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JVC GY-HM600
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JVC GY-HM600 Camcorder

2.2MP 1/3 2.4kg CMOS Nov 2016
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The GY-HM600 is a next-generation handheld ProHD camera that delivers exceptional imagery and features for news, sports, and independent production. Light, versatile and extremely easy to use,... More
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9 Reasons For

Only Released a Month Ago

The GY-HM600 was only relased by JVC a month ago.

JVC Camcorders Have Good Reviews

On average JVC small sensor size camcorders have good reviews compared to other brands as do all video cameras produced by JVC.

Has an Image Stabiliser

The GY-HM600 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the GY-HM600.

It is worth considering alternative video cameras which also have an image stabiliser including the Sony HDR-CX625B.

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Quite Large Screen Size

New comparable spec video cameras have screen sizes of between 2" and 8.8". The GY-HM600 has one of the larger screen sizes (3.5 inches) amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The JVC GY-HM600 has an HDMI port. Most of the other camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the GY-HM600 also have an HDMI port.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative camcorders with an HDMI port currently available including the Zoom Q8 ($340.00) which is cheaper.

There are a number of other video cameras which also have an HDMI port which you might want to consider including the Sony HDR-CX625B.

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1/3" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the JVC GY-HM600 is 1/3". That's 94% more optical sensor size than a 1/5.8" camcorder, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size. 4.80 x 3.60mm.

A 1/3" optical sensor size is in fact the best optical sensor size amongst all video cameras that were launched in the last 12 months.

The worst optical sensor size amongst similar types of camcorder is 1/5.8".

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The GY-HM600 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than most camcorders that have been available for the last year. Most video cameras that have been available for a similar 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 amongst all latest comparable spec video cameras.

The worst supported memory card type amongst comparable types of video camera is SD.

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

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Has a Built-In Display

The JVC GY-HM600 has a built-in display, as do most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the GY-HM600.

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with a built-in display and we think cheaper camcorders such as the Zoom Q8 ($340.00) is also worth considering.

There are a number of alternative camcorders which also have a built-in display that you might also want to consider including the Sony HDR-CX625B.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The GY-HM600 supports a 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution which is higher than most video cameras that have been on the market for the last year. Most small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to it support a 1280 x 720 pixels video resolution. In addition, this JVC camcorder supports a video resolution of 1440 x 1080 pixels.

This camcorder's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution across all video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the GY-HM600.

The worst supported video resolution amongst comparable types of camcorder is 1280 x 720 pixels.

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8 Reasons Against

Not Full HD

The GY-HM600 is not Full HD, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the GY-HM600 are also not Full HD.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the GY-HM600 do not have an interchangeable lens. The GY-HM600 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Not 3D Compatible

The GY-HM600 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released in the last 12 months are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most new small sensor size camcorders do not have a night mode. The JVC GY-HM600 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

The GY-HM600 is not waterproof, although it is worth noting that most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were launched in the last year are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most latest small sensor size camcorders do not have a built-in projector. The JVC GY-HM600 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

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Very Low Viewfinder Resolution

The GY-HM600 has a quite low viewfinder resolution (only 1,220,000 pixel) compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were launched in the last year. The average viewfinder resolution of small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the GY-HM600 is 1,300,000 pixels.

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Heavy

At 2.4 kilograms, the GY-HM600 is quite heavy compared to most of the other new similar spec video cameras. Newly released small sensor size camcorders have weights of between 170g and 4kg.

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3 Other reasons to consider the JVC GY-HM600

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Average Optical Zoom

The GY-HM600 has a relatively standard optical zoom (23 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the GY-HM600.

If you would prefer a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to look at the Sony HDR-CX625B (30x).

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many video cameras that have been around for the last year.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Shutter
Camera Shutter Speed
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
Design
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Analog Signal Format System
Still Image
Maximum Image Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Storage Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers jvc na, jvc gyhm600, jvc gyhm600e, opteka gyhm150, opteka gyhm150u, opteka sv200exjvc1
Barcodes 00046838049040, 00813789121329

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