DC 12V (11-17V)

Power consumption

Approx. 27W (Recording mode with standard lens and LCD monitor in use)


Approx. 3.7kg (GY-HM790U-CHU) / Approx. 3.9kg (GY-HM790E/CHE)
(Including lens, viewfinder, microphone, battery)

Operating temperature

0℃ to 40℃ (32°F to 104°F)

Storage temperature

-20℃ to 60℃ (-4°F to 140°F)

Operating humidity

30% to 80% RH

Storage humidity

Under 85%


Image sensor

1/3" Progressive scan 3CCD


Canon F1.6, 14x, f=4.4-61.6mm (35mm conversion:32 to 448mm)

Lens mount

1/3" bayonet system

Filter diameter


Shutter speed

1/6 to 1/10000, EEI


0dB, 3dB, 6dB, 9dB, 12dB, 15dB, 18dB, ALC

ND filter

OFF, +1/4 ND, +1/16 ND

Minimum illumination

1.25lx (typical) (1920x1080 mode, F1.4, +18dB, with 8-frame accumulation)

Synchronizing system

Internal sync: buit-in SSG / External sync: BB, VBS signal or HD tri-sync signal

LCD display

4.3” LCD, 800 x 480 (WVGA, 410,000 pixels)


0.45” LCOS, 1,226,000 pixels (852 x 480 x 3)


Recording media

SDHC memory card (Class 6 or Class 10), 2 slots

Video recording

Video codec: MPEG-2 Long GOP
File Format: Quick time format for Final Cut Pro/mp4 file format Note*1

HD Recording mode

HQ mode: VBR, 35Mbps (1920 x 1080i 50/60, p24/25/30) MPEG-2 MP@HL

SP mode: CBR, 25Mbps (1440 x 1080i 50/60) / 19Mbps (1280 x 720p 24/25/30)MPEG-2 MP@H-14;
19Mbps (1280 x 720p 50/60) MPEG-2 MP@HL

SD Recording mode

DV compression 4:1:1(NTSC: GY-HM790U/CHU only)/4:2:0(PAL: GY-HM790E/CHE), 8-bit, 25Mbps

Video Frame Rate

NTSC setting HD HQ mode:

1920x1080/59.94i, 29.97p, 23.98p, 1440x1080/59.94i (MOV only), 1280x720/59.94p, 29.97p, 23.98p

HD SP mode: 1440x1080/59.94i, 1280x720/59.94p 29.97p, 23.98p

NTSC SD mode: 480/59.94i (GY-HM790U/CHU only)

PAL setting HD HQ mode: 1920x1080/50i, 25p, 1440x1080/50i (MOV only), 1280x720/50p, 25p

HD SP mode: 1440x1080/50i, 1280x720/50p, 25p

PAL SD mode: 576/50i (GY-HM790E/CHE only)

HD HQ 720p mode - NTSC setting: 10/12/15/20/24/30/40/48/60fps / PAL setting: 10/12.5/20/25/40/50 fps

Audio recording

HD: Linear PCM 2ch, 48 kHz / 16 bit, SD: Linear PCM 2ch, 48 kHz / 16 bit


Video output

Analog Composite output (downconverted 480i or 576i, 4:3/16:9): 1.0V (p-p), 75-ohms, BNC (unbalanced; switchable from analog component Y output)

Analog Component output (downconverted 480i or 576i; 720p /1080i) : BNC x3 (unbalanced)

Y: 1.0V (p-p), 75-ohms Pb, & Pr: 0.7V (p-p) 75-ohms

SDI output (downconverted 480i or 576i / 720p /1080i: embedded audio) BNC (unbalanced)

HD-SDI: Compliant with SMPTE 292M / SD-SDI: Compliant with SMPTE 259M

Video input

Analog Composite input: 1.0V (p-p), 75-ohms, BNC (unbalanced: switchable from Genlock Input) (GY-HM790U / HM790CHU only)

Genlock input

1.0 V (p-p), 75 ohms, BNC (unbalanced)

Audio input

[MIC] -60 dBu, 3k-ohms, XLR (balanced), +48V output (phantom power supply)
[LINE] +4 dBu, 10k-ohms, XLR (balanced)

Audio output

-8±1 dBu (audio signal process output at +20 dB), 1k-ohms, RCA X 2 (unbalanced)


φ3.5mm mini jack (stereo) x2

Time-code input

0±6 dBs, high impedance, unbalanced (BNC; switchable from component B-Y output)

Time-code output

0±6 dBs, low impedance, unbalanced (BNC; switchable from component R-Y output)

IEEE1394 output

4 pin

Remote connector

DIN 6 pin


Mini USB-B type, USB2.0, mini B, slave function (mass storage class) only


Microphone x1

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