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Sharp HC-V550 Camcorder

2.51MP 1/5.8 235g Feb 2014
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A Full-HD Camcorder with Intelligent 90x Zoom / Optical 50x Zoom, the Improved Level Shot Function and Built-in Wi-Fi More
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17 Reasons For

Full HD HD Type

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

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Very Big Digital Zoom

At 3,000 times zoom factor, the HC-V550 has a very big digital zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of this type and age. The smallest digital zoom of small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the HC-V550 is 1.5x and the biggest is 3,500x.

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Fairly Big Optical Zoom

The average optical zoom of video cameras of a similar age and type to the HC-V550 is 31x, and the optical zooms range from 10x to 78x. With an optical zoom of 50 times zoom factor, the HC-V550 has one of the bigger optical zooms amongst video cameras of this age.

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Full HD

Full HD

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

We compared this camcorder to all the other Full HD video cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF M40[plb_61546_price] is also worth considering.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The HC-V550 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the HC-V550.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other camcorders with an HDMI port currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF M40[plb_61546_price], or the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price].

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The HC-V550 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago also have an image stabiliser.

There are a number of other camcorders with an image stabiliser currently available that you might also want to look at including the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], or the Legria HF R406[pl_2071911_price] both from Canon which has better reviews.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The HC-V550 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SD memory card supported by most video cameras of a similar spec and age to it. In addition, this Sharp 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).

An SDXC memory card is actually the best supported memory card type across all small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the HC-V550.

A MicroSD (Transflash) memory card is the worst supported memory card type amongst comparable types of video camera.

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

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Has a Built-In Display

The Sharp HC-V550 has a built-in display, as do most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HC-V550.

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Quite High Battery Capacity

The HC-V550 has one of the higher battery capacities (1,940 milliampere * hour) amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age. The lowest battery capacity of video cameras that have been available for a similar time to the HC-V550 is 440mAh and the highest is 3,000mAh.

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1080p Video Mode

This video camera has a 1080p|720p video mode, which is the most frequently found video mode on camcorders of a similar spec and age to it.

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Has Four White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Sharp HC-V550 is more than most small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as it. This Sharp camcorder has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on camcorders of this age and spec. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Indoor" and "Sunny" are also found on this camcorder.

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Fairly High Display Resolution

The HC-V550 has one of the higher display resolutions (460,800 pixels) amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age. The display resolutions of small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HC-V550 range from 23,000 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolution of 960 x 540|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many video cameras of a similar age and spec to it.

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Fairly High Movie Megapixel Count

With a movie megapixel count of 2.2 megapixels, the HC-V550 has one of the higher movie megapixel counts amongst video cameras of this age. The average movie megapixel count of similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the HC-V550 is 1.9MP, and the movie megapixel counts range from 0.41MP to 3MP.

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4224 X 2376 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Sharp HC-V550 has a maximum maximum image resolution of 4224 x 2376 pixels. That's over four times the maximum image resolution of the most frequently found maximum image resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

This video camera's maximum image resolution (4224 x 2376 pixels) is in fact the best maximum image resolution amongst all small sensor size camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

Amongst similar types of video camera the worst maximum image resolution is 640 x 480 pixels.

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JPG Image Format

This camcorder has a JPG image format, which is typical of many camcorders of this age and type.

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Small

The HC-V550 is quite small (only 53 millimeters) compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to the HC-V550. Similar spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago have widths of between 30mm and 570mm.

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10 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most small sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than two years do not have an interchangeable lens. The Sharp HC-V550 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

Alternative video cameras which also have an interchangeable lens that you might also want to consider include the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price].

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Very Low Maximum Aperture Value

At only 1.8, the HC-V550 has a fairly low maximum aperture value compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and spec. The lowest maximum aperture value of camcorders of this age and spec is 1.8, the highest is 22, and the average maximum aperture value is 4.9.

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Very Low Megapixel Count

The Sharp HC-V550 has one of the lower megapixel counts (only 1.7 megapixels) amongst video cameras of this age. Across all the comparable spec camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the HC-V550 the megapixel counts range from 1.1MP to 10MP.

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Only 1920 X 1080 Still Image Resolution

The highest still image resolution supported by the Sharp HC-V550 is 1920 x 1080. That's 75% less still image resolution than the most frequently found still image resolution of 3840 x 2160. This video camera also support still image resolutions of [16:9] 10MP (4224 x 2376), 2.1MP (1920 x 1080), [3:2] 7.7MP (3408 x 2272), 2.0MP (1728 x 1152) and [4:3] 7.4MP (3136 x 2352) and 0.3MP (640 x 480). The best still image resolution of all video cameras of a similar age and type to the HC-V550 is 6016 x 4016 and the worst is 640 x 360.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The HC-V550 does not have a night mode. Most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to the HC-V550 also do not have a night mode.

There are a number of other video cameras which also have a night mode which you might also want to consider including the Canon Legria HF M52[plb_389042_price].

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that came out more than two years ago, the HC-V550 is not 3D compatible.

Video cameras which are 3D compatible that might be worth looking at include the Canon XF105[plb_2074823_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Sharp HC-V550 does not have a built-in projector, although it is worth noting that most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years also do not have a built-in projector.

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with a built-in projector and we think the Sony HDR-PJ320[plb_1582785_price] is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

Most video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years are not waterproof. The HC-V550 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Only Hybrid Image Stabiliser

The Sharp HC-V550 has a Hybrid image stabiliser which is better than most camcorders that have been around for a similar time to it. Most small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as it have an Optical image stabiliser. Hybrid image stabilisation combines optical and digital image stabilisation. Across all camcorders of this type and age the best image stabiliser type is Optical and the worst is Digital.

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Fairly High Typical Power Consumption

The typical power consumption of video cameras that came out around the same time as the HC-V550 range from 1.8W to 12W, and the average typical power consumption is 3.7W. With a typical power consumption of 4.9 Watts, the Sharp HC-V550 has one of the higher typical power consumption amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Sharp HC-V550

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when this video camera was released.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the HC-V550 has a relatively average screen size compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the HC-V550.

We compared this video camera to all the other 3" screen size camcorders and we think the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], and the Legria HF R48[pl_1488031_price] both from Canon which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a camcorder with a larger screen size then you might want to consider the Sony HXR-NX3-VG1[plb_2634602_price] (3.5").

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MOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a MOS BSI sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on camcorders of this spec and age.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 235 grams, the HC-V550 has a relatively standard weight compared to most of the other camcorders of this spec and age.

Other 235g weight camcorders currently available that you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Legria HF R46[pl_1542433_price], or the Legria HF R48[pl_1488031_price] both from Canon.

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1/5.8" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is typical of many video cameras of this type and age.

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Specification

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 Aperture Value
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
File System
ExpressCard Slot
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shoe Mounting Point
Shutter
Video Shutter Speed
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
GPS Function
Progressive Scan
Design
LED Indicator
Colour
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Still Image
Image Format
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
Built-In Speaker
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
Composite Video Out Port
USB 2.0 Port
S-Video Out Port
PictBridge
Networking
WiFi
Ethernet LAN Connection
Near Field Communication
WiFi Type
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Cable Included
AC Adapter Included
Stylus Pen
Lens Hood Included
Other Features
Typical Power Consumption
AV Output
Video Compression Format

User Reviews

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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

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers panasonic hcv550, panasonic hcv550c, panasonic hcv550ct, panasonic hcv550cte, panasonic hcv550cteb, panasonic hcv550ctebk
Barcodes 05025232775187, 05025232775194

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