JVC Updates 600 Series of ENG Cameras: New HM660 and HM620

JVC is continuing to expand the capabilities of IP technology, with new offerings in ENG over IP with the launch of two new cameras at NAB Show 2016. The GY-HM620 replaces the GY-HM600 and the GY-HM660 camera replaces the current GY-HM650.

JVC has introduced two upgraded models in its 600 Series of ProHD mobile news camcorders, including the GY-HM660, the industry’s first streaming camcorder with an integrated IFB (interruptible foldback) audio channel (this feature is a free firmware update in the very near future). Both the GY-HM660 camera, which replaces the current GY-HM650, and the GY-HM620, which replaces the GY-HM600, feature new CMOS image sensors for greater sensitivity, together with a brighter LCD display for improved daylight viewing.

Both new cameras feature three new 12-bit CMOS sensors with improved F13 (50Hz) sensitivity for superior low-light performance. The cameras also include an upgraded 3.5-inch LCD display, which can be swivelled for use as a talent monitor, as well as a 1.22 MP LCOS colour viewfinder. The integrated Fujinon 23x auto focus zoom lens offers a wide 29-667mm (35mm equivalent) focal range and includes three ND filters as well as manual zoom, focus and iris rings.

GY-HM660 camera

The new GY-HM660 will allow reporters in the field to communicate with the studio through IFB (interruptible foldback) while streaming live HD reports from the field. JVC has also added SMPTE 2022 forward error correction for increased stream reliability. The camera also includes support for Real Time Messaging Protocol (RTMP), which allows a direct connection to a number of CDNs including Ustream and YouTube, together with compatibility with Streamstar’s range of streaming production tools.

GY-HM620 camera

The GY-HM620 is an advanced handheld ProHD camera that delivers unsurpassed imagery and offers features for news, sports, and independent production. Based on JVC's popular GY-HM600, the new 620 has upgraded CMOS devices for greater sensitivity and a brighter LCD display for outdoor daylight viewing. Versatile and extremely easy to use, there's no better camera for fast paced HD field production.

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