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Sharp HC-V550 Camcorder

2.51MP 1/5.8 235g Feb 2014
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
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 video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many video cameras of this type and age.

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Very Big Digital Zoom

At 3,000 times zoom factor, the HC-V550 has a fairly big digital zoom compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to the HC-V550. The smallest digital zoom of camcorders of this type and age is 1.5x, the biggest is 3,500x, and the average digital zoom is 800x.

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

Across all the camcorders of a comparable type and age to the HC-V550 the optical zooms range from 10x to 78x, and the average optical zoom is 31x. The HC-V550 has one of the bigger optical zooms (50 times zoom factor) amongst comparable spec video cameras of this age.

We compared all the other 50x (optical) camcorders to this video camera and we think the Panasonic HC-V550 (£299.99) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Full HD

Full HD

The HC-V550 is Full HD, which is unusual. Most of the other camcorders of this age and spec are not Full HD.

Other Full HD video cameras currently available that you might want to consider include the Canon Legria HF M52, the Panasonic HDC-TM900, or the Sony HDR-PJ620 which has better reviews.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

The HC-V550 has an HDMI, as do most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other camcorders with an HDMI currently available including because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40, the Legria HF R406, or the Vixia HF R40 all from Canon.

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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 around the same time as the HC-V550.

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with an image stabilizer and we think the Vixia HF M40, and the Legria HF R56 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 video cameras that have been around for more than two years. 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).

An SDXC compatible memory cards is actually the best supported memory card type across all small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HC-V550.

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

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

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Quite High Battery Capacity

At 1,940 milliampere * hour, the Sharp HC-V550 has a fairly high battery capacity compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to the HC-V550. Small total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to the HC-V550 have battery capacitys of between 440mAh and 2,200mAh, and the average battery capacity is 1,400mAh.

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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 this type and age.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HC-V550, the Sharp HC-V550 has a built-in display.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with a built-in display and we think the Canon Legria HF R406, and the Sony HVR-Z7 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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1080p Supported Video Modes

This video camera has a 1080p|720p supported video modes, which is typical of many camcorders of a similar age and spec to it.

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Fairly High Display Resolution (numeric)

Comparable spec camcorders that were released around the same time as the HC-V550 have display resolution (numeric)s of between 1.2 pixels and 1,300,000 pixels. At 460,800 pixels, the HC-V550 has a quite high display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HC-V550.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This camcorder supports a video resolutions of 960 x 540|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolutions on video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Quite High Effective Megapixels (movie)

The average effective megapixels (movie) of camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the HC-V550 is 19,000MP, and the effective megapixels (movie)s range from 0.41MP to 1,300,000MP. The HC-V550 has one of the higher effective megapixels (movie)s (2.2 megapixels) amongst comparable spec video cameras of this age.

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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 the most common maximum image resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

A 4224 x 2376 pixels maximum image resolution is in fact the best maximum image resolution across all camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

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

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JPG Image Formats Supported

This video camera has a JPG image formats supported, which is typical of many camcorders of this spec and age.

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Has Four White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the Sharp HC-V550 is more than most small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This video camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on camcorders of this spec and age. The white balances "Cloudy", "Indoor" and "Sunny" are also found on this Sharp camcorder.

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11 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Sharp HC-V550 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for more than two years also do not have an interchangeable lens.

There are a number of other camcorders which also have an interchangeable lens which you might also want to look at including the Sony HVR-Z7 which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Low Maximum Aperture Number

At only 1.8, the HC-V550 has a very low maximum aperture number compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to the HC-V550. Across all the small total megapixels video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HC-V550 the maximum aperture numbers range from 1.8 to 11.

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Very Low Effective Megapixels (image)

The lowest effective megapixels (image) of small total megapixels video cameras that came out around the same time as the HC-V550 is 1.1MP, the highest is 10MP, and the average effective megapixels (image) is 2.4MP. The HC-V550 has one of the lower effective megapixels (image)s (only 1.7 megapixels) amongst camcorders of this age.

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Only 1920 X 1080 Still Image Resolution(s)

The highest still image resolution supported by the HC-V550 is 1920 x 1080. That's over two times the still image resolution of the most frequently found still image resolution(s) of 1280 x 720. This video camera also 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). Across all comparable spec camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the HC-V550 the still image resolution ranges from 640 x 360 to 6016 x 4016.

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Only Supports Two Audio Formats Supporteds

The Sharp HC-V550 has a greater number of audio formats than most small total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago. 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 and MP4 are also supported by this Sharp video camera.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The HC-V550 does not have a night mode, although keep in mind that most of the other camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the HC-V550 also do not have a night mode.

Other video cameras which also have a night mode that you might also want to consider include the Canon Legria HF M52 which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D

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

Camcorders which are 3D that might also be worth looking at include the Canon XF105 (£2,100.00) which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

The Sharp HC-V550 is not waterproof, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HC-V550 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to the HC-V550, the HC-V550 does not have a built-in projector.

We compared this video camera to all the other camcorders with a built-in projector and we think the Sony HDR-PJ620 which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Only AVC Video Formats Supported

This camcorder has an AVCHD|MP4 video formats supported, which is typical of many video cameras of this spec and age.

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Fairly High Power Consumption (typical)

Camcorders of this type and age have power consumption (typical)s of between 1.8W and 12W. At 4.9 Watts, the HC-V550 has a fairly high power consumption (typical) compared to most of the other video cameras of this type and age.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Sharp HC-V550

Released Over Three Years Ago

This small total megapixels video camera was released over three years ago.

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Sharp HC-V550 has a relatively standard display diagonal compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HC-V550.

There are a number of alternative 3" screen size video cameras currently available that you might want to consider including the Vixia HF M40, or the Legria HF R38 both from Canon or the Panasonic HC-V550 (£299.99) which has better reviews.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a MOS BSI sensor type, which is typical of many video cameras of a comparable age and type to it.

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Average Weight

At 235 grams, the HC-V550 has a pretty average weight compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that were released around the same time as the HC-V550.

We compared this video camera to all the other 235g weight camcorders and we think the Legria HF R406, and the Legria HF R46 both from Canon or the Panasonic HC-V550 (£299.99) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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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 camcorders of this age and spec.

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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
Image Stabilizer Type
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
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
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Camera
Camcorder Type
On Screen Display (OSD)
Minimum Illumination
Supported Aspect Ratios
GPS (satellite)
Progressive Scan
Design
LED Indicators
Colour of Product
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Supported Video Modes
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
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
Networking
Wi-Fi
Ethernet LAN
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Wi-Fi Standards
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Cables Included
AC Adapter Included
Stylus Pen
Lens Hood
Other Features
Power Consumption (typical)
AV Output
Video Compression Formats

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

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

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

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