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Need help viewing camcorder feed on another device.

Hello, I am a complete newbie when it comes to cameras and could really use some help. I am having a hard time figuring out the best way to view what my camera sees on a larger screen.  The LCD screen on the video camera is pretty small and my eyes aren't great. Initially I thought I could just plug (usb) it in to a tablet and be good to go but the guys at Best Buy said that was impossible.  I then looked to a handheld monitor/tv but I'm having trouble finding a battery powered model that has an HDMI input.  I'm filming in an area without WiFi or access to a power supply.  This seems to me like this should be a relatively easy problem to solve but I'm having trouble.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks
Camcorder model:  Panasonic HC-V550

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Does this have HDMI out?

In reply to: Need help viewing camcorder feed on another device.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jfn9lKWBURw is for another model but if yours has HDMI, connect that and see if yours has HDMI output during recording. The 750 does this.

So what you need now is some HDMI display to hang on the camcorder.
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Yes

In reply to: Does this have HDMI out?

Yes, it has HDMI out. So far, finding a hdmi in, battery powered monitor has been difficult. Is it possible to accomplish this on a laptop?

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Well maybe.

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Why maybe? Because the laptops with HDMI inputs were rare and now, discontinued. Also the cost of the HDMI capture card is pretty high.

But did you research the WiFi feature? I can't get a clear reading if it can do what you asked but it does seem to DEMAND connection to a WiFi router. Watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osi8ABCEIqc BE SURE TO WATCH AT ABOUT THE FOUR MINUTE MARK TO SEE SOMETHING INTERESTING. Since I didn't find a clear reading about the router, I'm going to BURY an idea here. If your phone has a HOTSPOT feature that may work.

OK, what about HDMI capture for that laptop? https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XWL7SZD/ref=asc_df_B06XWL7SZD5223658/ is about the cheapest I see but if the video signal has HDCP, it will fail. And again Panasonic is mum about if the HDMI has HDCP.

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NFC, HDMI & A/V

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You have three ways of monitoring the camera output. If you cam load the Panasonic "Image App" then you can view through any NFC enabled device. HDMI monitors are the best option and, as R Proffitt has said, there are dozens to chose from on Amazon but they are expensive, Neewer do one a "NW708-M 7 inches Field Monitor" at £75.99 .
I use the A/V out on my 750 to run a NextBase SDV49-A car DVD player which has a 7" screen and an A/V input. It works very well.

Have you checked that the 550 will output a live signal on both HDMI and A/V while recording? The 750 does but some lesser models shut the live feed when actually recording video.

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Going to try AV

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So I'm going to check today if the camera will send the feed to my regular tv via AV cable. If that works I'm going to try a portable car dvd player with AV input. The feed does shut off when I start recording but that is OK because I'm using the camera more as binoculars rather than to record. I'm just hoping the AV works because the hdmi monitors are just too expensive when going higher than 5-7 inch screens.

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There are many HDMI monitors for cameras.

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