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Panasonic HC-V550 Full HD Camcorder

B&H # PAHCV550B Mfr # HC-V550K
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Product Highlights
  • Capture up to Full HD 1920 x 1080 Video
  • Backside Illuminated Image Sensor
  • Built-In Wi-Fi
  • One-Touch NFC Connectivity
  • 50x Optical Zoom
  • 90x Intelligent Zoom
  • 5-Axis Hybrid O.I.S +
  • Advanced Level Shot Function
  • Built-In Creative Control Modes
  • Baby Monitor Function

The HC-V550 Full HD Camcorder from Panasonic features Full HD 1920 x 1080 recording, along with a 50x optical and 90x intelligent zoom. Intelligent zoom uses a new technology to capture video even when the optical range is exceeded and the subjects are very far away, like at sporting stadiums.

Also featured is the camcorder's Advanced Level Shot Function and 5 Axis Hybrid Optical Image Stabilizer+(O.I.S.+) with a three-level setting (Off, Normal and Strong) that doubles the tilting correction range for even better effectiveness when moving and shooting. The improved correction algorithm provides better tracking even when tilted quickly. Together with the 5-Axis Hybrid O.I.S+ optical image stabilizer, this provides powerful correction for camera movement and tilting.

The camcorder also includes built-in Wi-Fi and is NFC (near-field communication) enabled for even more flexibility when pairing up with optional HDTVs and mobile devices. They also include a Baby Monitor feature that allows you to check in on a sleeping baby in another room (when the camcorder is connected to your home network with a smartphone). You can speak to the baby using your smartphone and even be notified when the baby cries or when a voice is detected in the room. Ustream allows you to live stream video over the Internet as well.

Built-in modes include Miniature Effect, 8mm Movie, Silent Movie, and Time Lapse Recording. They help to inspire and creatively control your shooting. There's also a backside illuminated sensor that helps you shoot in low light situations.

Advanced Level Shot Function and 5-Axis Hybrid O.I.S.+ with Active Mode & O.I.S. Lock
This camera features the Advanced Level Shot Function and 5-Axis Hybrid O.I.S.+ (Optical Image Stabilizer) for minimizing the effects of hand movement and tilting. The tilting correction range has been doubled for enhanced corrective performance. The setting can be adjusted to one of three levels (Off, Normal, Strong) based on your shooting conditions. When shooting in situations where tilting tends to occur or for users who are unaccustomed to shooting, the Strong setting applies a wider correction range with stronger correction for recording video that can be comfortably and easily viewed. The correction algorithm has been improved for better trackability and provides better tracking even when tilted quickly. Together with the 5-Axis Hybrid O.I.S+ optical image stabilizer, this provides powerful correction for camera movement and tilting. The camcorder provides a stabilization lock function as well.
50x Optical Zoom and 90x Intelligent Zoom
Intelligent zoom uses super resolution technology for imaging at HD quality even when the optical range is exceeded. This function enables shooting sharp close-ups of faraway subjects. This is effective when you are separated from the subject by a considerable distance such as when shooting outdoor events.
Built-In Wi-Fi, NFC-compatible
Built-in 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi for home or office network compatibility is featured in these camcorders, along with NFC (near-field communication) functionality, for hooking up your camcorder to NFC enabled devices. You can also live stream video to paired devices over the Internet using Ustream.
Baby Monitor Feature
The camera includes a Baby Monitor feature which enables you to check on a sleeping baby in another room with the camcorder connected to a home network with a smartphone. You can speak to the baby using your smartphone, or have notifications sent to your smartphone when your baby's crying voice or other sound is detected.
Creative Control Effects
The built-in Creative Control modes of Miniature Effect, 8mm Movie, Silent Movie, and Time Lapse Recording enable you to add effects to your video for further enhancing your creativity.

Other Features

Auto/manual focus and iris
Display 20, 9, or 1 thumbnail image per page
Dynamic type speaker and 2-channel stereo zoom microphone
Camera
Sensor 2.51 Megapixel 1/5.8"  MOS
Backside Illumination Yes
Pixel Gross 2,510,000
Effective Pixels 2,200,000 @ Video 16:9
2,200,000 @ Photo 16:9
1,700,000 @ Photo 4:3
1,670,000 @ Photo 3:2
Optics
Focal Length 2.06 - 103 mm
35mm Equivalent Focal Length 28 - 1740 @ Aspect Ratio: 16:9 video
28 - 1740 @ Aspect Ratio: 16:9 photo
34 - 1766 @ Aspect Ratio: 4:3 photo
33.6 - 1714 @ Aspect Ratio: 3:2 photo
Maximum Aperture f/ 1.8 - f/ 4.2
Zoom Optical: 50x
Intelligent Off: 62x
Intelligent: 90x
Digital: 150x
Maximal Value: 3000x
Recording
System NTSC
Recording Media SD/SDHC/SDXC  
Video Format High Definition
AVCHD
1920 x 1080p / 60 fps (28Mbps)
1920 x 1080 (24Mbps)
1920 x 1080 (17Mbps)
High Definition
AVCHD
1920 x 1080 (13Mbps)
1920 x 1080 (5Mbps)
High Definition
MP4
1920 x 1080p (28Mbps)
1280 x 720p (9Mbps)
Standard Definition
iFrame
960 x 540 (28Mbps)
Still Image Resolution JPEG: 10 Megapixel, 4224 x 2376 (16:9)
JPEG: 2.1 Megapixel, 1920 x 1080 (16:9)
JPEG: 7.4 Megapixel, 3136 x 2352 (4:3)
JPEG: .3 Megapixel, 640 x 480 (4:3)
JPEG: 7.7 Megapixel, 3408 x 2272 (3:2)
JPEG: 2.0 Megapixel, 1728 x 1152 (3:2)
Channels 2.0-Channel Stereo
Audio Format AAC
Dolby Digital 2ch
Display
Display Type LCD
Screen Size 3"
Pixel Count 460,800
Features
Image Stabilization Optical & Digital
Lux 1400 (Standard Illumination)
4 (Scene Mode Low Light with 1/30 Shutter Speed)
1 (Night Mode (Color))
Shutter Speed 1/30-1/8000sec
1/60-1/8000sec
1/2-1/2000sec
White Balance Modes Auto
Cloudy
Daylight
Indoor 1
Indoor 2
Warm White
Creative Effects Yes
Built-in Mic Yes
Built-in Speaker Yes
Built-in Light/Flash Light - No
Flash - No
Wi-Fi Yes, 802.11b/g/n
Tripod Mount 1/4"
Input/Output Connectors
Outputs 1x A/V
1x HDMI C (Mini)
1x USB 2.0
Microphone Input No
Headphone Jack No
General
Battery Rechargeable Battery Pack, 3.6VDC, 1940mAh
Charging Method AC Adapter
USB
Power Consumption Recording: 4.9 W
Charging: 7.7 W
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.1 x 2.4 x 4.6" / 53.0 x 61.0 x 116.0 mm
Weight 8.29 oz / 235 g
Panasonic HC-V550 Full HD Camcorder
  • 5V AC Adapter
  • 3.6V Rechargeable Battery Pack
  • Mini-HDMI Cable
  • USB 2.0 Cable
  • HD Writer LE 2.1 Software
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    PanasonicHC-V550 Full HD Camcorder
     
    5.0

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    5.0

    Amazing Range of Features

    By Hunter Hale

    from Salt Lake City, Utah

    About Me Semi-pro Videographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Great Picture Quality
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Zoom range/performance

    Cons

    • No External Mic Input

    Best Uses

    • HD Shooting
    • Home Movies
    • Movies/Short Films
    • Travel
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Panasonic HC-V550 Full HD Camcorder:

    This is my third Panasonic camera (I use all three) and was thrilled to have a second video camera capable of shooting Time Lapse. How often when I have been shooting TL have I wished for a second camera that I could be using for a different TL set-up. The 550 camera is actually easier to set-up for TL than my professional Panasonic. Once you set it for what you want to do you don't need to return to the set-up menu and set it up again for the next TL shot. It also has a stop motion ability.
    The 50X optical and 90X digital feature of the zoom lens is incredible. From the wide angle 28mm to the 90X zoom is an amazing range for a camera. This feature is also useful for capturing birds, flowers and other aspects of nature. It's much easier to shoot inside the center of a flower than my other two cameras.
    Within the first 24 hours I photographed the moon with a shot that filled the frame and was well exposed in the automatic setting; I captured rain drops on plants after a storm (and during a storm); covered my grand-daughters school program in a room with mixed lighting and was able to get nice face close-up under less than favorable conditions; and did a Time Lapse of a back-lit dandy lion at sun set.
    This should be an excellent camera for recording a record of family events and for the photographer who wants to explore his creative instincts it will offer him a lot of great options to do so.
    To fully appreciate what this camera is capable of you'll want to explore the 200 plus instruction pages included on the pdf file. I printed it off and had it bound for easy referencing.

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