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Panasonic HC-V550CTEBK Full HD Camcorder - Black (10MP, 90x Intelligent Zoom, Wi-Fi, NFC) 3.0 inch LCD (New for 2014)

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  • Wifi and Monitoring capability with included Pan Tilt Cradle
  • 90x Intelligent Zoom with Hybrid Optical Image Stabiliser and Level Shot
  • 1920 x 1080 50p Full HD Recording and 10 Megapixel Still Images
  • 3.0" Touchscreen LCD
  • Built in Wifi and NFC

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 10 cm ; 236 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.6 Kg
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: HC-V550CTEBK
  • ASIN: B00HQEJWIY
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 7 Jan. 2014
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,838 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

Intelligent 90x Zoom / 50X Optical Zoom
Panasonic Full HD Camcorder HC-V550CTEB – Placing the Ability to Capture Beautiful Images in Your Hand

Introducing the V550CT, a mid range camcorder that is conveniently big on features. For example, capture everything from close up portraits to landscapes and drag the faraway closer with a comprehensive zoom range that offers the equivalent of 90x at the telephoto end, getting you much closer to the action than conventional zooms.

Intelligent 90x Zoom / 50X Optical Zoom

Capture everything from close up portraits to landscapes and drag the faraway closer with a comprehensive zoom range that offers the maximum equivalent of 90x at the telephoto end.

10 Megapixel Stills

Enjoy the added flexibility and creativity of being able to capture not just highly defined video clips but also high-resolution digital still photos with the V550CT. Enjoy 10 megapixel images recorded in a 16:9 aspect ratio.


Level Shot Function
Level Shot Function

To ensure any video clips are always professionally straight and level, the V550CT features a very handy Level Shot function that not only automatically detects but also automatically corrects any tilting in the image being captured. All Panasonic’s 2014 models feature hybrid processing that uses a gyro sensor that adjusts for any tilt in an image by 30% for more stable shooting. Thus images are improved even when shooting one-handed, holding the device at arm’s length, or when filming low to the ground.

5-Axis Hybrid OIS
5-Axis Hybrid OIS

The V550CT utilises five-axis image stabilisation and correction throughout its large zoom range to avoid blur resulting from shaking of the unit. Because of this users are able to achieve clear results from maximum wideangle to extreme telephoto setting, and in low light shooting situations too.

Baby Monitor Function
Baby Monitor Function

As well as providing beautiful High Definition video and memories you will forever treasure, the V550CT’s Wi-Fi connectivity means that it can be used as a remote baby monitor by busy families to keep a close check on the baby even when you’re in another room. A clever Push Notification function on the camcorder alerts the smartphone or tablet if a voice sensor detects the baby waking up or making a sound. Parents can even speak to the baby over the monitor.

28mm Wide Angle Lens
28mm Wide Angle Lens

An extremely broad focal range on offer translates into a wide range of framing opportunities, making it possible for anyone using the V550CT to capture everything from dynamic panoramas to close up candid portraits from afar.

Remote Pan Tilt Cradle Compatibility
Remote Pan Tilt Cradle Compatibility

The V550CT is compatible with Panasonic’s VW-CRT1 Remote Pan Tilt Cradle, supplied together with this camcorder. Hook the V550CT up to this device and thanks to built-in motion sensor and face recognition functions you can automatically – and remotely – capture video of everyone’s faces at parties and social gatherings – allowing you to interact with friends and family rather than being the one stuck behind the camera!The same motion sensor functionality also lets users of the V550CT watch over pets when away from home, with the ability also to control the camcorder remotely via your smartphone if downloading the free Panasonic Image App.

Highlight Playback and Easy Share with NFC and One Touch Connection
Highlight Playback and Easy Share with NFC and One Touch Connection

This camcorder allows its users to playback highlights with a smartphone or tablet straight after they have been shot. Favourite scenes can be shared on social media platforms via a simple drag and drop operation. There is the further ability to create a photo collage of highlights with the best scenes picked out automatically from video.Further simplicity is provided with the provision of NFC connectivity, which allows users to interact between the camcorder and NFC-equipped smartphone or tablet with a single touch. Even if you don’t have NFC, there is the ability to use a QR code to adjust settings quickly and easily via Wi-Fi. Full HD real time broadcasting can also be undertaken, with events live streamed on USTREAM as they are being recorded!

Box Contains

AC Adaptor
DC Cable
Rechargeable Battery Pack
Shoe adaptor
USB Cable
Software
Tilt cradle


Customer Reviews

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Should be a 5 star recommendation, but the spare batteries are silly prices (£50 for the standard and € 92 for the larger version). Battery price is the only reason not to buy a Panasonic camcorder. The camcorder itself exceeded my expectations, recording quality is great, it is very compact and simple to use. HDMI is easy to connect to TV or laptop, The hybrid image stabilisation thingy works really well when recording while walking and driving across rough terrain. The zoom.is brilliant. I bought 2 Transcend 95MB/sec SDXC memory cards @ £30 each from another memory site in UK - no issue with them so far recording in HD. If the batteries drop to a realistic price, it would be a 5 star piece of kit.
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Have only just received this camcorder, but so far I have found it easy to set up and the first trial videos have been of a good quality.
On extreme telephoto zoom it is true you have to a really steady hand or tripod, but as this is the main reason I purchased this particular model I am more than happy to persevere and practice standing still with support rather than walking when utilising the maximum zoom.
Because I purchased through Amazon I am entitled to a two year extended warranty (hope I do not need it) and also a £50.00 cashback which is going to pay for a spare battery and SD card, this making the high end price much more acceptable.
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Great camcorder software to transfer to dvd easy very easy to use. Very good zoom a pleasure to use recommend
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My HDD failed on my old camcorder so I bought this because of the reviews and boy I wasn't disappointed. Im used to the company's shall we say over stating some of the ability's of their products and when I saw the image for the zoom I laughed and thought i'll see about that !
Well I certainly did see,its amazing. 90x zoom ( optical ) up to 3000x (yes it is a little overboard) but I found even up to 150x its still pretty damn good quality and I wouldn't go over 350x as you really do see the 'grain'. Great camcoder easy to use hooks up fine to pc with included usb lead. I haven't used the thing to take a static picture yet (I have a better camera for that sort of thing). I was hoping with its wifi it might hook up to the pc wireless but it does not (shame) over than that an awesome little camcorder.
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Bought this to replace an older Canon tape-based machine, and it is apparent how technology has moved on. Easy to use, although the touchscreen interface is a little fiddly and ends up with a LOT of fingermarks, very small and light. Unfortunately no provision for an external microphone, but this is made clear in the descriptions, the picture quality is very good and when used indoors the sound is adequate. Suffers from wind noise outdoors, but all camcorders I have used have this problem. The anti-shake facility is very good, evening out the usual judders caused by walking whilst recording. Using a 64Gb card gives over 5 hours of space, and the battery lasts around 90 minutes. Despite what it implies in the manual, I cannot get the camera to charge via the USB port, leading to an embarrassingly video-free weekend away.... so now I know I have to take along the supplied charging lead which plugs into the dedicated charging socket. Came packaged with a pan-tilt accessory which I doubt I will ever use, so that will get sold, making this a pretty cheap camera overall.
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The camcorder may be full HD in terms of resolution, but it seems to record very little detail - the images it produces are very washed out, with faces appearing as though everyone has been having Botox. Also, if using the supplied pan & tilt, the recording is jittery when panning and tilting. When using an Android tablet for remote control, there is a substantial lag between the action being recorded and the image being updated on the tablet - and the audio lag is substantially worse; this makes it difficult to track the action by remotely controlling the camera + cradle, which is presumably the whole point of this combination.
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top camcorder, so easy to link up with wifi, cradle is motion sensing so it can track your movements itself ...but this is only if you dont make a sudden movement (for me this was more of a novelty factor but my son thinks it the best ever) the most outstanding feature is the video quality! still picures are good as long as your in picture setting, if you take a still from recording its reduce to two megapixel instead of ten/seven( oh when you record in 4:3 bit widescreen megapixel for camera is reduced to about seven megapixels
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This is my first video camera and it is everything that I need. The image stabilisation is fantastic, the zoom is very sensitive which takes some getting used to and it produces some excellent videos. I was most impressed with the sound. I recorded at a family wedding with a live band and the sound quality was brilliant. If you're looking for a good all-rounder this is the camera for you
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