JVC “Connected Cam” Cameras Now Shipping

Initially shown at the IBC Show in September, JVC Professional is now shipping its Connected Cam 500 Series of handheld streaming camcorders. The series includes three compact 4K cameras that are optimized to support high-quality image processing and IP performance.

The new JVC lineup includes the GY-HC500 base model, the GY-HC550 with advanced streaming and graphics, and the GY-HC500SPC sports coaching and production camera. With built-in streaming and connectivity options, the 500 Series camcorders offer users live low-latency streaming.

All feature a one-inch 4K CMOS imager and integrated 20x zoom lens with built-in ND filters and manual zoom, focus and iris control rings. Additional 500 Series features include a four-inch, high-resolution LCD screen for menu navigation; LCOS viewfinder; dual XLR inputs; 3G-SDI and HDMI video outputs; and M.2 drive slot for external SSD recording.

All of the cameras record to solid state drive media in 10-bit ProRes 422 at 4K resolution and 50/60p frame rates. The cameras also support several other native 4K UHD and HD file formats. For creative flexibility, the cameras record HDR footage in the hybrid log gamma (HLG) or 10-bit J-Log modes, and support 120 fps slow-motion HD recording. These features allow for high-quality video playback, giving users the option to highlight or review previously recorded materials from anywhere.

When paired with any ProHD Bridge product, all 500 models provide reliable 1080p streaming performance up to 20 Mbps with SMPTE 2022 forward error correction, low-latency (less than 500ms), return video and IFB. With the streaming capabilities of JVC’s 500 series cameras, users can also stream live video to Facebook and YouTube, increasing the threshold of people consuming the content.

The GY-HC550 also features MPEG-2 and MXF recording, as well as dual external antennas with built-in wireless LAN, integrated GPS and Zixi error correction with automatic repeat request (ARQ). It additionally offers Secure Reliable Transport (SRT) for seamless send and receive streaming with ARQ to JVC’s CONNECTED CAM Studio solution, which is ideal for at-home production workflows.

Both the GY-HC550 and GY-HC500SPC include integrated WiFi and broadcast overlay for lower-third graphics, as well as full-screen titling options for recorded or streamed video output without an external CG. Additionally, the GY-HC500SPC offers pre-installed graphics for production of a variety of sports.

JVC said that several customers have already embraced the new streaming camera series, with Illinois-based TV, radio and newspaper group, Quincy Media; the forthcoming Stamford, CT-based XFL American football league; and Irving-based television and media company Nexstar Media Group all adding the new 500 Series Connected Cam models to help expand their production-over-IP workflows.

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