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Hitachi DZ HS500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 43 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 are impressed by the battery and size. The image quality and usability also get good opinions, but there are some negative reviews about the memory and durability.

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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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alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 user reviews of Hitachi DZ HS500 from 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 Reviews about the usability and reliability are on the whole positive. The image quality and price are also mentioned favorably.

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

Sep, 2019

Expert review by : staff (

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

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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

Expert review by : Andrew Kliem (

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 (

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

Consumer review (

Hitachi DZ-HS500E


can share video straight away

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

Apr, 2008

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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

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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 (

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

Consumer review (

Hitachi DZ-HS500E


very good quality.quick and easy to set up. no major fault

goes into dubbing mode after recording for long period of time

Apr, 2008

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Hitachi DZ-HS500E


Really useful tape-free system, love how quickly it can be used and how long the battery lasts.

It has been tricky to find 8cm discs to copy from the hdd and the software is a bit clumsy - no drag and drop facility that I can find

Apr, 2008

Product Specifications

Shoot for hours. Edit in minutes. Share in seconds. The DZ-HS500 Hybrid DVD+HDD CAM is a new kind of camcorder that combines the high capacity of a 30GB Hitachi hard disk with the convenience of a Multiformat+DVD burner. Shoot 23 hours on the HDD then press the One Touch Dubbing button to burn movies from HDD to DVD with 2x speed dubbing. Users can enjoy the advantage of Hybrid CAM, shooting longer and burning multiple DVDs for fast and easy sharing without a PC or other hardware.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Hitachi DZ-BP07P

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disc drive

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
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

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.0-4.1
Max Focal Length:69mm
Min Focal Length:2.3mm
Optical Zoom:30
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:0.41Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:410Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:800Kpix
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 Stabiliser:Electronic

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:1500
Faders:Monotone fader / White fader / Wipe fader
Media Type:DVD-R (8cm) / DVD-RAM (8 cm) / DVD-RW (8 cm) / DVD+RW (8cm) / Hard disc drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor

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