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Hitachi DZ HS500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 44 reviews of Hitachi DZ HS500. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the battery and size. The image quality and usability are also mentioned favorably, but some have doubts about the memory and portability. There are some mixed reviews about the durability.

price, usability, image quality, size, battery

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 82/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 user reviews of Hitachi DZ HS500 from 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 People are impressed by the usability and reliability. The image quality and price also get good opinions.

price, image quality, reliability, usability

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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

Jul, 2018

Expert review by : Andrew Kliem (

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 (

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

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Hitachi DZ-HS500


realy happy with the image quality and feel of it



Feb, 2009

Consumer review (

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


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

Camcorder Features

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

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disc drive

Dimensions & Weight


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


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

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


Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor