JVC Everio GZ-HM550 Camcorder Review

Posted: June 22, 2010
JVC Everio GZ-HM550 Camcorder Review

JVC takes small and powerful camcorders one step further with the Everio GZ-HM 550, which features a high quality Konica Minolta lens, takes 9 megapixel stills and can be remote controlled via Bluetooth. Chris Hardwick and Kevin Pereira find out if this gadget is worth $600.

What You Need To Know

  • This is one of the smallest camcorders we've reviewed.
  • It's barely over 2" thick and about as long as a normal person's hand.
  • It only weighs about 2/3 of a pound.
  • It's all around easy to carry and shoot with, but JVC still hasn't switched over to a touch screen.
  • They use a touch sensitive strip and buttons to navigate.
  • It works like it should, but we can't help think that it might be time to go to a touch screen for more screen real estate.
  • In addition to being able to control the camcorder via Bluetooth, it has advanced image stabilization, takes 9 megapixel stills and other features, all of which work well.
  • The Bluetooth App is pretty self explanatory: you can record movies, zoom in and out, take pictures and even capture images from the camcorder onto your cell phone.
  • The main problem is that the App is only for certain BlackBerry and Windows Mobile phones, not for the iPhone or Android.
  • Taking pictures is great, because you don't have to switch modes. Just press the snapshot button at any time while filming and it takes pictures without skipping a beat.
  • The image stabilization is okay, but occasionally you'll get trailing around your subjects if you move a lot.
  • The camcorder records at 1920 x 1080, meaning full HD which looks good.
  • Normal light footage looks really crisp: the colors are vibrant and accurate, and the only thing that takes away from it is a little bit of camera shake.
  • Low light footage is mediocre: there's too much noise and trailing.
  • The automatic light on the camera does help this problem.
  • Other features include 43 GB of storage, an SDHC slot, sleek design and good image quality.


  • $600.00


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  • saranpion

    Ha ha... Techno Beaver.

    Posted: September 12, 2010 2:45 PM

    Keep those gadgets coming. You wouldn't want to be outdone by Techno Beaver.

    Posted: June 23, 2010 1:46 PM