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Hitachi DZ-MV780

alaTest has collected and analyzed 26 reviews of Hitachi DZ-MV780. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviews about the size and durability are generally positive. The reliability and portability are also mentioned favorably, whereas views about the price and image quality are different. There are some critical opinions about the color and battery.

usability, portability, reliability, durability, size

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Hitachi DZ-MV780 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 4 user reviews of Hitachi DZ-MV780 from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers are impressed by the durability and reliability. Some have doubts about the viewfinder, and opinions are divided on the image quality.

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100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Hitachi DZ-MV780A 1.3MP DVD Camcorder w/ 10x Optical ZoomHitachi DZ-MV780A 1.3MP DVD Camcorder w/ 10x Optical Zoom

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Denny Atkin (

Hitachi DZMV780A review:


The Hitachi DZMV780A features a number of improvements over previous generations of Hitachi camcorders, including faster start-up, easier disc loading, and one of the smallest DVD camcorder designs we've seen. Unfortunately, its mediocre indoor still...

Compact; in-camera editing with DVD-RAM; lightweight; relatively inexpensive.

DVD-RAM not supported by most set-top DVD players; touch-sensitive buttons difficult to use; mediocre video and still-photo quality; lame battery life.

The Hitachi DZMV780A is a budget DVD camcorder that visibly compromises on video quality.

Sep, 2005

Expert review by: Terry Sullivan (

Hitachi DZMV780A


CCDType: Single CCD, Video Recording Format: DVD-RAM, Video Recording Format: DVD-R, Video Recording Format: Secure...

Good video quality for a miniDVD camcorder. Saves still images on SD media card. Easy to use.

MiniDVD-RAM format not compatible with all DVD hardware. Color is sometimes oversaturated. Pricey.

The Hitachi DZMV780A is an easy-to-use camcorder that provides good to very good quality in normal light. Disc-compatibility issues hold it back, though.

Jul, 2005

Expert review by: Easy Camcorder (

Expert Review


The Hitachi DZ-MV780 is the second best DVD camcorder Hitachi is offering this year. Combining performance and affordability, it ranked as one of our favorite DVD cams in 2005. That's not saying much, as DVD cams typically leave out the manual controls...

Sep, 2005

Expert review by: Matt Culler (

Hitachi DZ-MV780 Camcorder Review


The DZ-MV780, Hitachi's second best DVD camcorder this year (and personally highly anticipated), features some improvements to last year's DZ-MV580 including a new design and a widescreen mode. But even with an increase in CCD pixel count, the...

Apr, 2005

Expert review by: Mark Montgomery (

Hitachi DZ-MV780A DVD Camcorder


Simply Too Easy The DZ-MV780 is a small and handy camcorder. The menu control and disc navigation buttons are in easy to reach places. The manual override buttons for exposure and manual focus are accessible right next to the 2.5 inch LCD screen. The...

Good Video Quality USB Connection DVDCAM Software

Max recording time at highest quality= 20 min. Limited Computer Editing options Supplied Software: Windows only

Sep, 2006

Expert review by: (

Hitachi DZ MV780


Hitachi DZ-MV780 DVD Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom.

In addition to the numerous technical enhancements based on the new imaging engine and DVD drive, the DZGX20A, DZMV780A and DZMV750A feature an SD or MMC memory card to make sharing still photos even easier with other electronic devices, such as photo...

Expert review by: (

Stuff magazine


The Hitachi DZ-MV780E is a slender soul with a 1.3megapixel sensor and can be connected to your telly for home movies

The slender DZ-MV780E comes with a standard 1.3MP sensor, SD card and the ability to con you into thinking you're Peter Jackson, but without the hobbitsThe Hitachi DZ-MV780E is a slender soul with a 1.3megapixel sensor and can be connected to your...

Sep, 2006

Consumer review by: Dannykirk (

Very Good DVD Recorder


I totally agree with bcariveau's review.

Light weight, DVD sets fast, much better then the Hitachi 730a entry model, automatically jumps to next recording preventing over writes, records 16:9 or 4:3, wireless remote,records DVD-R

Picture slightly grainy in low light, uses Ram disc's for erasable recordings, these work great but only found on Panasonic, Hitachi and certain DVD machines

Feb, 2006

Consumer review by: shandy12 (



A great compact dvd recorder, that is easy to use. It has onscreen navigation, making it easy for everyone to use. Picture quality is great

Small, compact & easy to use

not all dvd players can play back the ram discs.

Jul, 2007

Product Specifications

The power of innovative Hitachi DVD Camcorder technology is now available in a lightweight, compact design. 1.3 Mega Pixels resolution captures stunning video and still images directly to DVD for instant playback on standard DVD players. Experience true cinematic 16: 9 widescreen recording in both DVD-R and DVD-Ram formats. On-screen Disc Navigation delivers instant access to selected scenes and in-camera editing. A Power Accessory Port 'Hot Shoe' allows for the use of optional accessories, like additional lighting. The best possible picture quality is achieved with the exclusive Hitachi Image Engine Technology and a 10X optical zoom and 240X digital zoom. Only Hitachi delivers the ultimate in DVD Camcorder technology and design.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Run Time (Up To):60min

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None


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


Digital Input: No
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:2.5in
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
Handheld Position:Horizontal
Resolution:Standard Definition


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Hitachi DZ

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.3
Max Focal Length:32mm
Min Focal Length:3.2mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1.3Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):5.6 mm ( 1/4.5 ) / 5.6 mm ( 1/4.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic


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


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD