Inputs and Outputs
AVCHD Progressive Recording: The JVC HD Everio GZ-EX555 compact digital camcorder is
capable of recording Full 1920 x 1080 HD video onto the 16 GB internal flash
memory or optional SD, SDHC, and SDXC
memory cards. In addition, the unit offers 1080/60p progressive recording, where
each individual frame is a complete, high-resolution picture.
SD Card Slot: The GZ-EX555 has a slot for SD memory cards. The unit is
compatible with SD cards up to 2 GB, SDHC cards from 4 GB to 32 GB, and SDXC
cards up to 128 GB. A 128 GB SDXC card can hold 11-1/2 hours of Full HD video
at the highest recording quality. Class 4 or higher SD cards are recommended for
video recording. No SD cards are included with the camcorder.
3.0" LCD Touch Screen Monitor: The GZ-EX555 is equipped with a 3.0" Touch Panel LCD monitor. The LCD has 230,000
pixels, and can rotate 270° for best visibility when shooting at difficult
Imaging Device: The camcorder has a 1/5.8" back-illuminated CMOS image
sensor with 2,510,000 total pixels. It has a recording area of 1,010,000 to
2,290,000 effective pixels for recording AVCHD video, and 920,000 to 1,770,000
pixels for recording in iFrame mode. For recording still images, there are 1,710,000
pixels for 4:3 images and 2,290,000 for 16:9 still images.
Lens: The GZ-EX555 has a bright F1.8-3.9 lens with a 38x optical zoom, and a
focal length of 2.1mm to 79.8mm. The 35mm equivalent focal length for AVCHD
video is 29.3mm-1906mm (dynamic zoom on) and 29.3mm-1219mm (dynamic zoom off). For still images,
the focal length is 35.9mm-1590mm in 4:3 and 29.3mm-1299mm in 16:9.
Zoom: The camcorder offers four options for zooming. In addition to
the 38x optical zoom, you can select dynamic zoom of up to 65x (zoom ratio
varies according to the image stabilizer setting), or digital zoom
of up to 200x. When the digital zoom is used, the image can become grainy as
the subject is enlarged digitally.
Optical Image Stabilization: You can choose from two levels of image
stabilization. The Optical Image Stabilizer reduces camera shake during video
recording. The Enhanced Advanced Image Stabilizer can deliver effective results
over the entire zoom range, from wide-angle to telephoto.
Built-in Wi-Fi: The GZ-EX555 has built-in Wi-Fi capabilities,
allowing you to monitor your videos in real time using a smartphone or computer
using a wireless connection. Wireless connections can be made via an Access
Point or Wi-Fi Direct (Everio Sync.2), using a free app for Android phones and
tablets, plus iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad (see Wi-Fi specs below for
compatibility). Wi-Fi functions include:
- Direct Monitoring: The one-to-one wireless connection of
the camcorder to your smartphone or PC allows real-time monitoring from
another room. No wireless access point (wireless LAN router) needed.
- Indoor Monitoring: Connect to the smartphone or PC via
access point at home using the wireless LAN router to monitor images
captured by the camcorder. You can record videos and still images while
- Outdoor Monitoring: You can check the image on the
camera via an internet connection with a smartphone (or computer) while you
are outside. You can record videos and still images while monitoring.
- Detect/Mail: A still image is automatically captured
and sent via email when faces or movements are detected by the camera. You
can also set to record videos on the camera during detection.
- Video Mail: You can record a 15-second video clip and
have it directly emailed to up to 8 registered smartphone or computer
addresses via Wi-Fi.
- TV Monitoring: Connect the unit to a DLNA-compatible TV via the
access point at home using the wireless LAN router.
- Easy Storage: Save all the videos and still images that have not
been backed up to your computer, which is connected via wireless network.
- Location Information: You can record location information where
the recording is taking place via direct connection (Wi-Fi Direct) with a
- Pan Cradle (optional): You can pan the camera left or right when
it is used with the optional
CU-PC1 Pan Cradle, while being remotely controlled by a smartphone.
- Wireless LAN Standard: IEEE802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz band)
- Using Everio Sync.2:
- Supported Terminals: iPod touch/iPhone/iPad running iOS 5.1 or
later, and Android smartphones and tablets running Android 2.3 or later
- Signal Strength: minimum line speed of about 5.3
Mbps is recommended
- Using Web Browser:
- Operating Environment:
- OS: Windows 7 with Internet Explorer 9 (or
later) and Windows Media Player 12 (or later) installed
- CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GHz or higher
- Memory: 2 GB or higher
- Signal Strength: minimum line speed of about 10
Mbps for Full HD, 3 Mbps for SD, and 1.7 Mbps for Motion JPEG
Video Recording Quality: When recording AVCHD video you can
choose from four Full High Definition (1920 x 1080) settings and two Standard
Definition settings (720 x 480). The image quality settings include UXP (24 Mbps bit rate), XP (17 Mbps), SP (12 Mbps),
and EP (4.8
Mbps) for HD and SSW (6.2 Mbps) and SEW (3 Mbps). The approximate video recording time using
the 16 GB internal memory is:
- UXP: 1 hour 20 min
- XP: 1 hour 50 min
- SP: 2 hours 40 min
- EP: 6 hours 40 min
- SSW: 5 hours 10 min
- SEW: 10 hours 40 min
iFrame: The GZ-EX555 can record in iFrame format, which is
suitable for importing to iMovie on a Mac computer. There are two image quality
settings for iFrame: 1280 x 720 and 960 x 540. The built-in memory can store 55
minutes of 1280 x 720 iFrame video and 1 hour 10 minutes of 960 x 540 iFrame
Still Image Sizes: In addition to recording video, the
GZ-EX555 can record still images in 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios. You can set the
image sizes to 3840 x 2160 (8M), 1920 x 1080 (2M), 1440 x 1080 (1.5M) 640
x 480 (0.3M). Still images can also be taken during video recording by simply
pressing the Snapshot button. The size of the still image captured in video mode
is 1920 x 1080. The 16 GB internal memory can hold 3000 still images at the highest
High-Speed Video Recording: By recording videos at a high speed, the
videos can be played back in smooth slow-motion. High-speed video recording can
be handy for emphasizing movements, such as a golf swing or a tennis stroke.
Video is recorded at 300 frames per second at a resolution of 720 x 480.
Playback time is 5 times the actual recording time. The maximum recording time
is 144 minutes, which would take 12 hours to play back.
Night Alive: The GZ-EX555's NightAlive setting increases
gain and brightens the scene automatically use a slow shutter when the
surrounding is dark. A tripod is recommended to prevent camera shake. In the
NightAlive mode, you can shoot in low light situations down to 1 lux. The lowest
illumination during normal shooting is 3 lux.
Face Recognition: You can register the faces of up to 6
people, and when the registered faces are recognized, the focus and brightness
are adjusted automatically. The faces can be prioritized and tagged with a name
Time-Lapse Photography: The GZ-EX555 can take a series of frames at a
set interval to illustrate within a short time changes to a scene that occur
slowly over a long period of time. This feature can be used to photograph the
opening of a flower bud, or the passing of clouds over several hours. You can
set the interval at 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 40, or 80 seconds. The longer the interval,
the faster the video will be when played back at normal speed (30 fps). (Example: recordings taken at 2
second intervals will be played back at 60 times speed.)
Battery: The GZ-EX555 is powered by the BN-VG114U Lithium-Ion
rechargeable battery (3.6V/1400mAh). Optional, longer-life batteries,
such as BN-VG121U and BN-VG138U, will also work with this camcorder. The
batteries charge while attached to the camcorder, using the supplied AC-V11U AC
adapter. The approximate recording and charging times
for each battery is as follows:
||Actual Recording Time
||1 hr 50 min
||2 hrs 30 min
||1 hr 25 min
||1 hr 30 min
||2 hrs 45 min
||3 hrs 30 min
||1 hr 10 min
||2 hrs 10 min
||2 hrs 40 min
||4 hrs 55 min
||6 hrs 10 min
||2 hrs 5 min
||3 hrs 50 min
Inputs and Outputs
HDMI: The camcorder has a Mini HDMI (Type C) output for
connecting to an HDTV. A Mini-HDMI-to HDMI cable is required to connect the
camcorder to an HDTV for viewing high definition video and still images. (No
HDMI cable is included with the camcorder.) If the
connected TV is compatible with HDMI-CEC (consumer electronics control), you
can operate the camcorder using the remote from the TV.
USB: The Mini-B Version 2.0 connector allows you to connect the
camcorder to your computer for downloading your videos and photos. It can
also be used for connecting to a DVD Writer, BD Writer (External Blu-ray
Drive), or USB External Hard Disk Drive. A 40" USB cable is included.
AV: The 3.5mm minijack AV output lets you connect the camcorder
to a TV for playing back Standard Definition videos and still images. You can also connect to a
DVD recorder or VCR. A 37" AV cable, with composite video and stereo RCA
audio plugs, is included. The same 3.5mm output can be used as a headphone
Microphone Input: The GZ-EX555 has a 3.5mm input for
connecting an external microphone. The camcorder has a shoe adapter mount that
can accommodate most camera-mounted microphones.
DC Power: The camcorder has an AC adapter for connecting the
camcorder to standard household electrical power. The AC adapter is used to
charge the battery in the camera, or to power the camcorder during long
recording sessions, playback to a TV, or downloading videos to external
Included Software: The camcorder is equipped with LoiLoFit for Everio
software, which is loaded into the camcorder's memory. In addition, the built-in software includes a Detailed User's Guide. To access the software and Detailed User's Guide, you will need to connect the camera to your computer. The software lets you archive and organize your videos, create discs, and upload video to YouTube and other popular websites. It is compatible with the following Operating Systems:
Note: For Mac users, you can import files from the camcorder using
Apple's iMovie '08, '09, '11 (video) or iPhoto (still images). OS X version
10.6.5 or higher is required.