Sometimes you just can’t travel with a camera crew. They take up a lot of room, cost a lot of money, and usually want to be fed. Instead, JVC is packing the quality of a camera crew into its new GY-HM650 ProHD handheld.
JVC Pro just debuted the camera at the Digital Video Expo 2012 in Pasadena, California. The new camera has two processors, allowing it to produce high-def files on one SDHC or SDXC media card, all while creating smaller, web-friendly files on a second card.
This little cam also has built-in FTP and WiFi connectivity, so you can deliver the footage back to your home base or a website, all without a microwave or satellite connection.
Other features include three 1/3-inch 1920x1080 12-bit CMOS sensors, a built-in Fujinon wide angle 23x optical zoom lens, a focal range of 29mm-667mm, and JVC’s auto-focus with face detection. There’s also an optical image stabilizer for those shaky-cam shots, as well as manual focus, servo zoom, and iris rings.
Designed to record HD and SD footage in multiple file formats, the GY-HM650 also has a 1.22-megapixel color viewfinder and a color 3.5-inch LCD.
Another nifty perk is something called Pre Rec (retro cache. This feature continuously records and stores up to 20 seconds of footage in cache memory to help prevent missed shots or breaking events. The camera also has a built-in stereo microphone, two XLR inputs with phantom power and a shotgun mic holder, and a headphone jack.