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

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

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

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  • 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
  • Live UHD 4K Output via HDMI
  • 12x Optical Zoom Lens
  • Two-Position ND Filter
  • Nine User-Assignable Function Buttons
  • Two XLR Inputs for External Microphones
  • Independent Gain Control
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JVC GY-HM170UA Overview

  • 1Description

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.


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.
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.
In the Box
JVC GY-HM170UA 4KCAM Compact Professional Camcorder with Top Handle Audio Unit
  • Top Handle Unit with XLR and Audio Control for GY-HM170
  • BN-VF823 Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Limited 90-Day B&H Warranty
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    JVC GY-HM170UA Specs

    Image Sensor 1-Chip 1/2.33" CMOS Sensor
    Sensor Resolution 12.4 MP
    Effective Sensor Resolution 9.03 MP
    Gain 0 to 24 dB (Native)
    30 to 36 dB (Expanded)
    Focal Length 4.6 to 56mm
    35mm Equivalent Focal Length 29.5 to 354mm
    Optical Zoom Ratio 12x
    Max Digital Zoom 24x
    Maximum Aperture f/1.2 to 3.5
    Filter Size 62 mm
    Image Stabilization Optical
    Shutter Speed 1/4 to 1/10,000 sec
    Built-In ND Filter Mechanical Filter Wheel with 2 Stop (1/4), 4 Stop (1/16) ND Filters
    Built-In Microphone Type Stereo
    Recording Media 2 x SDXC Card Slots  (U3 / V30 or faster cards recommended)
    Broadcast System Compatibility NTSC
    Recording Modes H.264:
    3840 x 2160p at 23.98/25/29.97 fps (70 to 150 Mb/s) 
    MOV 4:2:2:
    1920 x 1080p at 23.98/29.97/59.94 fps (35 to 50 Mb/s) 
    1280 x 720p at 59.94 fps (35 Mb/s) 
    1920 x 1080p at 50/59.94 fps (28 Mb/s) 
    Audio Recording MOV: 2-Channel 16-Bit 48 kHz LPCM Audio
    Video Connectors 1 x HDMI (HDMI 1.4) Output
    1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) TRRS A/V (Composite) Output
    Audio Connectors 2 x 3-Pin XLR Input
    1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Stereo Input
    Other I/O 1 x 2.5 mm Control Input
    Display Type LCD
    Screen Size 3.5"
    Screen Resolution 920,000 Dots
    Screen Size .24"
    EVF Resolution 1,560,000 Dots
    Battery Type JVC BN-VF823
    Power Connectors 1 x Barrel Input
    Power Consumption 8.1 W
    Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
    Storage Temperature 14 to 122°F / -20 to 50°C
    Operating Humidity 30 to 80%
    Storage Humidity 85%
    Dimensions 6 x 4.4 x 11.8" / 15.3 x 11.2 x 29.9 cm
    Weight 2.4 lb / 1.1 kg

    JVC GY-HM170UA Reviews

    GY-HM170UA 4KCAM Compact Professional Camcorder with Top Handle Audio Unit is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 96.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very capable camera This is a really nice little camcorder. The thing is, you have to really know what you're doing. If you just shoot with it right out of box on full auto the picture is sort of family snapshot quality. But I found a video on YouTube where someone tweaked the color settings of their jvc 600 to be more cinematic. I used these settings on the hm170. Wow, big difference. Still need to practice shooting all manual. With every video session, I noticed the video quality improves...which is more a reflection of user skill. I do mostly audition videos/demo reels for high school students applying to music and acting school. Sound of audio preamps is surprisingly good. Very usable.
    Date published: 2016-12-09
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Camera for price Verything about this camera is great except the slow focusing when on automatic. I have owned many cameras and this camera (I have also owned the HM200 from JVC) and the HM200 both have a very slow focusing mechanism and slow tracking of fast moving objects. For instance, when following a fast car in autop focus mode, the car, once in a while, will go out of focus. This has ruined 20-30 shots for me... I film extreme sports so I film fast action all the time. Great picture quality, good Image stabilizer, great color, good manual controls. The external mic is almost a necessity also due to onboard mic being anemic...
    Date published: 2017-02-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impressive video and sound quality! I purchased this product to record talks in a classroom setting. The video quality at full HD is very impressive. 4K is outstanding as well, if you have a monitor or TV that can display it. The dual XLR inputs allowed me to input a wireless mic system and the results were fantastic! Even in low light situations I was able to pull detail out of the shadows in post production. This video camera does very well in low light. What's great -Easy to use -Intuitive menu options -Ability to change recording options easily -Dual XLR inputs for adding external audio sources -HDMI output for TV/monitor viewing
    Date published: 2016-02-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from as a follow up to my 1st review I've had this camera a few weeks and it is growing on me - after you get used to the menus and functions you will find it's more capable than you initally thought so give it time - I discovered a solution to the Windows NLE issue with the 4.2.2. Full HD .mov format compatability problem and it's Magix Movie Edit Pro the 2016 version - see the Q&A section for more information. One thing I forgot to mention is you will appreciate the B&H supplied XLR Mic for this camera as the OIS can be heard very slightly in the audio track with the internal mic so you need the external mic for clean audio with the OIS engaged. Given the performance and pricing this is a very good 4K Professional Entry camcorder option.
    Date published: 2015-11-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great quality for a better value We've been using this prosumer camera for streaming and recording our church services. Our church is not that big, seats a little over 200 and the camera is in the back of the room, about 40-50 feet away from the stage. It's not the sharpest image, but it works good enough for us, especially at the sale price we purchased it at (under $1300). We've plugged the sound directly into our sound board, but we also have utilized the external mic. For our purposes, being about to plug it into our sound board is key and the sound has been coming through great! As an amateur, I'm still figuring out all the buttons, options, and features this camera has, but so far, we love it!
    Date published: 2016-10-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from a good deal I wanted a model with 4K and xlr inputs on a very limited budget this camera have all I need and more. We will be using this to record church meeting to be replay on tv and up load to Utub the camera itself looks and feels fine.light, small,the chassis is made with plasticy so is every thing thes days .The camera is very easy to use and performed well it's a decent camera for the price.The video is good and the functions are all lade out nice. the pro features included on this camera make it a good deal. the Flip out screen seems very fragile and has to be treated with care
    Date published: 2016-07-11
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't buy! Our agency purchased 2 JVC GY-HM170U camcorders. After shooting quite a bit with these cameras, they are just really poorly made. They have back focus issues which no fixed lens camera should. The image quality is awful and they perform poorly in low light. After 20 years in the business, I can honestly say these are the worst cameras I have ever used. I did the firmware update, but that has not resolved the problems. This is not camera specific as both cameras exhibit the same issues. I contacted JVC about these issues and never got a response. Save yourself the headaches and avoid.
    Date published: 2018-08-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Buy I have been using this JVC cam for 3 months now. It took a little getting use to, but I like it. I do wedding videography and legal depositions with it. It is good for both. I dropped it once at a wedding and it held up without a problem. It's not great in low-light, but I can add 6dbs and 9dbs gain and it doesn't hurt the footage at 50mbs/QT .Mov. The fact is you have to use a fill light regardless if you are a pro, so be ready for it. I've even gotten use to the tiny-audio controls on the handle after a few months. The audio with the free mic is very good. For the price you can't beat this.
    Date published: 2016-10-02
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    Whats your opinion on the HM170UA vs the Canon XA20. Obviously the canon is only HD.I like the touch screen for focus and facial recognition. I'm mainly looking to film weddings.So low light is a concern and accurate focus. Can anyone voice an opinion on these questions / concerns?Thanks!
    Asked by: John C.
    The impression I get with this camera is that it is a deal. It has features that just a few years ago were impossible to get at all, let alone under $1300. It has XLR mic inputs, 4K, 4:2:2 1080p Video up to 60p at 50 Mbps, built in ND filters, and independent gain control. Those features are a steal in this price range. It appears however that the videographer has to bring skill for shooting in low light. You have to recognize the difference between low light and bad light. No camera is going to make bad light look good. Be ready for using an on camera light. You do not have to use it full blast, just enough to a pleasant low key exposure. The Canon XA20, on the other hand, has big fans for it's quality of manufacture, features, reliability and image quality. If you do not want 4K, that might be the way to go.
    Answered by: Dennis A L.
    Date published: 2018-08-26


    Asked by: Anonymous
    Currently, we sell four batteries that this camera can use. As you go up the pay scale, the longer the battery lasts.
    Answered by: Dennis A L.
    Date published: 2018-08-26


    ax100 or this?
    Asked by: RSI T.
    The Sony FDR-AX100, B&H # SOFDRAX100, has a larger 1 sensor that will give you a better performance in low light situations. However, the HM170UA is considered a professional level camcorder that adds XLR inputs for connecting higher quality microphones and has more manual controls on the camera body itself. It will really just be a matter of which features you prefer.
    Answered by: Joseph P.
    Date published: 2018-08-26


    I wrote a review of this camera that has never appeared here !!! ????
    Asked by: Al
    Beware: On my replacement HM170UA the lens hood still doesn't fit correctly. When you attempt to put it on you have 3 choices: It can fit crookedly (at an angle) which looks bad, or it fits with the short sides of the hood on top and bottom so it looks funny but does work but unacceptable for a professional. Or you can not use the lens hood at all which means the lens is not protected in case of fall. Why B&H is not posting my full review is suspicious. Could this camera have flaws and that's why it's on sale. Calling JVC will get you the run around.
    Answered by: Al H.
    Date published: 2018-08-26


    Can you record 4k and use HDMI Out at the same time?
    Asked by: Brandon W.
    yes I have a HDMI monitor used at the same time while recording 4K, works fine.
    Answered by: Richard N.
    Date published: 2018-08-26


    Can you output a clean 4K signal at 30p through the HDMI connector while not recording?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Yes, you can output a clean 4K signal at 30p through the HDMI connector while not recording.
    Answered by: Dennis A L.
    Date published: 2018-08-26


    Remote LANC speed changes in slow zoom. This is a disaster for many applications. Is there a software upgrade to fix?
    Asked by: Robin
    While we are not aware of any specific firmware update that addresses zoom control, you can find the latest firmware for the HM170U on JVC Pro's website. If you need help finding that feel free to email us directly at ask@bandh.com.
    Answered by: Joseph P.
    Date published: 2018-08-26


    What HDMI connector type this camera has?
    Asked by: Wander S.
    The HM170UA has a standard HDMI connection on it.
    Answered by: Joseph P.
    Date published: 2018-08-26
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