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The JVC Everio GZ-HM550 is a high definition camcorder with a mid-to-high price point.

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Pros

records in full 1080p quality and looks great on a large TV

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time lapse feature creates some cool effects and looks great

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small and light construction, easy to carry around

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built-in memory can handle hours of footage

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light/flash on the front is great for low light situations

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Cons

zoom and record buttons are situated mid-palm, a bit awkward for people with longer fingers

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isn't set to the highest quality setting by default

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battery slowly loses a charge even when you aren't using the camera

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has an HDMI port but doesn't come with the needed cable

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The JVC Everio GZ-HM550 is a high definition camcorder with a mid-to-high price point set to be made available in February, 2010. The camcorder has an internal flash memory of 32GB--expandable via an SD memory card slot--that contains no moving parts; this allows for the camcorder to be lighter, create less noise, use less power, and more durability against impacts and breakdowns from general use. In addition to high definition resolution options, the camcorder also includes a 20x optical zoom for close-ups and landscape shots, and a BSI CMOS sensor for increased light sensitivity in low-light environments. For user-friendliness the camcorder also utilizes a face detection system for auto-optimization when certain people are being filmed, an image stabilizer for smoother video capture even when moving, and one-touch uploads from the camcorder directly to Youtube via a USB connection. Unlike the other high definition camcorders from JVC's 2010 Everio line-up, the GZ-HM550 contains the capability to use Bluetooth features for added connectivity.

Specifications and Features
  • dimensions: TBA
  • battery life: TBA
  • 32GB flash memory
  • expandable with one SD/SDHC card slot
  • high definition video capture
  • 10.62 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor
  • 16x dynamic zoom
  • Advanced Image Stabilizer
  • face detection
  • time-lapse capable
  • auto-flash
  • 2-way grip handle
  • Bluetooth capable
  • warranty: TBA
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