JVC GY-HM170UA 4KCAM Compact Professional Camcorder with Top Handle Audio Unit

Model #GY-HM170UA

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Recording Media 2 x SDXC card slots (dual, backup, and continuous recording supported) Note: UHS-I Class 3 or faster required for 4K recording
Audio Recording 2-channel
Bit Depth 8-bit
Video Recording 4K (H.264 in .MOV wrapper) 3840 x 2160 (4K UltraHD): 30p, 24p at 150 Mbps HD 4:2:2 (.MOV) 1920 x 1080 (Full HD): 24p, 30p, 60p at 50 Mbps AVCHD (4:2:0)

Packaging Info

Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.6 x 11.0 x 10.2"
Package Weight 6.1 lb


Built-In Microphone Built-in stereo microphone


Zoom Optical: 12x Dynamic: 24x
Filter Diameter 62 mm
Image Stabilization Optical: Yes
Aperture f/1.2 to 3.5
Focal Length 4.6 to 56mm 35mm Equivalent: 29.5 to 354mm

Imaging System

White Balance Selection: A, B, and Preset
Sensor 1/2.33 CMOS
Resolution Total: 12.76 million pixels Active Area: 9.03 million pixels


Temperature Operation: 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C Storage: 14 to 122°F / -20 to 50°C
Humidity Operating: 30 to 80% Storage: Under 85%
Power Voltage 7.2 VDC (battery) 12 VDC (AC adapter) Consumption Approximately: 8.1 W (with VF in 4K REC mode, default setting)
Weight Approximately: 2.4 lb / 1.1 kg (camcorder only, with battery)
Dimensions 6.0 x 4.4 x 11.8" / 15.3 x 11.2 x 29.9 cm (camcorder only)

Exposure Control

Gain Selection: Low, Medium, and High (gain value user-defined)
ND Filter 1/4, 1/16, OFF (selectable)


LCD Display Size 3.5" Resolution: 920,000 pixels
Viewfinder Size: 0.24" Resolution: 1.56 million pixels


User Assign Buttons 9 x Assignable buttons


Remote 1 x Remote port
Audio Input 1 x 3.5 mm Analog audio input
Video Output 1 x HDMI (Ultra HD 4K supported)


Inputs 2 x 3-pin XLR
User Reviews
B h photo.34921152
11 February 2018

I have used this camera to record outdoors and indoors with low light. Although I have not used it enough to master the camera, I have used it enough and toyed with the setting enough to realize that the camera is only as good as the human using the camera. Isn't that all cameras?

13 January 2017

Very poor performance in Low Light. Works fine in a sun day with shots outside and or good Lighting conditions, otherwise you will have a Lot of Noise. I have made much better videos with my 3/4 sensor Canon Camcorder (D70) in HD than this 4K Camcorder in Indoor environment.

B h photo.34921152
10 December 2018

Unfortunately, we have had problems with this camera from day one. At first we thought it might be user error, but after extensive testing it appears to have some major focus issues. it does not hold focus and auto focus does not work so about 75% of our shots are not crisp.

B h photo.34921152
4 December 2018

I have been using this camera for a couple of years in a part-time ENG capacity. Business has not been good enough to purchase a new camera, otherwise I would have replaced the GY-HM170UAlong ago. I have been limping along with it, and its problems have cost me several good shots.First, the good.

B h photo.34921152
2 November 2018

Great value for the price. Using it as a third camera for cut away shots at weddings. My only complaint is the menu/arrow button is a little difficult. With a little practice, its really not too bad, though.

B h photo.34921152
5 October 2018

If you're don't need an SDI interface or network capabilities, the JVC GY-HM170UA is a little powerhouse with great capabilities. The controls are easy to use, the viewfinders are very good and it's nice to have XLR inputs, although you can simply plug in the top-mounted microphone or use the...

B h photo.34921152
6 August 2018

Our agency purchased 2 JVC GY-HM170U camcorders. After shooting quite a bit with these cameras, they are just really poorly made. They have back focus issues which no fixed lens camera should. The image quality is awful and they perform poorly in low light.

B h photo.34921152
12 June 2018

This camera is very compact and easy to use.

B h photo.34921152
19 December 2017

For the price its a OK camera. Absolutely nothing impressive about this unit. Very poor viewfinder, its hard to find focus.

4 November 2017

The JVC GY-HM170 is an outstanding professional camera, yet cheaper than many of the prosumer 4K camcorders so common these days. I own the JVC GY-HM170E, albeit from a supplier elsewhere. Tip: You definitely want to get this excellent pro camera together with the grip and mic inputs.

Product Highlights
  • 1/2.33" CMOS Sensor
  • 4K Ultra HD 24/30p Recording at 150 Mbps
  • 4:2:2 1080p Video up to 60p at 50 Mbps
  • Dual SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Slots
  • Live 4K UHD Output via HDMI
  • 12x Optical Zoom Lens
  • Two Position ND Filter
  • 9 User-Assignable Function Buttons
  • Two XLR Inputs for External Microphones
  • Independent Gain Control
In The Box
  • JVC GY-HM170UA 4KCAM Compact Professional Camcorder with Top Handle Audio Unit
  • Top Handle Unit with XLR and Audio Control for GY-HM170
  • BN-VF823 Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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