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JVC Everio GZ-HM550

alaTest has collected and analyzed 162 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the color and image quality. The value for money and portability also get good feedback, but there are some critical reviews about the build quality and features.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC Everio GZ-HM550 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 17 user reviews of JVC Everio GZ-HM550 from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on

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88% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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JVC GZ-HM550 Bluetooth HD Camcorder Review


High quality, full HD with Bluetooth versatility at an affordable price may be just what the doctor ordered for today's video non-professional looking to chase…

Wireless Bluetooth compatible ; Large internal flash drive (32GB) ; Additional storage with SD/SDHC card slot ; Full HD recording ; Highest quality AVCHD (24Mbps) ; Automatic lens cover

Short battery life ; Needs to be compatible with a greater number of smartphones

A very versatile video capture device with the portability edge.

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JVC Everio GZ-HM550 review


Enthusiast camcorder with advanced connectivitiy is a sound all-in-one option


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JVC Everio GZ-HM550 review


The JVC Everio GZ-HM550's picture quality certainly cuts the mustard and we like some of its innovative features, but there are cheaper, easier-to-control camcorders available.

Innovative Bluetooth connectivity ; Some useful shooting and sharing options ; Good video quality ; Performs well in interior-lit conditions

Some complicated and superfluous advanced features ; Awkward laser touch control system ; No HDMI cable included

The JVC Everio GZ-HM550 is a pretty good camcorder with some highly unusual tricks up its sleeve, though some of these -- such as Bluetooth connectivity -- can be complicated to set up and use. If you're not going to take full advantage of the Everio's...

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Great Camcorder


This is a great little camcorder! Love the 32gb flash memory! The camera is ready to film just seconds after you turn it on. No need to wait for a tape, or a HD to spin up. Takes awesome video, and great pics too!

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JVC Everio HD GZ-HM550BUS Flash Memory Camera


This is camcorder from JVC. I bought this one time because I love documenting events. My travel, birthdays and holidays. This is one of the several things I post in a social media site. My old camera was just plainly for picture taking. I was told that...

I like this camcorder, I just hope the interface is more user-friendly but the rest as to quality of picture, sound, features, all are excellent.

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JVC Everio HD GZ-HM550BUS Flash Memory Camera


This is camcorder from JVC. I bought this one time because I love documenting events. My travel, birthdays and holidays. This is one of the several things I post in a social media site. My old camera was just plainly for picture

Product Specifications

Aside from offering built-in Bluetooth wireless technology, the GZ-HM550 provides all the quality and convenience features to appeal to consumers who are looking for a high-performance camera in a compact package. Its 10.62-megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor enables shooting of 1920 x 1080 Full HD videos and real nine mega pixel digital stills. The GZ-HM500 is also equipped with both an LED light and a flash for shooting in dark situations. Advanced Image Stabilizer ensures steady images even while walking, and is especially effective when shooting bright scenes from full wide to 5x zoom. To make it easier for the user to find and play any desired scene, the GZ-HM550 offers face flow thumbnail, a feature that displays thumbnails from a particular section of a video by automatically selecting and zooming into human faces. And to make shooting and carrying easier, the camera has a redesigned grip belt that works in two 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.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:JVC BN-VG114

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080p
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Spotlight / Portrait mode / Night mode / Sports mode / Twilight mode / Snow

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated
Storage Capacity:32GB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:JVC Everio

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-4.5
Max Focal Length:67mm
Min Focal Length:6.7mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:9.3Megapixel
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:10.62Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/2.3 / 1/2.3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):11 mm ( 1/2.3 ) / 11 mm ( 1/2.3" )
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Video Format:AVCHD
Digital Zoom:200
Face Detection: Yes
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG