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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
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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
UPC: 885170177970
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
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
System NTSC
Recording Media SD/SDHC/SDXC  
Video Format High Definition
1920 x 1080p / 60 fps (28 Mbps)
1920 x 1080 (24 Mbps)
1920 x 1080 (17 Mbps)
High Definition
1920 x 1080 (13 Mbps)
1920 x 1080 (5 Mbps)
High Definition
1920 x 1080p (28 Mbps)
1280 x 720p (9 Mbps)
Standard Definition
960 x 540 (28 Mbps)
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 Type LCD
Screen Size 3"
Pixel Count 460,800
Exposure Control
Shutter Speed 1/30-1/8000 sec
1/60-1/8000 sec
1/2-1/2000 sec
Image Stabilization Optical & Digital
Lux 1400 (Standard Illumination)
4 (Scene Mode Low Light with 1/30 Shutter Speed)
1 (Night Mode (Color))
White Balance Modes Auto
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
Battery Rechargeable Battery Pack, 3.6 VDC, 1940 mAh
Charging Method AC Adapter
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
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.5 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.7 x 5.5 x 3.6"
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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