The GY-HM150 is JVC's latest and most advanced compact handheld camcorder. Based on the solid ergonomic design of the highly popular GY-HM100 -- currently in use by thousands of photojournalists at major television stations and networks around the world--we've upgraded the camera's features and performance without changing the attributes that made its predecessor so successful. A new encoder delivers not only improved HD recordings, but adds support for standard definition (SD). Manual controls are now more intuitive than ever with an iris dial next to the lens, and a total of 6 user assignable buttons. And shooters will love its dual card recording capability that creates an instant back-up copy!
The GY-HM150 offers the world's fastest workflow delivering files that can be instantly edited in all professional level editing systems—all while producing recordings on par with broadcast cameras. The GY-HM150 is highly recommended for demanding news and production assignments.
In addition, the GY-HM150 includes support for wired remote controllers
The GY-HM150 ships at the end of October.
DC 11V (AC adaptor), DC 7.2V (Battery)
7.8W (with VF and LCD monitor)
(when LCD screen backlight is set to [STANDARD])
138(W) x 179(H) x 366(D)mm (14-4/8" x 7-1/8" x 5-4/8")
Less than 1.4kg (3.1 lbs)¡¡(Including battery, microphone, SDHC cards)
0¡É to 40¡É (32¢µ to 104¢µ)
-20¢ªC to 50¢ªC (-4¢ªF to 122¢ªF)
30% to 80%
Image sensor 1/4" Progressive scan 3CCD
Internal synchronization Stabilizer
Optical image stabilizer
Lens Fujinon F1.8 to 2.8, 10x, f=3.7-37 mm (35 mm conversion: 39 to 390 mm)
Filter diameter When the hood is detached: 46 mm (screw pitch: 0.75 mm)
Compatible with filter, tele-converter and wide-converter
When the hood is attached: 72 mm (screw pitch: 0.75 mm)
Compatible with filter only
Shutter speed 1/3.75 to 1/10000, EEI
Gain 0dB, 3dB, 6dB, 9dB, 12dB, 15dB, 18dB, Lolux, AGC
ND filter 1/10
LCD display 2.7" LCD, 230,000 pixels, 16:9, color
Viewfinder 0.24" LCOS, 260,000 pixels, 16:9, color
HD VIDEO RECORDING
Recording media SDHC (Class 6/10), SDXC Slots: x 2
Video codec: MPEG2 Long GOP
QuickTime™ File Format for Final Cut Pro™ (HD/SD)/
MP4 File Format (HD)/AVI type-2 File Format (SD)
HQ mode: VBR, 35 Mbps (Max) MPEG-2 MP@HL
SP mode: CBR, 25 Mbps (1440 x 1080i)/
19 Mbps (1280 x 720p24/25/30): MPEG-2 MP@H-14
19 Mbps (1280 x 720p50/60): MPEG-2 MP@HL
SD Video: DV compression 4:1:1, 8-bit, 25Mbps
Audio: LPCM 2ch, 48 kHz/16bit
Video frame rate
HQ mode: 1920 x 1080/59.94i, 29.97p, 23.98p, 1440 x 1080/59.94i,
1280 x 720/59.94p, 29.97p, 23.98p
SP mode: 1440 x 1080/59.94i, 1280 x 720/59.94p, 29.97p, 23.98p
SD mode: 720 x 480/59.94i
HQ mode: 1920 x 1080/50i, 25p, 1440 x 1080/50i, 1280 x 720/50p, 25p
SP mode: 1440 x 1080/50i, 1280 x 720/50p, 25p
LPCM 2ch, 48kHz/16-bit(Internal stereo mic/External mic input)
Composite output (480i, 4:3/16:9) (φ3.5mm mini jack)
Component output (480i /720p /1080i) (Multi-pin cable)
HDMI output (480i: / 720p /1080i)
Audio input XLR x2 (MIC,+48V/LINE)
Remote control 3.5mm mini jack
Audio output 3.5mm mini jack
Headphone 3.5mm mini jack
USB USB2.0, mini B
Battery pack x1, AC adapter x1, Battery charger x1, Microphone x1,
Wireless remote control unit x1, Component cable x1, A/V cable x1
Three ¼-inch Progressive CCDs
Three ¼-inch progressive scan CCDs—one each for red, green and blue—provide rich, accurate colors. To separate primary colors, JVC has incorporated a high accuracy Fujinon glass prism and the proprietary mounting technology.
Diagonal Offset Technology
The Red and Blue pixel locations are shifted relative to Green, allowing the sampled luminance information to be significantly increased in both horizontal and vertical directions. This results in much higher resolution images without sacrificing sensitivity. Furthermore, using a global shutter, the design minimizes wobbling during quick pans and fixed pattern noise in low light conditions, contributing to a more stable image.
Fujinon 10:1 Zoom HD Lens
The GY-HM150 utilizes a high definition lens by Fujinon, world leader in HD lens technology. This lens features 3 aspheric elements which minimize the weight and space required, while producing less distortion, ghosting, and flare. In addition, the lens surface is coated with a new Electronic Beam Coating (EBC) that greatly reduces degradation caused by light reflecting off the lens surfaces leading to greater light transmission and reduced flaring and ghosting. To protect the lens, a flip-in cover is provided, eliminating the need for an external cap.
The focal length of the lens ranges from 3.7–37 mm (39–390 mm at 35 mm film equivalents), offering a good balance of wide angle and zoom. For wider angle shooting, the built-in lens hood can be removed and an optional wide-angle converter fitted.
Focus is controlled manually or automatically. A smooth servo zoom is controlled with a conventional rocker on the handgrip, or manually on the lens. For close-up shooting, a macro mode allows for shooting subjects as little as 2-inches away from the lens. Exposure (iris) is automatically or manually controlled, letting the shooter adjust the depth of focus by selecting the appropriate F stop. The current F stop is displayed in the viewfinder in the manual mode.
Rotary Optical Image Stabilizer
With the increased resolution and sharpness of HD pictures, even a small amount of camera shake becomes noticeable to the viewer. JVC's newly developed Rotary Optical Image Stabilizer (ROIS) corrects for lateral and vertical movement of the camera without the degradation of image quality associated with digital image stabilization systems. The result is pristine HD images that remain sharp and stable.
Newly Designed 1080p Digital Processor (DSP)
At the heart of the GY-HM150 is a custom JVC-developed Dynamic Digital Signal Processor. Processing is performed on the full progressive 1920 x 1080 signal, regardless of the camcorder's settings, ensuring the highest picture quality in any shooting mode. All major HD resolutions are supported, including 1920 x 1080, 1440 x 1080 and 1280 x 720, as well as SD 720 x 480. Also integrated into the chip are five digital noise reduction technologies that evaluate the signal and apply the appropriate compensation while increasing vertical resolution by about 30%.
Upgraded 35Mbps MPEG2 Encoder
The GY-HM150 utilizes the encoder technology developed for JVC's renowned GY-HM790 series camcorders, used at major television stations. JVC's proprietary codec is capable of providing highly efficient compression up to 35 megabits per second, a bitrate that can support full 1920 x 1080 encoding. This is significantly higher than the data rates used in other hand held camcorders and results in recorded images of exceptional quality. MPEG2 long GOP is the most widely accepted broadcast standard compression supported by all popular editing systems and broadcast servers.
The GY-HM150 supports all major HD signal formats including 1920 x 1080, 1440 x 1080 and 1280 x 720.
Standard Definition Recording Capability
Responding to the needs of the industry, the GY-HM150, in addition to its capability as an HD recorder, offers Standard Definition recording for maximum flexibility. Recording in SD provides a time-saving alternative to down-conversion of HD material for SD broadcasts, which is still an industry standard in many countries worldwide. This feature offers a fundamental advantage for professionals with time-sensitive SD workflows.
Native File Recording
Because it uses QuickTime™ as its native file format, the GY-HM150 is the perfect choice for users of Apple's Final Cut Pro™ editing system. Both HD and SD MOV files recorded by the camcorder can be dropped directly into Final Cut Pro™, keeping them first-generation and eliminating the time-consuming process of file conversion.
For users of all major NLE systems, including solutions from Adobe, Avid, Grass Valley, Vegas and Apple, the GY-HM150 supports the MP4 file format, which can be brought into your editing system without re-encoding. HDV-compatible M2T files can also be created from these MP4 files using the ProHD Clip Manager (Version 1.1).
Finally, the popular type-2 AVI file format can be recorded in SD for easy import into almost all current and legacy NLE systems.
Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC) recording
The GY-HM150 records on widely available SDHC Class 6 or Class 10 memory cards, presently available in capacities up to 32GB, and SDXC memory cards for capacities 64GB-128GB. The camera provides 2 memory card slots, for a total of up to 64GB of SDHC storage—enough for more than 6 hours* of continuous HD recording.
Dual SDHC/SDXC card slots make the GY-HM150U a truly versatile camcorder. Footage is recorded either to both cards simultaneously, or from one card to the other in relay. Simultaneous recording means that is easily create backup or duplicate files while shooting without the need for any external equipment—either for a client copy or simply for peace of mind. In relay recording mode shooting is continuous and seamless over multiple cards. When one card is full, the camcorder switches seamlessly and automatically to the other card. And because cards are hot swappable, there is in effect no limit to the continuous shooting time in any mode, even with lower capacity cards. Hot swappable media also means it is possible to start editing footage from one card while still shooting to the other. The dual card slots also offer the flexibility of scene-by-scene card selection. Additionally, while the Rec trigger is used to pause and unpause recording on one card, the other card can act as a continuous backup that overrides the pause function. Also when recording, clips separated with the Rec trigger can be saved as a conjoined clip using Clip Continuous Mode, and the Clip Cutter mode allows you to separate clips by using the User button as a trigger.
Media Cost Comparison
SD media offer the best combination of price, availability, capacity, reliability and transfer speed. With no moving parts and no pins or other extrusions, SDHC/SDXC cards are both durable and reliable, and compare favorably with all other media types on a cost-per-minute basis.
Uncompressed Audio with Manual Controls
The GY-HM150 records 2 channels of uncompressed LPCM (linear pulse code modulated) 16 bit audio sampled at 48Khz. Audio levels can be controlled manually, or automatically using AGC. An audio meter is provided in the LCD and VF displays to facilitate adjustment. Balanced XLR connectors are provided on the handle for an external microphone and/or wireless receiver. 48V phantom power is available for each microphone. Versatile input switching allows the microphone signal to be directed to the desired channel. A shotgun microphone is provided, as well as a built-in stereo microphone for ambient sound pickup.