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
5 April 2017

Continue to review this camera ( previous review on 5-14-2016).Updated newest firmware version 0305-0182 the camera will not have any problem about blue light...

6 December 2016

SUMMARY The GY-HM170U is a high-end consumer camcorder with many professional features. It can record excellent video in UHD, has a 12X zoom lens, and, through its attached handle, provides inputs and power for XLR microphones. Feature for feature, it is far less expensive than its competitors.

B h photo.34921152
14 August 2017

I purchased this camera for a specific project that needed run and gun and accurate auto focus, image stabilizer, XLR audio in... in short the type of camera I had for many years prior to DSLR / separate audio recording. I am a one-man-band so to speak.

10 May 2017

Great addition to my camera arsenal, small and economic with plenty of features! I Love It!

B h photo.34921152
16 October 2017

Excellent cameras, I have 3 just be careful in low light! Quality degrades so be prepared to light situations, outdoor quality is excellent, indoor is very good with decent light. Low light is not an option!

B h photo.34921152
9 March 2017

For concert recording in a concert hall - I have to record from 49 feet away, and the lower lighting images are OK, not great, I stepped up 3DB of gain without any problems and I thought the image I have was amazing, from first impressions and being 49 feet away.

B h photo.34921152
13 March 2016

No this is not a camera you want if you will be doing extensive low light shooting. If your not, the video reproduced by this camera is absolutely fantastic. I have the option of shooting 4K, editing in HD with the added flexibility of expanding the frame with no loss of resolution.

B h photo.34921152
14 February 2019

Perfect size and zoom in capabilities

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.

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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