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Hitachi DZ HS500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 30 reviews of Hitachi DZ HS500. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the reliability and size. The usability and image quality also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the memory and portability.

price, image quality, usability, size, reliability

portability, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Hitachi DZ HS500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Hitachi DZ HS500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 user reviews of Hitachi DZ HS500 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Views about the usability and reliability are overall positive. The image quality and price are also mentioned favorably.

price, image quality, reliability, usability

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Hitachi DZHS500EUK Hybrid DVD + HDD Camcorder (30x Optical and 1500 x Digital Zoom) 2.7" Widescreen LCDHitachi DZHS500EUK Hybrid DVD + HDD Camcorder (30x Optical and 1500 x Digital Zoom) 2.7" Widescreen LCD

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Andrew Kliem (goodgearguide.com.au)

Hitachi DZ-HS500

 

Hybrid recording, Good image quality, 30x optical zoom

A little chunky

A great digital video camera from Hitachi, the HS500SW combines two recording formats for added convenience and offers great quality video footage to boot.

Jun, 2007

Expert review by: Derek Fung (cnet.com.au)

Hitachi DZ-HS500

 

It's got a larger hard disk than the more expensive HS303, but we'd still plump for the older model because of its superior video quality.

Larger hard disk ; Burn video straight to DVD ; Menus are logical

but slow and clunky ; Poor video quality ; Long start-up and mode switching times ; Other faults from HS303 all carried over

All the faults we've noted with the HS500 except the video quality were present in the HS303 which was released late last year. So while we think it would've been wiser to marry the HS500's larger capacity hard disk with the HS303 sensor, we're...

Jul, 2007

Consumer review by: crasky85 (cnet.com.au)

Hitachi DZ-HS500

 

realy happy with the image quality and feel of it

awsome

none

Feb, 2009

Consumer review by: spowell (cnet.com.au)

Hitachi DZ-HS500

 

I am disappointed with this camera.....going to buy a canon or sony.

mutli media storage, large hardisk storage capacity

bulky, still new and sd memory card doesn't work at times. video quality poor. takes a while to refocus before you can start your recording at times

Jun, 2008

Product Specifications

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Hitachi DZ-BP07P

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture

Configuration

3 Chip Technic: No
Chip Type:CCD
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser
Sensor Size:1/6''

Connectivity

Digital Input: No
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
HDMI: No
HDMI PORT: No
Type of Memory Stick Interface : No
Type of SD Card Interface :SD Card
USB: Yes
USB Interface: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No
Wireless Interface: No

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disc drive

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:13.2cm
Height:9.1cm
Weight:0.51kg
Width:6.9cm

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Low light / Portrait mode / Sand & snow / Sports mode / Spotlight

General Features

3D: No
Format:DVD / HDD
Handheld Position:Horizontal
Product Type:TRAD. CAMCORDER
Resolution:Standard Definition
Type:Camcorder

Header

Manufacturer:Hitachi
Model:HS500
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Hitachi DZ

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.0-4.1
Max Focal Length:69mm
Min Focal Length:2.3mm
Optical Zoom:30
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:0.41Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:410Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:800Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6" ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6 )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic

Recording

HD Video Format:Not Applicable
Recording Format:16:9 / 4:3

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:1500
Faders:Monotone fader / White fader / Wipe fader
Media Type:DVD-R (8cm) / DVD-RAM (8 cm) / DVD-RW (8 cm) / DVD+RW (8cm) / Hard disc drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor