JVC Everio GZ-HM550 Brief Review


REVIEW SUMMARY

Specifications

  • 1920 x 1080 HD recording
  • 1/2.3-inch CMOS image sensor
  • 9.3-megapixel still image capture
  • 16x Dynamic Zoom
  • Konica Minolta HD lens
  • Micro SD/SDHC memory slot
  • 32GB internal memory
  • Bluetooth wireless technology
  • Electronic image stabilization
  • Manual, Program, and Automatic exposure modes
  • 2.7-inch color LCD display with Laser Touch operation
  • Super LoLux low light technology
  • Time-Lapse Recording
  • Face Detection
  • Auto-Recording
  • One-Touch upload to YouTube
  • 2-way grip belt
  • Motion Detection Technology
  • Li-ion rechargeable battery
  • Release Date: 2010-02-02
  • Final Grade: 73 3.65 Star Rating: Recommended


JVC Everio GZ-HM550
1920 x 1080 HD recording; 1/2.3-inch CMOS image sensor; 9.3-megapixel still image capture; 16x Dynamic Zoom; Konica Minolta HD lens; Micro SD/SDHC memory slot; 32GB internal memory; Bluetooth wireless technology; Electronic image stabilization; Manual, Program, and Automatic exposure modes; 2.7-inch color LCD display with Laser Touch operation; Super LoLux low light technology; Time-Lapse Recording; Face Detection; Auto-Recording; One-Touch upload to YouTube; 2-way grip belt; Motion Detection Technology; Li-ion rechargeable battery
By , Last updated on: 2/11/2016

With a million HD camcorders on the market, and usually only minor differences between them, it gets pretty easy to confuse them. The GZ-HM550 actually has some pretty distinctive features. This HD cam is characterized primarily by Bluetooth technology, and by the capability to shoot 9-megapixel still photos. That's right - it shoots photos that are nearly as large as many still-photo digital cameras (and yes, you can shoot both stills and video at the same time, but that takes you down to 5.6 megapixel photos. Still outstanding). So much for the idea that one unit can't do both. Be prepared for the GZ-HM550 to cost you quite a bit more than other HD cams with otherwise-similar features; it's that super-high quality image sensor that does it.


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