|UPC||0050585223851, 50585223851, 840356868486|
|Storage Type||Internal & Removable|
|Media Format||DVD, DVD+RW (8cm), DVD-R (8cm), DVD-RAM (8 cm), DVD-RW (8 cm), Hard disk drive|
|Optical Sensor Qty||1|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Focal Length Range||2.2mm - 55mm|
|Focus Adjustment||Automatic, Manual|
|Lens Filter Size||37 mm|
|Auto Focus type||TTL contrast detection|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 sec|
|Min Illumination||0.3 lux|
|Min Shutter Speed||1/4 sec|
|Exposure Modes||Automatic, Program|
|Memory / Storage|
|Integrated Memory size||8 GB|
|Supported Flash Memory||MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card|
|Digital Storage Media||HDD|
|Viewfinder Diagonal Size||0.2"|
|Screen Details||LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.7" - color|
|Microphone Type||Microphone - built-in - stereo|
|Microphone Operation Mode||Stereo|
|Microphone Technology||Electret condenser|
|Connector Types||1 x S-Video output, 1 x USB, 1 x composite video/audio output, Composite video/audio output, S-Video output, USB|
|Expansion Slot||1 x SD Memory Card|
|System Requirements for PC Connection|
|Operating System Supported||Apple Mac OS X 10.3.9, Apple Mac OS X 10.4, MS Windows 2000 SP3 or later, MS Windows XP|
|Battery Form Factor||Manufacturer specific|
|Battery Manufacturer||Hitachi DZ-BP07P|
|Max Operating Temperature||40 °C|
|Min Operating Temperature||0 °C|
|Effective Still Resolution||0.3 MP|
|Effective Video Resolution||0.3 MP|
|Digital Video Format||MPEG-2|
|Still Image Format||JPEG|
|Additional Features||Built-In Speaker, Color Viewfinder, Dolby Digital AC-3 (2 channel) Recording, Still Shot Capability, USB 2.0 Compatibility, display brightness control|
|Widescreen Video Capture||Yes|
|Shooting Modes||Digital Photo Mode|
One-touch dubbing from hard drive to DVD; supports a wide variety of DVD formats.
Poor video and photo quality; easy to accidentally turn power off and switch modes.
Hitachi had a good idea--put both a hard disk drive and a DVD in a camcorder--but implements it poorly in the DZ-HS300A.
Average review score based on 22 user reviews
This product has some excellent features, particularly the hybrid mode. Though I haven't used the mini-DVD yet, I like the idea of being able to make one for friends on the fly. I'm hooked on the Hard Drive function. Be prepared to suck up some hard drive space on your PC, though. Works really well outside and reasonably well inside. Think LIGHTING (like all camcorders). Some drawbacks are no input (so you can record from another source like DVD player, another camcorder, satellite, etc.) and no remote control (these features come with the HS330A) and worth the extra bucks. It can take still pictures but I've been spoiled with my digital camera and will likely take both with me (get a big enough camcorder bag to hold both) since I like stills better than movies. Software is a little simplistic, but does the job. Again, this is a GOOD product. At the right price, it's worth a purchase, particularly for folks who aren't SERIOUS recorders.
This camcorder is great for the price. The main feature I love is the ability to dub DVD's straight from the hard drive.
Pros: Flexible (DVD and HDD), great close-ups, great zoom, good color reproduction, better low light quality than I expected at this price.
Cons: None really but the picture quality is good+ but not great. Picture is really no better or worse than most camcorders in this price range. Also menu is a bit complicated. Most low to mid-priced camcorders have low quality stills, as does this.
All in all I am very happy with this camcorder.
Haven't tried the hard drive yet. Recorded several dvd's. Only problem I had was finding a dvd player in Haiti. Hotel owner had one and all the discs were excellent. Recorder is easy to use right out of the box. I forgot the manual at home so had to figure out how to use it on my own. A very simple recorder to use, review and finalize. Recordings were excellent and I can't wait to get home and look at the manual so I can explore all the features of recorder.
Am very pleased with the product. Last trip to Haiti I took still pictures. I know my parents and the others at the nursing home will love the movies.
I have not encountered any problems. Even without the manual I was able to take some excellent shots. I highly recommend this product.
When I was looking for a new camcorder, I suppose I wanted the best of everything - all the pro features, lightweight, cheap to run and uncomplicated to operate. I also wanted somethingthat wouldn't cost a fortune to buy. With the Hitachi DZ HS300A UltraVision I found it!
One of the new generation of hybrid Camcorders, the Hitachi combines the convenience of using 8cm Cd-Rw discs a s rcording medium with an on-board 8Gb hard drive for instant useability. This means that, even if you run out of Cds, you can still record acouple of hours-worth of film using the camera alone. What's more, you can actually write Cds in the camera from the hard drive, making it easy to save and store film if you are away from home.
It's easily used by any member of the family, being small and lightweight - the biggest single component being the CD drive.Its not complicated to use, the controls are easily accessed, its got amazing zoom and audio capability too. All this for less than the cost of a standard digital camera.
I researched Camcorders for a month before the purchase of the Hitachi Camcorder. I liked the idea of having both a HDD and DVD in the same Unit, it also has a SD card for stills. I found the Camcorder sound Fantastic full auto setting great for school games. The direct dub to dvd is very handy when away from home for a while. If the instructions are read front to back it really makes for easy use. The Zoom is great as well. I would highly recomend this camera for home use. Many extra lenses and lights available on EBAY.