The use of 4K resolution is no longer restricted to the exhibition of motion pictures in theaters; rather, it is in high demand across all stages of production. The GY-HM170UA 4KCAM Compact Professional Camcorder from JVC is intended to suit the necessity for professional capability, and it is capable of recording in Ultra HD. The top-handle audio unit is also included.

In a physical factor that is more comparable to that of a consumer camcorder, it has ND filters, buttons that can be assigned to certain functions, professional audio inputs, and manual gain control. The camera is capable of recording at a resolution of 3840 by 2180 in UHD 4K at either 24 or 30 frames per second at a bit rate of 150 Mb/s while encoding the video with an H.264 codec that is wrapped in a.MOV container. The camera is equipped with two card slots for SDHC and SDXC storage, allowing it to perform a dual, backup, and continuous recording.

In addition to recording in 4K, it is also capable of recording in 1080p at up to 60 frames per second in either an 8-bit 4:2:2 50 Mb/s.MOV file or, for compatibility with consumer editing software, in AVCHD.

There is a flip-out LCD screen with a panel containing 920,000 pixels that may be used for monitoring, in addition to a 0.24″ viewfinder that has a resolution of 1.56 megapixels. The latter feature is especially beneficial while working in bright sunshine. There is an HDMI connector available with a live 4K output that may be used for connecting to a live switcher, recording video outside, or connecting to an external display.

The top-handle audio unit that is included in the package has two XLR audio inputs that may be used with external microphones. It also has switchable Mic/Line/Mic +48 inputs and independent gain control. It has a slotted thumbscrew that you may use to tighten it after it is attached to the accessory shoe of your camera.

It is equipped with electrical connections on its foot, which allow for the transfer of an audio signal to the camera without the need of a cable being necessary. On top is where you’ll find the accessory shoe as well as the shotgun mic clamp.

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