Hitachi DZ-HS300 reviews: DVD and HDD storage SD camcorder

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This camcorder is a good all rounder.

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7.7 out of 10 based on 7 reviews.
Hitachi DZ-HS300: Horizontally held, 25x optical zoom camcorder using SD card. See full product description

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derek, preston

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
compact and light easy to carry and handle focus stays clear and no shudder.
Bad points:
none at this present time
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 30 Jul 2007

Maureen, Camberley

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Easy to use with user friendly manual. One has to experiment a bit and a knowledge of computer logic and previous camcorder experience useful but no real problems. Versatility provided by HDD, DVD and stills very useful but stills quality not as good as dedicated digital camera but certainly adequate. Good value for price. I have not as yet tried to transfer anything to VHS or DVD or hook up to TV or computer.
Bad points:
None really as far as I can judge so far. With hindsight a flash facility (I have the one without) would have been useful but not vital.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 7.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 16 Oct 2007

Lee , Bidston, Wirral

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
VEry easy to use and provides great use of storage methods
Bad points:
Photograph quality very poor
Overall rating 7.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 7.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 14 Oct 2007

Paul, Wigmore

Score 6.0/10
Good points:
clear display
Bad points:
Fiddley controls for going to card and to DVD, etc.
Overall rating 6.0
Ease of use 5.0
Image quality 8.0
Battery life 3.0
Weight 6.0
Value for money 7.0
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 03 Aug 2007

Product Features

Resolution quality SD
Resolution (Pixels) 640x480
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 25
Media format DVD and HDD
Connections USB
Type of memory card SD
Shape of camcorder Horizontally held
Digital zoom ratio 1200
Type of image stabiliser Electronic
Widescreen recording Yes
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 8
Weight (g) 435
Screen size (Inches) 2.7
Maximum aperture telephoto 3.2
Maximum aperture wide 1.8
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 39
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 973
Type of chip CCD
Release date 2007-01-31

Also known as: HITACHI DZHS300, Hitachi DZ-HS300E

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Manufacturer's Description

The world’s first Hybrid DVD and Hard Disk Drive HDD Camcorder

The Hitachi DZ-HS300 combines the convenience of the DVD format – for easy playback and sharing – with the storage capacity of a Hard Disk Drive (HDD) in a revolutionary hybrid design that simplifies and speeds up the home movie making process. And at the touch of a button you can record video from the internal hard drive to DVD all directly from the camcorder – with no need for an additional PC based process. The DZ-HS300 hybrid provides unparalleled versatility and performance and in a compact design that makes the home movie making experience easier and better than ever.

Shoot for Hours – Hard Disk Drive enables up to 6 hours of recording time.

Edit in Seconds – Select all or individual scenes to record.

Share in Minutes – Burn DVD’s directly from the camcorder’s hard drive – no computer required!

Integrated 8 GB HDD

Hitachi’s own internal 8 GB hard disk drive delivers outstanding recording times and unbeatable reliability. As one of the leaders in hard drive technology, Hitachi has squeezed all this into a drive just one inch across. Simply, this means you get the capacity you need without the bulk you don’t.

Easy dubbing

Our one touch easy dubbing feature means you can quickly burn entire movies saved on the HDD to DVD. Just press the button and the camcorder will do the rest. Alternatively, you can create your own director’s cut by selecting scenes with the thumbnail interface. It’s as easy as that.

Multiformat+ compatibility

Whatever the DVD format, the DZ-HS300 can probably burn it. The Multiformat+ drive will burn DVD-R, DVD-RAM, DVD-RW and DVD+RW. So not only will DVDs play on your home DVD player, they are also compatible with your friends’ and family’s players too.

1-Second quick start

Life doesn’t wait to be filmed. That’s why our camcorders feature 1-Second Quick Start from standby – the fastest start-up time on the market. It means you need never worry about missing the moment again.

True 16:9 widescreen

Not only do Hybrid Camcorders record in true 16:9 widescreen, their own on-board 2.7" widescreen LCD screen is true 16:9 too. It means that what you see is exactly what you’ll get, no cropping, no compromise.

Advanced drop-proofing

Accidents happen. That’s why the DZ-HS300 hybrid has an (ESP) extra sensory protection drop proofing system to protect the HDD. Their Zero G sensors automatically detect falls of 10 cm or more, suspending read-write activity and cushioning the hard drive for impact. The result is data loss reduced by up to 50%.

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