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JVC GY-HM170

JVC GYHM170UA Camcorder

12.4MP 1/2.3 1.1kg Jun 2015
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While very compact, the economical GY-HM170E features a heavy duty body with professional control layout and comprehensive video profile settings for professional use. It is a fully functional... More
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11 Reasons For

Good Brand

JVC has good average ratings for its big sensor size video cameras as well as across its entire video camera range compared to other brands.

Full HD

Full HD

The JVC GY-HM170 is Full HD. Most of the other camcorders of this age and type also are Full HD.

There are a number of other Full HD video cameras currently available that you might want to look at including the Canon XC10[plb_2862344_price] which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were released around the same time as the GY-HM170, the JVC GY-HM170 has an image stabiliser.

Other camcorders with an image stabiliser currently available that you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Canon XC10[plb_2862344_price].

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The GY-HM170 has an HDMI port. Most of the other big sensor size video cameras that were released around the same time as the GY-HM170 also have an HDMI port.

There are a number of alternative video cameras with an HDMI port currently available that you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Canon XC10[plb_2862344_price].

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Fairly Large Screen Size

The screen sizes of similar spec video cameras that came out more than a year ago range from 3" to 3.5". With a screen size of 3.5 inches, the GY-HM170 has one of the larger screen sizes amongst big sensor size video cameras of this age.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The GY-HM170 supports a better memory card type than most camcorders of this age and spec. This camcorder supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it support an SDHC memory card. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

An SDXC memory card is in fact the best supported memory card type across all video cameras of a comparable type and age to the GY-HM170.

An SD memory card is the worst supported memory card type amongst comparable types of camcorder.

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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2160p Video Mode

The GY-HM170 has a better video mode than most big sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to it. This JVC camcorder has a 2160p video mode, whereas most video cameras that are a similar age to it have a 1080p video mode.

A 2160p video mode is actually the best video mode amongst all camcorders of this spec and age.

A 720p video mode is the worst video mode amongst similar types of camcorder.

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Has a Built-In Display

The GY-HM170 has a built-in display, as do most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the GY-HM170.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with a built-in display and we think the Canon XC10[plb_2862344_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camcorder has a maximum video resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, which is typical of many big sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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Supports Two Audio Formats

The GY-HM170 has a greater number of audio formats than most similar spec camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to it. This JVC video camera supports an LPCM audio format, which is the most commonly supported audio format supported by video cameras that are a comparable age to the GY-HM170. The audio format "AC3" is also supported by this video camera.

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Electronic Viewfinder

This video camera has an Electronic viewfinder, which is typical of many camcorders that were released more than a year ago.

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8 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The GY-HM170 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to the GY-HM170 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

At only 12 times zoom factor, the JVC GY-HM170 has a fairly small digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and spec. The smallest digital zoom of big sensor size video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the GY-HM170 is 12x, the biggest is 1,500x, and the average digital zoom is 230x.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most comparable spec video cameras that came out more than a year ago are not 3D compatible. The GY-HM170 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other video cameras of this type and age, the GY-HM170 does not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

The JVC GY-HM170 is not waterproof, although it is worth noting that most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to the GY-HM170 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The JVC GY-HM170 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the GY-HM170 also do not have a built-in projector.

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Heavy

The JVC GY-HM170 is one of the heavier big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the GY-HM170 (1.1 kilograms) amongst camcorders of this age. Big sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to the GY-HM170 have weights of between 120g and 1.8kg.

Alternative camcorders with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Canon XC10[plb_2862344_price] (930g) which also has a higher rating.

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Only AVC Video Format

This video camera has an AVC|AVCHD|H.264|MPEG4 video format, which is typical of many big sensor size video cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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4 Other reasons to consider the JVC GY-HM170

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on big sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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Released Over a Year Ago

JVC released the GY-HM170 over a year ago.

CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many video cameras of a similar age and spec to it.

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2/3" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is typical of many camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Lens System
Digital Zoom
Interchangeable Lens
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Filter Size
Focal Length Range
Storage
Memory Card Slot
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Disc Type
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Mode
Video Format
Maximum Video Resolution
Analog Signal Format System
Audio
Audio Format
Ports & Interfaces
USB 2.0 Port
S-Video Out Port
PictBridge
Battery
Battery Type
Battery Voltage
Battery
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Operating Relative Humidity Range
Storage Temperature Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Other Features

User Reviews

(1)
Reviewed 23 June 2016 by Christopher Scotson-smith
(Verified Purchase)

Outstanding 4K. Also sets the standard for AVCHD. This class of professional camera has never been so small, or so cheap.

Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers jvc na, jvc gyhm170, jvc gyhm170e, jvc gyhm170u, offers gyhm170, offers gyhm170e
Barcodes 00660000000049, 04975769425271

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