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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 also get good reviews, but there are some mixed comments about the durability. Many are negative about the memory and portability.

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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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

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. Reviewers really like the usability and reliability. The image quality and price also get good feedback.

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

Oct, 2017

Expert review by: tech.co.uk staff (techradar.com)

Hitachi DZ-HS500 review

 

It's the world's first hybrid camcorder

Comfortable in use ; Great concept ; Good spread of features

Flawed picture performance

There's loads and loads to recommend here but needs to beef up the image clarity to be a real contender

Jun, 2007

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

Expert review by: (camuser.co.uk)

Hitachi DZ-HS500

 

In the land of digital video, the consumer is king. Even so, consumers can feel slightly overwhelmed by the choice of digital video now available. Hence Hitachi's new idea. Why choose, it argues, when one camcorder can give you both?

Comfortable in use, Great concept, Good spread of features

Flawed picture performance

There's loads and loads to recommend here but needs to beef up the image clarity to be a real contender

Jun, 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

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (reevoo.com)

Hitachi DZ-HS500E

 

can share video straight away

no points for atachments ie hot shoe for camera light & extenal mic

Apr, 2008

Consumer review by: Adam (reevoo.com)

Hitachi DZ-HS500E

 

This camera is exceptional in quality of recording, value for money and ease of use. The length of recording time on the HDD even at best quality is superb with the added advantage of being able to record striaght to DVD is such a bonus.

Cant think of any really. The still picture quality isnt great, but of you want to do still photography but a stills camera as this machine was designed for filming.

Apr, 2008

Consumer review by: Irene (reevoo.com)

Hitachi DZ-HS500E

 

I find it very easy to use,and being able to record on the hard drive the put on a dvd is great.I haven't tried using it with the SD card yet.

Battery life as usual could always be longer make sure you have a spare ready at all times then you won't get caught.

Apr, 2008

Consumer review by: chris (reevoo.com)

Hitachi DZ-HS500E

 

We like the ease of use mostly and with its price tag, this is real value for money

none so far

Apr, 2008