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Panasonic HC-V550
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Panasonic HC-V550 Camcorder

2.51MP 1/5.8 235g Mar 2014
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Intelligent 90x Zoom /Optical 50x ZoomEquipped with Intelligent 90x Zoom/Optical 50x Zoom. This model lets you easily shoot distant subjects that are too far away to capture clearly with... More
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Panasonic Has Good Reviews for Its Video Cameras

We checked 125 expert and user reviews for Panasonic camcorders and found that on average Panasonic has good ratings compared to other brands. We also found that Panasonic has good ratings specifically for its small sensor size camcorders.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Fairly Big Optical Zoom

Camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the HC-V550 have optical zooms of between 10x and 78x, and the average optical zoom is 31x. With an optical zoom of 50 times zoom factor, the HC-V550 has one of the bigger optical zooms amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

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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 camcorders that are a comparable age to the HC-V550.

We compared this video camera to all the other camcorders with an HDMI port and we think a cheaper camcorder such as the Canon Legria HF R56[plb_2114213_price] or you might consider a higher rated camcorder such as the Canon Legria HF R56[plb_3765089_price] are also worth considering.

There are a number of other video cameras which also have an HDMI port that you might also want to look at including the Sony HDR-PJ320[plb_1582785_price].

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Full HD

Full HD

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

There are a number of other Full HD camcorders currently available that you might also want to look at including cheaper video cameras such as the JVC GZ-RX110[plb_2635661_price], or the Canon Legria HF R56[plb_2114213_price].

If you would prefer a video camera that is Full HD then you might also want to consider the Sony HDR-PJ320[plb_1582785_price].

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BSI Sensor Type

This video camera has a BSI sensor type, which is typical of many camcorders of a comparable spec and age to it.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Panasonic HC-V550 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

We compared all the other video cameras with an image stabiliser to this video camera and we think a cheaper video camera such as the Canon Legria HF R56[plb_2114213_price] or you might consider a higher rated video camera such as the Canon Legria HF R56[plb_3765089_price] are also worth considering.

It is worth considering other video cameras which also have an image stabiliser including the Sony HDR-PJ320[plb_1582785_price].

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The HC-V550 supports a better memory card type than most small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This Panasonic video camera supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most small sensor size camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to it support an SD memory card. In addition, this video camera 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).

This video camera's memory card type (SDXC) is actually the best supported memory card type amongst all camcorders of a comparable age and spec 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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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length

Across all the comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the HC-V550 the maximum focal lengths range from 22mm to 2,700mm, and the average maximum focal length is 1,100mm. The Panasonic HC-V550 has a quite long maximum focal length (1,740 millimeter) compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to the HC-V550.

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Quite High Battery Capacity

At 1,940 milliampere * hour, the HC-V550 has a fairly high battery capacity compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HC-V550. Across all the video cameras of this age and type the battery capacities range from 440mAh to 3,000mAh, and the average battery capacity is 1,600mAh.

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Has a Built-In Display

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

It may also be worth considering one of the other video cameras with a built-in display currently available including cheaper video cameras such as the JVC GZ-RX110[plb_2635661_price], or the Canon Legria HF R56[plb_2114213_price].

It is worth considering alternative video cameras which also have a built-in display including the Sony HDR-PJ320[plb_1582785_price].

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1080p Video Mode

This camcorder has a 1080p video mode, which is the most commonly found video mode on video cameras of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Has Four White Balance Modes

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

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Fairly High Display Resolution

At 460,800 pixels, the HC-V550 has a quite high display resolution compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to the HC-V550. Across all the small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the HC-V550 the display resolutions range from 1.2 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 360,000 pixels.

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Fairly High Movie Megapixel Count

Video cameras of this age and type have movie megapixel counts of between 0.41MP and 3MP, and the average movie megapixel count is 1.9MP. At 2.2 megapixels, the HC-V550 has a quite high movie megapixel count compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HC-V550.

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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 frequently found maximum image resolution.

A 4224 x 2376 pixels maximum image resolution is in fact the best maximum image resolution across all video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HC-V550.

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

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Quite High Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of 2.2 megapixels, the HC-V550 has one of the higher megapixel counts amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age. Across all the video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the HC-V550 the megapixel counts range from 1.1MP to 10MP.

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JPG Image Format

This video camera has an EXIF|JPG image format, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that came out more than two years ago.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length

With a minimum focal length of only 28 millimeters, the HC-V550 has a fairly short minimum focal length compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the HC-V550. The shortest minimum focal length of small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago is 10mm and the longest is 44mm.

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Very Small

The Panasonic HC-V550 is one of the smaller small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the HC-V550 (only 53 millimeters) amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age. Across all the small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the HC-V550 the depths range from 27mm to 1,200mm, and the average depth is 140mm.

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1920 X 1080 Still Image Resolution

This camcorder supports a still image resolution of 1920 x 1080| 3408 x 2272| 1728 x 1152| 3136 x 2352| 640 x 480, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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7 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most video cameras of this age and type do not have an interchangeable lens. The Panasonic HC-V550 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

The average digital zoom of video cameras of this age and spec is 770x. The HC-V550 has one of the smaller digital zooms (only 150 times zoom factor) amongst similar spec video cameras of this age.

Video cameras with a bigger digital zoom that might also be worth considering include the JVC GZ-RX110[plb_2635661_price] (200x and cheaper).

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most video cameras of a comparable age and type to the HC-V550 do not have a night mode. The HC-V550 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the HC-V550, the Panasonic HC-V550 is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

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

We think you might also be interested in other video cameras which also have a built-in projector including the Sony HDR-PJ320[plb_1582785_price].

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Not Waterproof

The Panasonic HC-V550 is not waterproof, although this is within the context that most of the other camcorders of this age and spec are also not waterproof.

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Only Hybrid Image Stabiliser

The HC-V550 has a Hybrid image stabiliser which is better than the Optical image stabiliser found on most video cameras of this type and age. Hybrid image stabilisation combines optical and digital image stabilisation. The image stabiliser type of all camcorders of a similar type and age to the HC-V550 ranges from Digital (worst) to Optical (best).

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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 Screen Size

The HC-V550 has a relatively average screen size (3 inches) compared to most of the other video cameras that have been available for a similar time to the HC-V550.

Alternative 3" screen size camcorders currently available which you might also want to consider include cheaper video cameras such as the Canon Legria HF R56[plb_2114213_price].

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Average Weight

With a weight of 235 grams, the HC-V550 has a pretty typical weight compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the HC-V550.

Alternative camcorders with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Panasonic AG-AC160[plb_1827518_price] (2.4kg), the Canon Legria HF M46[plb_234311_price] (350g), or the Sony HDR-PJ320[plb_1582785_price] (210g).

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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 small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as it.

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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
Interchangeable Lens
Image Stabiliser
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Aperture
Minimum Focal Length
Maximum Aperture Value
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Disc 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
Display Resolution
Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Minimum Illumination
Aspect Ratio
On Screen Display Language
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Image Format
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
USB 2.0 Port
S-Video Out Port
PictBridge
Mini HDMI Port
Networking
WiFi Type
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Cable Included

Expert Reviews

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Manual settings
Comprehensive WiFi feature set
Includes VWCT 1 remote pan tilt cradle
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Relatively pricey
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Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers vwctr1, hcv550, hcv550e, hcv550c, vwctr1e, vwctr1eb, hcv550ep, hcv550ct, hcv550eb, hcv550epk, hcv550cte, hcv550ebk, vwctr1ebk, hcv550ctep, hcv550ctepk, panasonic hcv550, panasonic hcv550k, panasonic hcv550c, panasonic hcv550ct, panasonic hcv550cte, panasonic hcv550cteb, panasonic hcv550ctebk
Barcodes 05025232771202, 05025232771219, 05025232771233, 05025232775170, 05025232775200
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