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Hitachi DZ-MV730E

alaTest has collected and analyzed 45 reviews of Hitachi DZ-MV730E. The average rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the portability and zoom. The reliability and image quality also get good opinions, whereas views are divided on the price. The size and durability get critical opinions.

usability, image quality, reliability, zoom, portability

durability, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Hitachi DZ-MV730E is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Hitachi DZ-MV730E

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 21 user reviews of Hitachi DZ-MV730E from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the battery. The usability also gets good feedback. There are some less positive views about the durability and price.

usability, battery

price, durability

81% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Hitachi DZ-MV730A DVD Camcorder w/16x Optical ZoomHitachi DZ-MV730A DVD Camcorder w/16x Optical Zoom

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: Marc Perton (engadget.com)

Hitachi DZ-MV730A DVD camcorder reviewed

 

DVD camcorders still seem like an odd gimmick to us. More cumbersome and expensive than comparable MiniDV units, they record to non-standard 3.5-inch DVDs. And, while we can understand Sony marketing them to the same type of consumer who used to like...

Aug, 2005

Expert review by: Easy Camcorder (easycamcorders.com)

Expert Review

 

Hitachi's entry level camcorder this year, the DZ-MV730, offers no surprises, and is stripped of some pretty fundamental features. Comparable to most entry level camcorders, the camcorder is outfitted with an unimpressive imager, a 1/6” CCD with 680K...

Affordability, -Still Performance

Low Light

Aug, 2005

Expert review by: Matt Culler (camcorderinfo.com)

Hitachi DZ-MV730A Camcorder Review

 

The DZ-MV730 is Hitachi's entry level DVD camcorder this year. It is armed with a mediocre imager, standard among lower-end DVD machines, and performs accordingly. While it also lacks a USB port, a big detriment to convenience-hungry consumers, the...

Jul, 2005

Expert review by: Mark Montgomery (videomaker.com)

Hitachi DZ-MV730A DVD Camcorder

 

Speaking of options, this camcorder records to DVD-R and DVD-RAM. The latter of those two, gives you more in camera editing options and the DVD-R media will help insure a higher level of compatibility among DVD players. If that's not enough for you,...

Mic Input S-Video Out Good Image Quality

No USB Software Not Included No remote

Of all the image qualities, the resolution is the most impressive at the high quality recording mode. In extreme close-ups, small details show up real nice, which is always a pleasure to see on camcorders that have a 1/6" CCD. Unfortunately, at lower...

Sep, 2006

Expert review by: Morgan Paar (videomaker.com)

Hitachi DZMV730A | Avid purchases Pinnacle | HDTV field monitor

 

Two Post Production Giants Become One If you had $462-million in cash and stocks, you could have beat Avid in the purchase of Pinnacle. But the deal has been struck and pending the approval of the stockholders the two will become one. Avid, already the...

Jun, 2005

Expert review by: (best-digital-camcorder-reviews.com)

HItachi DZ MV730A

 

Hitachi DZ-MV730A DVD Camcorder w/16x Optical Zoom.

Hitachi DZ MV730A: Achieve an unparalleled home movie experience with advanced Hitachi DVD camcorder technology at a great value. Record true cinematic 16:9 widescreen for DVD-R, and DVD-Ram for easy on-screen editing and scene selection without fast...

Expert review by: Denis Gallagher (goodgearguide.com.au)

Hitachi DZ-MV730E

 

Early generations of DVD camcorders were clunky, half-baked efforts at taking advantage of the inevitable onslaught of DVD in the home. It took a few ...

Easy to edit in camera

Finalising disc can take time, needs unwieldy adapter for slot loading DVD players

The DZ-MV730E offers more refinement, better menu controls and more effective disc preparation than earlier DVD camcorders.

Sep, 2005

Consumer review by: connielen (shopping.com)

Hitachi DZ-MV730A

 

Please don't buy this camcorder. It has nothing but problems. I bought it because it would go directly into the DVD player and I thought Hitachi was a good company. It has a problem that Hitachi will not address about error messages and footage is...

None

Lost a lot of memories

Jun, 2007

Consumer review by: connielen (epinions.com)

Hitachi DZ-MV730A

 

None

Lost a lot of memories

Jun, 2007

Consumer review by: lucyharrison (epinions.com)

Good, but not the best

 

I have this camera. I like it, but there are some problems I've had. It can take dvd RAM discs, the 2-sided, re-usable discs, but I rarely use them. I've found that they don't play in any DVD player that I have, although they do play on my computer. ...

Well built, mini dvds are nice, easy to use

cannot hook up to a computer, poor quality stills

Jun, 2007
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Product Specifications

Achieve an unparalleled home movie experience with advanced Hitachi DVD Camcorder technology at a great value. Record true cinematic 16: 9 widescreen for DVD-R, and DVD-Ram for easy on-screen editing and scene selection without fast forwarding or rewinding. The convenient Quick Start Recording reduces recording time from initial start up while the Quick Mode Menu reduces the On-Screen Menu to just the most commonly used features. Transfer digital stills directly to a personal computer or printer with removable memory cards. Experience the advantage of Hitachi DVD Camcorder technology.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Run Time (Up To):120min

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Configuration

3 Chip Technic: No
Chip Type:CCD
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser

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: No
USB Interface: No
WiFi Connectivity: No
Wireless Interface: No

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:5.2in
Height:3.5in
Weight:1.1lbs
Width:2in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
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
Handheld Position:Horizontal
Product Type:TRAD. CAMCORDER
Resolution:Standard Definition
Type:Camcorder

Header

Manufacturer:Hitachi
Model:MV730A
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Hitachi DZ

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.6-2.3
Max Focal Length:43.3mm
Min Focal Length:2.78mm
Optical Zoom:16
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Sensor Resolution:680Kpix
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 Stabilizer:Electronic

Recording

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

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Scene Transition:Black & white fader / White fader / Wipe fader
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:240
Media Type:DVD-R (8cm) / DVD-RAM (8 cm)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD