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Released in January 2007 at CES the Hitachi DZHS500A is a standard definition hybrid DVD/HD camcorder.

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Pros

battery lasts a good 4 hours before needing a recharge

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included bag is high quality and keeps everything in one place

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built-in DVD recorder makes it so that no other equipment is necessary to preserve video clips

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zoom has more than enough range for casual shooting

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hard drive is very big, can record in HD for hours without worry

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screen is very big and easy to work with

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included 3 blank DVDs were a nice extra, don't have to rush out and buy some right away

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Released in January 2007 at CES the Hitachi DZHS500A is a standard definition hybrid DVD/HD camcorder. Shooting at 640x480 the DZHS500A records directly onto a DVD or the unit's internal 30GB hard drive, allowing for 23 hours of recording time at standard settings. Still images are restricted by the camcorder's lackluster CCD, producing a maximum image resolution of 640x480 (0.3MP). The device has an 85 minute battery life. The DZHS500A's less advanced brother the DZHS300A features a smaller 8GB internal drive and less zoom (25x optical).

Specs
  • CCD: 1/6", 680K pixel
  • Resolution: 640 x 480 at 30 fps
  • Screen: 2.7" LCD, 120K pixel
  • Zoom: 30x optical, 1500x digital
  • Tape type: DVD-R, DVD-RAM, DVD-RW and DVD+RW + internal 30GB HD
  • Interface: buttons
  • Battery life: 85 minutes
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