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Panasonic HC-V550 Camcorder

£299.99
2.51MP 1/5 235g Jul 2014
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Panasonic camcorders have excellent reviews
Quite big optical zoom
Only 1" optical sensor size
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Panasonic Camcorders Have Excellent Reviews

We checked 339 user and expert reviews for Panasonic camcorders and found that on average Panasonic has excellent ratings. We also found that Panasonic has excellent ratings specifically within its small total megapixels camcorders range. 78% of those that bought a Panasonic video camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


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Released Over Two Years Ago

It was April 2017 when Panasonic released the HC-V550.


Video

Full HD

Full HD

The Panasonic HC-V550 is Full HD, as are most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to this video camera.

There are a number of other Full HD video cameras currently available that you might want to look at including the Canon Legria HF R66 (£269.99) which is cheaper.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The HC-V550 supports HDMI, as do most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to this camcorder.

We compared all the other camcorders which support HDMI to this camcorder and we think the Canon Legria HF R66 (£269.99) which is cheaper is also worth considering.

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

The HC-V550 has a fairly average display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camcorder.

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Fairly High Display Resolution (numeric)

Camcorders that have been available for a similar time to this video camera have display resolutions (numeric) of between 23,000 pixels and 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 360,000 pixels. With a display resolution (numeric) of 460,800 pixels, the Panasonic HC-V550 has one of the higher display resolutions (numeric) amongst small total megapixels camcorders of this age.

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Lens System

Quite Big Optical Zoom

The Panasonic HC-V550 has a quite big optical zoom (50 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as this video camera. Small total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago have optical zooms of between 10x and 78x, and the average optical zoom is 30x.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The HC-V550 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that are a comparable age to this camcorder.

There are a number of other video cameras with an image stabilizer currently available which you might want to look at including cheaper camcorders such as the Canon Legria HF R66 (£269.99).

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Very Small Digital Zoom

The HC-V550 has one of the smaller digital zooms (only 150 times zoom factor) amongst small total megapixels camcorders of this age. Small total megapixels camcorders that are a comparable age to this camcorder have digital zooms of between 1.5x and 3,500x.

Camcorders with a bigger digital zoom that might be worth considering include the Canon Legria HF R66 (£269.99) (1,140x and cheaper).

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

At 1,740 millimeter, the HC-V550 has a quite long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and spec. The maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of similar spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as this video camera range from 0.5mm to 2,700mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 1,000mm.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The Panasonic HC-V550 has a quite short minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) (only 28 millimeters) compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this video camera. The minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of comparable spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 2.3mm to 44mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 30mm.

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Weight & Dimensions

Average Weight

At 235 grams, the Panasonic HC-V550 has a relatively average weight compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to this video camera.

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Image Sensor

Only 1" Optical Sensor Size

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

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Quite High Effective Megapixels (movie)

The HC-V550 has a quite high effective megapixels (movie) (2.2 megapixels) compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been available for around the same time as this camcorder. The effective megapixels (movie) of comparable spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as this video camera range from 0.41MP to 4.5MP, and the average effective megapixels (movie) is 2MP.

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Quite High Effective Megapixels (image)

Camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as this video camera have effective megapixels (image) of between 1.1MP and 10MP, and the average effective megapixels (image) is 2.4MP. With an effective megapixels (image) of 2.2 megapixels, the Panasonic HC-V550 has one of the higher effective megapixels (image) amongst small total megapixels camcorders of this age.

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Networking

Supports Near Field Communication (NFC)

The HC-V550 supports near Field Communication (NFC), as do most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to this video camera.

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Features Wi-Fi

The Panasonic HC-V550 features wi-Fi, as do most of the other comparable spec video cameras that came out around the same time as this camcorder.

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Camera

Features Progressive Scan

The HC-V550 features progressive scan. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were launched more than two years ago also feature progressive scan.

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Supports On Screen Display (OSD)

The HC-V550 supports On Screen Display (OSD), as do most of the other video cameras of this spec and age.

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Flash

Does Not Have a Built-In Light

The HC-V550 does not have a built-in light. Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that came out around the same time as this video camera also do not have a built-in light.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The HC-V550 does not have a built-in flash. Most of the other video cameras of this age and type also do not have a built-in flash.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The HC-V550 has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to this video camera also have a built-in speaker(s).

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The HC-V550 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been around for more than two years also have a built-in microphone.

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Still Image

4224 X 2376 Pixels 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 camcorder, which is the most frequently found maximum image resolution.

A 4224 x 2376 pixels maximum image resolution is in fact the best maximum image resolution amongst all video cameras of a comparable age and type to this camcorder.

The worst maximum image resolution amongst similar types of camcorder is 640 x 480 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Still Image Resolution

This video camera supports a still image resolution(s) of 1920 x 1080| 3408 x 2272| 1728 x 1152| 3136 x 2352| 640 x 480, which is the most commonly supported still image resolution(s) on camcorders of this type and age.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers panasonic hcv550ctebk, hcv550ebk, vwctr1ebk
Barcodes 05025232771202, 05025232771219, 05025232771233, 05025232775170, 05025232775200, 05054230866542, 08851701779700

Panasonic HC-V550 Review Sources

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