JVC GY-HC500 and GY-HC550 4K cameras

JVC GY HC500 camcorder

JVC has announced two new models in their Connected cam range – the GY-HC500 and the GY-HC550 JVC’s Connected Cam series are designed specifically so users can live stream and FTP file transfer directly from the camera. JVC has really made a name for themselves with smart cameras that can be used for news, sports and event coverage.

Earlier this year the company unveiled the GY-HC900 JVC Connected Camera, a three 2/3-inch CMOS image sensor camera that was claimed to deliver high sensitivity, low noise and wide dynamic range. It’s equipped with a new communications engine that makes News-over-IP possible with a streamlined ENG workflow. The HC500/ HC550 are both smaller, lower cost alternatives to that camera.

Both models feature a 1” 4K CMOS sensor with a 20x lens with 3-ring control (iris, focus, zoom), a high-resolution viewfinder, and a claimed 12 stops of dynamic range. Using the same codec that is found in the 
GY-HC900 shoulder-mount camera, the GY-HC500/ HC550 can record to SSD media in a wide variety of formats, including 10-bit ProRes 422 at 4K resolution and 50/60p frame rates. A number of other codecs and recording formats are also available, including H.264 and MPEG-2. Both cameras offer support for BT709, BT2020 and BT2100 HLG color spaces.

The GY-HC500 and GY-HC550 not only offer live streaming, FTP file transfer and remote camera control over IP, but JVC has also included return video over IP, as well as high-quality IFB audio return. The cameras can live stream at up to 1080p50/60 at 20Mb/s, which makes for a fairly high-quality stream over IP. The GY-HC550 adds in an additional range of features, including Wireless LAN antennas, built-in broadcast graphics overlays, and Zixi protocol support for streaming applications.

The GY-HC900 has 3 x 2/3” CMOS sensor and supports an industry standard B4 mount, allowing for a wide range of broadcast lenses to be utilized. The shoulder mount form factor of the GY-HC900 will appeal to those users working in ENG environments who need to live stream directly from a camera. The GY-HC900 can also be adapted to use as a studio camera, through a docking system for fibre studio connection.

The new GY-HC500 and GY-HC550 are scheduled to ship in early 2019 and add to the CONNECTED CAM range of products, with the GY-HC900 shoulder-mount model will be shipping in October 2018.


Power draw
3 kg
F2.8 ~ F4.5、 20x zoom
f=9.43mm ~ 188.6mm (35mm:f=28mm ~ 560mm)
F11, 2000lx
1/6 ~ 1/10000
OFF, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
Recording media
4K(150Mbps):UHS-I U3,4K(70Mbps)/HD (50Mbps):Class10
SD:Class4, High-Speed:UHS-I U3
Recording codecs
Apple ProRes 422, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, MPEG-2*
4K UHD 60p/50p
(Apple ProRes 422) 3840 × 2160, Apple ProRes 422 HQ/Apple ProRes 422/Apple ProRes 422 LT, 10-bit
4K UHD 30p/25p/24p
(H.264) 3840 × 2160, 4:2:2 10-bit / 4:2:0 8-bit 150Mbps/70Mbps (MOV)
HD (H.264) 1920 × 1080/1280 × 720, 4:2:2 10-bit / 4:2:0 8-bit
50Mbps ~ 8Mbps (MOV/MP4)
HD (MPEG-2 Long GOP)* 1920 × 1080/1440 × 1080/1280 × 720, 35Mbps /25Mbps (MOV/MXF)
SD (H.264) 720 × 480/576, 8Mbps (MOV)
Proxy (H.264) 960 × 540/480 × 270, 3 ~ 1.2Mbps(MOV)
1920 × 1080 (59.94p/50p) 20 ~ 8Mbps
1920 × 1080 (29.97p/25p) 20 ~ 3Mbps
1920 × 1080 (59.94i/50i) 20 ~ 3Mbps
1280 × 720 (59.94p/50p) 20 ~ 3Mbps
1280 × 720 (29.97p/25p) 8 ~ 1.5Mbps
720 × 480 (59.94i), 720 x 576 (50i) 8 ~ 0.3 Mbps
640 × 360 (59.94p/50p) 3/1.5Mbps
640 × 360 (29.97p/25p) 3 ~ 0.3Mbps
3G-SDI (BNC × 1)、HDMI × 1、AV (Φ3.5mm)  XLR × 2(MIC、+48V/LINE), φ3.5mm
RCA × 1
Ethernet RJ-45 ×1

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