Pro video blog…Produced by Philip Johnston DoP/Editor

London, February 2013 – JVC Professional Europe Ltd. is pleased to announce that both the recently released GY-HM600 ProHD and network enabled GY-HM650 camcorders are now fully EBU approved for broadcast use.

These two new JVC ProHD cameras have been designed specifically to be in line with European Broadcasting Union (EBU) guidelines for broadcast use. The EBU recommendations are designed to provide a common set of performance standards for broadcast production across Europe. Cameras are independently tested and approved by the EBU.

JVC’s GY-HM600 series cameras (GY-HM600 and GY-HM650) are now fully approved for journalism use (“Tier 2J”). The cameras are also approved for general long form HD programming (“Tier 2L”), when used with a suitable external recording device supporting 50MB/s or greater recording.

The testing of the GY-HM600 and GY-HM650 cameras was carried out by Alan Roberts in accordance with the EBU guidelines.

Gustav Emrich, European Product Manager for JVC Professional said: “We are delighted that the GY-HM600 series has easily met the EBU standard requirements for broadcast use. We are pleased with the reports for these cameras which were designed to be innovative new tools for mobile news gathering in challenging situations. JVC believe that the 600 series cameras are a big step forward for both us and our customers in terms of ease of use and versatility, as well as features and functions, and EBU approval is a validation of this.”

The EBU test report for the GY-HM600E and GY-HM650E can be viewed at

The full EBU recommendations for camera types can be seen at


Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

4 thoughts on “JVC GY-HM600 Gets EBU Approval

  1. I must say this, i can not wait anymore. JVC camera is the most reviewed camera on “Planet”.
    Alexa,RED,1DC STEP ASIDE !!
    Here comes mighty JVC 1/3″ ripper 😉

  2. Hi Philip,

    I have been reading all of your 650 reviews. Great job. I have recently droped into a shop here in Switzerland, the only complain they had about the JVC 650 was the loud fan. A mic will pick it up. So now JVC offers CHF 300.00 to any mic with an extension away from the camera. Have you had any issues with that too? I must say, testing the camera in the shop I have noticed the fan too.
    Best regards and thanks for a reply

    HDW : I was not aware of the fan noise let alone a fan…the Canon C300 has a fan I do notice but the HM600…not an issue.
    Remember as a professional you hardly use the on board mic and certainly not for serious sound like interviews !

  3. Ah – one of the benefits of living in a cool climate: no fan noise!

    HDW : Not the case, without the fan the electronics would fry.

  4. JVC GY-HM600E fan problem. After a lot of research I bought one in Aug 2013. None of the JVC promotional information mentioned a (cooling) fan. I used the camera for 18 hours over a 10 day period to record video and natural sound audio while on safari in Zimbabwe. This involved trekking for hours each day in 45 degree (C) heat in difficult bush conditions, with a professional guide, tracking elephant, lion, wild dog, etc. Operational constraints meant it wasn’t possible to review footage in detail during the trip. On the flight back and during subsequent editing I found that almost every clip had a background rumble from the fan (as well as loss of focus issues). I returned the camera to the supplier who wanted the opportunity to ‘fix’ the problems. The supplier replaced the fan but the fan noise problem still remains. I recorded using both the internal and an external shotgun mic. Fab ‘rumble’ was recorded in almost every situation – effectively ruining all the footage for a website video. Most of the footage was shot in ‘run & gun’ mode, handheld, often lying on the ground with a 6 tonne bull elephant standing over me.
    JVC makes scant reference to the fan but this little component can have a big impact on your output. I am returning the camera as ‘unfit for purpose’ and will look for one without a fan. It’s a pity because the lens focal range and general features should make it a very good product for my needs – but not the fan. Video quality is good in good light but (auto) focus speed stability is a problem at dawn and dusk when light levels are lower.

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