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Hitachi DZ-HS300A 8 GB Camcorder - Silver

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Product description
  • HDD and DVD hybrid
  • Easy dubbing
  • Advanced drop-proofing
  • USB 2.0 connectivity
  • Multiformat+ compatibility
  • Cinema Res
  • Photo capture from DVD
  • True 16:9 widescreen
  • 1-second quick start
Product Identifiers
BrandHitachi
ModelDZ-HS300A
UPC0050585223851, 50585223851, 840356868486

Key Features
Recording SystemNTSC
Optical Zoom25x
Digital Zoom1200x
Storage TypeInternal & Removable
Media FormatDVD, DVD+RW (8cm), DVD-R (8cm), DVD-RAM (8 cm), DVD-RW (8 cm), Hard disk drive
Resolution0.7 MP
Screen Size2.7"
Weight14.71 Oz.

Optical Sensor
Sensor TypeCCD
Sensor Size1/6"
Optical Sensor Qty1

Lens System
Lens TypeZoom lens
Lens ApertureF/1.8-3.2
Focal Length Range2.2mm - 55mm
Focus AdjustmentAutomatic, Manual
Lens Filter Size37 mm
Auto Focus typeTTL contrast detection

Exposure
Max Shutter Speed1/4000 sec
Min Illumination0.3 lux
Min Shutter Speed1/4 sec
Exposure ModesAutomatic, Program

Memory / Storage
Integrated Memory size8 GB
Supported Flash MemoryMultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card
Digital Storage MediaHDD

Viewfinder
Viewfinder TypeLCD
Viewfinder Diagonal Size0.2"

Dimensions
Depth5.31 in.
Height3.54 in.
Width2.4 in.

Display
Display TypeLCD
Display RotationRotating
Screen DetailsLCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.7" - color
Display Size2.7"

Microphone
Microphone TypeMicrophone - built-in - stereo
Microphone Operation ModeStereo
Microphone TechnologyElectret condenser

Connections
Connector Types1 x S-Video output, 1 x USB, 1 x composite video/audio output, Composite video/audio output, S-Video output, USB
Expansion Slot1 x SD Memory Card

System Requirements for PC Connection
Operating System SupportedApple Mac OS X 10.3.9, Apple Mac OS X 10.4, MS Windows 2000 SP3 or later, MS Windows XP

Battery
Battery Form FactorManufacturer specific
Battery ManufacturerHitachi DZ-BP07P

Environmental Parameters
Max Operating Temperature40 °C
Min Operating Temperature0 °C

Resolution
Effective Still Resolution0.3 MP
Effective Video Resolution0.3 MP

File Format
Digital Video FormatMPEG-2
Still Image FormatJPEG

Other Features
Additional FeaturesBuilt-In Speaker, Color Viewfinder, Dolby Digital AC-3 (2 channel) Recording, Still Shot Capability, USB 2.0 Compatibility, display brightness control
Widescreen Video CaptureYes

Miscellaneous
Color Silver
Night ModeYes
Shooting ModesDigital Photo Mode

eBay Product ID: EPID100032357

Reviews & Research

CNET Editors' reviewMediocre

  • THE GOOD

    One-touch dubbing from hard drive to DVD; supports a wide variety of DVD formats.

  • THE BAD

    Poor video and photo quality; easy to accidentally turn power off and switch modes.

  • THE BOTTOM LINE

    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.

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Customer Reviews

Average review score based on 22 user reviews

Rating distributions

Created: 05/26/08

Good Product- emphasis on Good, Not Excellent, Not Avg.

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful. Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Created: 01/26/08

Great camcorder fro the price.

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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful. Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Created: 02/22/08

Hitachi DZ HS300A

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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful. Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Created: 12/07/07

A Camcorder For All Seasons

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.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful. Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Created: 02/15/08

Hitachi DZ HS300A Camcorder nice unit

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.
NO REGRETS!

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