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Sharp HC-V550 Camcorder

2.51MP 1/5 235g Feb 2014
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Very big digital zoom
Good quality
Only 1" optical sensor size

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Released Over Three Years Ago

This camcorder was released in February 2014.


Lens System

Very Big Digital Zoom

Camcorders of a similar age and type to this camcorder have digital zooms of between 1.5x and 3,500x, and the average digital zoom is 760x. The digital zoom of the Sharp HC-V550 of 3,000 times zoom factor is one of the biggest amongst small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this camcorder.

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

The average optical zoom of video cameras of a similar type and age to this camcorder is 30x, and the optical zooms range from 10x to 78x. At 50 times zoom factor, the HC-V550 has a fairly big optical zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and spec.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 50x (optical) camcorders currently available including because of its better review score, the Panasonic HC-V550 (£299.99).

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Sharp HC-V550 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to this camcorder.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other video cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including the Vixia HF M40, or the Vixia HF R40 both from Canon which and both of have better reviews.

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Very Low Maximum Aperture Number

Camcorders that were launched more than two years ago have maximum aperture numbers of between 1.8 and 22, and the average maximum aperture number is 4.5. At only 1.8, the HC-V550 has a fairly low maximum aperture number compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that came out around the same time as this camcorder.

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the HC-V550 has a pretty typical display diagonal compared to most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this video camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 3" screen size camcorders currently available including the Vixia HF M40, or the Legria HF M56 both from Canon or the Panasonic HC-V550 (£299.99) which all of have better reviews.

Camcorders with a larger display diagonal that might be worth looking at include the Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 (3.5").

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Fairly High Display Resolution (numeric)

With a display resolution (numeric) of 460,800 pixels, the Sharp HC-V550 has a fairly high display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to this video camera. The lowest display resolution (numeric) of camcorders that have been around for around the same time as this video camera is 23,000 pixels and the highest is 1,300,000 pixels.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The HC-V550 is Full HD. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that came out around the same time as this video camera also are Full HD.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative Full HD video cameras currently available including because of their better review scores, the Canon Vixia HF M40, or the Panasonic HDC-TM900.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

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 comparable age to it.

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Weight & Dimensions

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 compared all the other 235g weight video cameras to this camcorder and we think because of their better review scores, the JVC GZ-VX715SEU, and the Panasonic HC-V550 (£299.99) are also worth considering.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The Sharp HC-V550 supports HDMI, as do most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative camcorders which support HDMI currently available including the Canon Vixia HF M40, or the Sony HDR-XR200 which both of have better reviews.

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Has a Composite Video Out

The HC-V550 has a composite video out. Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camcorder also have a composite video out.

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Does Not Support PictBridge

The HC-V550 does not support PictBridge, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were launched more than two years ago also do not support PictBridge.

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Image Sensor

Only 1" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is typical of many camcorders of a similar type and age to it.

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Very Low Effective Megapixels (image)

The lowest effective megapixels (image) of small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for around the same time as this video camera is 1.1MP and the highest is 16MP. With an effective megapixels (image) of only 1.7 megapixels, the Sharp HC-V550 has one of the lower effective megapixels (image) amongst video cameras of this age.

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Fairly High Effective Megapixels (movie)

The HC-V550 has one of the higher effective megapixels (movie) (2.2 megapixels) amongst small total megapixels video cameras of this age. Video cameras of this age and type have effective megapixels (movie) of between 0.41MP and 4.5MP, and the average effective megapixels (movie) is 2MP.

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2.51 Megapixels Total Megapixels

This is a 2.51 megapixels sensor camcorder.

If this Sharp video camera total megapixels is too small for you then you might want to look at the Transcend DrivePro 200 (£89.99) (3MP and higher rated).

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Networking

Supports Near Field Communication (NFC)

The HC-V550 supports near Field Communication (NFC). Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as this video camera also support near Field Communication (NFC).

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Features Wi-Fi

The HC-V550 features wi-Fi, as do most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Camera

Features Progressive Scan

The HC-V550 features progressive scan. Most of the other camcorders of this type and age also feature progressive scan.

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Supports On Screen Display (OSD)

The HC-V550 supports On Screen Display (OSD). Most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been around for more than two years also support On Screen Display (OSD).

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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 video cameras of this type and age also do not have a built-in light.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The Sharp HC-V550 does not have a built-in flash, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to this camcorder also do not have a built-in flash.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The HC-V550 has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other video cameras of this age and type.

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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 video cameras that came out around the same time as 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 small total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to this camcorder also have a built-in microphone.

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Still Image

Only 1920 X 1080 Still Image Resolution

The HC-V550 supports a maximum still image resolution of 1920 x 1080. That's 59% less still image resolution than the most common still image resolution(s) of 2592 x 1944. In addition, this video camera support still image resolution(s)s 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 worst still image resolution of all video cameras that have been around for around the same time as this video camera is 640 x 360 and the best is 6016 x 4016.

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4224 X 2376 Pixels 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 common maximum image resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

A 4224 x 2376 pixels maximum image resolution is actually the best maximum image resolution across all similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to this video camera.

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

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Design

Good Quality

Three people who reviewed it agreed that it was good quality. Website Newegg.com wrote “This board like all the past ASRock Z series boards have great build quality, great BIOS tweaking features” in their review of this camcorder and gave this camcorder a rating of 4 stars out of 5. They also said “Good overall build quality” in their review. And also wrote “Overclocking, overall build quality is good”.

Good Looking

Two owners who bought the Sharp HC-V550 agreed that it was good looking. Website Newegg.com wrote in their review of this camcorder “Nice looking BIOS GUI” .

Well Made

Seven customers reckoned that the product was well made. Website Newegg.com said “Nice looking copper heatsinks, make for a pretty copperblack build with a copper CPU cooler from Zalman”. They also wrote “Nice Solid Motherboard” in their review. And also said “Aside from that, both this and the DD 4 version of the board are solid products”.

Easy to Use

Four customers said that this camcorder was easy to use. Website Newegg.com wrote “Great board, easy to use bios”. They also mentioned “Great labels on the motherboard itself, though they are very small print (to fit them on the board), so have a good pair of reading glasses handy, if needed” in their review. And also wrote “Unlike most 170 motherboards, this one will allow you to use some forms of DD 3”.

Two owners said that the Sharp HC-V550 was easy to use the menus. Website Newegg.com wrote last year “2 hours of Witcher 3 on Ultra settings with absolutely no problems” in their review of this camcorder. They also mentioned “Voltage settings” in their review.

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Features

Good Features

Five customers who purchased the product mentioned that it had good features. Website Newegg.com wrote in their review of this camcorder “Lots of features” and rated the product 4 stars out of 5. They also mentioned “So many features with this board” in their review. And also said “Priced very well for the options and features”.


Price

Good Value for Money

Eleven customers who purchased the Sharp HC-V550 said that it was good value for money. Website Newegg.com said “Low price, easy to use BIOS, gets the job done”. They also mentioned “For the price, not bad at all” in their review. And also wrote “Low price with good features”.

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers panasonic hcv550ctebk
Barcodes 05025232775187, 05025232775194

Sharp HC-V550 Review Sources

To prepare this Sharp HC-V550 review we compared this camcorder to 576 other models. For each camcorder that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 138,553 product attributes, 23,579 camcorder reviews and 1,695,800 historical camcorder prices from 164 camcorder retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this camcorder compared to the other models as well as any areas where this camcorder is lacking.

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