JVC have kicked off NAB 2012 by announcing two cameras, the GY-HM600 and the GY-HM605, aimed squarely at the ENG market. Both boast excellent low light performance, support for a wide range of formats and, most excitingly, WiFi connectivity with apps for iOS/Android devices for remote control, remote viewing and metadata upload.
The official word from JVC: “The GY-HM600 is the ideal hand-held camcorder for fast paced ENG, documentaries and reality TV. It features a long (23x) wide angle Fujinon lens and delivers excellent HD or SD video quality, even in extremely low light environments. Dual card recording on SDHC/SDXC in a variety of popular formats including XDCAM EX™ (MP4), FCP (MOV) and AVCHD ensures the world’s fastest shoot to edit workflow.” We reckon this is going to be going up against
From JVC’s press release: “The GY-HM650 is the perfect camcorder for next generation newsgathering. With dual codec recording, clips can be transferred to the station immediately with built in FTP. Light, versatile and extremely easy to use, this camera offers superb low light performance, a long (23x) wide angle zoom lens, and MXF file interoperability from acquisition to air.”
As our consultant James Graham points out, “the HM650 is where it gets exciting. Once again, this is a demonstration of JVC taking top end, big money features and bringing them to the budget film-maker market. With the HM650 you can use your iPad as a preview monitor, remote control or for logging live. It is definitely one of the most exciting this to see in this form factor since 50Mbps codecs. Being XDCAM EX, it will be really interesting to see how this works with established XDCAM workflows and also how it compares to the big money versions like XMpilot, and Teradek Case.”