JVC GZ-MG555

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JVC GZ-MG555 camcorder

The JVC GZ-MG555 camcorder (in North America), also known as the JVC GZ-MG575 (in Asia and Europe), was produced by JVC in 2007. It records standard definition MPEG-2 video onto either a built-in hard disk drive, or on a secure digital memory card in MOD format.

Video can be recorded in four quality settings: Ultra Fine (720 x 480, 8.5Mbit/s), Fine (720 x 480, 5.5Mbit/s), Normal (720 x 480, 4.2Mbit/s), and Economy (352 x 240, 1.5Mbit/s). The built-in harddrive has capacity of 30GB (40GB for GZ-MG575) and can hold up to 7 hours of video when recorded at the highest quality setting.

When recording to a memory card, the recording time depends only on capacity of the card. The GZ-MG555 uses full-size SDHC memory cards. One 4GB card can fit roughly 1 hour of video at highest quality setting. There are no limitations for using any of the recording formats when recording to a memory card.

In 2007 this camcorder had the largest imaging sensor for a consumer camcorder, 1/2.5". Other distinguishing features of this camcorder include:

  • External microphone jack
  • Accessory shoe
  • Built-in neutral density filter
  • FireWire port
  • Threaded lens barrel for attachments
  • Black body color

Lacking from the camcorder is an optical viewfinder, headphone output, focus ring and full manual mode.

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  • Sensor: 1/2.5-inch 5.37 Megapixel CCD
  • Lens speed: f/3.5
  • Filter Diameter: 46 mm
  • Optical Zoom: 10x
  • Image Stabiliser: digital
  • Viewfinder: No
  • LCD Screen: 2.8"
  • Headphone Out: No
  • Microphone In: Yes
  • Recording media: built-in 30GB (GZ-MG555) or 40GB (GZ-MG575) HDD, SDHC memory card (card is not included)
  • Weight: 750 g

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