This is exciting news for VJs with a web first deadline: JVC demos GY-HM600, launches HM650 Mobile News Camera with WiFi and FTP at NAB — Engadget

JVC demos GY-HM600, launches HM650 Mobile News Camera with WiFi and FTP at NAB — Engadget. Given that CES saw a substantial amount of the top digital stills camera manufacturers move into the wifi connectivity space it makes sense that the post DV camcorder market might move that way too. Today at NAB – JVC unveiled the GY-HM600 and GY-HM650 wifi enabled camcorders with FTP support in camera. When 4G really starts to roll out internationally this little baby is going to take the edge off the mobile phone streaming capability model though streaming doesn’t seem to get a mention in the Engadget review, however portable 4G/wifi hotspots will come in to their own for FTPing the footage direct from camera. Penned for a winter 2012 release and aimed at the sub $5000 price point its clearly a hit at the NEX-fs100, Z5, Z7 VJ cameras. Certainly a step in the right direction for fast turnaround news production. Engadget have the full review click photo, or here to see the PR.


UPDATE: This is lifted directly from the JVC website:


Heralding a more efficient ENG workflow the JVC GY-HM650 ProHD handheld mobile news camera can shoot and deliver news footage faster than ever – ideal for breaking an important story as soon as it happens.
Equipped with dual codecs, it produces full HD files on one memory card while simultaneously creating smaller, Web-friendly files (1/4 HD) on a second card. With built-in FTP and Wi-Fi connectivity, the GY-HM650 delivers the footage back to a station without a microwave or satellite connection.

Designed for versatility, the GY-HM650 features a 1.22 MP colour viewfinder and colour 3.5-inch LCD to handle run-and-gun and tripod-based stand-ups. The Pre Rec (retro cache) feature continuously records and stores up to five seconds of footage in cache memory to help prevent missed shots of breaking news, while a second trigger and servo zoom control on the built-in handle makes it easy to record while holding the camera at low or high angles.

Equipped with three, 1/3-inch 1920×1080 12-bit CMOS sensors, the lightweight GY-HM650 records HD or SD footage in multiple file formats, including native XDCAM EX™ (.MP4), Final Cut Pro™ (.MOV), and AVCHD, to non-proprietary SDHC or SDXC media cards. It also records .MXF files with rich descriptive metadata optimized for asset management. The camera also includes HD-SDI and HDMI outputs for easy monitoring of HD footage.

With a built-in Fujinon wide angle 23x zoom lens, superior low-light performance, and excellent sensitivity (F11 at 2000 lux), the GY-HM650 has ideal optics for challenging shooting environments. The HD lens has a focal range of 29mm-667mm (35mm equivalent) and includes manual focus, servo zoom, and iris rings, along with three ND filters and a removable hood. Other features include JVC’s auto-focus with face detection and an optical image stabilizer.

“Newsgathering and independent production continue to evolve. One or two-person teams have become commonplace, and many shooters are capturing images for TV, the internet, and mobile devices,” said Gustav Emrich, European Product Manager, Creative and Presentation. “With built-in web connectivity, simultaneous recording of a web-friendly video file, and .MXF files with rich descriptive metadata, the GY-HM650 is ideal for today’s file-based workflows.”

In addition, the GY-HM650 provides a number of essential audio features. Its built-in stereo microphone is ideal for capturing natural sound on location, but the camera also includes two XLR inputs with phantom power and a shotgun mic holder, as well as a headphone jack and separate input for a wireless mic receiver.


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