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


Product Highlights:

  • Broadcast Overlay, MPEG-2 Recording
  • Built-In Wireless LAN, Zixi, and GPS
  • 1" CMOS Sensor, 20x Optical Zoom
  • 3840 x 2160 60p/50p/30p/25p/24p
  • UHD 4K, HD, SD, SD-Proxy Recording
  • HDR via HLG or J-Log1 (10-Bit)
  • ProRes, MOV, MP4 Recording, IP Streaming
  • 3 x Manual Lens Rings: Focus, Iris, Zoom
  • LCOS Quad VGA EVF, LCD Viewfinder
  • 2 x SDHC/SDXC Card Slots, Optional SSD

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

GY-HC550E - Specification

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Camera Front-End Specifications
Image Sensor (inch):1" (effective) CMOS
Number of Sensors:1
Mega Pixels:9,35 mio
Sensitivity in F at 2000 Lux:F 12
Shutter speed:1/6 to 1/10000
White Balance modes:FAW, AWA, 3200K, 5600K, Manual
Color Matrix adjustment:Yes
Wide Dynamic Range Mode (WDR):Yes
User selected function buttons:Yes
User Customizes Menu:Yes
Optical Specifications
Lens mount:Internal
Optical Zoom X times:20
Dynamic Zoom x times:40
Lens F Number:2.8 to 4.5
Lens ratio from / to:9.43mm to 188.6mm
Lens ratio equivalent to 35mm:28mm to 560mm
Auto Focus:Yes
Optical Image stabilization:Yes
Filter Diameter in mm:82mm
Build in ND Filters:3 Filters: 1/4, 1/16, 1/64 plus OPEN
Recording Formats
Media:SDHC/SDXC memory card x 2 plus M2 SSD Slot with Adapter* optional
Media Class:4K/70 Mbps,HD and below Class 10 4K/150Mbps UHS1-U3 (no UHS-2)
Recording slots:3
Encoder:ProRes, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (HD/SD), MPEG-2 (HD)
File Format MOV:Yes
File Format MP4:Yes
File Format MXF:Yes
Video Codec MPEG2 Long GOP:Yes
Video Codec MPEG4 AVC/H264 4K/HD:Yes
Video Codec H264 (SD):Yes
Video Codec others:4K UHD ProRes / Proxy H264
Recording Resolution Formats:
Resolution 3840 x 2160:Yes, 4K UHD 60p/50p (ProRes) 422HQ/422/422LT 10-bit
4K UHD 30p/25p/24p (H.264) 4:2:2 10-bit / 4:2:0 8-bit 150Mbps/70Mbps
Resolution 1920 x 1080:Yes
Resolution 1280 x720:Yes
Resolution 720 x 576:Yes, 50i
Resolution 960 x 540:Yes
Resolution 480 x 270:Yes
SD Recording:Yes
Audio Channels:2
Audio Recording modes:LPCM 2ch, 48kHz/16-bit (MOV/MXF*), µ-Law 2ch (Proxy), AAC 2ch (MP4)
Audio Filters:Yes
IP Section of the Product
IP Main Connection:USB A Host, Ethernet LAN RJ45 1000Base-T
IP Connection supports:Ethernet, WIFI - and LTE USB Adapters
IP Build-in WIFI:Yes
IP Build in WIFI-Band aera support:2,4GHz and 5GHz with MIMO
IP Features Live-Streaming:Yes
IP Features Remote:Yes, via RM-LP100 or Web-Browser no apps needed
IP Features FTP:Yes, Different protocols
Special Features
Overlay for Broadcast-News:Yes
Fix Templates:Yes
Self Modify Templates via SDP Generator:Yes
Text support:Yes
Logo support:Yes
LIVE Logo:Yes
Overlay output selection:Yes, REC / LIVE / STREAM
IN-OUT´s Connections
OUT HDSDI Format max.:1080/60p,50p 10 Bit 4:2:2 EE
OUT HDMI Format max.:UHD
OUT AV:Yes, 3.5mm mini jack
OUT Audio Headphone:Yes, 1 times 3.5mm mini jack
IN Audio XLR MIC/LINE:Yes, 2 CH with +48 V Mic and Line support
Time code IN/OUT:Yes
Wired remote IN:Yes, serial LANC 2.5mm mini jack
Option Slot:SSD Caddy Support
Operation Panel Type:LCD
Operation Panel Resolution:WVGA (800 x 480), 800 x 450 at 16:9
WVGA (800 x 480), 800 x 450 at 16:9:Operation Panel Size diagonal in inch
Operation Panel Size diagonal in inch:3.97
3.97:Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) Type
Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) Type:LCOS
LCOS:Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) Resolution
Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) Resolution:Quad VGA (1280 x 960), 1280 x 720 at 16:9
Quad VGA (1280 x 960), 1280 x 720 at 16:9:Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) Size diagonal in inch
Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) Size diagonal in inch:0.4
Power and Enviroment Spec´s
Power AC:Yes, DV12V(AC Adapter)
Power DC:Yes, 7,2 Volt Battery BN-VC264
Battery types:BN-VC264
Power consumption:17,5 Watt
Mechanical Informations
Weight in kg:3,1 kg
Measurements (WxHxD) in mm:W 195 x H 230 x D 445
Include Package
Battery:Yes, BN-VC296G
AC/DC adapter:Yes, AC Adapter
Cable 1:Yes, Power cord
Additional s:Yes, Wireless Antennas 2x, Lens Cap
Image Sensor:1-Chip 1" CMOS Sensor
Sensor Resolution:9.35 MP
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
Shutter Speed:1/6 to 1/10,000 sec
Built-In ND Filter:Mechanical Filter Wheel with Clear, 2 Stop (1/4), 4 Stop (1/16), 6 Stop (1/64) ND Filters
Built-In Microphone Type:Stereo
Media/Memory Card Slot:Dual Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I) [U3/V30 or Faster Recommended]
Recording Modes:ProRes 422HQ 4:2:2 10-Bit:
3840 x 2160p up to 50/60 fps
ProRes 422 4:2:2 10-Bit:
3840 x 2160p up to 50/60 fps
ProRes 422LT 4:2:2 10-Bit:
3840 x 2160p up to 50/60 fps
H.264 4:2:2 10-Bit:
3840 x 2160p at 24/25/30 fps (150 Mb/s)
H.264 4:2:0 8-Bit:
3840 x 2160p at 24/25/30 fps (70 Mb/s)
H.264 4:2:2 10-Bit:
1920 x 1080p (8 to 50 Mb/s)
H.264 4:2:0 8-Bit:
1280 x 720p (8 to 50 Mb/s)
720 x 480p (8 Mb/s)
960 x 540p (1.2 to 3 Mb/s)
480 x 270p (1.2 to 3 Mb/s)
1920 x 1080p (25 to 35 Mb/s)
1440 x 1080p (25 to 35 Mb/s)
1280 x 720p (25 to 35 Mb/s)
Audio Recording:MOV
IP Streaming:MPEG2, RTMP, RTP, RTSP, UDP, ZIXI, TCP: 640 x 360 to 1920 x 1080 at 50p, 59.94p (0.3 to 20.00 Mb/s)
Video Connectors:1 x BNC (3G-SDI) Output
1 x HDMI Output
1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) TRRS A/V (Composite) Output
Audio Connectors:2 x 3-Pin XLR Mic/Line Level (+48 V Phantom Power) Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm Stereo Mic Level Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm Stereo Headphone Output
Other I/O:1 x 2.5 mm
1 x RCA Timecode
1 x USB (Unspecified Type) LAN Data
1 x RJ45 LAN
1 x 2.5 mm Control
Wireless Interfaces:2.4 GHz, 5 GHz Wi-Fi Video Output, Audio Output
Display Type:Articulating LCD
Resolution:800 x 450
EVF Display Type:LCOS
Screen Size:.25"
EVF Resolution:1280 x 960 (1,228,800 Dots)
Battery Type:JVC BN-VC264
Power Connectors:1 x Barrel (12 VDC) Inpu
Accessory Mount:1 x Cold Shoe Moun
Dimensions:7.68 x 9.06 x 17.52" / 195 x 230 x 445 m
Weight:6.83 lb / 3.1 
Warranty Length:Limited 1-Year Warranty
Packaging Info
Package Weight:11.34 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH):21.2 x 12.2 x 11.8"

Items Included:

  • JVC GY-HC550 Handheld Connected Cam 1" 4K Broadcast Camcorder
  • BN-VC264 Battery
  • Lens Hood
  • 2 x Wireless Antennas
  • AC Adapter
  • Power Cable
  • Limited 2-Year Parts/1-Year Labor Warranty
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