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Name GZ-HM550
European name ?GZ-HM550 BEU
US name ?GZ-HM550
lowest US price 550 $
On the market since March 2010
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slashCAM rating ?Good
test picture 1200 Lux
Test image 12 lux auto-mode

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Video formats ? AVCHD
Recording Medium SDHC card
built-in flash memory
video resolutions EU ?AVCHD 1440 x 1080/50i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/50i
video resolutions US ?AVCHD 1920 x 1080/60i
AVCHD 1440 x 1080/60i
Max Bitrate ?24 Mbit/s
Compression format ? MPEG4
on-board memory ? 
Optics Manufacturer ?Konica Minolta
Optical Zoom ?10 x
Wide Angle 16:9 ?48 mm
Filter diameter ?37 mm
Image Stabilization ?electronical
ND Filter ?No
Exchangable optics ?No
Image Sensor
Number of sensors ?1
Size of image sensor ?1/2, 33 inches
image sensor effective pixel count 16:9 ?5650000 Pixel
Image Sensor Type ? CMOS
White Balance ?auto
Focus ?auto
Minimum shutter time ?1/4000
Maximum shutter time ?1/2
Apperture control ?auto
Infrared recording ?No
Expanded Focus ?No
Peaking ?Yes
Signal Processing
Zebra ?No
Histogram ?No
adjustable sharpness ?No
Adjustable color ?No
Cinegamma ?No
Black Strech ?No
Knee ?No
Colorbars ?No
Shot Transition ?No
Custom Presets ?No
Set Time Code ?No

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synonymous: RCA, composite
YC ?
synonymous: S-Video
synonymous: Component Signal
HDMI ?Out mini
DV / HDV (FireWire) ?
synonymous: ILink / IEEE-1394
USB ?USB 2.0
Microphone / Audio input ?No
Headphones ?No
Lanc ?No
Time-code interface ?No
Genlock ?No
Accessory shoe ?No
Weight (without battery) 260 g
Weight (with battery) 300 g
Battery type JVC BN-VG114E
Battery capacity 1400 mAh
Charger ?internal
Remote control Yes
Height 55 mm
Width 62 mm
Depth 110 mm
Relative Size ?3
Viewfinder available ?No
Color Viewfinder ?-
Viewfinder format ?-
Viewfinder pixels ? 
Display available ?Yes
Color display ?Color
Display size 2,7 Inch
Display format ?16:9
Display pixels ?123000 Pixel
Touch Screen ?No
External controls
Manual Zoom ?Rocker
Manual Focus ?Menu
Manual Aperture ?Menu
Focus switcher ?No
ND Filter ?No
Exp Lock ?No
Gain ?No
White balance ?No
Push AF ?No
Audio Levels ?No
Custom Keys ?
synonymous: User buttons

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Audio Formats ?Dolby AC-3 Digital 2 channel 48 KHz
Microphone ?Stereo internal
Audio Control ?auto
Audio levels ? 

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Recording Medium ?built-in flash memory
SDHC card
Medium included ?No
Effective pixels ?9290000 Pixel
Resolutions ?3520 x 2640 - Max
Standard ?JPEG Exif 2.2
Flash ?Yes

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test picture 1200 Lux
Test image 12 lux auto-mode ?
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Manufacturers URL Website JVC
slashCAM rating
Lowlight ?Very good
Resolution ? Excellent
Color performance ?Very good
subj.Picture impression ?Good
Optical Zoom ?Satisfactory
Wide Angle ?Poor
Configuration / image ?Satisfactory
Configuration / sound ?Sufficient
Handling ?Satisfactory
Portability ?Very good
Photo function ?Satisfactory
Optics ?Good
Dynamics ?Good
Conclusion slashCAM
slashCAM rating ?Good
Total score ?
(maximal 570)
Pros - Adjustable aperture and shutter
-Very good sharpness
-Very good low light behavior
Cons - manual controls are a bit slow
- sparse wide angle
- display not sharp enough
- "loud colors"
Conclusion Such a remarkable sharpness, good low light and manual options cannot be found elsewhere in this price range.However, the complicated operation of the camera with its deep submenus ruins the potential fun of manual control.Also, one should be aware of the creative limits set by the minimum focal length of about 48 mm (kb).Setting the focus maually is difficult due to the small and not very sharp display.Clearly, this camera is interesting mainly for "automatic" film makers, who do not need much manual control or wide angle, but are searching for great sharpness and a good low-light performance without having to spend much.
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