In addition to the GY-HM600, JVC has another handheld camera for broadcasting, the ProHD GY-HM650 mobile news camera, which according to JVC, “can shoot and deliver new footage faster than ever.” The HM650 includes all features on the HM600, equipped with three, 1/3-inch 1920×1080 12-bit CMOS sensors, a built-in 23x optical zoom Fujinon lens, superior low-light performance, and excellent sensitivity (F11 at 2000 lux).
As big brother of the HM600, the HM650 sports dual codecs that it can produce full HD files on one memory card while simultaneously creating smaller, Web-friendly files (1/4 HD) on a second card. It also comes with built-in WiFi connectivity and FTP functionality so footages can be delivered back to station without a microwave or satellite connection. Like the HM600, the handheld mobile news camera features a 1.2 Megapixel color viewfinder, a 3.5-inch color LCD display, a second trigger and servo zoom control on the built-in handle, built-in stereo microphone and two XLR inputs with phantom power and a shotgun mic holder, and HD-SDI and HDMI outputs.
The ProHD GY-HM650 also includes the Pre Rec (retro cache) feature that continuously records and stores up to five seconds of footage in cache memory to help prevent missed shots of breaking news. It records HD or SD footage in multiple file formats, including native XDCAM EX (.MP4), Final Cut Pro (.MOV), and AVCHD as well as MXF files with rich descriptive metadata that is optimized for asset management. SDHC/SDXC cards are used for recording.
Coming in Winter 2012, the JVC ProHD GY-HM650 will be priced at $5695.