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JVC GY-HM850
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JVC GY-HM850 Camcorder

2.2MP 1/3 4kg CMOS Aug 2016
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Version 2.0 firmware for the GY-HM850 is now available to download for free from our support site. It includes adaptive bit rate technology for more reliable streaming, support for Real Time... More
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13 Reasons For

Only Released Four Months Ago

This video camera has only been on the market for four months. Newer camcorders like this one are likely to use more advanced technology.

Good Brand

We calculated the average ratings for all JVC camcorders and also specifically for JVC small sensor size camcorders and found that in both cases JVC had good ratings compared to other brands.

Has an Interchangeable Lens

The GY-HM850 has an interchangeable lens. Most of the other camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the GY-HM850 do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Fairly Large Screen Size

The JVC GY-HM850 has one of the larger screen sizes (4.3 inches) amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age. The screen sizes of small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the GY-HM850 range from 2" to 8.8", and the average screen size is 3.3".

Camcorders with a larger screen size that might be worth looking at include the Sony HXR-NX5R[plb_3863018_price] (8.8").

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The JVC GY-HM850 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as the GY-HM850 also have an image stabiliser.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The GY-HM850 has an HDMI port. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released in the last 12 months also have an HDMI port.

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1/3" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the GY-HM850 is 1/3". That's 94% more optical sensor size than the most common optical sensor size of 1/5.8". 4.80 x 3.60mm.

This camcorder's optical sensor size (1/3") is in fact the best optical sensor size across all small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the GY-HM850.

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

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Two Memory Card Slots

The JVC GY-HM850 has more memory card slots than most of the small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the GY-HM850. Most of the recently released small sensor size camcorders only have one memory card slot, however this video camera has two memory card slots.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The JVC GY-HM850 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SDHC memory card supported by most similar spec camcorders that were released around the same time as it. 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 actually the best supported memory card type amongst all video cameras that came out in the last 12 months.

Amongst similar types of camcorder the worst supported memory card type 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 GY-HM850 has a built-in display. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that were launched in the last 12 months also have a built-in display.

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1080i Video Mode

The GY-HM850 has a 1080i video mode which is better than most new camcorders. Most camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to it have a 720p video mode. This JVC camcorder also has a 576i video mode. 1920 pixels × 1080 lines (2.1 megapixels), and a temporal resolution of 50 or 60 interlaced fields per second. The video mode of all camcorders that were released in the last 12 months ranges from 480p to 2160p.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The GY-HM850 supports a 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution which is higher than the 1280 x 720 pixels video resolution supported by most small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as it. In addition, this video camera supports a video resolution of 1440 x 1080 pixels.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution is in fact the best supported video resolution across all small sensor size camcorders that have been around for the last year.

A 1280 x 720 pixels video resolution is the worst supported video resolution across comparable types of video camera.

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MPEG2 Video Format

This video camera has an MPEG2 video format, which is typical of many recently released video cameras.

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7 Reasons Against

Not Full HD

Like most of the other video cameras that were launched in the last year, the GY-HM850 is not Full HD.

If you would prefer a video camera that is Full HD then you might also want to look at the Sony HDR-CX450[plb_3226938_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

The digital zooms of small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for the last year range from 1.5x to 3,000x. The GY-HM850 has one of the smaller digital zooms (only 20 times zoom factor) amongst camcorders of this age.

If you want a video camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to look at the Legria HF R706[pl_3903750_price] (1,140x), or the HF R706[pl_3935505_price] (1,140x) both from Canon or the Sony HXR-NX5R[plb_3863018_price] (40x).

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Not 3D Compatible

The GY-HM850 is not 3D compatible, although keep in mind that most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the GY-HM850 are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The JVC GY-HM850 does not have a night mode. Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that came out around the same time as the GY-HM850 also do not have a night mode.

It is worth considering alternative camcorders which also have a night mode including the Canon Legria HF R76[plb_3192649_price].

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Not Waterproof

The GY-HM850 is not waterproof. Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were released in the last 12 months are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The GY-HM850 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were launched in the last 12 months also do not have a built-in projector.

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Very Heavy

Video cameras that were launched around the same time as the GY-HM850 have weights of between 170g and 4kg. When compared to other small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the GY-HM850 that we have checked, the weight of the GY-HM850 of 4 kilograms is one of the heaviest.

If you would consider a video camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Canon XF205[plb_2510446_price] (1.6kg), or the JVC GY-HM600[plb_3153524_price] (2.4kg).

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2 Other reasons to consider the JVC GY-HM850

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on latest camcorders.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on recently released small sensor size camcorders.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Lens System
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Interchangeable Lens
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Memory Card Slot
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder Resolution
Camera
Camcorder Type
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Maximum Image Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
DC-In Jack
USB 2.0 Port
Microphone in Port
Headphone Out Port
Component Video Out Port
Headphone Socket
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Storage Relative Humidity Range
Operating Relative Humidity Range
Storage Temperature Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers jvc gyhm850, jvc gyhm850c, jvc gyhm850ch, offers gyhm850, jvc gyhm850che, offers gyhm850c, offers gyhm850e, offers gyhm850ch, offers gyhm850che

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