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Panasonic HC-V550
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Panasonic HC-V550 Camcorder

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2.51MP 1/5.8 235g Jul 2014
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22 Reasons For

Panasonic Has Good Reviews for Its Camcorders

On average Panasonic small total megapixels video cameras have good reviews compared to other manufacturers as do all video cameras manufactured by Panasonic.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many video cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

Camcorders that came out more than two years ago have optical zooms of between 10x and 78x. At 50 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HC-V550 has a fairly big optical zoom compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HC-V550.

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Full HD

Full HD

The HC-V550 is Full HD, which is unusual. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HC-V550 are not Full HD.

We compared this video camera to all the other Full HD video cameras and we think the Legria HF M52[pl_389042_price], the Legria HF G10[pl_1059637_price], and the Legria HF M56[pl_1260566_price] all from Canon which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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BSI Sensor Type

This camcorder has a BSI sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on video cameras of a comparable age and type to it.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

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

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The HC-V550 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HC-V550.

We compared all the other video cameras with an image stabilizer to this camcorder and we think the Legria HF R406[pl_2071911_price], and the Legria HF M52[pl_389042_price] both from Canon which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The HC-V550 supports an SDXC compatible memory cards which is better than most camcorders of this spec and age. Most small total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago support an SD compatible memory cards. This video camera also supports an SDHC compatible memory cards. 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 in fact the best supported memory card type amongst all comparable spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HC-V550.

The worst supported memory card type amongst similar types of camcorder is MicroSD (Transflash).

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

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 1,740 millimeter, the Panasonic HC-V550 has a quite long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the HC-V550. Small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HC-V550 have maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of between 22mm and 2,700mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 1,200mm.

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Quite High Battery Capacity

With a battery capacity of 1,940 milliampere * hour, the Panasonic HC-V550 has a fairly high battery capacity compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to the HC-V550. The average battery capacity of comparable spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago is 1,400mAh, and the battery capacitys range from 440mAh to 2,200mAh.

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Has a Built-In Display

The HC-V550 has a built-in display, as do most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the HC-V550.

Other camcorders with a built-in display currently available that you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF G20[plb_1564217_price].

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Not Available Viewfinder Type

This camcorder has a Not available viewfinder type, which is the most commonly found viewfinder type on camcorders of a similar age and type to it.

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1080p Supported Video Modes

This video camera has a 1080p|720p supported video modes, which is typical of many comparable spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

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Fairly High Display Resolution (numeric)

At 460,800 pixels, the Panasonic HC-V550 has a quite high display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The display resolution (numeric)s of similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the HC-V550 range from 1.2 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 330,000 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This video camera supports a video resolutions of 960 x 540|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many small total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to it.

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Fairly High Effective Megapixels (movie)

Small total megapixels video cameras that came out around the same time as the HC-V550 have effective megapixels (movie)s of between 0.41MP and 1,300,000MP, and the average effective megapixels (movie) is 19,000MP. The HC-V550 has one of the higher effective megapixels (movie)s (2.2 megapixels) amongst small total megapixels video cameras of this age.

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4224 X 2376 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The HC-V550 has a maximum maximum image resolution of 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 common maximum image resolution.

A 4224 x 2376 pixels maximum image resolution is in fact the best maximum image resolution across all camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the HC-V550.

A 640 x 480 pixels maximum image resolution is the worst maximum image resolution amongst comparable types of camcorder.

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Fairly High Effective Megapixels (image)

The HC-V550 has one of the higher effective megapixels (image)s (2.2 megapixels) amongst similar spec video cameras of this age. The effective megapixels (image)s of camcorders of a similar spec and age to the HC-V550 range from 1.1MP to 10MP.

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JPG Image Formats Supported

This camcorder has an EXIF|JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly found image formats supported on similar spec camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Across all the small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HC-V550 the minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s range from 10mm to 44mm. The HC-V550 has one of the shorter minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s (only 28 millimeters) amongst small total megapixels video cameras of this age.

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Has Four White Balances

The HC-V550 has a greater number of white balance modes than most video cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This video camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on camcorders of a similar spec and age to the HC-V550. The white balances "Cloudy", "Indoor" and "Sunny" are also found on this camcorder.

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1920 X 1080 Still Image Resolution(s)

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 video cameras of this age and spec.

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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 video cameras of this spec and age also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

The HC-V550 has one of the smaller digital zooms (only 150 times zoom factor) amongst camcorders of this age. The average digital zoom of camcorders of this type and age is 800x, and the digital zooms range from 1.5x to 3,500x.

If you are looking for a bigger digital zoom then you might want to consider the Sony HDR-PJ410[plb_2697188_price] (350x), or the Canon Legria HF R66[plb_2848576_price] (1,140x).

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Only Supports One Audio Formats Supported

The number of audio formats supported by the HC-V550 is more than most similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years. The most frequently supported audio formats supported is AAC++, but this audio formats supported is not supported by this video camera. The audio formats supporteds AAC are also supported by this Panasonic camcorder.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The HC-V550 does not have a night mode, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to the HC-V550 also do not have a night mode.

We compared all the other video cameras which also have a night mode to this camcorder and we think the Legria HF M52[pl_389042_price], or the Legria HF M56[pl_1260566_price] both from Canon or the Panasonic HC-V500[plb_406538_price] which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Not 3D

The Panasonic HC-V550 is not 3D. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the HC-V550 are also not 3D.

If you are looking for a video camera that is 3D then you might want to consider the Canon XF105[plb_2074823_price].

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that were launched more than two years ago, the HC-V550 is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago, the HC-V550 does not have a built-in projector.

We compared all the other video cameras which also have a built-in projector to this video camera and we think the Sony HDR-PJ410[plb_2697188_price] is also worth considering.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HC-V550

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when Panasonic released the HC-V550.

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the HC-V550 has a relatively average display diagonal compared to most of the other camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 235 grams, the HC-V550 has a fairly average weight compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that came out more than two years ago.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 235g weight camcorders currently available including the Canon Legria HF R406[plb_2071911_price] which has better reviews.

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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 similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Effective Megapixels (image)
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
Image Stabilizer Type
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Aperture Number
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Maximum Aperture Number
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Camera File System
ExpressCard Slot
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
Indoor White Balance
White Balance
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shoe Mounting Point
Shutter
Shutter Speed (video)
Shutter Speed (photo)
Camera Shutter Speed
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
On Screen Display (OSD)
Minimum Illumination
Supported Aspect Ratios
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Smartphone Remote Support
Remotely Operated
Progressive Scan
Design
LED Indicators
Colour of Product
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Supported Video Modes
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Dual Shot (video & Photo)
Still Image
Image Formats Supported
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Formats Supported
Built-In Speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
Composite Video Out
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
S-Video Out
PictBridge
Mini HDMI Ports Quantity
Networking
Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Wi-Fi Standards
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Quick Start Guide
Bundled Software
Cables Included
AC Adapter Included
Warranty Card

Expert Reviews

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

(1)
Reviewed 25 May 2015 by Alan M Catt
(Verified Purchase)

Excellent piece of equipment ,lovely clear images,delivery was first class,well pleased with purchase.

Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

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

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