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Hitachi DZ-MV580E

We have collected and analyzed 11 expert reviews and 60 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 55/100 and users rate it 73/100. The average review date is Feb 1, 2005. We have compared these reviews to 369348 reviews from other Camcorders. The alaScore™ for this product is 78/100 = Good. Last update: Dec 15, 2018.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 49 user reviews of Hitachi DZ-MV580E from The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People are impressed by the reliability and zoom. The price and image quality are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the durability.

usability, image quality, price, zoom, reliability


76% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Hitachi DZMV580A 1MP DVD Camcorder w/10x Optical ZoomHitachi DZMV580A 1MP DVD Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Jan Ozer (

Hitachi DZMV380A

Jun, 2003

Expert review by : Easy Camcorder (

Expert Review


Hitachi's upper level DVD camcorder this year is frankly the best of the DVD market this year. The DZ-MV580 has the biggest CCD of the group in size (inches), while Sony's DCR-DVD201 has more effective pixels. The DZ-MV580 has the best performance in...

Low light performance, - Price, - Hot accessory shoe

10x optical zoom, - Mediocre format convenience

Nov, 2004

Expert review by : Matt Culler (

Hitachi DZ-MV580 Camcorder Review


Boasting an MSRP of $749.95, the Hitachi DZ-MV580 is the industry's second least expensive DVD camcorder, falling short only of its less advanced sibling, Hitachi's DZ-MV550. With added features and the largest imager of any DVD camcorder so far, the...

Jul, 2004

Expert review by : Patrick Lang (

DVD-RAM Camcorder Review: Hitachi DZ-MV380A


The third time is definitely a charm for Hitachi's re-designed tapeless camcorders. Home DVD players are now more common than ever and Hitachi has taken a leadership role in the evolution of disc-based cameras. The third-generation DZ-MV380A shoots...

Dolby stereo audio ; In-camera editing ; Fast USB 2.0 data transfer ; Doubles as DVD burner for PCs

No OS X support ; 8cm discs still pricey/hard to find ; Performance ; Tested Horizontal Resolution: 400 ; Field of View: 32-degrees

The latest Hitachi DVD camcorder is a winner for the casual home enthusiast who wants to shoot and share DVDs.

Oct, 2003

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Hitachi DZ MV580A


Hitachi DZMV580A 1MP DVD Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom.

Lithium-ion battery for up to 145 minutes of continuous recording time

Expert review by : Staff Writers (

Hitachi DZ-MV580E


There is not a huge difference between this and the MV550E. In fact, if you put them side by side you have to look closely to see the difference in looks, which is model number in small print on one side.

Both cameras ship with a single sided DVD-RAM disc but susprisingly no memory card

Aug, 2004

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Technology not perfected



very slow to boot updisk errors occur constantlybattery is expensive and dies quickly

Nov, 2005

Consumer review (

Great DVD Camcorder, BUT!!!


Getting ready for an eight day cruise to the Mexican Riviera to celebrate my wife's birthday, we decided our old camcorder had seen better days. Technology had passed us by. Way by! I was taking our Sony digital camera and my Nikon F3 for serious ...

Great Images, straight forward operation, very comfortable to use,direct to DVD recording

Software won't support mini DVD-R or combining two discs to one DVD on computer

Dec, 2004

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Excellent DVD Camcorder


My wife and I were going to take our first vacation in a long while. We decided to go to the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee and I didn't want to forget this trip so we decided to buy a DVD camcorder. After researching numerous camcorders including ...

Great quality, small, stylish, DVD-RAM

Caddy is a small pain

Dec, 2004

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All you can say about this one is, WOW! It simply blows the doors off any of the DVD media type recorders offered by Sony right now. The still photos are not as high a resolution as a current model digital still camera offers, but more than good ...

The DVD media, and this camera in particular, ROCKS in my opinion.

The stinking cradles that hold the media.

Aug, 2004

Product Specifications

The DZMV580A camcorder represents a revolution to create home movies. Record directly to DVD-R, finalize and remove the disc from the camcorder and play it on any standard DVD player. Record in 16x9 aspect mode on DVD-RAM discs and new Quick Mode menu for easy operation. No need for fast-forwarding and rewinding with direct access to recorded scenes. The high resolution of the MegaPixel CCD chip far exceeds that required for high-quality video, and enables high-resolution still photos. These cameras feature high quality optics with multi-coated lens elements for optimal image contrast and color accuracy.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery Type:DZBP14SW
Run Time (Up To):150min

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight



Display Diagonal:2.5
Display Resolution:120000

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 DVDCam/Hitachi DZ

Image Sensor

Optical sensor size:1 / 4
Sensor Type:CCD
Total megapixels:1.02

Lens System

Digital Zoom:240
Filter size:1.46
Focal length range (f-f):0.0709 - 0.0945
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.4
Max Focal Length:38mm
Min Focal Length:3.8mm
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:0.96Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:400Kpix/570Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3.8"/1/4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.4 mm ( 1/4 ) / 6.4 mm ( 1/4" )/6.7 mm ( 1/3.8 ) / 6.7 mm ( 1/3.8" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Other Features

Focus:Auto & Manual Auto Macro
Interface:USB 2.0
Lens system:Multi-Coated Aspherical
Resolution:705 x 576

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

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


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic/LCD

Weight & Dimensions