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Hitachi DZ MV550A

alaTest has collected and analyzed 34 reviews of Hitachi DZ MV550A. 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 zoom and image quality. The size and design are also appreciated, but there are some critical views about the battery and price.

usability, design, size, image quality, zoom

portability, price, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Hitachi DZ MV550A is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Hitachi DZ MV550A


alaTest has collected and analyzed 15 user reviews of Hitachi DZ MV550A from The average user rating for this product is 2.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the image quality. The design also gets good comments, whereas some have doubts about the portability.

usability, design, image quality


53% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Denny Atkin (

Image quality


Hitachi DZMV550A

About as small and light as a MiniDV camera; comfortable grip; solid on-camera editing features.

More expensive than a MiniDV camera with similar features; no ability to shoot uncompressed video; media is pricier than MiniDV tapes.

Working with Hitachi's entry-level DVD-R/RAM camcorder can be a hassle, but it's a winner for editing footage in the camcorder.

Jun, 2004

Expert review by : Easy Camcorder (

Expert Review


The Hitachi DZ-MV550 debuted at a remarkably low price, undercutting the DVD camcorder market by offering features found on upper-tier Panasonic and Sony DVD camcorders in the lower-tier price range. The DZ-MV550 includes a ¼-inch CCD with 680K gross...

Low light performance, - Video performance, - Price, - Optical zoom, - CCD specs

Cold shoe, - Mediocre on the convenience level

Nov, 2004

Expert review by : Matt Culler (

Hitachi DZ-MV550 Camcorder Review - Hitachi DVD Camcorders


With an MSRP of $669.95, the Hitachi DZ-MV550 is a DVD camcorder of remarkably low price, considering what it has to offer. With this low-priced, stripped-down machine, Hitachi promotes DVD-RAM technology with SD card compatibility and pushes the...

Jun, 2004

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Hitachi DZ MV550A


Hitachi DZ MV550A DVD Camcorder w/18x Optical Zoom.

Pioneered and developed by Hitachi, revolutionary UltraVision DVD camcorder technology allows you to shoot and burn video or high-resolution digital still pictures straight to DVD. DVD-R discs allow for playback on a home DVD player, or you can record...

EISA Award - Best Product

Expert review by : EISA (

Hitachi DZ-MV550E


After several years of development, Hitachi has finally succeeded in developing a DVD camcorder compact enough to be an attractive alternative to the traditional cassette-based video cameras. The DZ-MV550E can both shoot on DVD-R disks compatible with a g

Jun, 2004

Expert review by : Staff Writers (

Hitachi DZ-MV550E


Hitachi pioneered the idea of consumer cameras capable of recording video direct to DVD. The early models were large and relatively expensive but high quality. It has taken a while for the idea to take off but it is certainly gaining momentum with a...

However, Hitachi has a couple of disadvantages over its competitors. In particular its continued use of the outmoded DVD-RAM as its rewritable format and the fact that its DVD's are encased in a cartridge making it difficult to use finalised DVD's in...

Aug, 2004

Consumer review (

Great camera, easy to use


After my son was born, my husband and I decided it was time to buy a video camera to record all of those precious moments and milestones. We consulted Consumer Reports and the internet, and headed to Circuit City. We were torn between the Hitachi and ...

Lightweight, fits comfortably in small or large hands

Battery doesn't last long, still quality is poor

Mar, 2007

Consumer review (

Hitachi DZ-MV550E: Those Tapes Are Such Old Hat


Being the proud owner of a DVD recorder with a hard drive, I felt that I would benefit from having a camcorder that recorded straight onto DVDs. Why, you might ask, would I want this? Well by recording straight onto a DVD I would be able to cut out a...

Records direct to disc, Ability to delete selected scenes and regain space, Becomes a virtual drive for your computer

Cost of discs

Feb, 2005

Consumer review (

Hitachi DZ-MV 550E : Those Tapes Are Such Old Hat


Being the proud owner of a DVD recorder with a hard drive, I felt that I would benefit from having a camcorder that recorded straight onto DVDs. Why, you might ask, would I want this? Well by recording straight onto a DVD I would be able to cut out a...

Feb, 2005

Product Specifications

Featuring a 2.5" color TFT LCD, DVD-RAM/DVD-R recording capability, SD multimedia card slot and 18x optical zoom. The Hitachi DZ-MV550E is an ultra compact and stylish DVD Camcorder that records onto DVD Disc and SD Memory card. With a wide selection of easy to use features, this state-of-the-art camera comes with a selection of interchangeable covers to create three different looks. Add to this all the technology you need, the Hitachi DVD Cam makes great video recordings and gives you the best digital still shots.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery life (max):2.5
Run Time (Up To):165min


Minimum illumination:0.3

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight



Display Diagonal:2.5

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


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Hitachi DZ

Image Sensor

Optical sensor size:1 / 4
Sensor Type:CCD
Total megapixels:0.8

Lens System

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.59 - 28.7
Digital Zoom:500
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.59 - 28.7
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.8
Max Focal Length:37.8mm
Min Focal Length:2.1mm
Optical Zoom:18
Optical Zoom:18
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:340Kpix/410Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:680Kpix/800Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4"/1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6 ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6" )/6.4 mm ( 1/4 ) / 6.4 mm ( 1/4" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Other Features

Focus:Auto & Manual Auto Macro
Lens system:37mm
Media types supported:Secure Digital
Resolution:705 x 576

Ports & interfaces

DV port: No
S-Video in: No
S-Video out: Yes

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / White fader / Window wipe
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:500
Media Type:DVD-RAM (8 cm)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD

Weight & Dimensions