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Panasonic HC-V550 Camcorder

2.51MP 1/5.8 235g MOS Jul 2014
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21 Reasons For

Panasonic Has Good Reviews for Its Camcorders

Panasonic is one of the better rated camcorder manufacturers according to average user and expert reviews, and Panasonic also has good reviews for its small sensor size camcorders.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many camcorders of this spec and age.

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

The average optical zoom of camcorders that came out around the same time as the HC-V550 is 31x. At 50 times zoom factor, the HC-V550 has a quite big optical zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HC-V550.

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Full HD

Full HD

Like most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the HC-V550, the HC-V550 is Full HD.

If you are looking for a camcorder that is Full HD then you might want to consider the Sony HDR-PJ320[plb_1582785_price], the Panasonic AG-AC160[plb_1827518_price], or the Canon Legria HF M46[plb_234311_price].

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

Like most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to the HC-V550, the HC-V550 has an HDMI port.

Alternative camcorders with an HDMI port currently available that you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Canon Legria HF R56[plb_3765089_price].

We think you might also be interested in alternative video cameras which also have an HDMI port including the Sony HDR-PJ320[plb_1582785_price], or the Panasonic AG-AC160[plb_1827518_price].

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other camcorders of this type and age, the HC-V550 has an image stabiliser.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative video cameras with an image stabiliser currently available including the Canon Legria HF R56[plb_3765089_price] which has better reviews.

It is worth also looking at other camcorders which also have an image stabiliser including the Sony HDR-PJ320[plb_1582785_price], or the Canon Legria HF M46[plb_234311_price].

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The HC-V550 supports a better memory card type than most camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This video camera supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago support an SD memory card. In addition, this Panasonic camcorder supports an SDHC memory card. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

This camcorder's memory card type (SDXC) is actually the best supported memory card type amongst all video cameras of this age and type.

A MicroSD (Transflash) memory card is the worst supported memory card type across similar types of camcorder.

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length

The HC-V550 has a fairly long maximum focal length (1,740 millimeter) compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to the HC-V550. The shortest maximum focal length of small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HC-V550 is 22mm and the longest is 2,700mm.

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Quite High Battery Capacity

The battery capacities of small sensor size camcorders that have been around for more than two years range from 440mAh to 3,000mAh, and the average battery capacity is 1,600mAh. With a battery capacity of 1,940 milliampere * hour, the HC-V550 has one of the higher battery capacities amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

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Has a Built-In Display

The HC-V550 has a built-in display. Most of the other camcorders that have been available for more than two years also have a built-in display.

We compared all the other video cameras with a built-in display to this camcorder and we think the Canon Legria HF R56[plb_3765089_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

We think you might also be interested in other video cameras which also have a built-in display including the Sony HDR-PJ320[plb_1582785_price], or the Panasonic AG-AC160[plb_1827518_price].

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1080p Video Mode

This camcorder has a 1080p|720p video mode, which is the most commonly found video mode on similar spec camcorders that came out more than two years ago.

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Has Four White Balance Modes

The Panasonic HC-V550 has a greater number of white balance modes than most small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as it. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HC-V550. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Indoor" and "Sunny" are also found on this Panasonic video camera.

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Quite High Display Resolution

The lowest display resolution of camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years is 23,000 pixels, the highest is 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 360,000 pixels. The HC-V550 has a quite high display resolution (460,800 pixels) compared to most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HC-V550.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolution of 960 x 540|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that have been around for a similar time to it.

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Fairly High Movie Megapixel Count

At 2.2 megapixels, the HC-V550 has a quite high movie megapixel count compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and spec. The lowest movie megapixel count of video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the HC-V550 is 0.41MP and the highest is 3MP.

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4224 X 2376 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The highest maximum image resolution of the HC-V550 is 4224 x 2376 pixels. That's over four times the maximum image resolution of a 1920 x 1080 pixels video camera, which is the most frequently found maximum image resolution.

A 4224 x 2376 pixels maximum image resolution is actually the best maximum image resolution across all small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the HC-V550.

The worst maximum image resolution across comparable types of video camera is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Fairly High Megapixel Count

The lowest megapixel count of video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years is 1.1MP and the highest is 10MP. With a megapixel count of 2.2 megapixels, the Panasonic HC-V550 has one of the higher megapixel counts amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

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JPG Image Format

This camcorder has an EXIF|JPG image format, which is typical of many video cameras of this type and age.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length

With a minimum focal length of only 28 millimeters, the HC-V550 has a quite short minimum focal length compared to most of the other video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the HC-V550. The minimum focal lengths of camcorders of this age and type range from 10mm to 44mm, and the average minimum focal length is 33mm.

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Very Small

The Panasonic HC-V550 is quite small (only 53 millimeters) compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HC-V550. The smallest small sensor size camcorder that has been on the market for around the same time as the HC-V550 is 27mm deep and the biggest is 1,200mm.

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1920 X 1080 Still Image Resolution

This video camera supports a still image resolution of 1920 x 1080| 3408 x 2272| 1728 x 1152| 3136 x 2352| 640 x 480, which is typical of many camcorders of this spec and age.

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7 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The HC-V550 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than two years also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

The HC-V550 has a quite small digital zoom (only 150 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HC-V550. The digital zooms of small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HC-V550 range from 1.5x to 3,500x, and the average digital zoom is 800x.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HC-V550, the HC-V550 does not have a night mode.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other similar spec video cameras that were released around the same time as the HC-V550, the Panasonic HC-V550 is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as the HC-V550 do not have a built-in projector. The Panasonic HC-V550 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

It is worth also looking at alternative video cameras which also have a built-in projector including the Sony HDR-PJ320[plb_1582785_price].

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Not Waterproof

The Panasonic HC-V550 is not waterproof. Most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to the HC-V550 are also not waterproof.

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Only Hybrid Image Stabiliser

The Panasonic HC-V550 has a better image stabiliser type than most comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to it. This Panasonic camcorder has a Hybrid image stabiliser, whereas most similar spec camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to it have an Optical image stabiliser. Hybrid image stabilisation combines optical and digital image stabilisation. Across all small sensor size camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the HC-V550 the image stabiliser type ranges from Digital to Optical.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HC-V550

Released Over Two Years Ago

Panasonic released the HC-V550 over two years ago.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the HC-V550 has a pretty typical screen size compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and type.

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Average Weight

The HC-V550 has a pretty standard weight (235 grams) compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and type.

Video cameras with a heavier weight that might be worth looking at include the Panasonic AG-AC160[plb_1827518_price] (2.4kg), the Canon Legria HF M46[plb_234311_price] (350g), or the Sony HDR-PJ320[plb_1582785_price] (210g).

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1/5.8" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Specification

User Ratings
Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Image Stabiliser
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Aperture
Minimum Focal Length
Maximum Aperture Value
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Photo Shutter Speed
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
On Screen Display
Minimum Illumination
Aspect Ratio
On Screen Display Language
Progressive Scan
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Image Format
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
Built-In Speaker
Built-In Microphone
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
USB 2.0 Port
S-Video Out Port
Mini HDMI Port
Networking
WiFi
Near Field Communication
WiFi Type
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Operational Conditions
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cable Included
Other Features
Projector
Technical Details
Technical Details

Expert Reviews

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Manual settings
Comprehensive WiFi feature set
Includes VWCT 1 remote pan tilt cradle
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Relatively pricey
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User Reviews

(1)
Reviewed 11 January 2016 by Anonymous
(Verified Purchase)

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Lots of features. Easy access to everything. Well laid out. Priced very well for the options and features
BIOS looks good. Tweakers Dream board
Looks great
Plenty of USB 3.0 ports
You can crossfire
Well, I've been debating with myself on writing a review on this board because for the most part, it works well and has a ton of features
Avoid installing Windows 7 and the 170 chipset if you can as the xHCI drivers for USB are not included during boot (so you cannot start Wi 7 installation because your mouse and kb won't work. . (read
So, in my opinion, take two eggs off for ASRock knowing about the issues and providing workarounds that didn't work, BUT since its a very good price for all the features, I gave an egg back
The bios was completely unresponsive until updating within windows
The included disk didn't even work, said the motherboard was unsupported

Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers vwctr1, hcv550, hcv550e, vwctr1e, vwctr1eb, hcv550ef, hcv550eb, hcv550efk, hcv550ebk, vwctr1ebk, panasonic hcv550, panasonic hcv550k, panasonic hcv550c, panasonic hcv550ct, panasonic hcv550cte, panasonic hcv550cteb, panasonic hcv550ctebk
Barcodes 05025232771202, 05025232771219, 05025232771233, 05025232775170, 05025232775187, 05025232775200, 05054230866542, 08851701779700

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