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Hitachi DZ-BD70E
Hitachi DZ-HS300A
Hitachi DZ-HS500A DVD-HDD Hybrid
Hitachi DZ-BD70A
Hitachi UltraVision DZGX5020A
Hitachi DZ-BD70E Camcorder
Hitachi DZ-HS300A DVD Camcorder
Hitachi DZ-HS500A DVD-HDD Hybrid Camcorder
Hitachi DZ-BD70A DVD Camcorder
Hitachi UltraVision DZGX5020A DVD Camcorder
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Release Date
Feb 2008
Jan 2007
Nov 2007
Oct 2007
Feb 2007
Optical Zoom
10.0 x
25.0 x
30.0 x
10.0 x
30.0 x
Recording Format
Blu-ray
DVD
Hard Drive
DVD, Flash Media
DVD
Recording System
NTSC
NTSC
NTSC
Camcorder Type
Digital
CCD Quantity
1.0
1.0
1.0
1.0
Memory Still Resolution
4.32 MegaPixels
0.31 MegaPixels
0.3 MegaPixels
4.32 MegaPixels
0.31 MegaPixels
Use
Video
Video

  • Hitachi wins top marks for bringing the storage capacity of Blu-ray to camcorders, so optical discs can now hold a useful hour or more of footage. The ability to pop these discs into your set-top player has tremendous appeal, too - assuming your player is compatible. But the DZ-BD70E is merely average as a camcorder. The grain in low light will be a disappointment to those expecting a leap in image quality from HD. The £770 price is rather steep, too, when Canon's awesome HF10 can now be had for £100 less.


  • If Blu-ray is the future of disc-based media, the Hitachi range of Blu-ray camcorders score cool points with anyone looking for the ease of disc-recording with the image quality of high definition. The DZ-BD70E has some image quality issues, but is stylish and capable, with a number of interesting features.

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    - On the off chance that you don't care about the mediocre video, perhaps you'll find its design problems a bit more off-putting.
    - The four-way switch that you use to navigate the menus--necessary if you want to choose from among the handful of scene modes and white-balance presets--feels stiff and is frequently nonresponsive if you move too quickly.

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    - There's easy access to buttons and controls and the 2.7" wide screen format LCD was just the right size for this camcorder.
    - For a single chip camcorder, we're pleased to see such vibrant colors that appear natural in well-lit scenes.
    - Hitachi has managed to keep the DZHS300A extremely thin and lightweight.


  • Even with all the flaws, I have to give Hitachi some praise for designing this hybrid. The idea of burning DVDs in the camcorder really enhances the idea of a HDD-based home video maker. There are definitely issues with the DZ-HS300A, including the documentation and the fact that colors didn't really shine, but that's pretty much the case with all single-chip SD DVD camcorders. Having used high-def camcorders, it's hard to get really excited about SD any longer (no matter if it's tape or disk).


Top 5 hitachi camcorder:

  1. Hitachi DZ-BD70E Camcorder
  2. Hitachi DZ-HS300A DVD Camcorder
  3. Hitachi DZ-HS500A DVD-HDD Hybrid Camcorder
  4. Hitachi DZ-BD70A DVD Camcorder
  5. Hitachi UltraVision DZGX5020A DVD Camcorder