Hitachi DZ-HS500E reviews: DVD storage SD camcorder

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+ This camcorder has no outstanding positive points. - It scores poorly on weight.

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8.4 out of 10 based on 34 reviews.
Hitachi DZ-HS500E: Horizontally held, 30x optical zoom camcorder using SD card. See full product description

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Confirmed purchaser

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
can share video straight away
Bad points:
no points for atachments ie hot shoe for camera light & extenal mic
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 7.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 25 Mar 2008

Adam, North Yorkshire Busy parent

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
This camera is exceptional in quality of recording, value for money and ease of use. The length of recording time on the HDD even at best quality is superb with the added advantage of being able to record striaght to DVD is such a bonus.
Bad points:
Cant think of any really. The still picture quality isnt great, but of you want to do still photography but a stills camera as this machine was designed for filming.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 10.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 24 Mar 2008

Carol, York

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
It is compact, light, easy to use and produces excellant quality reproduction.
Bad points:
None
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 10.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 18 Feb 2008

Confirmed purchaser

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
very good quality.quick and easy to set up. no major fault
Bad points:
goes into dubbing mode after recording for long period of time
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 10.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 17 Feb 2008

Irene, Livingston, West Lothian

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
I find it very easy to use,and being able to record on the hard drive the put on a dvd is great.I haven't tried using it with the SD card yet.
Bad points:
Battery life as usual could always be longer make sure you have a spare ready at all times then you won't get caught.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 7.0
Battery life 6.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 10.0
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 16 Feb 2008

chris, wellington

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
We like the ease of use mostly and with its price tag, this is real value for money
Bad points:
none so far
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 7.0
Battery life 6.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 08 Mar 2008

Ruth, Griffiths Mum of four

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Really useful tape-free system, love how quickly it can be used and how long the battery lasts.
Bad points:
It has been tricky to find 8cm discs to copy from the hdd and the software is a bit clumsy - no drag and drop facility that I can find
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 7.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 04 Mar 2008

This Hitachi DZ-HS500E is reviewed on TechRadar

Product Features

Resolution quality SD
Resolution (Pixels) 640x480
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 30
Media format Hard disk drive
Media format DVD
Connections USB
Type of memory card SD
Shape of camcorder Horizontally held
Digital zoom ratio 1500
Type of image stabiliser Electronic
Widescreen recording Yes
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 30
Weight (g) 505
Screen size (Inches) 2.7
Maximum aperture telephoto 4.1
Maximum aperture wide 2
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 40.7
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 1221
Type of chip CCD
Release date 2007-11-13

Also known as: Hitachi DZHS500E, HITACHI DZHS500

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Manufacturer's Description

Shoot for hours. Edit in minutes. Share in seconds.

Introducing the latest DZ-HS500 Hybrid DVD+HDD CAM is a new kind of camcorder that combines the high capacity of a 30GB Hitachi hard disk with the convenience of a Multiformat+ DVD burner.

Shoot 23 hours* on the HDD then press the One Touch Dubbing button to burn movies from HDD to DVD with 2x speed dubbing*1 Users can enjoy the advantage of Hybrid CAM; shooting longer and burning multiple DVDs for fast and easy sharing without a PC or other hardware.

  • Hybrid DVD+HDD CAM
  • One Touch Easy Dubbing Button
  • Multiformat+ DVD RAM/-RW/-R/+RW (& SD Card)
  • 30GB High Capacity Hitachi HDD
  • 2x Speed Dubbing
  • 1-Second Quick Start

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