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JVC GY-HM170U Ultra 4K HD 4KCAM Professional Camcorder & Top Handle Audio Unit
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The GY-HM170 is a fully functional high performance 4K Ultra HD camcorder that's capable of shooting 4:2:2 Full HD at 50Mbps. Its integrated 12x optical zoom lens and 4K CMOS sensor, deliver razor sharp 4K Ultra HD recordings directly to SDHC/SDXC memory cards. It can even record on 2 cards simultaneously for instant backup or extended recording time. Output live 4K UHD camera signals through the built-in HDMI connector. And its tiny size allows you to shoot in venues that may be unfriendly to larger cameras.
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The GY-HM170U is a high-end consumer camcorder with many professional features. It can record excellent video in UHD, has a 12X zoom lens, and, through its attached handle, provides inputs and power for XLR microphones. Feature for feature, it is far less expensive than its competitors.
The lens has very good image quality throughout its zoom range (29.6-355mm in 35mm equivalent).
Records in UHD (3840x2160), which is almost 4K, and produces very sharp raw UHD video. Video recorded in UHD then down-sampled to 1080p (in a video editor) is noticeably sharper than native 1080p shot with the same camera (this is true of most 4K cameras).
Has a full complement of manual controls for iris, shutter, gain, and dynamic range, but also has automatic modes (Programmed, Aperture-preferred, Shutter-preferred). Zebra can be customized; Histogram can be displayed on-screen.
Has a nice high-resolution eyepiece viewfinder that can be tilted up, so the camera can be held chest-high.
The detachable (but very solid) handle has a built-in audio mixer that can provide "phantom power" for microphones attached via the XLR inputs. Also has a 3.5mm microphone jack and a headphone jack.
Built-in Neutral Density filters (1/4 and 1/16).
Zooming is very smooth, and zoom speed can be programmed from very slow to very fast.
All manual features can be assigned to almost any of the camera's knobs and buttons.
Excellent feature set for the price; really a great value.
No 1/32 Neutral Density filter. Solution: for shooting in bright light, screw in a 1/2 ND filter; this will then give you 1/2, 1/8, and 1/32 ND.
Layout of on-screen and physical controls is unlike other cameras (e.g. Canon, Sony); if you're used to those brands, you will have a bit of a learning curve.
Battery life is not very good. Solution: buy a couple of extra-high capacity batteries, or three. Or four.
The volume knobs on the mixer are tiny and very difficult to adjust with fingers; one needs some sort of sharp little tool to turn them with any accuracy.
Lens maximum aperture is very good (1.2) at widest zoom, but this drops off rapidly, reaching 3.5 at highest zoom. Fix: if you zoom during a shot, don't start at f1.2, because the scene will darken as the lens stops down during zooming; instead, start at f3.5.
Modes (A, S, P) are not selectable directly (i.e. there are no explicit "A", "S", or "P" settings on a dial somewhere). Setting the modes is a bit circuitous.
Low-light image quality is not great, because of the sensor size (1/2.5").
The seller in this case also deserves some recognition as the value I received was really good. They shipped promptly, and all the extras were there, carefully packaged. Great professionalism, I will purchase the next one from them with no hesitation.