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
- 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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