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Hitachi DZ BD70

alaTest has collected and analyzed 10 reviews of Hitachi DZ BD70. The average rating for this product is 2.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the viewfinder. The durability is also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the portability and image quality.

durability, viewfinder

price, image quality, portability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Hitachi DZ BD70 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by: Trusted Reviews (

Hitachi DZ-BD70E


James gets to grips with Hitachi's DZ-BD70E - a Full HD camcorder that can record to Blu-ray discs.

May, 2011

Expert review by: Rob Mead (

Hitachi DZ-BD70E review


Given the current popularity of DVD camcorders and the demise of HD DVD, you could be forgiven for thinking that the world would be beating a path to Blu-ray's door. That's patently not the case.

The sheer bulk of the Hitachi DZ-BD70E will deter some buyers, while the fact that you need to feed it expensive Blu-ray Discs makes it pretty expensive to use. While this adds the convenience of being able to play your video straight away, the poor...

Nov, 2008

Expert review by: Rob Mead (

Hitachi DZ-BD70E review


Compared with the sylph-like AVCHD camcorders on the market, the Blu-ray recording Hitachi DZ-BD70E is something of a monster.

The sheer bulk of the Hitachi DZ-BD70E will deter some buyers, while the fact that you need to feed it expensive Blu-ray Discs makes it pretty expensive to use. While this adds the convenience of being able to play your video straight away, the poor...

Nov, 2008

Expert review by: Rob Mead (

Hitachi DZ-BD70E


Since the introduction of iMovie HD in 2005, high-definition movie making has come a long way. We take a look at a group of HD camcorders to see what they have to offer the Mac-using movie maker.

Nov, 2008

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Hitachi DZ-BD70E


This full-HD Blu-Ray camcorder has a 5.3-megapixel, 1/2.8-inch CMOS sensor with full-HD Picture Master processing. As well as a 2.7-inch LCD screen, it has a 10x optical and 500x digital zoom. As well as an SD card slot, it also has HDMI, AV and...

It’s early days for Blu-ray camcorders and the Hitachi still feels like a work in progress. Recent price cuts make it an affordable entry to High Def filming, though, especially if you’ve already upgraded to Blu-ray in the living room. Hitachi DZ-BD70E...

Sep, 2008

Expert review by: PC Pro (

Hitachi DZ-BD70E


Fulfils its promise of Blu-ray player compatibility, but loses out on features and image quality to the competition

Jul, 2008

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Hitachi DZ-BD70E


James Morris tries out Hitachi's new camcorder, capable of recording directly onto Blu-ray discs

Jul, 2008

Product Specifications

The new DZ-BD70 is a Blu-ray disc (BD) single drive camcorder which can record approximately one hour of 1920x1080 full high-definition video (two hours of 1440x1080 high definition video) on a 8cm BD-R or BD-RE disc. The DZ-BD70 also supports standard definition recording to DVD-RAM/-R/-RW discs and the ability to capture 4.32 megapixel still photos to SD memory card. Watching your movies is just as easy as recording them. The DZ-BD70 provides a weatlh of playback options on the following supported equipment: Blu-ray and DVD players, video games consoles, TV (via HDMI, component or AV/S cable) and on computer (via USB or optical drive). The DZ-BD70 provides unparalleled performance and versatility that allows you to capture all of life's special moments in the highest quality video imaginable and to easily share them with friends and family.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Hitachi DZBP14

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080p
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash


3 Chip Technic: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser
Sensor Size:1/2.8''


Digital Input: Yes
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: 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

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 / Sports mode / Spotlight / Surf & snow

General Features

3D: No
Handheld Position:Horizontal
Product Type:Camcorder
Resolution:Full HD


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Hitachi DZ

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.0
Max Focal Length:50mm
Min Focal Length:5mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:4.32Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2.07Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:5.3Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/2.8"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):9.1 mm ( 1/2.8 ) / 9.1 mm ( 1/2.8" )
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic


Recording Format:16:9 / 4:3

Video Input

Digital Scene Transition:Black & white fader / White fader / Wipe fader
Digital Video Format:H.264 / MPEG-2 / MPEG-4
Digital Zoom:240
Media Type:3" BD-R / 3" BD-RE / DVD-R (8cm) / DVD-RAM (8 cm) / DVD-RW (8 cm) / Mini BD-R / Mini BD-RE
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD