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Hitachi DZ-HS300A
Hitachi DZ-BD70A
Hitachi UltraVision DZGX5020A
Hitachi DZBX35A
Hitachi DZMV780A
Hitachi DZ-HS300A DVD Camcorder
Hitachi DZ-BD70A DVD Camcorder
Hitachi UltraVision DZGX5020A DVD Camcorder
Hitachi DZBX35A DVD Camcorder
Hitachi DZMV780A DVD Camcorder
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Release Date
Jan 2007
Oct 2007
Feb 2007
Jan 2006
Jul 2005
Recording Format
DVD
DVD, Flash Media
DVD
DVD
DVD
Optical Zoom
25.0 x
10.0 x
30.0 x
25.0 x
10.0 x
CCD Quantity
1.0
1.0
1.0
1.0
Memory Still Resolution
0.31 MegaPixels
4.32 MegaPixels
0.31 MegaPixels
0.31 MegaPixels
1.23 MegaPixels
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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).

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    - The images are suitable for e-mailing but not necessarily for printing out.
    - Like Hitachi's other DVD camcorders, the DZ-BX35A carries over the design of last year's DZ-GX20A.

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    - Precise manual focus can be difficult to achieve.
    - Battery life is so disappointing that you may want to budget for the optional extended battery.
    - DVD-RAM not supported by most set-top DVD players.
    - A Quick Menu button offers an abbreviated list of functions, but the regular menus are relatively sparse, leaving the Quick Menu so basic that it's rarely useful.

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    - Unfortunately, its mediocre indoor still and video quality makes it a poor choice.
    - Precise manual focus can be difficult to achieve.
    - Battery life is so disappointing that you may want to budget for the optional extended battery.
    - DVD-RAM not supported by most set-top DVD players.
    - You're better off paying for one of the more expensive alternatives.
    - The Hitachi DZMV780A's specifications are similar to those of a low-end MiniDV camcorder.

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    - The recorded audio quality was average.
    - The video clips looked very good and clear on our TV monitor (which tends to hide a lot of quality problems), though we did notice some shimmering.
    - Bootup time was acceptable, at 4.1 seconds, and there was hardly any noticeable shutter lag.