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JVC GY-HC550 Handheld Connected Cam 1″ 4K Broadcast Camcorder


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JVC GY-HC550 Overview

JVC’s GY-HC550 Handheld Connected Cam 1″ 4K Professional Camcorder is a UHD 4K camcorder that shoots in both NTSC and PAL compatible frame rates and is designed to seamlessly work with both a traditional as well as IP workflow. Built into the camera are a variety of valuable broadcast related features such as a broadcast overlay, GPS metadata, and MPEG-2 encoding in HD for easy interfacing with legacy broadcasting systems. The camera also features a built-in wireless LAN, and the Zixi wireless protocol.

The GY-HC550 features a 1″ CMOS sensor and an integrated 20x optical zoom lens, while the camera can create a 40x digital zoom. The camera can capture in UHD, HD, SD, and you can record SD as proxy, recording up to 30p to the built-in media card slots or 60/50p to an optional SSD. The camera supports HDR by recording in HLG or JLog1 (10-bit).

The camera captures UHD in various flavors of ProRes, as well as MP4, and is capable of recording HD in MPEG-2 and streaming HD over IP via wired connection. The integrated 20x zoom lens features three manual control rings, one each for iris, focus, and zoom. the EVF features LCOS technology and over 1.2 million dots of resolution, while the built-in flip-out LCD viewfinder is just under 4″ diagonally. The camera features IFB and return video over IP, as well as auto FTP so your video files transfer automatically. It has 2 x SDHC/SDXC card slots, and features a slot for an optional SSD for capturing UHD at 60/50p.

10-bit ProRes 422 at 4K resolution and 50/60p frame rates recording to M.2 SSD (requires optional caddy)
4K UHD 30p/25p/24p 4:2:0 8-bit recording to SDHC/SDXC card
MPEG-2 recording in HD for compatibility with broadcast systems
HDR recording, HLG or J-Log1 (10-bit)
1-inch (effective) CMOS sensor with high picture quality, F11 Sensitivity
Newly developed 3-ring 4K lens with 20x zoom (f=28mm-560mm 35mm equivalent)
20x optical zoom, 40x lossless dynamic zoom
4-inch high-resolution LCD monitor, LCOS Quad VGA viewfinder
XLR audio connectors
High performance 1080 60p/50p live streaming (4K Rec + HD streaming + 4K HDMI output)
Low latency and high-quality streaming up to 20 Mb/s
LAN terminal (Streaming/IFB/Remote) in addition to USB host (v3.0)
Return over IP (Return video and IFB)
Auto FTP to upload native video clips automatically
The camera includes broadcast overlay capability, and built-in GPS
Brands JVC

JVC GY-HC550 Specs

Sensor Resolution Effective: 9.35 Megapixel
Sensor Type 1″-Type CMOS Sensor
Built-In ND Filter Mechanical Filter Wheel with Clear, 2 Stop (1/4), 4 Stop (1/16), 6 Stop (1/64) ND Filters
Capture Type Video Only
Exposure Control
Shutter Speed 1/10000 to 1/6 Second
Sensitivity f/11 at 2000 lux 89% Reflectance
Focal Length 9.4 to 188.6mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 28 to 560mm)
Optical Zoom Ratio 20x
Maximum Aperture f/2.8 to 4.5
Filter Size 82 mm
Control Rings Focus
Focus Control Autofocus
Manual Focus
Internal Recording Modes ProRes 422 HQ/ProRes 422/ProRes 422LT 4:2:2 10-Bit
3840 x 2160 up to 50/59.94 fps
H.264 4:2:2 10-Bit
3840 x 2160 at 24.00/25/29.97 fps [70 to 150 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080 [8 to 50 Mb/s]
1280 x 720 [8 to 50 Mb/s]
720 x 480 [8 Mb/s]
960 x 540 [1.2 to 3 Mb/s]
480 x 270 [1.2 to 3 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080 [25 to 35 Mb/s]
1440 x 1080 [25 to 35 Mb/s]
1280 x 720 [25 to 35 Mb/s]
Built-In Microphone Type Stereo
Audio Recording MOV:
640 x 360 to 1920 x 1080 at 50p, 59.94p (0.3 to 20.00 Mb/s)
Media/Memory Card Slot Dual Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I) [U3/V30 or Faster Recommended]
Video I/O 1 x BNC (3G-SDI) Output
1 x HDMI Output
1 x 1/8″ / 3.5 mm TRRS A/V (Composite) Output
Audio I/O 2 x XLR 3-Pin Mic/Line (+48 V Phantom Power) Input
1 x 1/8″ / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Microphone Input
1 x 1/8″ / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Headphone Output
Power I/O 1 x Barrel (12 VDC) Input
Other I/O 1 x 2.5 mm Sub-Mini
1 x RCA (Timecode)
1 x Unspecified USB (LAN) Data
1 x RJ45 (LAN)
1 x 2.5 mm Sub-Mini Control
Wireless 2.4 / 5 GHz MIMO Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) Video Output, Audio Output
Size 3.97″
Resolution 800 x 450
Display Type Articulating LCD
Type Built-In Electronic (LCOS)
Size 0.25″
Resolution 1280 x 960 (1,228,800 Dot)
Focus Type Auto and Manual Focus
Focus Mode Automatic, Manual Focus
Battery Type JVC BN-VC296G
Accessory Mount 1 x Cold Shoe Mount
Dimensions (W x H x D) 7.7 x 9.1 x 17.5″ / 195 x 230 x 445 mm
Weight 6.83 lb / 3.1 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight 11.34 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 21.2 x 12.2 x 11.8″