features a slot for an optional SSD for capturing UHD at 60/50p.

10-bit ProRes 422 at 4K resolution and 50/60p frame rates and recording to M.2 SSD (requires optional caddy)
4K UHD 30/25/24p 4:2:0 8-bit recording to SDHC/SDXC card
HDR recording, HLG or J-Log1 (10-bit)
1" (effective) CMOS sensor with high picture quality, F11 Sensitivity
3-ring 4K lens with 20x optical zoom (f=28-560mm, 35mm equivalent), 40x lossless dynamic zoom
4" high-resolution LCD monitor, LCOS Quad VGA viewfinder
XLR audio connectors

Live Streaming

  • High performance 1080 60/50p live streaming (4K Rec + HD streaming + 4K HDMI output)
  • Secure Reliable Transport (SRT) QoS for reliable, quality streaming (v0110)
  • Facebook Live streaming with secure RTMPS protocol (v0110)
  • Low latency and high-quality streaming up to 20 Mb/s
  • LAN terminal (Streaming/IFB/Remote) in addition to USB host (v3.0)
  • HEVC/H.265 encoding for streaming with 50% reduction in bit rate or contribution quality
  • 4:2:2 10-bit streaming at up to 24 Mb/s (via optonal KA-EN200G)
  • Return over IP (Return video and IFB)
  • Auto FTP to upload native video clips automatically
UPC: 046838079702

JVC GY-HC500 Specs

Imaging
Sensor ResolutionEffective: 9.35 Megapixel
Sensor Type1"-Type CMOS Sensor
Built-In ND FilterMechanical Filter Wheel with Clear, 2 Stop (1/4), 4 Stop (1/16), 6 Stop (1/64) ND Filters
Capture TypeVideo Only
Exposure Control
Shutter Speed1/10000 to 1/6 Second
Sensitivityf/11 at 2000 lux 89% Reflectance
Internal Video Capture
Recording ModesProRes 422 HQ 4:2:2 10-Bit
3840 x 2160 up to 50p/59.94p
ProRes 422 4:2:2 10-Bit
3840 x 2160 up to 50p/59.94p
ProRes 422LT 4:2:2 10-Bit
3840 x 2160 up to 50p/59.94p
H.264 4:2:2 10-Bit
3840 x 2160 at 24.00p/25p/29.97p [150 Mb/s]
H.264 4:2:0 8-Bit
3840 x 2160 at 24.00p/25p/29.97p [70 Mb/s]
H.264 4:2:2 10-Bit
1920 x 1080 [8 to 50 Mb/s]
H.264 4:2:0 8-Bit
1280 x 720 [8 to 50 Mb/s]
H.264
720 x 480 [8 Mb/s]
960 x 540 [1.2 to 3 Mb/s]
480 x 270 [1.2 to 3 Mb/s]
Built-In Microphone TypeStereo
Audio RecordingMOV:
MP4:
Proxy:
External Video Capture
IP StreamingMPEG2, RTMP, RTP, RTSP, UDP, TCP: 640 x 360 to 1920 x 1080 at 50p, 59.94p (0.3 to 20.00 Mb/s)
Interface
Media/Memory Card SlotDual Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I) [U3/V30 or Faster Recommended]
Video I/O1 x BNC (3G-SDI) Output
1 x HDMI Output
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRRS A/V (Composite) Output
Audio I/O2 x XLR 3-Pin Mic/Line (+48 V Phantom Power) Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Microphone Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Headphone Output
Power I/O1 x Barrel (12 VDC) Input
Other I/O1 x 2.5 mm Sub-Mini
1 x RCA (Timecode)
1 x USB (Unspecified Type) (LAN) Data
1 x RJ45 (LAN)
1 x 2.5 mm Sub-Mini Control
WirelessNone
Global Positioning (GPS, GLONASS, etc.)None
Monitor
Size3.97"
Viewfinder
TypeBuilt-In Electronic (LCOS)
Size0.4"
Resolution1280 x 960 (1,228,800 Dot)
Focus
Focus TypeAuto and Manual Focus
Focus ModeAutomatic, Manual Focus
General
Battery TypeJVC BN-VC296G
Accessory Mount1 x Cold Shoe Mount
Dimensions (W x H x D)7.7 x 9.1 x 17.5" / 195 x 230 x 445 mm
Weight7.94 lb / 3.6 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight11.195 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)21.3 x 12.3 x 12.1"

JVC GY-HC500 Reviews

Needs Cross Conversion

By Gino
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-30

The best word to describe this camera is disappointing. I bought this camera hoping to record at a higher resolution for post production, even 1080p60 would be nice, but I'm forced to record at 720p60 due to needing a 720p60 output from the SDI for my live broadcast. This seems like a crazy oversight for a broadcast camera, I have a few Sony PXW-Z150 cameras also in my production lineup, that I rely on heavily due to them being more capable. I was hoping this camera could be more useful, especially with all the recording formats available, but I'm definitely underwhelmed.

Great camera at a great price!

By Robert
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-11

Coming from a background with the GY-HM200SP, this camera was very easy to learn and use! Looking forward to possibly purchasing another!

Satisfied

By Erick
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-07-05

I have made one of the fastest and safest online purchases thanks to B&H.

Best I could find

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

With the advent of pocket devices producing acceptable results, camcorders producing images worth their price tag are relatively few. Very few stand up in lower light to my Sony CX900, this is one of them. My biggest issue with this camera is the SSD adapter. It didn't have to be proprietary, but it is. I managed to get a cable on to the port, managed to get it to see the SSD, but got the !Incorrect message. My main reason for writing this is that their are other reviews that seem to indicate Knock offs can be had for less than BH or what ever, this does not appear to be the case. Their must be something special about the adapter that allows the camera to recognize an imposter. The camera is great and will not disappoint. Some would complain about the boot time, which is quite a bit compared to everything else I've used. The included battery does get through a couple hours, I haven't tested it for much more than an hour. If you need to get through an entire day, plan on more batteries rather than reboots. It is disappointing to not have a touchscreen, but I'd sacrifice that for the better overall image quality.

Really do love this camera

By Ryan
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-04-05

It does everything and more that I could ask for. My one slight (and i mean slight) issue is that if you are at 30 frames per second you cant output anything other than 30 PsF to the SDI out. It just seems odd to me, if someone knows that I am doing something wrong let me know I would love to figure that out. Right now I just record at 50 frames, which is fine, my computer just would like it if when recording ISOs that I could go easier and not test out the cpu coolers upper limit.

I've always used JVC

By Stephanie
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-03-18

I love this camera....my 4th JVC over the years.... It's lite and you and can load and go. Too many features to name. You should use the suggested memory for the caddy as I tried to be fancy and had to return some ultra large memory that was not compatible. Also buy the caddy on ebay as the full price is insane! Always JVC!

Hmmmm...

By David
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-04

I've had great luck with JVC over the years... and was anxious to try this new camera. Gotta be honest, and I hate to say it, but this camera just isn't ready for prime time. It's too heavy to run and gun and the image quality is not good. Fuzzy and mushy when I need crisp and sharp. And I really wanted to like the internal SSD ProRes recording... but the whole caddy thing just feels clunky and weird. Heading over to buy the new Canon XF605 now.

Update after Warranty work

By Jeremy
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-08

After pretty complete testing I discovered I had a pretty substantial problem with the lens, plus the trailing effect in low light is simply unacceptable. I sent the unit in for warranty and they did replace the main board which somehow did fix the lens stability problem. As to the trailing effect, that is still present. Must be intended behavior since JVC didn't fix it. It's noticeable at normal lighting and really noticeable in low lighting. Locked the shutter at 1/120 which should have solved this problem, but it didn't. JVC Kenwood doesn't do a good job of communicating the work they performed and why, even after repeated inquiries. It's just plain pathetic that a professional camera can have it's but whooped by an iPhone/Pixel on a gimbal. This is not intended to be a negative toward BH, they are great.

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