JVC GY-HM150 HD Camcorder

by JVC
JVC GY-HM150 HD Camcorder
The JVC GY-HM150 is a 3CCD compact handheld HD camcorder based on the very popular GY-HM100.

Integrated 10x Fujinon HD Zoom Lens
1920 x 1080i @ 35 Mb/s (MPEG-2)
QuickTime, MP4, or AVI File Formats
Ultra-Compact Form Factor
2.7-inch LCD with 230,000 Pixels
Dual XLRs & Included Microphone
Optical Image Stabilizer
PAL/NTSC switchable

See also:
JVC GY-HM170 4K Camcorder
JVC GY-HM200 4K Camcorder


Image Device: 3-CCD, 1/4" progressive sensors with diagonal offset technology

Signal System:
HQ mode, 1920 x 1080 (35 Mb/s VBR, MPEG-2 MP@HL)
1080/60i, 1080/50i, 1080/30p, 1080/25p, 1080/24p, 720/60p, 720/50p, 720/30p, 720/25p, 720/24p
SP mode, 1440 x 1080 (CBR, 25 Mb/s, MPEG-2 MP@H-14)
1080/60i, 1080/50i
SP mode, 1280 x 720 (CBR, 19 Mb/s, MPEG-2 MP@H-14/HL)
720/60p, 720/50p, 720/30p, 720/25p, 720/24p
SD Video, 720 x 480 (DV compression, 25 Mb/s, 4:1:1, 8-bit)

Video Codec: MPEG-2 Long GOP

File Format:
QuickTime for Final Cut Pro (HD/SD)
MP4 (HD)
AVI type 2 (SD)

Lens: Fujinon 10x lens, 3.7-37mm (39-390mm 35mm equivalent) f/1.8-2.8

Filter Diameter:
46mm (no hood) Screw pitch: 0.75mm
72mm (hood attached - filters only; no tele converters or wide converters) Screw pitch: 0.75mm

Built-in Filters: Neutral Density: 1/10, Off

Stabilization: Optical image stabilizer

Sync System: Internal synchronization (built-in SSG)

Minimum Illumination: 5 lux (typical, 1920 x 1080 mode, f/1.8, +18 dB, with 16-frame accumulation)

LCD Monitor: 2.7", 230,000 pixels, 16:9, color

Viewfinder: 0.24", LCOS, 260,000 pixels, 16:9, color

Memory Card Slot: 2x SDHC (Class 6/10) / SDXC

Shutter Speed Range: 1/3.75-1/10000, EEI

Gain Selection: 0 dB, 3 dB, 6 dB, 9 dB, 12 dB, 15 dB, 18 dB, LoLux, AGC

Maximum Recording Time: With 2x 64 GB SDXC cards in 35 Mb/s mode: Approx. 400 minutes

Audio Signal Format: Linear PCM 2-channel, 48 kHz/16-bit

Input and Output Connectors:
Composite Video Out (480i, 4:3/16:9): 1x 3.5mm mini jack
Component Video Out (480i/720p/1080i): 1x multi-pin cable
HDMI Out (480i/720p/1080i): 1x HDMI Type A
Analog Audio In: 2x XLR, mic (+48V) / line
Analog Audio Out: 1x 3.5mm mini jack
Headphone Out: 1x 3.5mm mini jack
Remote Control In: 1x 3.5mm mini jack

Power Requirements: 7.8V DC (with battery), 11V DC (with AC adapter)

Power Consumption: 7.8W (with VF and LCD screen backlight set to Standard)

Operating Temperature: 0 to 40oC

Storage Temperature: -20 to 50oC

Operating Humidity: 30-80%

Storage Humidity: Under 85%

Dimensions (WxHxD): 5.5 x 7.1 x 14.5 inch, 13.8 x 17.9 x 36.6 cm

Weight: 3.1 lb (1.4 kg) including battery, microphone, cards

In the Box

BN-VF823 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
AC Adapter
Battery Charger
Shotgun Microphone
Wireless Remote Control
Component Cable
A/V Cable
JVC GY-HM150 Manual


Reviewed by 6 Customers
Rating: 4.5
JVC GY-HM150 HD Camcorder
Rating: 3.0
By from Melbourne Australia on
I've been using this camera for about 9 months now and are not very happy with it because it is full of faults. Bought it from Global media pro, and their service was excellent, all arrived quick without issue.

As for the camera... Firstly, the view finder and LCD screen are not good resolution so its pretty much impossible to get a really sharp and sure focus. The image stabilizer is virtually useless, contrary to what JVC publishes about it in the PR. I notice no appreciable improvement in image stability if it is on or off, and that has been the case since I purchased it new. The audio control ring for each channel are so small and closely recessed to the body that they are impossible to move without stopping filming and trying hard to rotate them. I also don't think the audio monitor gives a realistic measure of the actual audio strength. After my first assignment with the camera some dust had gotten inside the front lens element. It cost $200 to have removed. The technician said that the lens is designed without a proper seal. The camera has very poor wide angle lens coverage, and the mounting screw if you choose to buy the very expensive wide adapter coincidentally offered by JVC, has to mount onto a very weak plastic mounting ring, which is not really strong enough to support it. Then there is the low light issue. This camera is practically useless in anything less than full sunlight, and that includes late afternoon shooting. If you use the camera without good daylight you will need a camera light. The only way to get by is to jack-up the gain and suffer heaps of grain and loss of resolution. It is a useless camera for indoor shooting like weddings or functions without very strong artificial light. The image quality in good light is very sharp and color is also good, but the camera is very bad in high contrast condition where full summer sun is lighting the scene, it does not have the ability to cover much contrast in exposure. I recommend doing your research if you are looking for a small HD camera with manual controls and choose another brand, this one is seriously lacking in LCD and viewfinder resolution, audio controls, non-existent image stabilizer shocking low light ability. If all those thing were not a problem, yes it would be a good camera...
Versatile Workhorse
Rating: 5.0
By from Germany on
This camcorder is designed for everyday use.
This camcorder is designed for professional use.
That means, it is solidly construced and there are a lot of buttons for immediate access to manual functions without running through the menu.

I am not a professional user, not even an ambitioned amateur.
But the jvc 150 offers everything, I ever wanted about a camcorder.
Did I mention, there is also a fine automatic mode?
Fast Delivery
Rating: 4.0
By Verified Buyer from Berlin, Germany on
I received the camera today in Germany only 5 days after placing my order. Great Service. Everything looks great but I have not yet operated the camera.
awesume camera
Rating: 5.0
By from wellington on
im, very happy with the camera, great service and great prices,
Good Choice
Rating: 5.0
By from New Caledonia on
I used to work with the HM-100 and the few improvements on the HM-150 look good and usefull . I hope this one will do to me the same usage as the old one .
Excellent as a step up from a consumer camera
Rating: 5.0
By Verified Buyer from Luxembourg on
I'm not a professional, but rather an advanced amateur, grown out my previous camcorder, which was Panasonic SD5. For quite a long time in my plans was the HM100, and I'm happy that I was procrastinating until the HM150 came out. Though similar on appearance to its predecessor, in terms of usability the camera has been improved a lot in almost every area - from the menu structure to buttons placement, to iris control, to memory cards handling etc. Though not as huge improvement in terms of video quality from my previous camera, this one gives me the smooth and fast workflow for Final Cut Pro X, which essentially is the main reason I chose it over other currently available prosumer cameras. Overall I'm very happy with this little toy.

As for Globalmediapro - I can only say that their service was excellent. I ordered the camera on Monday, and on Tuesday next week received it in Luxembourg. I was able to follow the parcel all the way from Singapore. If not for delayed flight, I would have received it even faster.

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