JVC GY-HM650 comes with a 2 year warranty.
The GY-HM650 now makes live video streaming possible, thanks to free firmware update v2. Now, when equipped with wi-fi, 4G or 3G connectivity via USB, the GY-HM650 can stream live video transmissions in the background while continuing to record footage.
Note: Firmware upgrade now available on JVC support page. Please use the European firmware only.
The camcorder is upgradeable too – if you already own a GY-HM650, it can simply be upgraded via our website, providing the latest streaming functionality together with any future updates for free.
Equipped with three, 1/3-inch 1920x1080 12-bit CMOS sensors and dual codecs, the lightweight GY-HM650 records HD or SD footage in multiple file formats, including native XDCAM EX™ (.MP4), Final Cut Pro™ (.MOV), and AVCHD, to non-proprietary SDHC or SDXC media cards. It also records .MXF files with rich descriptive metadata that is optimized for asset management. The camera also includes HD-SDI and HDMI outputs for easy monitoring of HD footage.
With a Fujinon wide angle 23x zoom lens, superior low-light performance, and excellent sensitivity (F12 at 2000 lux), the GY-HM650 has ideal optics for challenging shooting environments. The HD lens has a focal range of 29mm-667mm (35mm equivalent) and includes manual focus, servo zoom, and iris rings, along with three ND filters and a removable hood. Other features include JVC’s auto-focus with face detection and an optical image stabilizer.
Features from new v.3.0 firmware
• 1080p 50Mbps recording in Extreme-High Quality (XHQ) mode, i.e., virtually lossless H.264 recordings with high bit rates of 50Mbps.
• Enhanced Auto Focus System with selection of focus area.
• Advanced Streaming Functions including ZIXI data transfer technology and additional bit rates in various resolutions (GY-HM650 only).
Built-in Wi-Fi and FTP connectivity
Dual Codec: Simultaneously record HD + SD or HD + ¼HD (for Web delivery)
1/3-inch 12-bit CMOS sensors (1920x1080 x 3)
23x Fujinon Auto focus zoom lens with manual functions
Professional switch layout and comprehensive video settings
Wide media format compatibility:
.MXF with rich Metadata (optimized for asset management)
.MOV (Final Cut Pro)
.MP4 (XDCAM EX™)
Free firmware upgrade for GY-HM600 and GY-HM650 camcorders
A free firmware upgrade (v.3.0) for JVC’s GY-HM600 and GY-HM650 handheld camcorders is available to download from www.jvcpro.eu today, significantly improving the performance of both camcorders. The firmware upgrade delivers:
1080p 50Mbps recording in Extreme-High Quality (XHQ) mode, i.e., virtually lossless H.264 recordings with high bit rates of 50Mbps.
Enhanced Auto Focus System with selection of focus area.
Advanced Streaming Functions including ZIXI data transfer technology and additional bit rates in various resolutions (GY-HM650 only).
Thanks to the 1080p 50Mbps recording mode, both the GY-HM600 and GY-HM650 camcorders now benefit from enhanced picture quality. Highly-efficient H.264 video encoding provides consistently better recording results compared with MPEG formats and you can continue to use your SDHC/SDXC cards (class 6 or 10) too, rather than more expensive media.
The enhanced Auto Focus System really increases usability. Choose between three focus-response time settings, ranging from slow to fast, to suit particular filming situations. From news and sport to documentaries and more artistic shooting, JVC’s new Auto Focus System will make setup more convenient.
In addition, JVC has added an ‘Area’ option to its Focus Assist Function, normally only available in manual focus mode. With this, users can quickly determine the picture area used by the Auto Focus System. Focusing can be centred on the middle area of the picture or oriented towards the ‘golden ratio’, optionally the right or left side. Applying this feature is simple, without complicated menu scanning or button pressing – just turn the lens focus ring slightly to the right or the left. This function is particularly helpful for portraits, wedding pictures and for situations in which a certain image composition is desired without having much time for extensive test shooting.
There are a number of IP-based enhancements in this firmware update for the GY-HM650 camcorder only. Additional bit rates, ranging from 200kbps to 8Mbps, have been added at various resolutions, allowing the camcorder to transfer data streams live using a satellite phone. So even in extreme locations, if there are any communication channels available, the GY-HM650 can use them to send video data.
There are two additional streaming protocols added to the GY-HM650, namely RTSP and ZIXI – the ZIXI protocol enables the use of ZIXI’s cloud service, allowing data transfer at different bit rates and resolutions depending on user protocol. ZIXI’s new Advanced Streaming Technology (AST) is included in the new firmware update, including content-aware error correction and efficient bandwidth shaping. JVC's 'Stream Confidence' function provides real-time feedback on the signal quality and streaming status. With bit rates as low as 256kbps and up to 3Mbps, ZIXI’s algorithms maximise data throughput to ensure reliable transmission even under difficult conditions. The advanced content-aware error correction compensates for up to 30 percent packet loss during data transmission (only via the ZIXI protocol). Other updates for the GY-HM650 from this new firmware include an SDI trigger for optional external recording systems, while smartphones, tablets, etc., are now able to control FTP file transfer via remote web access.
Image sensor: 1/3" 2.2M pixels progressive scan 3CMOS
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
3.5” 920K pixels, 16:9 LCD display
0.45” 1.22M pixels, 16:9 viewfinder
2x SDHC/SDXC memory card slots for Class 6/10
Video codec: MPEG2 Long GOP(HD), AVCHD, H.264(SD)
File format: MOV(HD/SD:H.264), MP4(XDCAM EX), MTS(AVCHD), MXF(GY-HM650 only)
MPEG-2 Long GOP
HQ mode: 1920 x 1080 / 59.94i, 50i, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p
SP mode: 1440 x 1080 / 59.94i, 50i
1280 x 720 / 59.94p, 29.97p, 23.98p AVCHD
HQ mode: 1920 x 1080 / 59.94i, 50i
SP mode: 1920 x1080 / 50i SD (H.264)
1440x1080 with 9 Mbps, called LP mode
1440x1080 with 5 Mbps, called EP mode
720 x 576/50i (European models only) Proxy (H.264)
LP/LV mode: 480 x 270/25p
Audio recording: LPCM 2ch, 48kHz/16-bit(MPEG-2 Long GOP/H.264), AC3 (AVCHD)
Video output: AV output (f3.5mm mini jack x1) SDI output (BNC x1) HDMI output x1
Audio input: XLR x2 (MIC,+48V/LINE), f3.5mm mini jack x1
Audio output: AV output (f3.5mm mini jack x1)
Headphone: f3.5mm mini jack x1
Time code link input/output: RCA x1
Remote: f2.5mm mini jack x1
Operating temperature: 0˚C to 40˚C (32˚F to 104˚F )
Storage temperature: -20˚C to 50˚C (-4˚F to 122˚F )
Operating humidity: 35% to 80%
Storage humidity: Under 85%
Power: DC 12V (AC adaptor), DC 7.2V (Battery)
Power consumption: Approx. 12W (with VF and LCD monitor)
Dimensions: 178(W) x 198(H) x 416(D)mm
Weight: Approx. 2.4kg
Includes battery x1, AC adapter x1, AV cable x1
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