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JVC HM550 Flash Memory / SDHC Digital Video Camera

JVC HM550 Flash Memory / SDHC Digital Video Camera

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The JVC Everio GZ-HM550 is a compact Full HD Flash / SDHC camcorder with 32GB internal Flash Memory plus the capability to record seamlessly between the flash memory and SDHC*memory cards. It features a 10x optical zoom Konica Minolta HD lens along with JVC’s Advanced Image Stabiliser that delivers four times greater shake compensation than previous models. The HM550 also boasts a 10.6 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor with "Super LoLux" for incredible capture in low-light conditions, and 9.3 megapixel still image capture. Laser Touch operation with sub-trigger and zoom function makes camera operation easy whilst shooting, and Face Detection detects up to 16 faces as well as allowing easy browsing of recorded footage by detected faces using Face Flow Thumbnail. The HM550 also features Time Lapse Rec that shoots at intervals to create amazing time lapse movies. The One Touch Upload/Export button makes sharing your videos on YouTube or with your iTunes library a simple process. The HM550’s Bluetooth capability allows you to pair the camera with wireless microphones and headphones, capture GPS data from an external unit, control the camera remotely and transfer stills to a compatible smartphone! ** RRP $1649.


* we recommend using class 4 or higher memory cards for recording high definition video

** all external Bluetooth devices sold separately


What’s in the box?

JVC Everio GZ-HM550 Video Camera + 32GB Internal Flash Memory

AC Adapter

Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery (BN-VG114)

AV Cable

USB Cable

Component Cable

Remote Control

CD-ROM Software - Digital Photo Navigator (Win), Pixela Everio MediaBrowser HD Edition

Instruction Manual

12 Month Warranty from Hagemeyer



Key Features

Full HD 1920x1080 - records at a stunning 1080 TV lines of horizontal resolution – the theoretical maximum level of 1920x1080 Full HD.
24Mbps Ultra High Quality AVCHD Recording - In addition to the conventional XP/SP/EP modes, there is a new UXP mode with an unprecedented bit rate of 24Mbps max. to deliver more detailed, sharper images with less noise
10x optical zoom Konica Minolta HD Lens – HD lens with advanced optics to deliver high quality images. Features up to 45x advanced zoom without image degradation.
Super Low Lux - ensures superior sensitivity to low light. Equipped with a 10.6 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor that allows intake of more light - the result is clear images with precise colors even in low light. No worries while shooting indoors or in dark situations such as filming parties etc.
32GB Flash Memory/ MicroSDHC Card Recording –Record video or stills to the internal 32GB Flash Memory or microSD/SDHC memory cards for complete flexibility plus easy transfer of your video footage. Automatically switches between media for continuous, uninterrupted recordings.
HD Gigabrid Premium II Engine – enables high speed processing (24Mbps) of the massive amount of image data output through the high resolution CMOS sensor.
Advanced Image Stabiliser – New anti-shake technology that expands the effective area at wide angle to 4 times that of 2009 models, delivering powerful compensation for camera shake. You can enjoy stable results even if you're trotting alongside your subject.
Built-in Bluetooth® Wireless Technology – with a compatible smartphone you can control the camera’s basic operations such as record, zoom or playback, remotely. Transfer still images from the camera to a compatible smartphone. Record location data with a Bluetooth GPS unit (sold separately). Monitor sound and record your own voice with a compatible Bluetooth headset (sold separately).
Time-Lapse REC - records one frame at a time at set intervals (1sec.-80sec.). So you can watch an hour-long movement in just a short amount of time when played back.
Auto REC - When a subject enters the detecting area and the luminance changes, recording starts automatically. Recording continues as long as there is movement within the area and automatically stops after 5 seconds of no movement. Great for surveillance etc.
Still Photos – Shoot 9.3 megapixel still photos. Also shoot simultaneous Full HD Video & 5.7 megapixel stills.
High-speed Continuous Still Photos - Up to 25 frames per second (fps) can be shot at 5.7 Megapixel resolution or 15fps at full 9.3 Megapixel resolution - a great way to capture fast paced action such as sports, kids, animals.
High-Speed Video Recording - shoots ultra-slow motion video at 500 frames per second to capture dynamic movement that is not visible to the naked eye. Effective tool for sports technique analysis and nature studies.
One Touch Archiving/DVD Burning –combine with the CU-VD3 Share Station (sold separately) for simple one-touch archiving and DVD creation.
One Touch YouTube TM  Upload – Easily upload your videos to YouTubeTM with just the touch of a button and a few mouse clicks.
One Touch Export - The videos and photos you've taken can easily be added to your iTunes® library using One Touch Export. Then sync your iPod®/iPhone® and carry!
HDMI Output – Easily view your videos with audio on a HDTV in glorious High Definition using an optional miniHDMI to HDMI cable (sold separately).
Face Detection – focuses and sets correct exposure for faces (up to 16) rather than other picture elements that might be in the foreground or background.
Face Flow Thumbnail - displays thumbnails from a particular section of a video by automatically selecting and zooming into human faces.
Handy Grip Belt - works in two handy ways: as a conventional handle-style grip when both ends are snapped in place; or as a strap when one end of the belt is released.
Laser Touch Operation - this system now allows Zooming and Recording using either the Laser Touch or standard zoom lever and REC button. Of course, browsing through indexes and menu selections is easy as ever
Auto Illumi. Light – assists when there is not enough ambient light.
Built-in Auto Flash – operates when the camera detects that there is not enough light for your shot.
Auto Power On / Quick Restart – The power on is linked to the LCD so when you open the LCD the camera is ready to shoot in about 1 second, so you’ll never miss an opportunity.
Digest Playback – automatically selects highlight scenes from among all stored recordings.
Easy-to-use Everio MediaBrowser –included integrated application for file management, viewing and sharing. Calendar-type graphical user interface shows when various recordings were made. Easy playback and exclusive function buttons for easy sharing of your videos.


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[AVCHD] Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 Audio: Dolby Digital (2ch), Still: JPEG

Storage Media

SD Memory Card, Internal Flash Memory (32GB) [1]

Seamless Recording






No. of CCD/CMOS Pixels

10.62M (back-illuminated)





Zoom Ratio Optical


Dynamic Zoom

16x [2]

Zoom Ratio Digital (max.)


Focal Length (mm)

6.7 - 67.0 (35mm film equivalent: 48.3 - 483.0)

F Stop

F2.8 - F4.5

Filter Diameter (mm)


A.I.S.(Advanced Image Stabiliser)


Full Range AF/Manual Focus


Full-Auto/Manual White Balance




AVCHD Video Recording


JPEG Still Shooting


Still Recording During Video Recording (Dual Rec)


Video Recording Modes


Video Recording Time (max.)

5hr 55min (UXP) / 29hr 38min (EP) [4]

Still Image Sizes

[4:3] 3520x2640 / 3072x2304
/ 2592x1944 / 1600x1200 /
640x480 [16:9] 3520x1984 /
3072x1728 / 2592x1456 /
1920x1080 / 1280x720

No. of Still Images (max.)


Gigabrid Engine

Yes (HD Gigabrid Premium II)





SD Memory Card Slot

Yes (SDHC Compatible) [1]

USB 2.0 High-Speed Data Transfer to PC


1920x1080/50P Output


HDMI(R) output (Mini)

Yes (V.1.3 with x.v.Colour(TM))



Component Video Output


AV Input/Output




Clear LCD Monitor

2.7" wide, 123k-pixel

Auto LCD Backlight Control


Laser Touch Operation


Sub-trigger and Zoom with Laser Touch Operation




Super LoLux


High Speed Continuous Still Shots


Ultra-slow Motion Video


One Touch Upload to YouTube(TM)

Yes (HD Compatible)

One Touch Export


Face Detection


Face Flow Thumbnail


Time-Lapse REC


Auto REC


Built-in Bluetooth(R) Wireless Technology


Programme AE Modes

Night / Twilight / Portrait / Sports / Snow / Spotlight

16:9 Wide Mode

Yes (Full Resolution)

Built-in Auto Flash


Auto Illumi. Light


Data Battery


Icon Playlist/Event Pre-registration


Play List Editing


In-Camera File Editing


Picture Titles


Quick Restart


Quick Recording


Quick Review


Intelligent Grouping


Digest Playback


Power-Linked Operation


Multi-Language On-Screen

12 Languages (Eng. / Chi. [Simple] / Fre. / Ger. / Spa. / Ita. / Dut. / Por. / Rus. / Pol. / Cze. / Tur.)


Yes (2sec/10sec/Face Detection)

Direct DVD Creation with SHARE STATION

Yes (AVCHD and DVD Video disc)

Direct DVD burning of down-converted picture


PC-less Archiving to External HDD/BD


Sliding Lens Cover

Yes (Auto)

2-way Grip Belt




Power Consumption

Approx. 3.2W

Approx. Weight

260g / 300g [5]

Dimensions (WxHxL)

55 x 62 x 115mm


* Specifications subject to change by the manufacturer without notice


[1] To record video, SD/SDHC card with Class 4 or higher performance is required. SD memory cards (256MB to 2GB) and SDHC memory cards (4GB to 32GB) have been tested for the following brands: Panasonic, Toshiba, SanDisk, ATP. Note that using other media may result in recording failure or data loss. For compatibility of memory cards, please consult an authorised JVC dealer. [2] 15x when Advanced Image Stabiliser set to ON [3] Footage recorded in the UXP mode cannot be stored to disc using the CU-VD50/VD3. Use the supplied MediaBrowser software installed on your PC to store footage onto Blu-ray disc or hard disk drive. [4] When using a 32GB SDHC card (not provided) and internal flash memory [5] without battery / with included battery