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Panasonic PV-L550 VHS-C Analog Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 19 reviews of Panasonic PV-L550 VHS-C Analog Camcorder. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the size and portability are overall positive. The durability and price are also appreciated, whereas many are negative about the battery.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic PV-L550 VHS-C Analog Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 71/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 user reviews of Panasonic PV-L550 VHS-C Analog Camcorder 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 People really like the size and portability. The usability and price also get good comments. Many are negative about the durability.

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

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Oct, 2016

Consumer review by: hub3 (

** If You Have a Child, You'll Need a Camcorder. This One is GREAT! **


Ok, we didn't buy the Panasonic PV-L550. It was a gift from my Dad (2000 miles away) so we could send videos of his new grandson.

small, many useful features, DURABLE!

None yet.

May, 2001

Consumer review by: Maxs_mom (

WARNING: Mom with a camcorder!


I should begin my review stating that I am not a techie. I have not previously owned a camcorder and am going to use mom-ish language to describe my experience with this product, as to not confuse myself and others - LOL!

easy to use, high quality video

battery needs constant recharging

Jan, 2001

Consumer review by: ONLYTRUTH (

I TOLD you it wasn't my dog! Now you clean up MY garbage!


The Panasonic Palm-corder series are all excellent values. I looked into various models and chose the PV-L550 because it is affordable and has the LCD display (with a built in speaker). At first I didn't really think that I would the LCD display, but...

Durable, inexpensive, easy to use


Dec, 2000

Product Specifications

Panasonic offers a complete line-up of Palmcorder products to suit many different needs and applications. From VHS-C format camcorders to the latest in DVC digital technology Panasonic Palmcorders incorporate features designed to be both sophisticated yet simple and easy to use. For example, there is Digital EIS, an image stabilizer that minimizes the unwanted jitter and shake from the recorded picture. Panasonic Palmsight Palmcorders incorporate an extra large LCD monitor for easier recording that doubles as a TV screen plus, with the built-in speaker, you can check recordings "in the field" to ensure perfect results. For 2000, it gets even better. Your memories can now be transferred to a computer and e-mailed around the world! And along with every product that carries name "Panasonic", you'll also benefit from its more than 70 years of experience in building products that provide high reliability and value. Whether you want to capture your baby's first steps or create full-motion multimedia presentations, Panasonic has designed a Palmcorder with both your needs and budget in mind. This model features Color Digital Fade: select from 7 fade variations with your choice of 8 colors for flexibility in transition from one scene to the next. MotionSensor: Panasonic knows that you can never have too much security. That's why all year 2000 VHS-C Palmcorder camcorders are equipped with MotionSensor, a simple home security feature. When using MotionSensor the camcorder will start recording within seconds of perceiving motion, and stop 30 seconds after motion ceases. The date and time are automatically recorded on the tape as an added benefit.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Run Time (Up To):2hour(s)

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic Palmcorder

Lens System

Optical Zoom:18/26
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Black / Gray/Black / Metallic gray

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic/None

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / Fade trigger
Digital Zoom:150
Media Type:VHS-C


Viewfinder Color Support:Black & white
Viewfinder Type:LCD