Advanced Video Editing

JVC GY-HM600/620


The JVC GY-HM600/620 is a ProHD camera that delivers superb high quality imagery for news, sports and independent productions. This camera has greater low light sensitivity and a bright LCD display for outdoor daylight viewing. Versatile and extremely easy to use.

SD Cards

The JVC GY-HM600/620 records in dual SD card slots. You will need to purchase your own cards. This camera uses a Class 6 or higher card – Class 10 is preferred. Try to get at minimum 16GB cards that will record roughly 80 minutes of footage, or 32GB, which will record about 160 minutes. See about formatting SD cards by clicking here.

JVC issues one word of caution about SD cards: using cards other than those from Panasonic, TOSHIBA or SanDisk may result in recording failure or data loss. 

Getting to Know the Camera

First, get to know the camera bag and its contents.

Included in the camera bag you will find:

AC Power Adaptor and cable

Two Batteries – given upon checkout

NOTE:  It's vital that you make sure the batteries are charged fully the moment you check them out. 

Try to avoid dropping batteries as impacts could cause the battery to lose its ability to hold a charge. 

NOTE: The reason why this bag does not contain a battery charger is because you charge batteries directly within the camera itself. See more about charging batteries.

Other accessories that you will need to request upon checkout include:

  • Stick Microphone and XLR cable
  • Wireless Microphone kit
  • Lighting

Explore the camera parts to find the following:

  • Lens hood (open/close lever)
  • SD Card slots
  • Audio Input 1 and Input 2 terminals
  • The LCD flip open monitor
  • The MENU button
  • The Power Switch
  • The Recording Switch
  • The Focus Ring
  • The Iris Ring
  • Full/Auto Button

These are just a few parts that will become more familiar to you with use. But before you start using the camera for real, spend some time getting to know how it works. Take the camera out for a “test drive” and actually shoot some video and record audio. Don’t wait to learn how to use the camera when you’re doing an assignment. The more time you spend with the camera, the less time you’ll spend troubleshooting and more on creativity.