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JVC Compact Handheld 3-CCD ProHD Camcorder (GY-HM100U)

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The GY-HM100U is a Compact Handheld camcorder with performance and features found only in larger and more expensive models. It's designed to be easy to use, making it ideal for news reporters and producers.
  • MacMall Part #: 7790832 
  • Manufacturer Part #: GY-HM100U 
  • UPC: 046838039522 
  • Platform: Universal 

The GY-HM100U is a Compact Handheld camcorder with performance and features found only in larger and more expensive models. It's designed to be easy to use, making it ideal for news reporters and producers. Seasoned shooters will find that its small size lets them work in environments where larger cameras would be impractical -- all while producing recordings on par with broadcast cameras.

  • Professional format recording with selectable data rates up to 35Mbps
  • Native Final Cut Pro format: Fastest HD shoot to edit workflow. Edit immediately without conversion or transcoding
  • ISO Base Media File Format: Compatible with all major non-linear editing systems
  • Records to dual SDHC memory cards (no moving parts in recording system)
  • Full HD recording (selectable): 1920 x 1080 (1080p24/25/30, 1080i); 1280 x 720P (p60/50/30/25/24)
  • Fujinon HD lens with manual or auto modes
  • Extensive image customization modes (gamma, matrix, knee, detail, etc.)
  • Uncompressed LPCM audio (2ch) recording: Manual level controls with audio meter; XLR inputs with phantom power
Technical Description:

Three ¼-inch Progressive CCDs

Three newly developed 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.

Spatial 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.

Fujinon 10:1 Zoom HD Lens

The GY-HM100U 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.

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.

An advanced JVC-developed Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) system provides effective camera-motion compensation without any of the quality loss associated with digital image stabilization systems.

Newly Designed 1080p Digital Processor

JVC's digital signal processor (DSP) processes all images as full 1920x1080 progressive signals, providing the maximum image information to work with regardless of the actual recording mode that is used. 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%.

JVC Original 35Mbps MPEG2 Encoder

Drawing from its experience in developing rack mount encoders used by major television stations, JVC developed a proprietary codec 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.

Technical Specs

Product Type Camcorder - 1080p
Lens Included Fujinon
Effective Photo Resolution 2.0 Mpix
Widescreen Video Capture Yes
Camcorder Media Type Flash card
Optical Sensor Type 3CCD
Optical Sensor Size 1/4"
Optical Zoom 10 x
Image Stabilizer Rotary Optical Image Stabilizer (ROIS)
Features SMPTE Color Bars, SMPTE Time Code, zebra pattern, down-conversion playback capability
Auto Focus TTL contrast detection
Digital Video Format MPEG-2
Image Recording Format JPEG
Audio Signal Format PCM
Interfaces Provided Composite video/audio, HDMI, USB 2.0
Exposure & White Balance
Min Illumination 5 lux
Max Shutter Speed 1/10000 sec
Min Shutter Speed 1/3.75 sec
Gain Selection +12 dB, +18 dB, +3 dB, +6 dB, 0 dB, + 9 dB, +15 dB
Built-in ND Filters 1/10
Lens System
Type Fujinon 10 x zoom lens - 3.7 - 37 mm - f/1.8-2.8
Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera 39 - 390mm
Focus Adjustment Automatic, manual
Zoom Adjustment Motorized drive
Filter Size 46 mm
Additional Features
Low Lux / Night Mode Yes
Viewfinder Type LCD - LCD
Viewfinder Color Support Color
Viewfinder Diagonal Size 0.44"
Viewfinder Resolution 235,000 pixels
Image Aspect Ratio 16:9
Type 2.8" LCD display
Resolution 206,000 pixels
Display Form Factor Rotating
Microphone Operation Mode Stereo
Connector Type 1 x composite video/audio output ¦ 1 x component video output ¦ 1 x HDMI output ¦ 1 x USB ¦ Headphones ¦ Microphone
Memory Card Slot SD card
Included Accessories USB cable, audio / video cable, component video cable, IR remote control, power adapter with battery charger
Details 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )
Memory / Storage
Memory Card Slot SD card
Supported Memory Cards SDHC Memory Card
Dimensions & Weight
Width 10.7 in
Depth 5.3 in
Height 7 in
Weight 3.09 lbs
Environmental Parameters
Min Operating Temperature 32 °F
Max Operating Temperature 104 °F
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