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Full HD WiFi 50X Mega Zoom Camcorder

Details
HC-V550K
Features
  • Mega zoom range covering 28mm wide to 1400mm
  • 5 Axis Hybrid Optical Imaging Stabilization keeps hand held shots steady
  • NFC enabled WiFi connects with your mobile and home devices
  • Level shot automatically corrects the horizon in your shot

SpecificationsExpand All

  • SENSOR SECTION
    • MAIN SENSOR
    • Image Sensor
    • Total Pixels
    • Effective Pixels (Motion Image)
    • Effective Pixels (Still Image)
    • SUB SENSOR
    • Image Sensor
    • Total Pixels
  • LENS SECTION
    • MAIN LENS
    • F Value
    • Optical Zoom
    • Focal Length
    • 35 mm Film Camera Equivalent (Motion Image)
    • 35 mm Film Camera Equivalent (Still Image)
    • Filter Diameter
    • Lens Brand
    • SUB LENS
    • F Value
    • Focal Length
    • 35 mm Film Camera Equivalent (Motion Image)
  • CAMERA SECTION
    • Standard Illumination
    • Minimum Illumination
    • Focus
    • Zoom
    • Intelligent Zoom OFF
    • Intelligent Zoom ON
    • Digital Zoom
    • White Balance
    • Shutter Speed
    • Motion Image
    • Still Image
    • Iris
    • Image Stabilizer
    • Creative Control
  • RECORDING SECTION
    • Recording Media
    • Recording Format
    • Compression Method
    • Recording/ Playback Mode
    • Thumbnail Display
    • Audio Recording System
    • Microphone
    • Speaker
  • STILL IMAGE SECTION
    • Recording Format
    • Recording Image Size
    • Still Image
    • Simultaneous Recording
    • Flash
  • GENERAL SECTION
    • Power Supply
    • Power Consumption
    • Dimensions (W x H x D)
    • Weight (w/o battery and SD card)
    • LCD Monitor
    • View Finder
    • Manual Ring / Dial
    • Interface
    • AV
    • HDMI
    • Microphones (stereo mini)
    • Headphone (stereo mini)
    • USB
    • USB Charge
    • LED Video Light
    • Accessory Shoe
    • On-Screen Display Language
  • Wi-Fi
    • Standard
    • Frequency
    • NFC
  • STANDARD ACCESSORY
    • AC Adaptor
    • AC Cable
    • DC Cable
    • Rechargeable Battery Pack
    • Battery Charger
    • IR Remote
    • HDMI Cable
    • AV Multi Cable
    • AV Cable
    • Shoe adaptor
    • Lens Hood
    • USB Cable
    • Lens cap
    • Stylus pen
    • Bandled Software
  • Further Specifications
    • NOTE
    • UPC
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Reviews

HC-V550K is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 8.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from viewfinder and ext controls An eyepiece (viewfinder) and most especially external focus ring (control knob) would have raised the bar and allowed me to shoot through obstruction without the lens trying to focus at a random depth of field, but the zoom is great.
Date published: 2015-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Far I'm liking the New Camcorder.. Like how I can still have Shaky Hands and not see the effects from it in my Video like with my Older JVC that I needed a Tripod for if wanted none Shaky Videos..
Date published: 2015-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible zoom HD 50 optical/ 40 digital =90x!!! This camcorder has the best Zoom capability of any camcorder i am aware of. I love being able to pulls stuff in and get a extreme closeup . Panasonic please keep making these camcorders with this quality of zoom capability Or this camcorder! 90x really comes in handy! I'm real happy with the MP4 convenience as well being that i have my own YouTube channel makes uploading files to YouTube as easy as it could be!About the only thing i would want to make this camcorder better is MP4 24p cinematic mode in HD or 4K with this kind of zoom. Are you listening Panasonic i want 4K with 90 x zoom?! And if you made camcorder with interchangeable lenses in this price range now that would be sweet ! If you want the best camcorder in its price range then you need to buy this you will not be disappointed!
Date published: 2015-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Camera For The Creative Video Maker There are a lot of useful features packed into this little camera that will let you capture not only great family moments but also see your world in a new and exciting way. The camera features a lens with an excellent range from wide angle to telephoto with the ability to take steady shots over a large range. Of course a tripod should be used if using the zoom in its upper range. One of the nicest features on this camera is the ability to take time lapse shots very easily. You can capture the world of nature in a new way. I have photographed flowers opening and closing as well as clouds moving over a scene in a way that lets the viewer experience the changing light of several hours in less than a minute. [This requires plugging the camera into a power source as the camera battery itself will provide juice for only a couple of hours.] The camera battery provides plenty of length for taking a time lapse of a sun set or sunrise. The camera has the ability to take great macro (close-up) pictures of things in nature or to fill the frame with a full shot of the moon. For most families the use of the camera will be for capturing precious moments of the family and this is where this camera shines. The sound that it records is excellent and natural. The wide angle of the lens allows for capturing moments inside at home or the ability to handhold and record programs at school or dance using the zoom. If you really want to get the most out of this camera then print out the in depth instruction book included on the cd and spend some time exploring all the things that this camera is capable of doing. This camera has a lot of features that are found on professional models that will let your creative side do more than just shoot ordinary videos. I have had this camera for several months and have taken many hours of footage including some that has been screened on a theater sized screen so I know that it is capable of recordings beautiful images and excellent sound.
Date published: 2015-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from super camcorder the zoom feature on this camcorder is phenomenal- I was able to see people on a building rooftop about ten miles away, and see the crew on a ship that was anchored miles off shore. The feature with the smartphone is giving me a lot of ideas to use to entertain my grandson with the model railroad that he has. Now if you had a Blue Ray DVD recorder to go along with this I would be first in line to get it.
Date published: 2015-03-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Superb quality video's Very good quality video's. This is my 2nd Panasonic camcorder & will not be my last!!!. Software cannot shrink the file size to acceptable size to fit on a blank dvd. If i shoot my grandsons highschool basketball game at 1080i & shut camcoder off at timeouts & halftime the file size is still to big for a blank dvd. (Bluray discs would be fine if you want to pay the price for them). You could shot at 480i but video is not as sharp as 1080i. (Have talked with customer care about this). The last generation of software had this option in it. There is free software out there that will reduce the file size so it's not that big of a problem for me. If you put a price on the quality of video's this camcoder produces- it make's the price very pleasing to pay!
Date published: 2014-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Purchase This camera has all the features we expected....and more. Now we have two of them!
Date published: 2014-09-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from NFC image app does not work!! Camera OK, but many, many reviewers of Image App say it doesn't work. I have tried everything but also cannot get it to work!! Why is Panasonic software so terrible??
Date published: 2014-06-21
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Support

Owner's Manuals
FAQs
  • Does software come with this camcorder?
    HD Writer VE 2.0 You can copy the motion/still picture data to the HDD of PCs or write to media such as Blu-ray discs, DVD discs or SD cards using HD Writer VE 2.0, which is the software installed in the supplied CD-ROM. Refer to the operating instructions of HD Writer VE 2.0 (PDF file) for details on how to use it.
  • Are there drivers available for Windows 7 or 8?
    No, there are no drivers for Windows 7 or Windows 8.
  • If I turn the camcorder upside down , I hear rattling noise is this normal?
    This rattling noise is the Optical image stabilization sensor which assists with reduces any handshake while recording. This is normal.
  • How do I clean my camcorder?
    Before cleaning, detach the battery or pull out the AC adaptor from the AC outlet, and then wipe the product with a dry soft cloth.
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CONTACT INFORMATION
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Mon-Fri 9am-6pm EST
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