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JVC JY-HM360 Handheld Camcorder Makes The Perfect Live Event Companion

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JVC has introduced the JY-HM360 handheld HD camcorder, ideal for use by event videographers. It features a 1/2.3-inch 18.9 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor, offering high resolution recordings.

This sensor, when combined with the camcorder's dynamic 19x F1.2 bright GT lens, provides excellent sensitivity with less noise, even in low light environments. This makes it possible to record events, social functions or weddings without the need for additional lighting.

Featuring JVC's original high-speed picture processing FALCONBRID™ engine, the camera is capable of supporting major file formats such as .MOV with Apple Final Cut Pro, .MP4 with XDCAM EX™ cameras and .MTS for AVCHD compatibility, as well as high-definition images in MPEG-2 35Mbps and AVCHD 28Mbps (progressive) format. Furthermore, the processor also supports H.264 video format in 50Mbps extreme high quality (XHQ) mode for virtually no block noise when capturing moving subjects.

"The JY-HM360 feels very intuitive and is easy to personalise, with eleven functions whose parameters can be customised and stored on user buttons for quick access," explains European Product Manager, Gustav Emrich. "It's ideal for wedding videography, with its CMOS sensor and F1.2 lens delivering excellent low light performance. It's also possible to select your ideal shooting mode with the flick of a switch using the Scene Select function – specific scenes such as Indoor and Outdoor can be assigned to each switch position, along with five shooting modes, giving one-touch instant access to a completely different camera setup."

The JY-HM360 features a number of functions ideal for wedding filming, including Face Recognition Auto Focus, Optical Image Stabilizer and Beautiful Skin mode. Allocated to one of the seven user-customisable buttons, Beautiful Skin mode can be assigned for turning the feature on or off when shooting.

There's a seesaw lever to enable smooth zooming from very slow to high speed, and image parameters such as gamma and colour-matrix, as well as other detail settings, can be customised and stored in both the camera's internal memory and SDHC/SDXC card.

Standard JVC camcorder features include dual SDHC/SDXC card slots, with simultaneous, relay and back-up recording. Continuous clip recording can be selected, grouping a number of shots together as a single file that's easier to manage for transfer and editing.

Audio is recorded via two balanced XLR inputs, with an auxiliary input for wireless receivers. The JY-HM360 also provides time code in/out, which is useful with multi-camera shoots to synchronise timecode information for editing. There's also a pre-record buffer of up to 15 seconds to ensure you don’t miss that all-important moment.

The JY-HM360 forms part of JVC's extensive range of professional camcorders, which includes large sensor model, HD and 4K recording cameras, and the latest IP networking capability.

Further information on the JY-HM360E camcorder, and JVC's full range of professional video solutions, is available at

This article is also available to read at BFV online here, page 64.

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