Price is rather steep
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.
Records to Blu-ray discsViewfinder and accessory shoe
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.
Combo 8GB HDD/DVD camcorder
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.
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